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Dreams for Spring

Over 100 years ago, Springfield artist Gustavus Frankenstein brilliantly captured the serenity of Buck Creek in his oil painting, Pond on Buck Creek, Springfield, Ohio. What outdoor activities are you dreaming of this Spring? « GustavusFrankenstein | POND ON BUCK CREEK, SPRINGFIELD, OHIO | oil on canvas | 16-3/4 x 26-5/8″ | c.1890 | gift of the estate of Bardarah McCandless #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio #museumathome
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Play Shapes of People

Basil Alkazzi’s oi painting TRANSFIGURATION IV looks a little like a figure and made us think about an art game to share: Shapes of People is a drawing game for all ages, inspired by master of art and play, author Herve Tullet. Tullet writes books that preschool children love, and families of all ages enjoy his playful way with art. In this game, players all need something to draw or paint with and a surface large enough for everyone to mark on at the same time (paper, blackboard, cereal box
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Come See the “Trail Gallery”

Enjoy art and practice safe physical distancing at the new Trail Gallery of the Springfield Museum of Art! Springfield Museum of Art is closed to the public, but you can still see art in our new Trail Gallery. Visit the trail that runs between the Museum and Buck Creek to see art on display in staff office windows. We will rotate these exhibitions often while we are closed to the public. Get out of your house, stay safe, and enjoy art! This first exhibition includes rarely seen objects from our
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Spread the Joy!

Due to the current state of affairs, many feel isolated in hospitals and care facilities with limited or no visitors, including children. Dayton Children’s hospital is encouraging community members to send patients e-cards through their website, as a way to spread joy during this difficult time. Visit their website to choose from 3 different rainbow designs and include a special message for a patient! Click here to access the patient cards » #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio #museumathome
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The Way Things Go

If you need a creativity booster, check out this cool art video by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss! They use everyday objects to create a chain reaction that ultimately results in the completion of a simple task. #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio #museumathome
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Ms. Wise’s Artatory

We read about Ms. Wise’s Artatory in the Springfield News-Sun and were so excited to hear about the work she’s doing! This Possum elementary school teacher is sharing creative ideas and projects with her students while school is unexpectedly out of session. Art can be very cathartic during difficult times, and is needed now more than ever. Explore her Facebook page for some creative activities you can work on at home! Visit here Facebook page here » #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio
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Step-by Step for Making a Linoleum Relief Print

In relief printmaking, an image is printed and raised from the surface. Artists remove pieces of the surface using gouges, leaving what’s left to be printed on paper – similar to a stamp. You may also hear this referred to as “block printing” and you can use a variety of materials as your “block” such as linoleum, wood, rubber, or even styrofoam. Once the image is carved, ink is applied using a roller (or brayer) and then paper is placed over the top of the image and run through a
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Flowers for Friends

We’re so happy to see other museums supporting each other during these tough times, and we want to jump on the #MuseumBouquet train! Sending these lovely Edna Boies Hopkins flowers to our neighboring institutions, The Dayton Art Institute and Columbus Museum of Art. We will all get through this together! Check out the #MuseumBouquet hashtag to see prints and paintings of flowers art museums have been sharing to brighten everyone’s day. Zinnias and Sweet William by Edna Boies Hopkins, watercolor on paper, c. 1914-1915. #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio
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Cards for Everyone!

With several artists on staff, we realize that art is an effective coping mechanism during rocky times. We wanted to make handmade cards to send out to local area nursing homes along with exhibit posters and postcards. Kelley, Casey, and Elizabeth created relief prints by carving into a piece of linoleum, and then hand-pressing it onto cardstock. Watch out for a step-by-step guide to create your own relief print at home! While we are temporarily closed, we commit to a “Moments for Joy” online campaign. Follow us on Facebook and
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Show Us Your pet!

“There’s no need for a piece of sculpture in a home that has a cat.” –Wesley Bates It appears that someone is benefiting from this social distancing while we stay home: our pets! During this challenging time, they provide some much needed joy. How are your pets spending their quarantine? Comment a photo of your beloved companions below, or tag us using #momentsforjoy While we are temporarily closed, we commit to a “Moments for Joy” online campaign. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram where we will regularly present posts that