The Art of Spring!

Spring color is in bloom outside and inside the art museum! One of my favorite spring colors is the bright green of the new leaves on the trees, and right now it’s everywhere! What are your favorite colors that you can find in nature today? The colors of spring are inside the art museum too.

Visit the European galleries on Level 2 to see Vincent Van Gogh’s River Bank in Springtime, which expresses the beautiful colors of the trees, flowers and light of the new season. How many different colors can you see in the painting?

Vincent van Gogh, River Bank in Springtime, 1887, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene McDermott in memory of Arthur Berger

Nearby is Wassily Kandinsky’s Murnau, Burggrabenstrasse 1, 1908, one of my favorite paintings full of expressive color. Can you find the colors of this painting in your yard or neighborhood?

Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau, Burggrabenstrasse 1, 1908, 1908, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase

As you explore the colors of spring outside and inside the art museum, be sure to look for interesting shapes too! Can you find circles, ovals, squares, rectangles, and maybe even triangles in nature? How can you combine the shapes and colors you find into your own work of art? I’ve listed a few ideas to help you get started on your spring art projects:

  • Cut shapes from colored paper or magazines and draw with colored pencils to create your own spring-inspired works of art!

Green squares become traveling turtles!

Red circles appear as lively lady bugs!

  • Create a mobile! Take a look at this idea from the Adellabellacrafts blog and use your imagination to create your own mobile inspired by the shapes and colors you find in nature.

  • Decorate your own planter and grow a garden of spring colors and shapes! This idea from Kaboose.com even helps you to recycle!

  • Visit the DMA next Tuesday, April 3, for our free First Tuesday activities from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.! Our theme is Backyard Adventure. You can write your wish for the earth on a paper leaf and hang it on a tree, create a garden-friendly twisty sculpture in a biodegradable pot, take a closer look at patterns in nature, and so much more!

Happy spring!

Posted by: Mary

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