Monthly Archives: February 2011

MIT Museum and Arthur Ganson Kinetic Sculpture Exhibit

Moving Chair Sculpture

Moving Chair Sculpture

We recently went to the MIT Museum. MIT has been my older son’s dream school since first grade. He got to see some of his robot heroes like Cog and Kismet. Both boys loved the holographic artwork exhibit. And we all were intrigued and fascinated by the exhibit of Arthur Ganson’s wok. Ganson makes kinetic sculptures.

Okay, I must admit that part of the thrill was seeing these in real life. I had previously seen many of them on the children’s animated show Arthur. Which, if you aren’t up on kid things, is not named for Ganson, but the main character of the book series that inspired the television show. And…Arthur is an anthropomorphic aardvark who looks more like a teddy bear. Anyway…it was thrilling to see Ganson’s very cool sculptures.

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New England Aquarium

lionfish

The family headed to the New England Aquarium last week. I’m glad we arrived early after opening. Later in the day it was a zoo. I love the bright colors of the tropical fish!  I loved the leafy sea dragon, so cool! And the enormous sea turtle in the main tank was impressive! We all loved seeing the I-Max movie about coral reefs. Lots of oohs, and aahs, and genuine excitement out of the boys (and me).

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A Day At The MFA

cow art

The family spent a day at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston last week, and since it was school vacation the kids were free! I was admitted for free also with my student id. The MFA is huge, overwhelming, and a must see. There is so much to see it is better done over multiple visits, if possible. After awhile my head was on overload. The kids loved the ancient Egyptian pieces. I am always thrilled to see the size and texture of pieces I’ve seen in books in real life. The mega-famous European masters were incredible to see in real life. The new contemporary wing was not opened yet. I would have loved to have seen that. I love the sculpture (above) by Alexander Calder.  The simple lines make such a bold statement.

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“What I Like” Art Journal Page

Stream Of Conciousness Writing Font Work

I wrote about whatever came into my head that I liked, TV shows, food, seasonal images, and more. I tried to write in a few different font styles. I wanted to record what I like at this moment. What I like has changed throughout the years. I wish I had done this at different periods throughout my life. I know some items would be the same, but many would change. It will be interesting to read this page sometime in the future and see what is different. I also wonder how fast it changes. Seasonally? Yearly? I want to have my children do this. I’m sure their lists do change pretty fast.

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Something Old, Something New

Sleigh Ride Winter

The whole family bundled up and went on a sleigh ride yesterday afternoon. The ride through the woods was really smooth. The horses, Ben and Bill, were so strong and impressive. We had cocoa before the ride. My boys are cocoa fiends, so that was a great way to start.

Winter

After the sleigh ride, we went to a laser show. The laser show featured music by Led Zeppelin. It was interesting. Some of the images were really cool, and some hurt my head. It reminded me of Spirograph pictures, string art, and a screen saver. Parts of it probably did need a “may induce seizures” warning. Other parts I wished I could have captured to expand upon in my art journal.

 

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International Dance Performance

Japanese Dance NumberMy younger son and I went to an international dance performance at a local university yesterday. My older son was preparing to sleep in a snow cave on a winter camping trip with his scout troop. The dancers did a great job. I loved seeing the beautiful costumes.

Bollywood Style Finale Dance

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Whatever Pops In My Head

Product Labels Tissue Paper Stamping

This a page I actually made in November. The base of this page is “Sharpie ghosting” which I learned about on this video:

Sharpie Ghosting

The inspiration for this page came from the product label/cover from Corn Pops cereal bowls that are used in the lunch program where I work. I really liked the way the label looked. I also used the dull silver from the back of the label to make hearts. My MIL stamped the tissue paper I used on the page. It was gift wrap from a present she gave me. I like the cartoon-y feel of the page.

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