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Scheduled to open in 2015, the Whitney’s new building in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District will allow the Museum to become a major part of the neighborhood where many PS 33 students live. In the years leading up to the opening of the new building, we aim to build engagement and foster meaningful connections between Whitney educators and the families of students attending PS 33.
In late October, we organized our second family workshop for a small group of students and parents from Chelsea Prep. This two-hour workshop encouraged families to look at and make art together.
Families spent the first hour on a guided tour of the exhibition David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy. The focus was on Smith’s use of geometric shapes and overlapping forms in his sculptures, drawings, and paintings. The tour was followed by an art-making workshop where kids and parents were asked to make drawings and create sculptures using geometric shapes. Many parents took on the laborious task of cutting shapes from different colored paper while kids enjoyed combining and pasting the shapes together to create varied forms.
Ten first- and second-grade students gathered in the Museum lobby on a cool Saturday morning in mid-November. Accompanied by their parents, they were eager to take part in a two-hour workshop organized especially for the families of Chelsea Prep.
The morning began with a guided tour of the exhibition, Charles LeDray:workworkworkworkwork. Through close looking, discussion and activities, kids and parents considered how the artist transformed familiar objects like hats, shirts, and suits into sculpture. Each family worked on a collage project experimenting with different ways of arranging cut-outs of everyday objects. Inspired by the way Charles LeDray arranged his works, some families focused on size while others focused on the color and function of the everyday objects.