Root’s Class Field Trip
Good afternoon my friends and family! We had such an amazing time and experience at the Lux Art Institute this past Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. Let’s begin with our excursion along the hidden trails filled with outdoor installation art created by the local and current artists working in residence at Lux!
First, we began our adventure at the front of the Art Institute, check us out! We are ready for some fun!
Follow us as we make our way all the way up to the Lux Art Museum where we got to check out the visiting artist in residence, Francis Upritchard!
Here we visited the Apple Trees that were planted by the Lux Art Institute. We discussed the special shapes that surrounded the trees and the pebble size rocks that filled the entire outdoor space!
As we continued to make our way up the hill, we came across one of my favorite sculptures at the Lux. This artist had used a thin galvanized metal that he hammered and chiseled down, so it would take on the exact shape of a real tree and rock.
Yay, we finally made it all the way to the top! As we sat on the brick style outdoor furniture we pondered, what was so different and unique about these pieces! What do you think?? I really enjoyed this interactive outdoor installation and so did the children. Often times we are not able to touch the art, but here they got an opportunity to be a part of it!
Before we entered into the Museum, the children were told that the artist was in fact living in there own space downstairs below the gallery. Her space was similar to a regular apartment just like the houses we all live in. Then were asked to be very careful inside the Museum as the art work is fragile, so we want to make sure we are not running around or touching anything. She also mentioned to remember to keep our voices down so we could really think and take in what it is that we are seeing.
Here the children are getting the opportunity to hear about the artist in residence and what her art was about! Behind you will see her creative dinosaur sculptures made from paper mâché and a special rubber shipped in from New Zealand, the artist’s true place of residence. She also created large pots, and hats from clay that had been finalized/fired in the Kiln.
Upritchard’s intuitive investigations into cultural heritage morph into sculptural forms that transcend cultures and gender and blend the past with the present to create a contemporaneity that is timeless. Upritchard incorporates different materials that are non-toxic and malleable as much as possible, which allow her to get up close and spend personal time with her material. One of the materials she uses is balata, which is a rubber from Brazil. The balata is put in a malleable state by warming it in hot water, after which it is placed in a tub with cold water. In this part of the process the artist has to work quickly and therefore her work has to be intuitive. Watercolor paintings accompany the process as studies.
Pedestals are important in Upritchard’s work as they define how a viewer sees it. She uses old furniture or custom made pedestals in rejection of the white cube pedestal. Her relationship with crafts, shown through her use of furniture, fabric, and jewelry, is important to her practice and celebrates crafts as an art form.
Once we received and gathered all of this information, the children had the opportunity to create their own dinosaurs with found materials inside the Lux Art Institute studio! They had such a great time making dinosaurs.
Wow check out our awesome dinosaurs! Once we finished Ms. Francis came in an introduced herself and answered all of the questions that the children had. Some questions were? Does Ms. Francis sleep in the museum? Why didn’t you paint the dinosaurs? She was very helpful in explaining her specific choices she made on her creations. Ms. Francis used words like creating a “balance” among her art pieces in the museum, why some pieces had more details then others, and finally the use of “color” in certain places.
After our Lux-cursion, I was so inspired with the nature walk and the art displays, that I wanted the children to reflect on the field trip. So, during the Root’s outdoor classroom time the day after the field trip, I set up an area for the children to create Landscape Paintings. I asked the Root’s to reflect and think about what their favorite part of the nature walk was, or which art did you enjoy best? So from memory, the children created their own landscape paintings. Like Ms. Francis, these are watercolor studies that accompany the process of making art!