(for ages 4 and up with an adult) Looking for some fun activities for the kids during spring break? Searching for something creative and hands-on? Drop by the the museum to enjoy some of our favorite stories and activities. A story about each featured person is read at 1:05, 2:05 and 3:05 each day. Check out a Portrait Discovery Kit and learn about famous Americans by doing some or all of the several activities included in the kit.
John James Audubon by John Syme, 1826
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - John James Audubon (Jean-Jacques Audubon) (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851) was a French Americanornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He was notable for his expansive studies to document all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. His major work, a color-plate book entitled The Birds of America (1827–1839), is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. Audubon identified 25 new species.
Georgia O’Keeffe, hands 1918, photo by Alfred Stieglitz
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Georgia Totto O’Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. Born near Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, O’Keeffe first came to the attention of the New York art community in 1916. She made large-format paintings of enlarged blossoms, presenting them close up as if seen through a magnifying lens, and New York buildings, most of which date from the same decade. Beginning in 1929, when she began working part of the year in Northern New Mexico—which she made her permanent home in 1949—O’Keeffe depicted subjects specific to that area. O’Keeffe has been recognized as the Mother of American Modernism.
Andy Warhol, with Archie, by Jack Mitchell, 1973
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in thevisual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives. It is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist.
Faith Ringgold, Visual artist Photo by Grace Matthews 1993
From faithringgold.com - Faith Ringgold, painter, writer, speaker, mixed media sculptor and performance artist lives and works in Englewood, New Jersey. Ms Ringgold is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego where she taught art from 1987 until 2002. Professor Ringgold is the recipient of more than 75 awards including 22 Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degrees.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Faith Ringgold (born October 8, 1930, in Harlem, New York City) is an African-American artist, best known for her painted story quilts.
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