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August 1, 2017

More Sketching With Grandchildren

My grandchildren, Annabelle and Zach, were happy to go on another sketching adventure.  A new permanent exhibit of Jim Hensen and the Muppets just opened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens.  We've never been there before, and this seemed like the perfect event for us to explore a different NYC museum.  

http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2017/07/22/detail/the-jim-henson-exhibition/  

 

1.  Off to Astoria Queens to see the new "Jim Hensen" and the Muppets exhibit. 

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2. You need to get timed tickets for this exhibit, which can be done online more than 24 hours before your selected time.  We arrived early and started in their permanent exhibit called "Behind the Screen" - and Annabelle started sketching.

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3.  The Jim Hensen exhibit had lots of the puppets, storyboards, drawings, film clips and history.  The children can take one of 4 puppets and make a video in one area, and change hairstyles, hats etc on puppets in another area.  If they love the Muppets, it is enough to see the 47 puppets up close.  But I think adults will enjoy the exhibit more.  We watched "The Muppet Movie" (1979) at home on Friday night and saw Miss Piggy" in this dress in a dream sequence. 

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4. There are wonderful drawings throughout the exhibit - loved this one.

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5.  And "Animal" as a concept drawing.

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6. Before and after the Muppet exhibit, Annabelle and Zachary created animations from an amazing hands- on exhibit in the permanent exhibit.  And there are more similar activities for kids this age to enjoy.

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7.  I sketched in both sections with them, but only painted this drawing of one of the Doozers.

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July 28, 2017

Sketching With Grandchildren - July 2017

Annabelle is visiting us in NYC for 10 days, and her Manhattan cousin Zachary joins us for some of the adventures. 

Tuesday:  Walking to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with their backpacks containing art supplies.  They loved walking through the Greek and Roman sculpture hall in the Met, on the way to the Egyptian wing to see William the Blue Hippo - mascot of the Met.  They were very interested in the Egyptian Wing and Annabelle wanted to see one sphinx, and actually saw many.   

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Sitting facing the Temple of Dendur for a quick sketch.

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I sketched with them, and added all of our entrance stickers to the page.

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We went up to the Roof Garden to see the current summer art exhibit, and neither of them even realized there was an open roof top exhibit area on the museum.    The City Skyline, looking south to midtown is impressive.  After the Roof Garden we had lunch, went to look at the Fish in the Astor Court, and then ended the day in the Nolen Library so they could explore the children's computer terminals.

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Thursday:  Annabelle wanted to paint today before we went to buy new art supplies.

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She painted a red fox to take home to her best friend.

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July 6, 2017

Flowers and Florine

Wagner Park Flowers last Wednesday morning.  A quick search of Hydrangea images and information suggests these belong to the category lacetops.  I also sketched a cone flower and an unknown.

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I explored the Florine Stettheimer exhibit at the Jewish Museum on Thursday and was more interested in the history of this Victorian painter and her family, than the paintings.  The early paintings had a more interesting range of values and compositions.  This is the self-portrait I chose to copy, as I continue to practice facial features.

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June 29, 2017

Prime Time at the Museum of Modern Art

Prime Time Tour:  With guides Danielle and Jenny (Danielle:  An intern for 2016-2017, Jenny -Assistant Curator who worked on plans for this exhibit for 4 years!) .   Robert Rauschenberg and Friends is this summer's huge exhibit at MoMA.  It covers the entire 4th floor of the museum.  Last week I attended gallery talks, each for two hours on Tuesday and Thursday, which were part of the MoMA Prime Time experience.  As we sat in front of the art works I quickly realized that I wouldn't be able to sketch any of the selected works, so I sketched our guides Danielle (an intern at MoMA) and Jenny (an assistant curator for the exhibit).

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Prime Time is a special program for seniors, which includes both art history and art skills programs.  It is so popular that you must be on their mailing list and register quickly when the programs are advertised by email. 

I like some of Rauschenberg's work, specifically his silk screen and collage works, but I knew almost nothing about him.  What I learned was that he was most interested in (1) exploring techniques in art, pushing them in new directions and (2) establishing lots of collaborations for his art, including other artists, writers, dancers, composers, and even engineers.  This is a link to the exhibit, and there are some good short videos.

https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/3634?locale=en 

 

June 23, 2017

Art Wednesdays in Battery Park City June 21st

I love the free adult art program sponsored by the Battery Park City Conservancy from May through October.  On Wednesday mornings I stop briefly in Wagner Park to draw individual flowers in bloom.  Maybe someday I will grow to like painting landscapes.

Wagner Park iris variant:

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Multiple Flowers in Bloom this week:   

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In the afternoon I go to Figure Drawing sessions which are held in South Cove, also in Battery Park City.

Short Poses (5-10 minutes):

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Longer Poses (10-20 minutes): 

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On the hottest days in NYC, there is always shade and a lovely breeze in the afternoon.