Celeste’s class visits Highfield

Last week, Celeste’s 3rd grade class from Mullen Hall School came to see my artwork at Highfield Hall in Falmouth.  She and her Mom, Deb, have shared photos of some felt dolls that they saw in Istanbul last summer in an earlier post here. I’ve just received word that Highfield will host the Pocketful of Posies Traveling Exhibit again near the tail end of its three-year tour in Sept./Oct. of 2013. Also, for those who live close by and haven’t yet seen the show, it’s up an extra day, Mon., Nov. 1st from 10 to 4pm. I’ll be going in on Tuesday to pack up the pictures and then driving them up to the Danforth Museum in Framingham later this week. The good news is that they’ve decided to hang the whole show, instead of half, which was the original plan!

Celeste and her Mom, Deb at Highfield
The class arrived with their teacher, Miss Paltze, and several parent chaperones. Deb had them sit on the floor, while she explained how they would be going on a scavenger hunt.
 Deb is a teacher’s dream of a parent volunteer. Not only did she come up with the idea, but she made all of the laminated treasure cards. She made color copies of illustrations from the book and cut out different characters and objects from the rhyme scenes for the children to find.
scavenger hunt cards

 The children traveled from one room to the next in small groups, searching for and identifying items on their cards. I answered questions as they looked closely at the artwork and found surprises.

It was great fun and we all had a good time! The children even brought in found objects from home to give to me as a thank you gift. Thanks to Deb for making the event so memorable!

thank you gift of found objects

14 thoughts on “Celeste’s class visits Highfield

  1. What a great way to get kids to take a closer look at art! I’m going to try to find a way to incorporate this with my little homeschool class of two!

  2. What a creative field trip for these children to experience!!! I would love to have been there and watched the children in their discoveries! Thanks for sharing the event.

  3. I wondered how they would encourage 3rd graders to really LOOK at the work before them – the treasure hunt was a genius idea! kudos to Deb!

  4. Oh, I’m so glad to read that you are going to Framingham next ! I am in Natick, and I just purchased your book (Felt wee folks), we made a few with my daughter, I will for sure visit your exposition next week-end.
    I love what you do, it’s beautiful.
    Cecile

  5. Thanks for the exceptionally good news about your next exhibition! Me and my son moved from Italy to New Hampshire August 28th to be with myson’s father, now my husband , a family at last….I so much wanted to come and see all of the boxes…. but my husband complained about the distance and our son would get tired and bla,bla,blah….He promised to take me to Framingham but I was only partly happy because they were part of the exhibit. Now you say it’s the complete collection, wow.Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

  6. I think a scavenger hunt is a great way to get young children to slow down and look at art in a gallery. I did this last Saturday in the Greek and Roman gallery at RISD Museum with a den of wiggly 2nd grade cub scouts. It was great! I like the little collection of tiny things which the children collected for you, too. love, Beth

  7. Like Nancy, I would have loved to have been there! Deb’s idea for a scavenger hunt among the illustrations is just wonderful…so inspired!

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