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Chagall for Children

Chagall for Children is a world-class exhibit that showcases 14 multi-sensory exploration stations, each incorporating a high-quality reproduction of one of Marc Chagall’s works. Chagall for Children has interactive components that offer hands-on activities and an audio description of each work specifically geared for children ages 2-12.

The exhibit is designed to engage visitors in the exploration of both art and the artist through 14 interactive, multi-sensory components. Each component features one of Chagall’s works with an accompanying hands‑on activity in a variety of media that encourages the visitor for children traveling exhibit to explore and work with specific art principles such as color, composition, light and texture.

America Windows: Visitors explore the effect of light upon stained glass by adjusting the light levels behind the work and recreating their own America Windows by rearranging puzzle-like pieces of the work.

At the Circus: Incorporating role-play, which is key in the creative development of young children, visitors see themselves as part of a Chagall painting via a video camera and monitor. They don silk-screened capes to become part of the painting as they pose and play on a circus stage.

The Birthday: Comparing art forms, visitors examine the reproduction of this oil painting and compare it to the tactile experience of touching the bas relief. Visitors can also create a “rubbing” from a steel engraving of the bas relief.

The Blue House: Studying form and structure, visitors create their own three-dimensional house against the backdrop of this painting.

The Concert: Visitors at this station select musical instruments represented in this painting and blend sounds the way Chagall artistically blended colours.

Flowers: Visitors create their own flower arrangements inspired by this colorful work and experiment with floral scents.

The Flying Sleigh: In a computerized activity, visitors explore the art of narrative form by manipulating main figures and details of this Chagall piece to tell a different story.

Green Violinist: Visitors can re-create the painting using magnetized puzzle pieces.

I and the Village: Visitors learn about the concept of symmetry and explore the different ways people view the world by rotating this painting.

Job Tapestry: Tapestry provided Chagall with yet another form of artistic expression. Visitors cooperatively create a tapestry by weaving and sewing.

The Juggler: Visitors explore the role of detail in this work by using a touch screen to animate elements of the painting.

Paris Through the Window: By experimenting with composition using magnetized pieces, visitors create their own picture of Paris.

The Poultry Yard: In a creative approach to form and structure, visitors experiment with brightly-coloured, three dimensional, soft-sculpture animals to create fantasy creatures and scenes.

The Rooster: A rich tactile experience occurs when visitors touch and rearrange the beautiful feathers in the tail of a soft sculpture copy of Chagall’s rooster.

Many stations are accompanied with audio descriptions, highlighting information about the artwork upon which the interactive is based. An extensive selection of books about the artist is provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning. Each venue receives educational and marketing materials.

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