EDUCATION

CreARTivity 360 Tour

Welcome to the latest 360 tour of the Children’s Museum of Virginia! In this tour you will learn about all things art. Take a stroll through the tour with your device or with 360 eyewear. Click on the icons to reveal interesting facts, historical insights, or have access to cool artistic activities. Animate your toys, make a self portrait like an artist, or learn about architecture. Click the red arrows to move about the exhibit and reveal more activities!

Entrance to CreARTivity

Notice the not too wild statue in the front of the exhibit.  Click on the link to learn more about the piece and about the local artist.

Louvre

Four walls within the bright skylights begin your journey.  Each of the four walls has a special type of art work.  They will tell you about the artist, type of art work and provide you with art activities to do at home.

Wall 1 – Landscapes

Artists depict their surroundings in a host of ways from realistic and photography to the surreal and fanciful. You can learn about each piece and the artist by clicking the green camera.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Making Stained Glass Art – use material around your home to simulate the Tiffany stained glass style.
  • How to Paint an Impressionist Landscape – use your home art media to create a landscape in the style of the great impressionists.
  • Kid’s Landscape Art – a how to site that teaches the basics of landscape art through point of perspective and layering.

Wall 2 – Portraits

This section features famous artists and their portrait works.  Portraits are made to capture the personality of the model. You will find that there are a lot of ways to capture a portrait. Learn about the piece of art and the artist by clicking the green camera icon.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Make your Own Self Portrait – use crayons and colored paper to capture your own portrait.
  • Make a Portrait Sculpture – use household items to craft a statue like the one in our exhibit.
  • Mona Lisa Art Project – Make your own version of this famous painting.
  • Andy Warhol Self Portrait – Craft your own portrait in the style of this famous artist.

Click the green play buttons to view videos about the artists.

Wall 3 – Animals in Art

Animals are very important in our lives.This exhibit features artworks from artists that feature animals in art.  You can learn about the art work and the artist by clicking the green camera icon.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Make Your Own Animal Mask – you can make and wear your own animal mask.
  • How to Make a Chinese Dragon – follow the steps in this “how to” video to make your own Chinese Dragon.  You can make it dance and move.

Wall 4 – Everbrite

This is our latest interactive exhibit. Twist each lens to change the color of the circle. Make a beautiful flower or cute kitten.  View the time lapse video to see how it works.

CreARTivity Room 1

Art in motion is the focus of this room. Here you will learn about early forms of animation such as the Zoetrope and Mutoscope. Learn how individual images can be manipulated to bring them to life.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Make Your Own Zoetrope – Download the page to print off your own Zoetrope. Use household items to bring it alive.
  • Make Your Own Flip Book – Follow the video to make your own flip book/Mutoscope art work. Thumb through the flip book to bring your art alive.

CreARTivity Room 2

Take a look around to explore how design and style come together. You will also learn a bit on creating sculptures with household items.

Draw

Proper proportions in drawing allow for a more realistic piece of art.  This exhibit features artists that used proportion to make their own portraits. You can learn about each artist and their works by clicking the green camera icons.  Click the green play buttons to view videos featuring these artists.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Using Proportions to Make Portraits – follow this “how to” video to learn the use of simple proportions can allow you to make better portraits.

Design

Take a tour of Portsmouth’s Olde Towne with this exhibit and learn about its really cool architecture. Click on the numbers to view samples of the design styles of the neighborhood.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Build a Marshmallow and Toothpick Structure – view the link to learn how you can build your own architecture with this sweet treat.

CreARTivity Room 3

Take a look around to explore how design and style come together. You will also learn a bit on creating sculptures with household items.

Draw

Proper proportions in drawing allow for a more realistic piece of art.  This exhibit features artists that used proportion to make their own portraits. You can learn about each artist and their works by clicking the green camera icons.  Click the green play buttons to view videos featuring these artists.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Using Proportions to Make Portraits – follow this “how to” video to learn the use of simple proportions can allow you to make better portraits.

Design

Take a tour of Portsmouth’s Olde Towne with this exhibit and learn about its really cool architecture. Click on the numbers to view samples of the design styles of the neighborhood.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Build a Marshmallow and Toothpick Structure – view the link to learn how you can build your own architecture with this sweet treat.

CreARTivity Room 4

Lines

Drawings are made from lines: connected lines, thin lines, fat lines, dark lines, light lines.  In this exhibit explore the role of lines in artwork. Click the icons to learn more about the artist and the artist’s work.  Notice the way the artist uses all kinds of lines to make the work.

Activities and lessons include:

  • Draw Like M.C. Escher – watch this “how to” video to learn how to make the template for his inspiring work. 
  • Draw in the Style of Henri Matisse – follow the video tutorial to make your own Matisse-like masterpiece.
  • Picasso Portraits for Kids – another “how to” video to show you how to use simple shapes and lines to make a portrait in the style of the master.
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