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Explore the Park!

The Springfield Museum of Art is in a beautiful NTPRD park! Explore the area behind (to the west) of the Museum and discover the outdoor sculptures.  There is also a large grassy space that is perfect for running with children or for a picnic blanket. Please be aware that Buck Creek boarders the southern edge of the bike path and keep children in sight at all times. Playing a simple game of sculptures is fun for all ages: look at the sculpture from all sides
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Mindfulness Monday – Jun 1

It’s Monday once again, so we’re inviting you to practice mindfulness… Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings. Here at the Museum, Art Educator Amy Korpieski and Curator of Education Annette Eshelman use mindfulness techniques in their educational practices to help visitors of all ages experience meaningful moments in the galleries. While we are not able to physically be in the galleries, we wanted to bring the gallery to you as we present this opportunity
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Drawing the Collection – Lesson 8: Shading Techniques (Hatching and Crosshatching)

They say it takes 10,000 hours to master any given skill, so if we want to improve our drawing, we’ve got to start logging those hours! The next few lessons on shading techniques will be all about practice. Download the Lesson 8 pdf here » « Frank Myers Boggs | BOATS ON THE RIVER SEINE (LE PONT DES ARTS | charcaol on paper | c.1900
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The Museum Is Blooming!

Sometimes it’s finding joy in the simple things, like blooming irises!   #momentsforjoy #SpringfieldMuseumofArt #smoa #springfieldohio
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This Land Is Your Land

During an almost year-long cross-curricular collaboration between Language Arts and Visual Art classes, 6th grade students at Reid School in Springfield, Ohio studied the history, meaning, and controversy, surrounding Woodie Guthrie’s This Land Is Your Land. After thorough examinations of diverse representations of Guthrie’s song that included print and audio, students choose a line from the song. Next, students worked to create their own visual interpretation of their selected line using various experimental multi-media techniques. Students then created a more technical self-portrait and accompanying poem
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Tuesday Artist Instagram Takeover – May 26

This week’s Instagram takeover looks a little different… instead of having an individual artist take over our Instagram, Hatch Artist Studios is going to give you a glimpse into their building and general operations. Their mission is to create functional studios for working artists, to provide educational opportunities for the community, and to encourage the public’s appreciation and understanding of the arts. Click here to view our Instagram »
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Mindfulness Monday – May 25

Happy Memorial Day! We wanted to offer another mindfulness exercise on this special Monday… Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings. Here at the Museum, Art Educator Amy Korpieski and Curator of Education Annette Eshelman use mindfulness techniques in their educational practices to help visitors of all ages experience meaningful moments in the galleries. While we are not able to physically be in the galleries, we wanted to bring the gallery to you as we
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Drawing the Collection – Lesson 7: Shading

This Friday’s drawing lesson focuses on shading. Shading gives dimension to our drawings as we model form with lighter and darker values. A convincing application of these value changes gives the impression of light and shadow. Let’s learn more about this concept by observing how light falls on a simple sphere. « Paul Lacroix | STILL LIFE OF RED GRAPES | oil on canvas | 1868 Click here for a downloadable PDF of this lesson »
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Charley Harper Forever!

Charley Harper is always a favorite around here, and this rainy spring weather has us thinking of his print, “Spring Wildflowers.” What are you planting in your garden this season? « Charley Harper | SPRING WILDFLOWERS | serigraph on paper | undated
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Wittenberg Art Students Senior Thesis Exhibition

Let’s hear it for more 2020 college graduates! While Wittenberg art students graduated this past Saturday, you can still view their Senior Theses online. Congratulations to the department’s seniors in the Class of 2020! Click here to view the art »
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Tuesday Instagram Takeover with Aileen Cave

Next up on our Artist Instagram Takeover is Aileen Cave. Aileen is a painter who enjoys working with oils, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. She has been taking painting classes at the Museum since 2005, as well as classes and workshops from other local area artists. She received her BFA from Wright State in 2016 and currently works out of her studio in Hatch Artist Studios. Click here to view our Instagram »
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Mindfulness Monday – May 18

This Monday, we’re bringing you another dose of Mindfulness… Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings. Here at the Museum, Art Educator Amy Korpieski and Curator of Education Annette Eshelman use mindfulness techniques in their educational practices to help visitors of all ages experience meaningful moments in the galleries. While we are not able to physically be in the galleries, we wanted to bring the gallery to you as we present this opportunity to practice
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Drawing the Collection-Lesson 6: Color

We’re changing it up a bit with this Friday’s drawing lesson by focusing on color! Complementary colors are any colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. When placed next to each other, complementary colors create a contrasting and vibrant effect. Click here for a downloadable PDF of this lesson »
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The Trail Gallery – Updated

We’ve updated our Trail Gallery with some new pieces! While we’re closed to the public, you can still see art in our new “gallery.” Just visit the trail that runs between the Museum and Buck Creek to see art on display in the staff office windows. We’ll rotate these exhibitions often while we are closed to the public. Enjoy art while practicing safe physical distancing at SMoA’s Trail Gallery!
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Sewing at Home

The art quilt exhibition, Color Improvisation 2, has been inspiring! Sewing is an art form that is fun for all ages, but can be difficult for young children. Here are some ideas for sewing art at home: Cut yarn into short lengths for sewing. Gather papers and light cardboard to sew on. Punch holes for very young children, older children will be able to push a blunt needle through. Craft stores carry plastic canvas in grids, like the sample in the photograph, which are easy
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Artist Takeover Tuesday, May 12

We are continuing our Instagram Artist Takeover Tuesday with Dee Strozdas! Each Tuesday, we’ll give our Instagram over to a local artist where we follow them throughout the day. Dee is a stained glass artist that specializes in stained glass work and lampwork beads. Click here to learn more about Dee and her process »
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Mindfulness Monday May 11

Here is another opportunity to practice Mindfulness this Monday! Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings. Here at the Museum, Art Educator Amy Korpieski and Curator of Education Annette Eshelman use mindfulness techniques in their educational practices to help visitors of all ages experience meaningful moments in the galleries. While we are not able to physically be in the galleries, we wanted to bring the gallery to you as we present this opportunity to practice
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Drawing the Collection-Lesson Four: Balance and Harmony

Happy Friday! This week’s drawing lesson asks you to ponder balance and harmony when creating a drawing. Harmony creates a bridge that connects disparate elements through a common attribute, whether its texture, tone, shape, or line. Click here for a downloadable PDF of this lesson »
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Art at Cedarville

It’s no secret that 2020 has been rough on graduates, so we wanted to highlight some of the amazing art that local graduates have produced as part of their thesis. Please click the link below to see the work of Cedarville student art Senior Exhibition! Open the gallery here »
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Foil Painting

Here is another fun art-making activity that the whole family can enjoy! Using different surfaces can make painting a whole new adventure, especially for children. Try painting on foil from your kitchen drawer – finger-paints, tempera, wall paint, and acrylic all work really well because they are thick. The paint moves differently on foil, and fingers or cotton swabs leave lines letting the silver of the foil show through. Brushes can easily tear the foil, cotton swabs make a perfect tool for painting on foil.
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Instagram Artist Takeover Tuesday

In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of alliteration here at SMoA, so we are calling this Artist Takeover Tuesday! Each Tuesday, we’ll give our Instagram over to a local artist where we follow them throughout their day. First up is one of our own teaching artists, Kelley Booze! Click here to view our Instagram »
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Mindfulness Monday – May 4

We’re bringing you another opportunity to practice Mindfulness this Monday! Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on the present moment while calmly observing your thoughts and feelings. Here at the Museum, Art Educator Amy Korpieski and Curator of Education Annette Eshelman use mindfulness techniques in their educational practices to help visitors of all ages experience meaningful moments in the galleries. While we are not able to physically be in the galleries, we wanted to bring the gallery to you as we present this opportunity to
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Drawing the Collection-Lesson 4: Composition: The Rule of Thirds

It’s Friday again, and that means we have another drawing lesson for you! This lesson focuses on the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is very commonplace in art as it instantly helps to add tension, balance and interest to your drawing. Click here for a downloadable PDF of this lesson »
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Guess Who’s Visiting the Museum…

Everyone is ready to come visit the museum again! We miss our visitors and are looking forward to seeing you as soon as we can. Stay safe and healthy!
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Squiggle Me This!

If you’re looking for another fun game you can play with the whole family, we’ve got you covered. For this one, you’ll need something to draw on (paper, chalkboard, white board, anything) and something to draw with (pencil, crayon, marker, chalk, etc.) It works especially well if each player has their own color. This can be played with two people or with a group. Download the instructions here »
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Mindfulness in Nature

Speaking of Mindfulness, another great mindfulness practice is getting out into nature. Our building itself is in the middle of a beautiful NTPRD park, but Springfield is lush with many beautiful public parks. Which one is your favorite?