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Calling All Gumshoes!

Kids need to use problem solving skills on a daily basis, both at home and in the classroom. What better way to harness these skills than with some sleuthing in the Dallas Museum of Art galleries? Creative problem solving can be fun for both you and your child. Just think of what you can discover alongside your junior detective!

Develop into a problem-solving duo with the Modern Mysteries family guide, available in the Center for Creative Connections. Your little gumshoe will discover works of art in the galleries using careful observation, problem solving, and analysis of their findings–the same tools and techniques that real detectives use!

For example, the elements of design are the building blocks used to create a work of art. Some of the elements are LINE, COLOR, and SHAPE. Let’s investigate these elements at work in The Divers by Fernand Leger.

  • Find a squiggly, curvy, straight, rigid, and wavy LINE.
  • How many COLORS are in this painting?
  • What SHAPES can you identify?
  • Now that you’ve discovered these details, what do you think is happening in this painting?

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There are many other mysteries to uncover in the European galleries with the Modern Mysteries family guide. And families who are part of DMA Friends can earn their Junior Detective Badge once their sleuthing is complete. So throw on your detective cap and polish your magnifying glass to embark on an art adventure here at the Dallas Museum of Art!

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Emily Wiskera
Graduate Education Intern

The Benefits of a DMA Membership

Did you know that the DMA offers a great membership deal for teachers?  For only $40 a year, a teacher membership includes:

  • Unlimited free general admission to the Museum for one adult
  • Free admission to most special exhibitions
  • Free parking during Museum hours
  • Exclusive invitations to member previews
  • Subscription to the Dallas Museum of Art Magazine
  • Museum car decal
  • Opportunity to join the Dallas Museum of Art League
  • Free admittance to Museum film series
  • Discounts in the Museum Store
  • Discounts on dining

If you’re interested in becoming a member of the DMA, teacher memberships must be requested by phone (214-922-1247) or by mail.  A PDF of the Teacher Membership Form is available online for you to print and mail.

In my opinion, one of the best benefits of a DMA membership is Member Appreciation Week.  We had our second annual Member Appreciation Week in late November, and the week was filled with tours, lectures, and even a private Arts and Letters Live event just for members.  Member Appreciation Week 2011 will be held in late November/early December–purchase a teacher membership now so you can participate in the fun!

Discussing Gerald Murphy's Watch with DMA Members During Member Appreciation Week

I had the opportunity to lead two tours during Member’s Week, and I had a great time exploring the galleries with our members.  Knowing that the people on my tours visit on a regular basis, I challenged them to look at familiar works of art in a new way: through a literary lens.  We examined paintings by Gerald Murphy, Jacques-Louis David, Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre, and a sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux.  If you want to learn more about how these works of art relate to literature, check out my past blog post: Literary Connection to the DMA Collection.

If you would like to make your own literary connection to the collection, we will be releasing a self-guided tour called “What’s the Story” later this spring.  Once it is completed, you can download a PDF of the tour from home or you can pick up a copy at the Museum. 

Shannon Karol
Coordinator of Museum Visits


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