A Trip to the Nelson-Atkins

I am boggled by the amount of kid-oriented activities in the Kansas City area. Everywhere I turn, there is something special going on – crafts, woodworking, nature, fine art, tours of fire departments, and so much more.

A friend recently pointed me to the Nelson-Atkins and told me about their monthly family activities.

Monthly, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-4pm, they have different crafts around an announced theme. This past weekend it was Heavens: Photographs of the Sky & Cosmos and a fun craft project.

For ease in transport, I tied it in the back and made it a ‘constellation necklace’. Here it is in its finished form…

When we had entered the museum, Emily spied a very fancy golf cart and was dying to ride in it…

Perfect timing. As we finished up the art project and headed out, guess what was waiting for us? Emily jumped on board, grinning with excitement. I think it reminded her of the horse-drawn carriages on the Plaza.

We had both brought our sketch books. Both of them are relatively new, and I bought mine with some general hope of learning how to sketch. I had almost given up on this idea, but showed Danielle (my talented artistic 23-year-old) the few sketches I had done. She told me that they were good. I was so pleased. They aren’t anything super-special, and I know that with any craft, practice makes perfect, but I was rejuvenated by her kind words and encouraged to do more.

Emily received her sketch book at a recent kid-oriented event at the Kansas City museum and has been filling it with stamps, sketches and even writing words and the beginnings of stories within it. It seems that the tradition of art and creativity continues.

And here she is, pondering where in the museum to go next…

Perhaps outside, Emily?

To the sculpture garden?

To the nearest door we headed, eager to get a close up look at the newest addition to the Nelson-Atkins Sculpture Garden…

I’m not much of a fan of modern art, but this struck me as absolutely beautiful. Especially with the clouds framing it. And here I’ve zoomed a little closer…

It’s worth going to see. Pictures are awesome, but this thing is huge, it has a real presence.

And now for a tall hill and a fair bit of rolling…

And some more rolling…

And after she had picked herself up, and dusted herself off. It was time for a little run…

We later sat down, right about where Emily is in the picture, and sketched this sculpture.

I found these sculptures to be quite interesting…

And the kid is kind of cute too.

Later I sketched a granite sculpture inside, while waiting for the golf cart turned carriage to come and give us a ride again. It never came. Meanwhile, Emily scoffed at my drawing, “It’s a big square. ANYONE can make a square!”

I think I may need to introduce the concept of ‘tact’ to her…

And a big “Thank You Sweetheart” to my eldest for encouraging me. It might not be fine art, but I’m having a great time sketching all the same.

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