Thursday, June 4, 2009

Making Connections to the Arts

Did you know?
The arts can make you smart! Recent research demonstrates a correlation between the arts and higher academic performance. In the report, “Learning, Arts and the Brain,” seven universities presented several studies discussing how visual arts, music, and dance training and skill impact learning (The DanaFoundation, 2008).

The focus for the Family Resource Center (FRC) for June, July and August is Making Connections to the Arts. To find ways to nurture your child's connections to the arts, visit DCM and its FRC (Family Resource Center) on the 2nd Floor. Inside the FRC and throughout the Museum, we offer many parent books and resources related to Developmental Concepts, Play at the Museum, and Play at Home. View our summer calendar for information about free drop-in storytelling and music programs in the FRC.

Explore Art in our Studio
Studio Drop-Ins –Activities in the Art Studio are FREE to DCM members and with admission. No pre-registration is required. Activities are on-going during each drop-in session and will explore alternating math-, science- and art-related discovery projects that support a different learning theme each month. Some sessions provide the opportunity to take something home with you. All sessions allow you and your child the opportunity to explore and experiment with a variety of materials.

Thematic approach for June – Fins, Furs and Feathers
June 7 - 13 Got You Covered, Science Discovery - Make a collage with furry, feathery and textured fabrics to create an animal illustrations.

June 14 - 20 DCM Zoo, Art Discovery - Sculpt 3-dimmensional animals and help the DCM zoo grow.

June 21- 27 Fish Scales, Math Discovery - Improvise with oil pastels and watercolors to create patterns with die-cut rhombi. Take them home or add them to an enormous tessellated fish.

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