I-Spy with my Little Eye…

It’s finally starting to get a little cooler outside and clutching the metal handlebars of a bike or swinging on the playground might not be quite as fun as they were in warmer weather. Naturally, I would suggest heading over to the Dallas Museum of Art for a change of scenery and some indoor fun! Even if you’re not signed up for a class or a tour, you can still teach your child about art. I find it easier to talk with kids about art if I relate the looking experience directly to them or something that they previously learned. For instance, if your child is learning about shapes, looking around the museum for different shapes in works of art could be a fun way to spend the afternoon. With so many interesting things to discover, an art museum is the perfect place to play a game of I-Spy! Moreover, the game encourages kids to look closely at the art and presents them with a fun challenge. I’ve created a little game of shape I-Spy below. All of these works can be found in the new exhibition Re-Seeing the Contemporary: Selected from the Collection found in the Barrel Vault. If your child is older, ask him/her to not only to identify the shapes in the works of art, but you can also challenge your child to see how many he/ she can find!

Sol Lewitt, Squares with a Different Line Direction in Each Half Square, 1971.

How many triangles can you find in this drawing?

Martin Kippenberger, 11.-15. Preis, 1987.

What kinds of squares do you see in this painting?

Alan Saret, Deep Forest Green Dispersion, 1969.

Can you find the tiny hexagons in this wire sculpture?

How many would you estimate are in the entire sculpture?

Peter Halley, Untitled (Red and Purple Prisons), 1996.


What color rectangles to do you see in this painting?

Another great thing about visiting a museum is that it can be a great starting point for a discussion that can continue at home! For instance, if you spent the afternoon looking for shapes in works of art, at home you could:

  • Look for shapes in your favorite foods.
  • Bundle up and take a walk outside to look for shapes around your neighborhood. Soon you’ll be seeing shapes everywhere!
  • Try Japanese paper folding called origami. Visit this website for cool tips and ideas: http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-for-kids.html
  • Make pictures only using shapes shapes. For example, a tree could be made by placing a circle on top of a rectangle. A face could be made of an oval, two circles for the eyes, a triangle as the nose, and a semi-circle for the mouth… the possibilities are endless!


Posted by: Jackie


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