How Do Kids Connect to Art?
Avery Lumeng, thirteen, who forgot her glasses and has trouble seeing the art, nevertheless admires the color in a work by Kathleen Yano Lapso, "how the red, black, and gold go together." And Katherine Wys, enjoying a large woven copper piece by Lapso, notes, "It has rainbow and copper color at the same time," and she asks the artist how she made it.
In Diane Hawkey's booth, the girls immerse their hands in a bowl of beads for ten minutes, handling and playing with them but not taking the next step of creating a bracelet or necklace. They say they like the color and feel of the clay beads ("they feel different"). Xailia summarizes: "They're cool."
At times, however, the responses of the kids are more sophisticated. When looking at the delicate wildlife etchings of Marina Terauds, Grace Evans-Golden explains, "I like the intricate detail." And Katherine Wys is drawn to a large photograph by Chelsea's Paul Christopher James showing a stream flowing through the woods. She points out how the photographer caught the blurred movement of running water, plus all the soft green moss on the shore. James responds by explaining how he created the time exposure, setting the lens and aperture to capture the blur of the stream, and, in another photo, how he achieved the depth of field of a cityscape. Katherine appears to understand what he is saying.