The “Chagall for Children” exhibit returns to Kohl Children’s Museum! We had the opportunity to explore the exhibit last week and really enjoyed the ability to interact with the artwork and learn more about a famous artist in a kid-friendly way.
Kohl Children’s Museum developed and owns the exhibit, but allows it to travel around North America. It’s back in Chicagoland and will be at the museum until September 6, 2015. They incorporate high-quality reproductions of Marc Chagall’s works in this interactive, multi-sensory exhibit, designed to engage children ages 2-12 in the exploration of both the history and talent of this artist.
There are 14 multi-sensory stations:
Visitors explore the effect of light upon stained glass by adjusting the light levels behind the work and recreating their own America Windows by rearranging puzzle-like pieces of the work.
At the Circus
Incorporating role-play, which is key in the creative development of young children, visitors see themselves as part of a Chagall painting via a video camera and monitor. They don silk-screened capes to become part of the painting as they pose and play on a circus stage.
Comparing art forms, visitors examine the reproduction of this oil painting and compare it to the tactile experience of touching the bas-relief. Visitors can also create a “rubbing” from a steel engraving of the bas-relief.
The Blue House
Studying form and structure, visitors create their own three-dimensional house against the backdrop of this painting.
Visitors at this station select musical instruments represented in this painting and blend sounds the way Chagall artistically blended colors.
Visitors create their own flower arrangements inspired by this colorful work and experiment with floral scents.
The Flying Sleigh
In a computerized activity, visitors explore the art of narrative form by manipulating main figures and details of this Chagall piece to tell their own story.
Visitors can re-create the painting using magnetized puzzle pieces.
I and the Village
Visitors learn about the concept of symmetry and explore the different ways people view the world by rotating this painting.
Tapestry provided Chagall with yet another form of artistic expression. Visitors cooperatively create a tapestry by weaving and sewing.
Visitors explore the role of detail in this work by using a touch screen to animate elements of the painting. Paris
Through the Window
By experimenting with composition using magnetized pieces, visitors create their own picture of Paris.
The Poultry Yard
In a creative approach to form and structure, visitors experiment with brightly colored, three-dimensional, soft-sculpture animals to create fantasy creatures and scenes.
A rich tactile experience occurs when visitors touch and rearrange the beautiful feathers in the tail of a soft sculpture copy of Chagall’s rooster.
Many stations are accompanied with audio descriptions, highlighting information about the artwork upon which the interactive experience is based. In addition, an extensive selection of books about the artist is provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning.
There is also so much more to explore at Kohl Children’s Museum. There are many opportunities for children to role play in the Play Café (Potbelly’s) taking orders and making sandwiches with embroidered aprons on, in Whole Foods Market as a customer or working in the store, in Pet Vet as a veterinarian or pet owner and the Baby Nursery as a parent or doctor. There is the ever popular Water Works where kids can play with water in creative ways with squirters, gears and bubbles to propel jellyfish. Ravinia Festival Music Makers enables children to make music in various ways with different types of instruments and sounds. There are many other opportunities to spin wheels, pedal bikes to fill balloons, push cars and so much more! Kohl Children’s Museum is also a great place to visit in the summer as they have an outdoor area.
We highly recommend a trip there!
Kohl Childrens Museum
2100 Patriot Blvd
Glenview, IL 60026
This post brought to you by Kohl Childrens Museum, but all opinions are my own.