Children and adult standing around looking closely at the blue glass vase ( in the center
Creative Practice

Let's Look!

This routine can be done daily or weekly and takes about 5-10 minutes. It will encourage children to practice conversation, questioning, and close looking.

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Portrait of the Radcliffe family, including father, mother and nine children in fancy 18th century clothing.
Creative Practice

¡A posar!

Esta actividad de observación atenta es fantástica para los que aprenden mediante el estilo cinético y puede usarse con obras de arte y libros.

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Kerry James Marshall, Better Homes, Better Gardens, 1994. Acrylic paint and paper collage on canvas. Funds from Polly and Mark Addison, the Alliance for Contemporary Art, Caroline Morgan, and Colorado Contemporary Collectors: Suzanne Farver, Linda and Ken
Creative Practice

Ten Times Two

This activity will reinforce math skills, build vocabulary and introduce descriptive language.

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Thomas Hudson, The Radcliffe Family, about 1742. 126 in. x 174 in. Long-term loan from the Berger Collection, TL-17968.
Creative Practice

Make a Pose!

This close looking activity is great for kinesthetic learners and can be used with art and books.

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Painted screen depicting a garden party from the Spanish Colonial period
Creative Practice

Machines

This close looking activity is great for kinesthetic learners and can be used with art and books.

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Summer, 1572. Oil on canvas. 36 x 27-2/4 in. Denver Art Museum; fund from Helen Dill bequest.
Creative Practice

Going on a Picnic

In this new twist on an old favorite, children will practice close looking by engaging their senses with an art object.

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Child standing in front of large pink and orange abstract painting of Sweet Potatoes at the Table by Roberto Juarez, 1987
Creative Practice

Eye Spy

Children will focus on seeing shape, color, and line in this game of Eye Spy with an art object.

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Hopi Eagle Dancer, Dan Namingha, 1995
Creative Practice

Sorting Box

Support children in building connections through looking closely and sharing their thoughts on the relationships between art objects and everyday materials.

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Road to Santa Fe, Theodore Van Soelen, 1948
Creative Practice

Shrinking Story

By engaging their imaginations, young children will notice details and think critically about their five senses as they “shrink” to fit inside any artwork.

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Mandarin Duck Rank Badge, Artist not known, China late 1700s-early 1800s, Qing dynasty
Creative Practice

Zoom In!

This quick activity done regularly with a variety of objects promotes active observation and children's participation in the world around them.

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