Quick Culture also offers customized tours for adults of LACMA, the Fashion Institute for Design and Merchandising (FIDM) and LA's various art districts.
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This was a kids-only tour (plus one big-kid journalist). Two sets of brothers, Hayden and Avery, and Indiana and Montgomery, were joined by friends, Max and Chase. The five boys and one girl (Chase) had been dropped off by their respective parents.
During the hour, they examined 15 works of art, each illustrating a different concept. As the kids learned the difference between bas relief and sculpture in the round, Ellen passed around a small mold she had made to create a poured metal figure.
Chardin's Soap Bubbles introduced the idea of shapes used in composition, and the kids caught on quickly to seeing a triangle in the curve of an elbow. They also enjoyed trying to figure out the relationships of the artists' subjects in a Renaissance painting or an Egyptian sarcophagus.
They were totally engaged for the hour, with lots of questions and insights.
"They braided their beards like we braid our hair," commented Indiana of 3000-year-old Ashurnasirpa II and a Winged Deity on a stone stele from Nimrud, Iraq. The male figures sported corn rows in their hair and beards, earrings and wedge sandals. Ellen passed around a photo of her own wedgies, which looked a lot like the ones in the bas relief carving.
At the end of the tour, Ellen asked each child to choose which one of the works they would take home if they could, passing around a reminder sheet with photos of the pieces they had seen.
Chase voted for the Hockney painting.
"Because it's so colorful?" asked Ellen.
"I like the colors, but I like that you can see the back, the middle and the front," she said, referencing the lessons on depth of field and perspective.
"I'd take home the sarcophagus," said Hayden. "I'm going to be a paleontologist and I like really old stuff."
Max looked at all the pictures and had a hard time making up his mind. "I was born for art," he declared in all seriousness. "I want to do it again and see more art!"