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17 Nov, 2006

Thursday was a day about art

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Easy ways to make kids happy|File under crafty

Emma went on a school trip to the National Gallery on Thursday.

Upon her return she told me about her two favourite exhibits:

  • a giant baby head
  • a giant quilt made out of red clothing. She was amazed: “there were red pants and red shirts and red socks and … and … red BO0BY COVERS!”

… which made me laugh. Sometimes we call underwear “bum covers,” but I’m not sure if I’ve ever referred to a bra as a bo0by cover.

Emma was disappointed that they didn’t see anything by the Group of Seven. I promised we’d go as a family sometime soon. I wouldn’t mind checking out that baby head either.

Sarah and I started a little project of our own in that morning. We each drew three pictures: one abstract, one portrait and one landscape. When Emma came home she added her three and we stuck them to the wall in the dining room.

Here’s a shot of our abstract pictures. It’s hard to tell who made what, isn’t it? I like how Sarah numbered her edition.

Sarah really got into the art gallery idea. She made tickets and a sign for the front door which read: “Welcome Dad from Sarah.”

All in all it was a pretty creative day. :)

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6 Responses to "Thursday was a day about art"

1 | Mama V

November 17th, 2006 at 3:23 pm


Bo@by covers..that’s cute… Matthew used to call it a b@oby mask!

2 | BeachMama

November 17th, 2006 at 3:59 pm


very craft! Was this the first trip to the gallery? I am wondering when is a good time to introduce the gallery to J.

3 | Leah

November 17th, 2006 at 4:30 pm


Weekends between 11am and 4pm are a great time to bring kids to the gallery. The gallery has a big arts/crafts area set up in the Great Hall. Our kids love it. It’s called Artissimo http://www.gallery.ca/english/default_3059.htm That page says 3+, but we’ve been bringing Simon since he was 12 months. They have an area with big foam blocks that the little ones can play with.

4 | andrea

November 17th, 2006 at 5:15 pm


BeachMama: oh we’ve been quite a few times. We love it there. I took them in strollers when they were wee!

Leah: I’ve always wanted to go to that. We should make a date of it!

5 | Pendullum

November 17th, 2006 at 7:12 pm


We went to an art opening at a restaurant/bar a few weeks ago with my daughter…
To my horror, she and her gal pals, brought their own art supplies and started making pictures… and then selling them to the patrons… underselling my friend the poor starving artist…Felt bad until I saw the daughter of the artist being the most cut throat in her appoach…

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