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’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