It’s time for Kids Get Arty! We participated for the first time in September and had a blast drawing pet portraits in the style of Brooke Churchill. I was completely blown away by how fantastic the experience was and still cannot believe we waited so long to join in!
For November’s challenge we decided it was time to FINALLY visit The Dali! I have been wanting to go since we moved here 2 years ago, but was worried the kids weren’t quite ready. Now that the littlest one is almost 3 we decided to go for it and hope for the best!
And it was awesome! The staff at the museum is phenomenal and was not at all put off by the fact that we were bringing in 4 small children. They suggested we take the kid friendly “mustache” audio tour and gave each of the kids a scavenger hunt map and pencil.
The kids were so excited to hear about Dali and the artwork and have talking and asking questions about him as if he was someone we actually know. The best part of the experience for me was how each of the children took turns (without any prompting) giving us their interpretations of the artwork. They fed off each others ideas and compared each new painting and sculpture with the ones we had already seen. Their observations and thoughts were incredible–my husband and I stood back and let them discuss and soaked up their perspective. And enjoyed how much they enjoyed the silliness of surrealism!
The architecture, the events, the outdoor art garden–there are too many fantastic things at The Dali to cover in this post! Make sure you check out their website for more info.
After our visit almost all of my 4 year old’s drawings were “like Dali” and they were excited when we finally sat down to create. I had suggested painting, but they were adamant about using crayons and drawing paper. They thought it would be easier to add surrealistic details in a medium they were very familiar with. They were also enamoured with the titles and descriptions they saw at the museum and put a lot of thought into theirs.
Description by the artist (4 years old):
An elephant surrounded by a water scooter with butterflies and crowns and a pterodactyl flying in the air through the clouds.
Description by the artist (6 years old):
Five butterflies and flying candy canes surround a ship and block its passage to home. The butterflies are surreal. Some have crazy wings and one is naked.
Description by the artist (almost 3 years old):
A butterfly, ladybug, bug, and a monster were going through the machine at the car wash.