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Arturo’s Pre-School

This week’s Friday Photo is celebrating Fall!  It is a time for the leaves to change, to bring scarves and boots out of the closet, and of course, to celebrate family, friends and food during Thanksgiving!  November’s Auturo’s Pre-School classes celebrated fall through creating magical and realistic forest creatures with felt leaves and acorns.  A great project to do as a family over the holiday!


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DMA’s resident storyteller, Ann Marie Newman.

Bonjour mes amis! Tonight is Late Night at the DMA, and we’re all getting into a French state of mind in celebration of the Posters of Paris: Toulouse-Lautrec and His Contemporaries exhibition.  Our resident storyteller, Ann Marie Newman, is dressed and ready for this evening’s Arturo’s Bedtime Stories.  Stop by the C3 Theatre at 7:30pm tonight to sing songs and share interactive stories about French celebrities, le Chat Noir, and much, much more! Click here for a complete schedule of tonight’s French-inspired events and activities. Adieu!

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Art in the Park

Check out this fairy house on 

This month during the Arturo’s Art and Me class, families focused on nature and were able to enjoy the newly opened Klyde Warren Park that is right across the street from the DMA. Danielle led children and their grown-ups on an imaginary journey into the world of fairy houses. Fairy houses have become quite popular in the past couple of years – many speciality garden and landscape stores now sell teeny-tiny plants and accessories just for fairy houses. Fairy houses, or fairy gardens, are small installations made completely from natural materials created with the idea that fairies and woodland creatures to visit, rest, and even inhabit.


During the Arturo’s Art and Me classes, the children explored two landscape paintings and imagined all of the different types of creatures that could be lurking in the woods in these works of art. Danielle read Fairy House by Tracy Kane and taught the children all about respect nature.


Using images of unicorns, skunks, trolls, squirrels, gnomes, fairies, and rabbits, the children had a discussion about which ones were real and which might be imaginary. Not all of the kids were convinced that unicorns were imaginary, but they were all glad that trolls were! Families used Model Magic to create their own creature – it could be anything, real or imaginary. There were several fairies, a couple of gnomes, many snakes, and even a puppy.


After making our creatures, we determined that these new friends needed a place to call home and traveled over to the Park to find a suitible spot. At the Park, each family received a bag filled with twigs, leaves, pinecones, seashells, acorn tops, raffia, and rocks to construct a nature home for their creature. Families spread out in the Park to build their fairy houses.

ImageSome built their houses in the children’s area of the Park (including one fairy house built inside of a concrete tunnel!), others found a place for their house at the base of a tree trunk or in a bush, while a few families spead out on the lawn to build their constructions out in the open. When families were finished with their creation, they packed up their nature supplies so that they could reinstall their fairy house (or snake house, dog house, or bunny house) at home!


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This past weekend was the FREE Ancient Mexico Family Celebration at the Dallas Museum of Art, and it was a great success! Families had the chance to actually become a work of art!  We were lucky enough to have local artists Isaac, Jerod and Joshua from Three of One Arts to paint some beautiful–and sometimes scary!–artworks on the faces of visitors.

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Three Poster Studio artists posing with their completed posters!

During the run of Posters of Paris: Toulouse Lautrec and His Contemporaries (October 14, 2012–January 20, 2013), the Museum is offering a drop-in art-making activity within the exhibition gallery space. For the activity, visitors will create their own poster using text and images from the exhibition. Visitors will keep a copy of their poster, while another copy will be attached to the Poster Studio wall.  Come join the fun and add your artwork to the Poster wall!

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El Dia de los Muertos

October is mostly known for the American holiday of Halloween, where people of all ages dress up in costume and trick or treat for candy and other goodies in their neighborhoods.  This holiday has its own traditions, such as carving pumpkins, bobbing for apples, trading candy, visiting spooky houses, and so on.

However, there is another Fall holiday that the Dallas Museum of Art is celebrating : El Dia de Los Muertos–or Day of the Dead! 

The Day of the Dead is a time of celebration and remembrance of loved ones who have passed away, much like Memorial Day in the United States.  Many Latin American and Mexican cultures celebrate Dia de Los Muertos on November 1st and 2nd.  The Dallas Museum of Art will be celebrating this cultural holiday as part of its Family Celebration: Ancient Mexico, on Sunday, October 28th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Ofrendas, or offerings.

Dia de los Muertos is a joyous occasion where loved ones are honored and remembered through the creation of fantastic art and delicious treats.  Inside households, families create special altars, called ofrendas (offerings), which are decorated with breads, candies, food, drinks, and flowers, all of which are meant to celebrate the lost loved ones.

Perhaps the most iconic image related to The Day of the Dead celebration is the skull!

Sugar skulls are probably the most common candies made this time of year.  They can be made with plain sugar or chocolate, and are often decorated with sequins, pieces of metallic paper and colored sugar paste.  There will be a sugar skull demonstration from artist Maggie Wolters during the Family Celebration, and families will be able to decorate their own skull masterpiece.  Additionally, local master chocolatiers, CocoAndre, will be on hand during the afternoon to teach the Art of Chocolate to families, as well as lead them in the creation of a chocolate skeleton.

Artist Diego Rivera was also attracted to using skulls/skeletons in his art, portraying a skeleton lady (or La Catrina) in his famous mural, Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda (dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda park)

Detail from central section of Sueño de una tarde dominical en la Alameda (dream of a Sunday afternoon in the Alameda park) Fresco 1947-1948, 50 ft long x 13 ft high

Skulls and skeletons are reproduced as Day of the Dead art in almost every available material, including wood, papier mache, plaster and bread dough.  The repetition of these images in many locations and in a variety of materials , allows the subject matter to seem less scary and intimidating.  Remember El Dia de los Muertos is a day of celebration!

Here is a quick art project utilizing the skull theme that families can do to prepare for the upcoming Family Celebration: Ancient Mexico at the DMA.  All you need is:

  • paper plates
  • markers (or crayons)
  • scissors
  • glue (or tape)
  • popsicle stick (or pencil)


Flip the paper plate over, and draw your skull outline on the bottom of the plate.  The outer edge will act as the bottom of the skull.  Cut out the shape with scissors once your skull shape is complete.

Use markers or crayons to decorate your skull.  Be as imaginative as possible!  Sugar skulls often have floral motifs, hearts, and spiderwebs patterns.

Once your skull is fully decorated, attach it to a popsicle stick or pencil with either glue or tape.  And voila!  You have your very own Dia de los Muertos mask!  Make sure to bring your decorations to this weekend’s Ancient Mexico Family Celebration.  Click here for a full list of the festivities!




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Arturo’s Art & Me in the contemporary galleries

This month’s Arturo’s Art & Me classes centered around the five senses and were held in the contemporary art galleries. While looking closely at abstract works of art by Hans Hoffman (pictured right), Mark Rothko, and Clyfford Still (pictured left), the children imagined what each color would smell or even taste like!

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