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Kid Critics: Hodges and Hopper

At Free First Saturday on April 5, we asked kids what they thought about the artworks in the current exhibitions Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take and Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process.  Here is what some of them said about their favorites: Jim Hodges, The Dark Gate Pick one word to describe this work […]

At Free First Saturday on April 5, we asked kids what they thought about the artworks in the current exhibitions Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take and Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process.  Here is what some of them said about their favorites:

Jim Hodges, The Dark Gate

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Pick one word to describe this work of art:

Expertish – Tenzin, age: 10 3/4

Outer space – Ciara, age 10

Creepy – Finn, age 7

Why did you pick that word?

Seems to require lots of artistic skill – Tenzin

Because from inside the box the shape between the spikes looks like a black hole – and from the outside it looks like a sun.  - Ciara

Because the box was all dark. It was like ‘knights’ were around me because of the swords.  - Finn

What does it make you think about?

A spider – Tenzin

The cosmos – Ciara

Like knives were all around me – Finn

Make up a story about this work of art…

Riddle:  What can crawl up walls has eight legs and is black?  Answer: Black Widow  - Tenzin

Once upon a time there was a black hole (which is an exploded star) that lived next to a sun (which is a medium sized star) – they were friends.  One day when the sun was orbiting the black hole (which stars do) the two of them got so close they formed together making a big wall.  They were both the same thing – though when the light shines through the wall it makes a hole.  One side looks like the sun and the other a black hole.  - Ciara

If I was inside the box I feel like swords could be thrown around me.  - Finn

Edward Hopper, Summertime

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Pick one word to describe this work of art:

Summerish  - Elodie, age 8

3D  - Habtamu, age 11

Amazing  - Emani, age 11

Why did you pick that word?

Because it is light and bright  - Elodie

Because he did a very good job at shading and making it look 3D  - Habtamu, age 11

The details from the curtain to the girl are phenomenal  - Emani

What does it make you think about?

Summer  - Elodie & Habtamu

Freedom because the way she is standing – knowing she came from a rough start – now starts over fresh.  - Emani

Make up a story about this work of art…

There was a girl stepping out of an apartment.  - Elodie

Going outside to wait for her friend while she is enjoy the weather.  - Habtamu

She noticed nothing is holding her back and its time to be free.  - Emani

 

Which artworks will inspire your children? Come check out Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take (now-May 11) and Hopper Drawing: A Painter’s Process (now-June 20) and share with us what your kids think.