Art Study Center

Art Activities

The Brant Foundation New York & Greenwich July 12th, 2018

These art activities are inspired by The Brant Foundation’s exhibitions and are designed to encourage children to have fun learning about contemporary art while fostering creative development.

The Brant Foundation has a mission to promote the education and appreciation of contemporary art and design by making significant works available to the public for scholarly study and examination.  As a unique resource in the community, the Foundation presents bi-annual exhibitions and extensive educational programming to stimulate critical thinking and visual literacy in the arts for individuals of all ages.  The Brant Foundation is open to the public and visits are free of charge.  The Brant Foundation invites children to work on these art activities while touring the exhibition or at home, enhancing the contemporary art learning experience.

The Brant Foundation is proud to offer a multitude of ongoing programs and events aimed to enhance and enrich the public’s experience with contemporary art. Our programs, ranging from specialized classroom workshops to a compelling lecture series, are devised to increase art accessibility and promote art appreciation. Collectively, these programs are designed to facilitate art education, foster creative and scholarly development, and provide unique opportunities for anyone with an interest in contemporary art.

Inspired by Urs Fischer

Exploring Scale Activity

URS FISCHER mines the potential of materials—from clay, steel, and paint to bread, dirt, and produce—to create works that disorient and bewilder. Through scale distortions, illusion, and the juxtaposition of common objects, his sculptures, paintings, photographs, and large-scale installations explore themes of perception and representation while maintaining a witty irreverence and mordant humor.

ACTIVITY:

Choose two different objects/figures to draw – one typically small, and one typically large. Reverse the scale of the objects/figures and explore how the size can be used to convey an idea in your drawing or change the way that you think about the forms.

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  • Inspired by The Brant Foundation's exhibitions

Inspired by The Brant Foundation's Exhibitions

Artists & Their Work | Matching Game

Draw lines connecting works made by the same artist.  Click on each image* or download the answer key to view the correct answer and learn more about the contemporary artists who have exhibited at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center.

*interactive PDF must be opened in Adobe Acrobat

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Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Exploring Symbols in Art

Jean-Michel Basquiat was interested in exploring different modes of human expression and communication. Basquiat often incorporated symbols in his paintings, referencing Henry Dreyfuss’s Symbol Sourcebook, which includes universally recognized visual forms used to communicate a message.

ACTIVITY:

Explore how Basquiat uses symbols in the painting Untited (1986).  Use the symbols from Henry Dreyfuss’s Symbol Sourcebook or create your own symbols to make a drawing or painting that communicates a specific message to the viewer.  Follow the guidelines to get started!

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Inspired by Francesco Clemente

Create Your Own Scene

Inspired by Francesco Clemente’s exhibition Works 1978-2018 at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center.

ACTIVITY:

In this recent series of watercolors painted in collaboration with miniature painters in Jodhpur, Francesco Clemente features a recurring image of a theater stage, red and pink curtains framing scenarios of fragility, chaos and loss, depicted in sensual and fluid colors. Use the template to create your own theatrical scene inspired by these works.

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Inspired by Francesco Clemente

Creative Writing Activity 

Inspired by Francesco Clemente’s exhibition Works 1978-2018 at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center.

ACTIVITY:

Strongly influenced by literature and poetry, Francesco Clemente is a poet in his own right, with a vast lexicon of symbolic and metaphorical imagery that expands and transforms to tell an open-ended story. Take a close look at Francesco Clemente’s A History of the Heart in Three Rainbows (III), part of a series of large scale watercolor paintings, originally painted on one long scroll of paper. Write your own short story or poem inspired by Clemente’s painting – follow the guidelines to get started!

 

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Inspired by Francesco Clemente

I SPY Francesco Clemente 

Explore works by Francesco Clemente in the exhibition Works 1978-2018 at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center!  Can you find all of the artworks pictured? #FrancescoClemente

*This exhibition contains content that may be considered inappropriate for children. Attendees are advised to exercise discretion.

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Inspired by Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael Williams

I SPY Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, Michael Williams

Explore works by Joe Bradley, Oscar Tuazon, and Michael Williams at The Brant Foundation Art Study Center! Can you find all of the artworks pictured? #BradleyTuazonWilliams

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Exquisite Corpse Activity

Work in groups to create your own exquisite corpse! Fold along the lines so that each person can draw in their section without seeing what the person before them drew. Once completed, unfold the card and reveal your exquisite corpse creation!  #ExquisiteCorpseTBF

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Inspired by The Brant Foundation & Greenwich Polo

The Brant Foundation & Greenwich Polo Word Search

The Brant Foundation is open to the public, free of charge, from 1-3 PM on polo Sundays.  Reservations for Sunday hours are not required.

Can you find all of the art & polo words listed?

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Inspired by Pablo Picasso

Picasso’s Blue Period Activity

Picasso’s paintings from the blue period were dominated by blue-ish green hues, reflecting the sadness that he was feeling at the time. Picasso’s use of color to convey his emotions resulted in the creation of some of his most famous works.

Color in the image WITHOUT using any blue. How do the colors used evoke different emotions? #Picasso

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