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Friday Photos: Artwork Comic Strip

Last Friday, new Go van Gogh volunteers spent time in the galleries with artworks from our 3rd grade Stories in Art program.  Stories in Art encourages students to spend time looking closely at different elements of an artwork, trying to discover a “story” behind it.

As part of the program, volunteers become storytellers, telling a story that inspired our artwork Vishnu as Varaha.  Our Vishnu sculpture illustrates just one moment in the story A Boar Saves the World, so we spent some time imagining what the rest of Vishnu’s adventure might look like and created a comic strip from our ideas.

To create our comic, each volunteer took 1-2 sentences from the story and sketched their interpretation.  Below is the resulting artwork comic strip and an image of our Vishnu as Varaha sculpture inserted in the proper place in the narrative.


Amy Copeland
Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching Programs

Artwork shown:

  • Vishnu as Varaha, 10th century, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of David T. Owsley via the Alvin and Lucy Owsley Foundation and the Alconda-Owsley Foundation, E.E. Fogelson and Greer Garson Fogelson Fund, General Acquisitions Fund, Wendover Fund, and gift of Alta Brenner in memory of her daughter Andrea Bernice Brenner-McMullen

Friday Photos: Go van Gogh creations

Today’s Friday photos are a few of the collages, mosaics, prints, drawings, and more that students can create during Go van Gogh outreach programs.  Our spring Go van Gogh schedule still has openings, so schedule your art-making fun today.

We hope to visit your classrooms this New Year!

Amy Copeland
Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching

Bon Voyage!

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Our amazing Hannah Burney is spreading her wings and flying away from us today on her way back to San Francisco. Hannah has worked as the McDermott Intern for Teaching Programs and the Community Teaching Programs Assistant in the Education department for the past fourteen months, and we are going to miss her! If she had her very own trading card, she’d have some pretty impressive stats:

  • created 2 new Go van Gogh programs
  • assisted with 16 volunteer trainings
  • clocked more than 1,000 miles in the Go van Gogh van
  • taught over 100 classes to school children all around the DFW metroplex
  • shared countless numbers of fun, innovative ideas for engaging with art
  • laughed at least once a day

We wish her the very best and know that her future is bright!

Leah Hanson
Manager of Early Learning Programs

Teaching for Creativity: Exquisite Corpse

At last week’s Go van Gogh training session, we decided to get everyone’s creative juices flowing with a fun warm-up exercise.  Volunteers got the chance to spend some time exploring works of art they had never seen before through a group writing exercise. During this experience, volunteers each contributed one line of a poem without knowing what the others had written. This collaborative technique was originally created by Surrealist artists interested in incorporating elements of chance into artistic expression. Known by the Surrealists as Exquisite Corpse, this activity can be done as a narrative or drawing game with several people contributing to one poem or artwork. After participating in a written version of this exercise, the volunteers were eager to learn more about the artworks they had written about. Their genuine enthusiasm and sense of wonder made me think that this could be a great way for students to get excited by works of art as well. I hope you will try it out with your students! Here’s how:

1.  Create at least one template with five lines of writing prompts. These are the prompts that we used for three different templates:

  • Noun, two adjectives, three words ending in “ing,” phrase, noun
  • One word, two words, three words, four words, one word
  • Two syllables, four syllables, six syllables, eight syllables, two syllables

2.  Divide into groups of four or five and take a few moments to look closely at a work of art (each group should look at a different artwork)

3.  Provide each participant with one template and a pencil to start

4.  Fill in the first line and then fold it so that your written response is hidden from view

5.  Pass the template to your neighbor

6.  Fill in the next line on the template passed to you, fold it, and pass again

7.  Continue these steps until all the templates have been filled out. At the end of this exercise, each participant should have a completed narrative that they can unfold and read aloud to the other writers. After reading all the templates, each small group should choose one to share with the larger group.

Here are some collaborative narratives that Go van Gogh volunteers wrote:

Starry Crown, John Thomas Biggers, 1987, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum League Purchase Fund



Ladies talking quilt

Stars, hats, hands, feet, toes, fingers, shine



Bougival, Maurice de Vlaminck, 1905, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection

A fall day in Europe

Landscape of a village


Sunflowers and seawater



That Gentleman, Andrew Wyeth, 1960, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Art Association Purchase


Serious, somber

Sitting, relaxing, contemplating

Why is he so sad?



June Night, Henry Koerner, 1948-1949, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Joshua L. Logan


Everyday, wedding

Marrying, dreaming, loving

A busy art building


I hope you all have as much fun with this as we did!

Hannah Burney
Community Teaching Programs Assistant

Welcome Back Volunteers!

Earlier this month Go van Gogh staff welcomed back the returning volunteers for our first training session of the year. We kicked off the day with an artist personality quiz, revealing our artist dopplegangers from the collection. As someone who has always walked to the beat of her own drum, it was no surprise that I turned out to be a Georgia O’Keeffe. Looking around the room, I noticed a good mix of rebelious Jackson Pollocks, bold and brilliant Pablo Picassos, calm and tranquil Claude Monets, and unique and inquisitive Frank Gehrys.

The rest of the day was primarily spent playing a trivia game that Melissa, Amy, and I created based on the Arts of Mexico Go van Gogh program. Picassos, O’Keeffes, Monets, Pollocks, and Gehrys were all mixed together into teams to compete against each other for the honorable title of Trivia Game Winner. With a variety of questions from true-false to multiple choice, teams had to race against the clock to form their answer before time ran out. However, not all the questions were so straight forward; the game also featured difficult bonus questions and hands-on teaching challenges that warranted extra points. Getting the players on their feet, a teaching challenge could ask the team to pose as a work of art in a frozen tableau, solve a puzzle, or lead an activity from the program as if they were teaching in a classroom. To catch a glimpse of all the fun, check out the slideshow below.

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At the end of the day, volunteers took the time to reflect on the session. Here’s how many of them described the day:

  • Lots of good high energy
  • A good refresher to the program
  • Engaging and fun, loved the game!

Teachers, don’t forget to schedule a Go van Gogh classroom visit (or two, or three…) this school year.

Hannah Burney
Community Teaching Programs Assistant

Visit the Museum Without Leaving Your Classroom!


Self-portrait collages created by 2nd grade students at Green Elementary during a Searching for Faces Go van Gogh program

Calling all teachers!  Do your students like experimenting with art materials and exploring artworks from other times and places?  As you begin to plan your school year, we hope you’ll consider inviting the Dallas Museum of Art to your classroom for a Go van Gogh outreach program.  Here are some reasons we think Go van Gogh is a great way to spend a morning:

You can…

  • Visit the Museum without leaving your classroom!  Go van Gogh brings images of artworks from the Museum for interactive conversations.
  • Make an artwork to take home.  Go van Gogh brings all the supplies your class will need to make a take-home art project.
  • Connect to your curriculum.  Go van Gogh programs are geared for specific grade levels, and often dove-tail with subjects students are already learning.
  • Travel around the world.  Go van Gogh programs feature art from Africa, Mexico, Japan, and other far-off places.
  • Get a free pass.  Each student who participates in the Go van Gogh program receives a free family pass to visit the Museum.

Some quick facts about Go van Gogh:

  • Programs are offered to 1st-6th grade classrooms at schools within Dallas city limits.
  • Go van Gogh is free-of-charge!
  • Scheduling is first-come, first-served.  There is no limit to the number of programs you can schedule.

Visit our website to learn more about Go van Gogh program offerings and to schedule a program for your classroom.

We hope to visit your classrooms this school year!

Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach

Time to Ring in the New School Year

Last week, Go van Gogh staff and volunteers celebrated the upcoming new school year at our annual welcome back party. Generously hosted by Go van Gogh volunteer Deborah Harvey, the lively group gathered at her home for coffee, snacks, mingling and a very special private art tour. Growing up, the love of art was infectious in Deborah’s family and collecting became a beloved family tradition. Today, she has an impressive collection of exquisite original works. Deborah guided us through her home with charisma and charm relating fun facts and anecdotes about each piece. Check out pictures from the festive event in the slideshow below.

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I still can’t believe that summer is already coming to an end. I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun! But before we all get swept up into fall, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate some of the successes of this busy, yet fun, summer.

While school was out for the summer, Go van Gogh staff and volunteers traveled all over the city, bringing interactive art programs to your neighborhood libraries, YMCAs, and Boys & Girls Clubs. Through the Go van Gogh Summer Library Program we taught at over fifty venues with a staggering total of 1,393 participants. Although library programs are recommended for ages five-twelve, anyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Reflecting back, many volunteers have expressed how much they enjoyed interacting with entire families that included children as well as parents. Receiving positive feedback from parents, volunteers, and librarians has been a highlight of this year’s program. I have provided just a couple of these such comments below.

May Shen, Children’s Librarian at Arcadia Park Branch Librar, wrote:

The children were engaged in the museum artwork, made good observations, and had a lot of fun with their own creations.  I was thrilled to see how involved the parents were as well!”

Karen Wyll, a Go van Gogh volunteer shared:

The parents were very complimentary and so pleased to be there.  Both programs were a very positive experience for everyone, I think.”

It’s been a wonderful summer, and I look forward to a fantastic new school year.

Hannah Burney
Community Teaching Programs Assistant

Tour and Outreach Scheduling Begins Today

Teachers, grab your calendars: tour and Go van Gogh outreach scheduling for the 2012-2013 school year begins today.

As always, all outreach programs and tours booked in advance are free of charge.  Go van Gogh outreach is offered to grades 1-6 in the Dallas area.  Programs include conversations about artworks and an art-making activity, and are designed to dovetail with school curricula, per grade level.  Visit our web site to learn more about the Go van Gogh programs offered this year.

Self-guided or docent-led tours of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions are available to K-12 students and higher education audiences.  Of special note this fall is our Legacy of the Plumed Serpent in Ancient Mexico docent-guided tour, which will feature outstanding works of Mesoamerican art.  Visit our web site for a full list of tours offered this year.

To submit on online request form, visit the tour and Go van Gogh sections of our web site.

We look forward to seeing you and your students this Fall!

Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach

Texas Late Night

Howdy, y’all! This past Friday, the DMA showed folks a rootin’ tootin’ good time at our Late Night celebration of the Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas exhibition. With a theme as big as Texas, you can bet that there was lots to do here at the Museum. With live folk bands playing in the Atrium Cafe and in the galleries, visitors could hear old-time, toe-tapping, traditional Texas music almost anywhere they went. Adult crowds could be seen gathering for tours of the exhibition and  surrounding the watercolor demonstrations led by artist Scott Winterrowd. Lectures, talks, and films throughout the night also kept the adults scurrying from one program to the next. Families had a rip-roaring time in the Center for Creative Connections studio constructing their own Dallas building to contribute to a three-dimensional city skyline. Also in C3, kids created Texas-inspired bandanas and participated in Yoga for Kids. To get a peek at all the festivities, check out the slide show below.

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One of my favorite moments from the night was bumping into a family I had taught during a Go van Gogh Summer Library Program. When I stumbled upon them, they were in C3 doing yoga and discussing what kind of building they would create in the studio. They excitedly told me all about going into the Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas exhibition to see all of the works of art we had talked about during the Impressions of Dallas library program. “They know everything!” the kid’s impressed dad exclaimed. It is always a joy to see familiar faces in the Museum. To learn a little more about the Go van Gogh Library Program, check out Amy’s blog post from last week. Every participant receives a free family pass, which you could use at the next Late Night on August 17.

What was your favorite moment from the Late Night?

Hannah Burney
Go van Gogh Programs Assistant

Free Summer Fun at Dallas Public Libraries

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If you’re looking for a way to entertain the kiddos this summer free of charge, we’ve got just the thing!

For the next few weeks, the Go van Gogh team will be heading out to local Dallas libraries to present free art programs for kids ages 5-12.  The hour-long programs include interactive conversations about artworks and lots of time to dig into a fun art-making project.  Best of all, participants receive a free family pass to the Museum.

This summer, we are offering two different programs—Searching for Faces and Impressions of Dallas—and we’re criss-crossing the metroplex, visiting most of Dallas’s public libraries.  Below are descriptions of the programs, and below that, a schedule of our upcoming programs.  You can also find the programs here on our website.  Be sure to contact the library in advance; to confirm space availabilty.

Searching for Faces
Look for clues—including faces, clothing, and gestures—that tell us about figures in works of art. Then, create your own self-portrait that tells us about you. For children ages 5–12, recommended for ages 5-9.

Impressions of Dallas
Explore Dallas’s past through the watercolor paintings of German artist, George Grosz. Then use watercolor pencils to create your own artwork! For children ages 5–12, recommended for ages 9-12.
This presentation highlights artworks in the Dallas Museum of Art’s special exhibition Flower of the Prairie: George Grosz in Dallas, on view now through August 19.

Tuesday, July 17, 2:00 p.m.
Prairie Creek, 9609 Lake June Road, 75217
Searching for Faces

Wednesday, July 18, 2:30 p.m.
Audelia, 10045 Audelia Road, 75238
Impressions of Dallas

Thursday, July 19, 2:00 p.m.
Lochwood, 11221 Lochwood Boulevard, 75218
Searching for Faces

Friday, July 20, 2:00 p.m.
Kleberg-Rylie, 1301 Edd Road, 75253
Searching for Faces

Tuesday, July 24, 2:00 p.m.
Timberglen, 18505 Midway Road, 75287
Impressions of Dallas

Wednesday, July 25, 2:00 p.m.
Dallas West, 2332 Singleton Boulevard, 75212
Impressions of Dallas

Thursday, July 26, 2:00 p.m.
Park Forest, 3421 Forest Lane, 75234
Searching for Faces

Friday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Lawn, 4100 Cedar Springs Road, 75219
Searching for Faces

Tuesday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Branch, 1515 Young Street, 75201
Impressions of Dallas

Wednesday, August 1, 2:00 p.m.
Highland Hills, 3624 Simpson Stuart Road, 75241
Impressions of Dallas

Thursday, August 2, 2:30 p.m.
Skillman Souwestern, 5707 Skillman Street, 75206
Searching for Faces

Friday, August 3, 2:00 p.m.
Fretz Park, 6990 Belt Line Road, 75254
Searching for Faces

Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
Preston Royal, 5626 Royal Lane, 75229
Searching for Faces

Wednesday, August 8, 2:00 p.m.
Highland Hills, 3624 Simpson Stuart Road, 75241
Searching for Faces

Thursday, August 9, 10:30 a.m.
Hampton-Illinois, 2951 South Hampton Road, 75224
Impressions of Dallas

Friday, August 9, 2:00 p.m.
White Rock Hills, 9150 Ferguson Road, 75228
Impressions of Dallas

Friday, August 10, 2:00 p.m.
Kleberg-Rylie, 1301 Edd Road, 75253
Impressions of Dallas

Amy Copeland
Coordinator of Go van Gogh Outreach


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