Whether you’re exploring the Sculpture Park, discovering technique and material in the Process Gallery, or participating in hands-on art making activities, deCordova is a great place for families to expose kids to art!
- With very young children, look for simple shapes, lines, and colors to identify. Ask them to describe lines in terms of animals or other things they are familiar with, for example, "This line looks like a snake."
- For older children try the Judgment Game: In a gallery, ask, Which artwork do you think required the most skill to make? Which one costs the most? Which one would you give to your parents as a present? Which one do you like the best? The least? (You can make up your own categories.) Ask your children to explain their choices.
- When looking at art, you can stimulate a lot of discussion by asking these three questions in this order:
- What do you see?
- What’s going on here?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- Don’t agree or disagree with their answers, just listen attentively and you may be surprised to see the art in a whole new way!