Kids’ Art Reads: The Gallery

There are picture books for littler kids and novels for grown-ups, but it can sometimes feel like chapter books with an art-historical slant are few and far-between. Yes, there are classics like From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. … Continued

A Tale of Two Presidential Paintings

On the surface, Gilbert Stuart’s Lansdowne Portrait of George Washington and James Rosenquist’s painting President Elect featuring JFK have nothing in common. But both reflect the eras in whichttps://npg.si.edu/blog/gilbert-stuart-paints-george-washingtonh these men were in power–and make a case for the power of art.

Some of the Best Museum Activities for Kids We Saw in 2019

We here at the Art Docent Program love getting out to art museums of all shapes and sizes…especially when these museums feature exhibitions that are actively kid-friendly. Last year, we visited three museums whose interactive elements created for younger visitors … Continued

Bundle Up For These 8 Art-Historical Snow Scenes

It may be December, but there’s no snow in sight–at least for us. We don’t know about you, but here at the Art Docent Program, we could use a snow day. And since there’s no winter weather on the forecast … Continued

Art on Film: The Goldfinch

So, the film adaptation of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch, which involves Carl Fabritius’ 1654 painting of the same name, came out several weeks ago. And your blogger has quite a few mixed feelings. Rather than subject you to … Continued

Discover Mary Blair’s Magical Concept Art

If we name a classic Disney film, odds are that a particular image from that film will come to mind. Alice and Wonderland might bring to mind a girl glancing up at a caterpillar smoking on a toadstool, while Peter … Continued

Art on Film: The Secret of Kells

Last week, we looked at the Book of Kells, a 9th-century Irish manuscript so rich it has inspired generations. Today, we’re continuing our focus on the Book of Kells with a recent family flick inspired by the manuscript–The Secret of … Continued