Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Second Graders Visit the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art: Second Graders Draw on the Museum Experience to Gain Visual Literacy Skills

During the first three Tuesdays in November all second grade classes traveled to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art with Ms. Agell, our literacy enrichment teacher, and me, Mrs. Higgison. During the summer, Ms. Agell and I did " summer work" with the goal of offering our second graders the opportunity to enrich their visual literacy via interaction with original works of art, in the intimate settings of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, a small but world class institution. If you have never been there, or if you have you know,  the BCMA is a true gem of a museum, always free and open to the public and we encourage you all to visit it at some point with your kids; they are all qualified to be your junior docents and had some strong opinions about the works on view.

 Photographs below, courtesy of parent chaperones on the trips, capture some of the highlights of the trips. 

Ms. Agell and Mrs. Higgison act out the position the museum lions were supposed to be placed in. Ask your child about this curious incident from the museum's early days. 
Ms. Agell and students being art detectives and identifying paintings from ishy student sketches. 

 Students engaged with paintings in the Boyd Gallery by sketching a painting of their choice and  imagining they were walking into a painting, and used their 5 senses. This type of sensory engagement has been echoed in their work at school in writer's workshops.

In the Bowdoin Gallery students did a token activity, looking at paintings and deciding on who they'd like to have lunch , and placing a heart infront of that painting and who  they would not want to and placing an x on the floor in front of that painting.  We then shared our reasons. 
Approaching the paintings in this visual opinion point of view allowed for the young visitors to engage, form opinions and have some discussions based on what they saw. 

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