Life at Sea!

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For the Oct. 15 Exploring Artism, The Center’s September 17 Exploring Artism focused on all types of boats and how they interact with each other on the high seas.  We returned to the Center’s Special Exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting in order to see how boats interacted on the high seas.

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First, everyone met in the Docent Room to look at pictures of different types of boats.  Participants shared stories and create our very own sea-scape.  We used sponges to cover a very large piece of paper with blue paint, then set it aside to dry so we could use it later.

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After painting, we used wooden pieces to make boats.  We decorated our boats using markers and stickers. Some boats had wires and strings coming off of them so that they could catch fish while out at sea.

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Then we took our boats upstairs to look at Willem Van De Velde the Younger’s Sea Battle of the Anglo-Dutch Wars.  We discussed what we saw going on in the painting.  We saw that there was a lot of smoke and flags, so we thought about what the smoke could be coming from and why the flags were important.  After that, we placed our wooden boats on top of the big blue piece of paper we had painted earlier, which had dried and been laid out on the gallery floor by our great volunteers.  While the volunteers used iPads to play ocean and cannon noises, we added cut-outs of other ships to the scene and moved our own wooden boats around.

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Finally, we went back down to the Docent Room to present our boats to everyone else.  After that we cleaned up and went home!

 

The next Exploring Artism will be on November 19, 2016.

All About Boats!

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Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg’s oil painting, The Glorious Defeat of the Spanish Armada.

The Center’s September 17 Exploring Artism focused on all types of boats and how they interact with each other on the high seas.  We looked at paintings from the Center’s Special Exhibition Spreading Canvas: Eighteenth-Century British Marine Painting and used what we learned to build and decorate our own model boats.

First, everyone met in the Docent Room to look at pictures of different types of boats.  Participants shared stories and experiences they have had on sailboats, canoes, rowboats and motorboats. We also discussed what other things one might find on a large boat, like cannons and flags!

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Looking at de Loutherbourg’s large oil painting

Next we went upstairs to look at Philippe-Jacques de Loutherbourg’s oil painting, The Glorious Defeat of the Spanish Armada.  In this painting, we saw a number of large ships very close together, lots of people on smaller rowboats and a large fire!  Using what we saw in the painting, we discussed the different reasons two ships might sail that close to one another, and why one of the ships was on fire.  We also talked about the meaning of the flags we saw at the top of the ships and how important it is for ships to use those flags to tell other ships where they’re from.

Creating a sequence of events from the painting.
Creating a sequence of events from the painting.

After looking at the painting, we went downstairs to build our own boats!  Using small wooden pieces that fit into one another, participants were able to create boats that could then “sail” around the sea we had drawn on the table.

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We look forward to seeing you at our Oct. 15 Exploring Artism!!!

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Come sail with us on Sat., Sept. 17!

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Willem van de Velde the Younger, Sea Battle of the Anglo-Dutch Wars, ca. 1700, Oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art

This weekend’s Exploring Artism at the Center will focus on creating your own “vessel” inspired by the naval and marine paintings on view in the third floor installation, Spreading Canvas: 18th-century British Marine Painting. There are still a few spots available so register now: contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu  | +1 203 432 2858) with your name, number, and a good time to reach you.

While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too! Preregistration is required.

 

 

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Cretan Cats, Goats, and Flower Pots

parents and childrens painting flower pots around a table.
Parents and children painting flower pots around a table.

The June 18 Exploring Artism focused on a new art form –  designing and painting a flower pot! Participants learned about the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual Chelsea Flower Show and saw a lot of pictures of flower creations. Next we learned that the flower show inspired an art gallery owner to ask 58 artists to paint a flower pot. The Center has the flower pot that John Craxton painted and we looked at it together in the galleries.

Boy designing his flower pot.
Participant designing his flower pot.

First, everyone looked at John Craxton’s Goats and Flowers painting and discussed the colors and shapes. We then looked at Craxton’s Cretan Cats Flower Pot where they found and learned about kri-kri, cretan cats, and the island of Crete, the island where Craxton was living at the time he painted the flower pot.

Inspired by Crete’s wildlife as seen in Craxton’s works, everyone painted their very own flowerpot.

Kri-kri is a type of wild goat that lives on the island of Crete.
Kri-kri is a type of wild goat that lives on the island of Crete.
Cretan wildcats live on the island of Crete.
Cretan wildcats live on the island and are not friendly with people.

As well as where Crete is located and what plants grow there:

Map of Crete
Map of Crete

The next Exploring Artism at the YCBA is schedule for Saturday, Sept. 17. We hope everyone has a fun and relaxing summer!

It’s great to be back at the Center!

Participants passing around the Talk Star.
Participants passing around the Talk Star.

May 21 was the first Exploring Artism class at the reopened Yale Center for British Art. Returning families as well as a few new families enjoyed looking at artwork in the refreshed galleries. Together everyone looked closely at Rachel Whiteread’s plaster work, “Untitled, Ten Tables”. Back in the Docent Room, everyone made their own sculptures while paying attention to space and form.

Talking about form.
Talking about form.

June 18 is the next session of Exploring Artism at the YCBA. We look forward to seeing you there. To register: contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu (link sends e-mail) | +1 203 432 2858) with your name, number, and a good time to reach you.

ARTWORXX SUCCESS!

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Congratulations to the Artworxx artists for the success of their first showing of original artwork at the Yale Center for British Art’s Docent Room from May 15 -22. Over 250 people visited their “exhibition” throughout the week and the opening reception saw hundreds of friends, family, and museum visitors.

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Everyone is looking forward to creating more original artwork inspired by the Center’s collections later this summer and fall. To learn more about the Initiative for Girls and Women with Autism Spectrum Disorders at the Yale Child Study Center, supported by a gift from Marilyn and Jim Simons, click here. The program flyer can be found in the link below.

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