We went to a local museum, all set to check out one of the travelling exhibitions…only to see that they were closed that day. And then I saw my saving grace- an outdoor sculpture garden that the kids were allowed to touch!
In addition to saving the day, this was a wonderful art experience. We frequently use modelling clay and playdough to create our own sculptures, and we have seen a few pieces of sculpture in museums, but this was different. The boys were able to touch the pieces, run around, act out what they saw happening in the pieces, and be loud. Of course museums are wonderful, but for two little boys, being able to play silly games, and call out our observations about each piece was a wonderful way to interact with art.
Both boys had such fun. I can’t believe that I didn’t even know this little gem was nearby. We briefly talked about various methods sculpture can be made- by cutting pieces out of a larger block (carving) or pouring a hot liquid into a container until it cools and hardens (molding). But mostly we just let the kids explore and enjoy in their own way.
To look for a sculpture garden near you, check out the International Sculpture Center’s directory of sculpture parks and gardens or Wikipedia looks like it has a fairly lengthy international list of sculpture parks.