10th Anniversary Celebration!
Through May 5 (Closed on March 31 for Passover)
In honor of the 10th anniversary of the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, "Chagall for Children," a traveling exhibit, opens at the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, with 14 exploration stations. It's a great way to introduce children to Marc Chagall. Chagall for Children was created by the Kohl Children's Museum in Chicago. Each learning station was designed to help children learn about art principles, such as color, composition, light and texture.
Don't Miss Sunday Fundays!
FREE WITH ADMISSION...
March 24, 1pm – Printmaking with Melissa and Gus from Anhinga Clay Studios!
Print with stamps and textures on iconic Chagall shapes.
April 14, 1pm – PJ Library Event
Children will gather around to hear our Museum Educator read "Dreamer from the Village" then have a blast in Chagall for Children
Chagall was a Jewish artist born in Russia in 1887. He studied art in France, learning from Cubist, Surrealist and Fauvist painters, and developed his own style. His colorful paintings are nonrealistic and dream-like, and often include flowers, animals, workmen and musicians. The images on display at the museum are prints, because the originals are way too expensive to be touched -- and this exhibit is very hands-on. The prints are displayed like they would be at an adult gallery, but an audio component and hands-on activity goes along with each one.
With the painting called Flowers, children get to smell the flowers in the painting. ... They can also arrange actual flowers that are in his painting. Chagall’s, Green Violinist is accompanied by a camera. A digital picture of one’s face is taken, and it can be colored blue, green or red. Chagall often painted faces in unusual colors. Museum visitors can learn about texture by comparing two images of birthdays, created by Chagall -- one an oil painting, and the other a bas relief sculpture. Children can feel the sculpture, and make a crayon rubbing from a steel engraving.
The artist's famous painting of a juggler is accompanied by a screen on which children can animate different parts of the image. In addition to paintings, Chagall designed stained-glass windows. Children will be invited to explore the effect of light on stained glass, by adjusting the level of the light behind a copy of a Chagall window, and rearranging the window as they would a puzzle. A painting of a concert is accompanied by recordings that let visitors hear the various musical instruments with a push of a button. In Paris through the Window young visitors connect with the painting by making their own art based on what they see outside their own windows. Although the exhibit is designed for young viewers, everyone will enjoy it.
“Chagall’s work is so whimsical,” says Suzanne Hegg, Executive Director of the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, which hosted the exhibit. “Young children immediately pick up on the fanciful and unusual aspects of his work. He really appeals to the children’s sense of wonder and fantasy.”
For more information about the Lisa Ann Watson Children's Discovery Museum, please contact Suzy Breitner.