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 Glenn Ligon

Download Exploring Language Activity Guide

Glenn Ligon’s first neon relief, Warm Broad Glow, consists simply of the words ‘negro sunshine’ fashioned in letters some sixteen feet across and three feet high. The sign is rendered in old typewriter characters, each one dipped face first in black paint so that the light escapes only from behind, casting a cool fluorescence on the wall on which it hangs, about eight feet from the ground… The work inverts the relationship between light and dark one expects from a lighted sign against a recessive ground; it casts a pall over [Gertrude] Stein’s nagging phrase, but there remains, as well, a paradoxically effulgent and hopeful penumbra. Of all Ligon’s work with text, this piece is perhaps his most distilled and elegant visual rephrasing of borrowed words. (Scott Rothkopf in Exh. Cat., New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Glenn Ligon: AMERICA, 2011, pp. 44-45)

RELATED LINKS:

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation

Glenn Ligon: Encounters and Collisions

Inspired by Mike Kelley

Download Exploring Found Objects Activity Guide

In this series of sculptures, found handmade and machine fabricated afghans and blankets are flanked with stuffed animals and displayed on the floor. Each sculpture, all of varying sizes, contains one specific motif and focuses on the assembly of stuffed animals in an “arena” for anthropomorphic observation. In the Arena #7, for example, four sides of a machine made blanket are surrounded with teddy bears and monkeys. One can imagine them holding a meeting or even attending a picnic. (Skarstedt Gallery Press Release)

RELATED LINKS:

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation

Mike Kelley: Arenas

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Inspired by David Altmejd

Download Exploring Sculpture Activity Guide

“All my sculptures were in the shape of very intricate architectural structures that integrated the body. My goal was actually at that time, for all that time, to make the architectural structure become a body, and make it feel like it was becoming alive like a body, by adding little bits of energy here and there. And it was always horizontal. But then I thought, if I worked on the body of a giant, then I would be able to explore a new space, a new vertical space, and at the same time I would start with the body, and the body would become a sort of architecture. So instead of the other way around, starting with the architecture and making it become a body, I am starting with a body, and that body is so large that it’s actually not really a body. You can’t really identify with a giant. The best you can do is imagine inhabiting it. Because it’s so large, that just a hole in the thigh can become a hiding place for a little animal or something. The other thing that was really important for me, and very interesting, is that for the first time, I was able to work on a body, and when I got closer to it, it was so large that I forgot that it was a body. I was able to focus on part of a leg and just see it as a sort of landscape inside of which I could get lost and work on textures and colours and spaces, but forget that it was a body.”

– DAVID ALTMEJD

RELATED LINKS:

David Altmejd Exhibition (The Brant Foundation, Greenwich, CT)

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation (The Brant Foundation, New York)

David Altmejd Exhibition Catalogue

Art 21 – David Altmejd

Inspired by Urs Fischer

Download 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.

RELATED LINKS:

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation (The Brant Foundation, New York)

Urs Fischer: Error (The Brant Foundation, Greenwich)

Urs Fischer Exhibition Posters

Urs Fischer: Oscar the Grouch (The Brant Foundation, Greenwich)

Urs Fischer: Oscar the Grouch Exhibition Catalogue

 

  • Inspired by The Brant Foundation's exhibitions

Inspired by The Brant Foundation's Exhibitions

Download Activity – Artist 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

 

Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Download Basquiat Symbols Activity

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.

RELATED LINKS:

Third Dimension: Works from The Brant Foundation (The Brant Foundation, New York)

Jean-Michel Basquiat (The Brant Foundation, New York)

The Brant Foundation Shop – Jean-Michel Basquiat

Inspired by Francesco Clemente

Download Activity – Create Your Own Scene

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

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.

RELATED LINKS:

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 (The Brant Foundation, Greenwich)

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 Exhibition Catalogue

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 Exhibition Poster

 

Inspired by Francesco Clemente

Download Creative Writing Activity

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

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!

RELATED LINKS:

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 (The Brant Foundation, Greenwich)

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 Exhibition Catalogue

Francesco Clemente: Works 1978-2018 Exhibition Poster

 

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

Download Exquisite Corpse Activity Sheet

 

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?

Download Word Search Activity Sheet

 

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

Download Picasso Activity Sheet