Rhythm and Rhyme: A Poetry Tour, Part 1

As part of last week’s Jazz ‘n Families Fun Days festivities, I led a tour of the permanent collection using poetry as a theme. Our first stop: Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party. After looking and discussing the work for a few minutes, I shared the following Shel Silverstein poem with the group, asking them to repeat each line out loud as I read. This ‘call and response’ method allowed everyone to feel the rhythm and rhyme of the poem:

August Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1880-1881.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party, between 1880 and 1881. Oil on canvas, 51 1/4 x 69 1/8 in. Acquired 1923. The Phillips Collection, Washington D.C.

We’re Out of Paint, So . . .

Let’s paint a picture with our food.
For red we’ll squeeze these cherries.
For purple let’s splash grape juice on.
For blue we’ll use blueberries.
For black just use some licorice.
For brown pour on some gravy.
For yellow you can dip your brush
In the egg yolk you just gave me.
We’ll sign our names in applesauce
And title it “Our Luncheon,”
And hang it up for everyone
To stop . . . and see . . . and munch on.

How do you think this poem relates to Luncheon of the Boating Party? Choose a color that strikes you in the painting. Imagine you are out of paint. What food would you use to paint your chosen color and why? Share your choice in the comments!

Margaret Collerd, Public Programs and In-gallery Interpretation Coordinator

Student Art Exhibition Celebrates Gala Philanthropy

Museum educators and preparators collaborate on the installation.

Museum educators and preparators collaborate on the installation. Photos: Meagan Estep

In honor of our annual gala next Friday, the museum is displaying a small selection of our outstanding student artwork on the first floor of the museum (works are located inside the main entrance, to the right and down a small flight of stairs). The gala raises critical resources for the museum’s educational programs, and the results are something to behold.

You will see paintings, relief prints, and mixed-media works from our Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program for Washington, D.C. public and charter schools. The 22 artworks represent only a fraction of student art produced through the Phillips’s nationwide K–12 education initiatives encouraging arts-integration, weaving together learning in the arts with other subject areas like math, science, or language arts.

The final installation, in one of the first floor galleries.

The final installation, in one of the first floor galleries. Photos: Natalie Mann

In the Education Department, we are excited to see these impressive artistic accomplishments adjacent to work by artists including Giorgio De Chirico, Paolo Ventura, and Bruce Davidson. Feast your eyes on art from our DCPS partner, Tyler Elementary School, relating to a range of curricula including the solar system, with a three-panel series showing the order of the planets in relation to the sun against a continuous background of dark, starry space. Students from the Inspired Teaching School explored the theme “Art of the City,” and responded with abstracted imagery and poems of lonely city parks and neighborhoods in crisis. And make sure to check out work by middle school students from DCPS Takoma Education Campus, highlighting D.C. neighborhoods through beautiful line drawings of local landmarks including The Big Chair in Anacostia and Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street.

On view at the museum from April 22 to May 5, 2013.

Suzanne Wright, Director of Education

Sharing Stories Around the World

screenshot of webinar underway

In April, I’ll be heading to Pakistan to facilitate workshops with artists of all ages. We’ll be using The Migration Series (1940–41) by Jacob Lawrence as a springboard for conversation about storytelling, collaboration, and how art can create social change. Last week, I had the pleasure of beginning the conversation with artists in Islamabad and Peshawar. Watch the video of our conversation, and add your point of view by sharing comments!

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs