Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Little Gems

Me: Okay everyone, close your eyes and imagine  that you're dancing with your friends.
1st grader: All I see is black!!!


Ali: What do you think is going on in this picture?
3rd grader: Maybe he just fell down a hill and his girlfriend broke up with him.












Thursday, March 6, 2014

Something Up Our Sleeves




This week at the museum has been exciting! On Wednesday, Jessica pulled me into an exhibition planning meeting with Rita and Rachel where I got an inside scoop on SMA’s exhibits for next year—be prepared everyone; there’s going to be some awesome things going on! 

What got me pumped was being a part of the brainstorming and idea-formulating going on. It’s so refreshing to be in an environment where you’re encouraged to use your imagination and think creatively—for me, it’s definitely the coolest part of interning at an art museum. I won’t spill the beans, but the museum really has some great plans that will reach out to new demographics, and incorporate fun, unique activities—all while enhancing the visitor’s experience. 

Sara

Friday, February 21, 2014

Complements

While sitting at lunch I had a rather enjoyable conversation with a teacher. 

Teacher: Don't take offense to this, but I pictured you as a man with a mustache and a beret.

I laughed, and a gave her a heart felt apology for letting her down. Life really is about our perspective and attitude correct? Well, I chose to take this as a complement. It's a blessing to be involved in the arts. Though others often have their own preconceived notions about what to expect. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Highschool Inspiration

Morgan High School had some wonderful quotes all over the walls of the art room. I love motivational quotes because they remind me that it's never to late to create something. I figured I'd share them with you guys.

What I am seeking is not the real and the unreal but rather the unconscious, the mystery of the instinctive in the human race.
-Amedeo Modigliani

What I am after, above all, is expression.
-Henri Matisse

Learning never exhausts the mind.
-Leonardo Da Vinci

When I paint the sea roars! The others splash about in the bath.
-Salvador Dali

Insults are pouring down on me as thick as hail.
-Edward Manet

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves.
-Paul Gaugin

Art is not made for anybody and is, at the same time for everybody.
-Piet Mondrain

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
-Aristotle

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
-Auguste Rodin

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
-Albert Einstein

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.
-Helen Keller

Creativity takes courage.
-Henry Moore

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once one grows up.
-Pablo Picasso

The way to know life is to love many things.
-Vincent Van Gogh

I didn't become an impressionist. As long as I can remember I have always been one.
-Claude Monet

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. 
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more truly artistic than to love people.
-Vincent Van Gogh

These quotes helped me remember the importance of finding something to be passionate about in life. Having a passion gives us motivation, and that's the enthusiasm Ralph Waldo Emerson was talking about.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taking Shape

One of our elementary school programs involves passing out a small pile of random shaped to the children and directing them to use those shapes to create an image. We start with simple ideas such as a person doing a jumping jack. I usually see some pretty standard images. Today, however, was a treat. I don't know what they feed these kids, but they got it. They just got it.

I first noticed that something was different with this class when I saw this. This was one kid's jumping jack person.


After a couple more warm ups, I had the kids make their favorite superhero. This little boy's favorite superhero was Link from the Legend of Zelda video games. 



This was right before Halloween. So as a last activity I had the kids make what they were going to be for Halloween. This little girl was going to be a horse rider. Isn't this great!? If we had winners, this one would have been the winner that day.


I feel like a moral applies to this... I've been learning to let go of my preconceived notions about what to expect in life. All it takes is to turn the right corner and you'll amazed by what you find. I think this is why we are told to always keep believing in others. 










Monday, November 4, 2013

A School of Animals

Though we have been to some rowdy classes, I'm not talking about the kids this time.

As we arrived at the school there were a couple of cats outside. To our pleasant surprise they stuck around all day.
I made friends with this little orange guy when I stepped outside for lunch.

The real treat was that the middle school we went to had the best mascot ever!!! His name was Speedy, and he lived in the courtyard in the middle of the school. The students really loved him.

Meet Speedy.


It was a nice day. The  animals and kids were all really well behaved. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

To Monument Valley!

Hey there everybody. My name is Leslie and I'm a new outreach educator as of this year. Our first real trip of the year was down the San Juan School District. And what a trip it was.

Rachel, Tammy and I all went on this trip. They were both good sports about how excited I was as we drove. The view was amazing the whole way. This is a photo taken from our car as we rounded a corner. With practically every turn I was gasping and oooo-ing excitedly at the new view. Like I said, Tammy and Rachel were good sports about my enthusiasm to be out in nature.
 They were such good sports they allowed me to drag them to Moab after our first day in Green River and Moab. We went up to the windows loop and hiked around.


The second night we headed down to the to Monument valley to teach some schools near and on the Navajo reservation. We made the extra drive that night down the the View restaurant in order to see the valley itself. 


This trip was a wonderful experience. I love this job because it enables me to out and teach children how to let art inspire them in their lives. In turn, we've had the wonderful opportunity of being blessed by going all over utah to be inspired by the beautiful land all along the state.