Art’scool Docent Story:Education Department Associate Lindsay Kranz
Last week, a third grader visiting from the Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo made a unique connection between an artwork and its surroundings. The school group was discussing the story of Icarus, a character from Greek mythology, while looking at Richard Hunt’s Icarus, 1956, in Beauty, Life, and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture. While being encouraged to observe the many different parts of the sculpture, the student noticed the color of the wall behind it instead: “I think that they painted the wall blue because it is the water that he is falling into.”



Photograph by Tom Loonan

Art’scool Docent Story:
Education Department Associate Lindsay Kranz

Last week, a third grader visiting from the Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo made a unique connection between an artwork and its surroundings. The school group was discussing the story of Icarus, a character from Greek mythology, while looking at Richard Hunt’s Icarus, 1956, in Beauty, Life, and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture. While being encouraged to observe the many different parts of the sculpture, the student noticed the color of the wall behind it instead: “I think that they painted the wall blue because it is the water that he is falling into.”

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Photograph by Tom Loonan

Art’scool Docent Story: Kate SoudantChinese Exchange Students Respond to Marisol’s Baby Girl
Here’s a favorite story about how culture can easily change context from Albright-Knox docent Kate Soudant:
When discussing Marisol’s Baby Girl with a group of Chinese exchange students, one of them said, with full assurance, “I know what that means—the mother loves her child too much.” Another student added, “And each child has to be more important than the parents.”
IMAGE: Art © Marisol Escobar/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Art’scool Docent Story: Kate Soudant
Chinese Exchange Students Respond to Marisol’s Baby Girl

Here’s a favorite story about how culture can easily change context from Albright-Knox docent Kate Soudant:

Art'scool, Presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New YorkWhen discussing Marisol’s Baby Girl with a group of Chinese exchange students, one of them said, with full assurance, “I know what that means—the mother loves her child too much.” Another student added, “And each child has to be more important than the parents.”

IMAGE: Art © Marisol Escobar/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Docent Stories: Elaine PepeA Young Boy Recognizes Salvador Dalí’s Work
Albright-Knox docent Elaine Pepe recalls a story from an Art’scool tour at the Gallery:
This past summer I was doing a tour for a group of day camp children from kindergarten through third grade. We were talking about Salvador Dalí’s The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image when one little boy spoke up and asked if this was the same artist that painted the melted clocks. I was truly amazed at his knowledge and assured him that it was. “I thought so,” he said, “my father’s girlfriend has that one hanging over her stove.”
Art’scool, presented by the Albright-Knox and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is a school tour program designed to create the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. All guided school tours are free, include a transportation subsidy, and are guided by a specially trained docent.
IMAGE: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2012

Docent Stories: Elaine Pepe
A Young Boy Recognizes Salvador Dalí’s Work

Albright-Knox docent Elaine Pepe recalls a story from an Art’scool tour at the Gallery:

This past summer I was doing a tour for a group of day camp children from kindergarten through third grade. We were talking about Salvador Dalí’s The Transparent Simulacrum of the Feigned Image when one little boy spoke up and asked if this was the same artist that painted the melted clocks. I was truly amazed at his knowledge and assured him that it was. “I thought so,” he said, “my father’s girlfriend has that one hanging over her stove.”

Art'scoolArt’scool, presented by the Albright-Knox and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is a school tour program designed to create the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. All guided school tours are free, include a transportation subsidy, and are guided by a specially trained docent.

IMAGE: © Salvador Dalí, Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí, Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2012

Docent Stories: Curator of Education Mariann SmithThird Graders Respond to Marc Chagall’s La Vie paysanne (Peasant Life)
Albright-Knox Curator of Education Mariann Smith recalls a story from an Art’scool tour at the Gallery:
Years ago, I had a group of third graders in front of our Marc Chagall painting—La Vie paysanne (Peasant Life), 1925—and we were talking about how artists don’t have to use the colors that things are in the real world. I asked if anyone had ever seen a green, yellow, and white horse—only one little girl raised her hand. When I asked her where she’d seen one, she said, “in my mind!”
Art’scool, presented by the Albright-Knox and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is a school tour program designed to create the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. All guided school tours are free, include a transportation subsidy, and are guided by a specially trained docent.
IMAGE: © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Docent Stories: Curator of Education Mariann Smith
Third Graders Respond to Marc Chagall’s La Vie paysanne (Peasant Life)

Albright-Knox Curator of Education Mariann Smith recalls a story from an Art’scool tour at the Gallery:

Years ago, I had a group of third graders in front of our Marc Chagall painting—La Vie paysanne (Peasant Life), 1925—and we were talking about how artists don’t have to use the colors that things are in the real world. I asked if anyone had ever seen a green, yellow, and white horse—only one little girl raised her hand. When I asked her where she’d seen one, she said, “in my mind!”

Art'scoolArt’scool, presented by the Albright-Knox and BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York, is a school tour program designed to create the critical and creative thinkers of tomorrow. All guided school tours are free, include a transportation subsidy, and are guided by a specially trained docent.

IMAGE: © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Back to Art’scool
Did you know that some schools are already up and running for 2012–2013? Our first Art’scool tour of the new school year is tomorrow! Make sure the schools, kids, and teachers in your life know about Art’scool, our free K–12 tour program.
In the image above, a young visitor interacts with Jennifer Steinkamp’s Untitled, 1993, currently on view in DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012.
© 1993 Jennifer Steinkamp. Photograph by Jim Bush.

Back to Art’scool

Did you know that some schools are already up and running for 2012–2013? Our first Art’scool tour of the new school year is tomorrow! Make sure the schools, kids, and teachers in your life know about Art’scool, our free K–12 tour program.

In the image above, a young visitor interacts with Jennifer Steinkamp’s Untitled, 1993, currently on view in DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012.

© 1993 Jennifer Steinkamp. Photograph by Jim Bush.