Our Education Department, in collaboration with ODU teleworking students, have developed a series of free, easily downloadable activities inspired by our unique collection. These activities are for the home or the classroom! We welcome your feedback and encourage you to post outcomes with #BarryArtMuseum
The illustrations in these coloring books were created by our Education Department and ODU Art Education major Jessica Hayes so that children and adults alike can bring a little piece of the Barry Art Museum Collection home with them. Use your medium of choice: crayons, colored pencils or paints to transform the dolls to your own works of art!
Our Education team has created a series of paper dolls for inhouse play. Simply print out these templates, cut out the silhouettes and enjoy switching out the different outfits from around the globe. Created using images from our extensive doll collection, take a virtual tour around the world with dolls from Japan, Africa and Europe. These unusual visual pairings are reminiscent of the Surrealist game “Exquisite Corpse” invented in 1925 by the Surrealists André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, and Marcel Duchamp during one of their habitual hangouts on Paris’ Rue du Château. One of their favorite parlor games was called “Consequences,” in which players took turns writing phrases that eventually formed an absurd story (sort of like an early version of “Mad Libs”). Before long, Breton and his compatriots swapped words for drawings, dubbing the new game “Exquisite Corpse,” after a sentence that emerged during a round of “Consequences:” “The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”
Using images of art from our collection the Barry Art Museum Education Team developed an inspired set of cards for the game Concentration. Cut out the 4 pages of cards to create your set of 12. Memory games are an important part of cognitive learning in childhood. Matching is excellent for brain development and experience through repetition. Concentration, also known as Match Match, Match Up, Memory, Pelmanism, Shinkei-suijaku, is a game in which all of the cards are laid face down on a surface and two cards are flipped face up over each turn. The object of the game is to discover pairs of matching cards, the player with the most pairs wins!
Taken straight from the collection, you can now print and paint selected works of art! A guide for reproducing pieces as they exist is provided on each page, and a brief introduction on mixing colors is included at the beginning of the book. Aim for a perfect reproduction or recolor each piece however you’d like! We hope you can use these pages to bring some color and relaxation to your day through art.