Exhibitions at the Katonah Museum of Art range from realism to abstraction, from ancient artifacts to cutting edge contemporary, from oil painting to any other material artists employ. Every few months the Museum is transformed. Within the school year this diverse schedule offers educators and students multiple opportunities to explore visual history and connect their Museum experience to classroom learning. In addition, every year an exhibition of student artwork is displayed throughout the Museum.
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Eye to I ... 3,000 Years of PortraitsIn the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
What is it about a face that is so compelling? This exhibition invites students to consider this question as they encounter more than 60 portraits spanning 3,000 years and representing cultures around the world. These diverse works of art stimulate careful observation, evidence-based learning, and group discussion in line with the Common Core Literacy Standards.
Gallery activities involve students’ thinking and engaging through the lens of different disciplines. Props such as a detective’s magnifying glass or an artist’s paintbrush provide entry points to imaginative and constructive forms of looking, problem solving, and storytelling.
Objects on view include an Egyptian bust and a Nigerian tribal mask, as well as works by Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Auguste Rodin, Edouard Vuillard, and Andy Warhol, among others. These remarkable artworks will spark students’ creativity as they explore portraiture during a unique hands-on activity.
Preview this exhibition at the Educators’ Open House
Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 4 – 6:30 pm, free
Artist to Artist; Self Portraits by Picture Book Illustrators
In the Learning CenterHave you ever wondered what your favorite artist looks like and what she thinks of herself? We bet you didn’t know that Eric Carle imagines himself with a butterfly popping out of his head or that Jane Dyer envisions tiny creatures who actually help her paint. Your students will explore and analyze the self-portraits of nine beloved picture book illustrators: Eric Carle, Tomie de Paola, Jane Dyer, Steven Kellogg, Petra Mathers, Jerry Pinkney, Alice Provensen, Rosemary Wells, and Paul O. Zelinsky. The beautiful illustrations reveal to us a lot about their amazing, funny, whimsical, artistic lives.
For information or book a tour, please contact Margaret Adasko: firstname.lastname@example.org; 914-232-9555, ext. 2985.
YOUNG ARTISTS 2014: A High School Art ExhibitionIn the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
This annual program gives aspiring artists an opportunity to participate behind the scenes in mounting a museum exhibition. Artwork from high school seniors is selected by teachers and delivered to the KMA. With the guidance of professionals, students then organize, publicize, curate, and install their own exhibition. Family, friends, and artists are invited to celebrate at the opening reception. Contact the Education Department; 914-232-9555, ext. 2985 to find out how your school can participate.
March 23 – June 15, 2014
Jasper Johns at work in his print studio
Jasper Johns and John Lund: Master Artist, Master PrinterIn the Beitzel and Righter Galleries
During the late 1950’s, Jasper Johns emerged as a force on the American art scene, laying the groundwork for both Pop Art and Minimalism. Johns’s earlier work focused on familiar, concrete elements in American popular culture – notably flags, targets, maps, numbers, and letters. The KMA exhibition will take a special look at Johns’s fine art prints created with master printer John Lund over the past thirty years. These works are more personal and intimate than Johns’s earlier art. They involve memories of childhood and include simple silhouettes of youth, often layered with familiar motifs from his earlier works. Your students will enjoy finding Johns’s unique imagery in the prints. The exhibition will also demystify the printmaking process with the inclusion of artist’s proofs, printing plates, and photographs. In the Learning Center, students will be invited to think like artists and transform familiar symbols using a printmaking process.
|Rosemary Wells, Emily’s First 100 Days of School, © 2000, Hyperion Books for Children, New York, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells|
Max, Ruby, Felix, and Yoko. Rosemary Wells’s characters are unforgettable. Her books have been favorites for generations. But there is more to a book than its characters, and Wells’s books are distinguished by an attention to details. Their striking covers and endpapers are worth a close look, for they give young readers all sorts of clues about the story that unfolds inside. Join us in the Learning Center as we explore a “whole book” approach to picture books. Find out what makes these works extra special.