Museum's New Art Gallery Opens with Students' Works
Byline: Dana Peters DuPage Children's Museum
Stop by the new Good Show! Gallery at the DuPage Children's Museum and you'll see artwork featuring human forms in bright colors with bold lines.
The work, reminiscent of Keith Haring's iconic pieces, was created by students at Nancy Hill Elementary School in Aurora through an arts-based program that carries out the museum's mission to foster creativity, thinking and problem-solving skills while providing children in the community with critical opportunities in the arts.
The museum's interdisciplinary arts specialist, Marcia MacRae, spent about a week visiting first- through fifth-grade Nancy Hill students in their art classes. MacRae introduced the students to Haring's art, emphasizing different elements of art, including the power and variety of lines.
Haring's artwork was chosen for the project because his bold, bright, recognizable style resonates with children. Through their own artistic drawings inspired by Haring's style, students answered the question: How do you move?
"My students couldn't stop talking about the projects they completed in art class," said Kari Grabske, third-grade teacher at Nancy Hill. "They had so much enthusiasm about the artwork and about seeing it up in a real museum."
Students, teachers and families from Nancy Hill attended the opening of the Good Show! Gallery to see the children's Haring-inspired work displayed as the gallery's first exhibit. …