The mind of a young child is in constant need of creative stimulation, which is so crucial and is developmentally beneficial in so many ways. Not only can art-making boost a child’s creative skills but it also helps them to develop other lifelong abilities such as problem solving, decision making and interpretation. It is always such a pleasure to watch children create art and experience the creative process.
Saunter about the children’s museum and we Guest Services Associates (GSAs) are all around you in various shades of over-washed red, our polos a mosaic of stickers and sticker residue from absentminded bouts with said washing machines.
Many of us can recall growing up reading stories like The Pokey Little Puppy, Saggy Baggy Elephant, and Tawny Scrawny Lion, all bound with shiny golden spines. Well now through April 12th, the Children’s Museum of Richmond is featuring the art of these “Little Golden Books”. This is the only showing of the exhibit on the east cost. It allows children and adults alike to view over 60 pieces of original artwork valued at almost $1 million.
When you see a child building a tower of blocks, chasing a friend around the yard, or two little girls playing “teacher” what comes to your mind? Is it that they are learning lifelong skills that will help them form into productive adults? Of course not, but that is what is happening. Through each adventure in play children are discovering new ideas and concepts. They are learning to listen to their friends and to compromise on activities. They are learning to exercise authority while learning at the same time what behaviors will not go over well.
We are so pleased here at CMoR to have been asked to take part in InLight Richmond 2010! For those of you that don’t know, InLight Richmond is an annual public exhibition of contemporary art inspired by light! The event is organized by 1708 Gallery and takes place in a different area of Richmond each year.
How often have you visited the Community Gallery at CMoR Central? Did you even know we had a Community Gallery? Well it is never too late to discover something new! The next time you and your family are visiting, be sure to check out these red walls in the back of the museum beside the Art Studio to see some great art work.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to have your child create art with Ed Trask in our Studio 101 program!You know, Ed Trask, the guy who did the Ellwood Thompson mural, all the art in Kitchen 64, Millie’s, Lulu’s, and Kuba Kuba to name a few! His work is all over our lovely city and a lovely guy he is!
We are very excited about the Grand Opening of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts that took place just a few short weeks ago right down the road from us! Have you been by yet to check out all of the amazing art? We are very honored to announce that we are partnering with the VMFA to celebrate their upcoming stained glass exhibit “Tiffany: Color and Light”, which opens on May 28th.
Research has shown that participating in art, music, movement and storytelling helps to develop language, mathematics, science and social skills as well as strengthen the synapses between brain cells. At birth, a child has the brain potential to learn any language, learn and appreciate music and movement, and to create visual art. In order to reach full potential, these skills must be encouraged and developed before the age of eight.
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