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Extra Crispy

“Wow!”   “That’s extra crispy!”  I was giving a tour of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery yesterday to a group of 11 to 14 year olds. They were fantastic! They knew so much about ancient Greek mythology and they were so excited about seeing the exhibit.  One boy kept remarking that each new thing I showed them was ‘extra crispy’ so finally I asked him what that meant. He told me it means something is totally awesome and amazing. When I got home I looked it up and sure enough right there in the online urban dictionary it says…….

EXTRA CRISPY

Something so good, so hot, so amazing, it can only be described in two words; extra crispy. 

So if you haven’t seen the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery yet, come on down for an extra crispy experience. 

Other posts……

Sunday Afternoon at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

What Talent! Olympus Inspired Art

The Goddess of Running Shoes and Olympic Medals

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Sunday Afternoon at the WAG

They love Lego!  I spent Sunday afternoon at the Winnipeg Art Gallery with a great group of children, their parents and even some grandparents all playing with Lego.lego-at-the-wagAfter visiting the Lego installations which are part of our current Olympus exhibit the kids  got right to work with the thousands of pieces of Lego we had spread out on tables. 

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The goddess Demeter

The WAG’s skylight space was filled with little Lego artists creating original pieces of art.

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Greek warrior

We had set up two tables covered with Lego but they filled up rapidly, so we added two more and then two more.  

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An angry Zeus

For the most part it was awfully quiet as the kids worked with perseverance and unending creativity.  

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A house in ancient Greece

By the time the afternoon was over the staircase enclosure in the skylight was rimmed with original work.  

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A ship with a Greek sailor

It did take three of us nearly 45 minutes to clean up all the Lego but it was well worth the effort to see all those children absorbed in creating and designing and having fun. 

Other posts……

Athena and the Creation of the Spider

The Goddess of Running Shoes and the Olympics

Did the Ancient Greeks Wear Underwear?

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Lego and the Greek Gods

This Sunday I’m going to be helping host a Lego workshop for kids at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  Children will view the amazing Lego sculptures on display in our Olympus exhibit and then create their own Lego masterpieces. To get in the spirit of things the guides tried their Lego skills by getting together in teams to create Lego designs associated with Greek gods. Here are some of the cool things we made. Playing with Lego is fun for adults too!

athena from lego

zeus with Lego

aphrodite in lego

dionysus in lego

artemis with lego

apollo with lego

Other posts about Olympus now on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery…

Finding Greek Gods in Winnipeg

What Talent! Olympus Inspired Art

Did the Ancient Greeks Wear Underwear?

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Matching- The Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Nelson Atkins Museum

 I visited the Neslson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City last week.  Guess what I found? 

Aphrodite Nelson Atkins Museum - Kansas City

Aphrodite- Nelson Atkins Museum of Art – Kansas City

Aphrodite Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Aphrodite- Olympus Exhibit- Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Aitkins Museum of Art

Kylix red figure vase Nelson Atkins Museum of Art- Kansas City

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Kylix black figure vase Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Sarcophagus Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Ancient Jewelry Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

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The Obama Chair House in Kansas City
Cool Stuff Outside the Nelson Atkins Museum

Connections at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

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What Talent! Olympus Inspired Art!

vase designs winnipeg art gallery workshopWhat a pleasure to witness such creativity! During the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery we are offering workshops where students can experiment with the ideas they’ve picked up on their Olympus tours, by creating artwork of their own. vase olympus exhibit art galleryAs they are looking at vases and sculptures in the gallery

sketching in the gallery olympus wagThe students make quick sketches of things they seesketches for work olympus wagIn the workshop studio they transfer some of their sketches onto orange cardstock very similar in color to the vases in the gallery.outline sketchesThey outline their sketches with felt markeredge designsAnd work at creating interesting repeating designs to edge their scenes

painting a background olympus wag workshopThen they use black paint to fill in the background around their scene

white pencil crayon olympus wag workshop vase designsand white pencil crayons to add detailsred figure drawing wag olypus workshopAlthough we provide guidelines the young artists take our basic ideas and run with them in creative ways coloring in designs wag olympus

designs wag kids olympusI just love watching the amazing and unique artwork that emerges. kid's artwork olympus wag

 I find it so intriguing to see the way the young people take the images they’ve seen in the gallery and use them in new and interesting ways. 

Other posts about kid’s artwork………

The Exquisite Corpse

Through the Eyes of a Child

Stopping by Woods

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Artemis Was a Private Person

IMG_1244She was a private person!  This statue of Artemis is part of the Olympus exhibit now showing at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.  One of the stories I like to tell children about her involves a hunter named Actaeon. Actaeon was out with his hunting dogs when he came upon Artemis bathing in a lake. When Artemis saw him she was furious and splashed water on Actaeon. As the water touched his skin he began transforming into a deer.  His dogs who had been trained to hunt deer turned on him and chased him away.

Interestingly we had a piece in our Winnipeg Art Gallery 100 Masters exhibit showing the same story except with the goddess Diana who is Artemis’ Roman counterpart . The piece was actually a drinking cup that moved mechanically  around the table so all the dinner guests could take turns lifting the stag’s head  and drinking from it.  

Other stories from Olympus……

Hermes and Apollo

Athena and Arachne

Nike

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The Goddess of Running Shoes and Olympic Medals

This relief of Nike restraining a bull is part of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

This relief of Nike restraining a bull is part of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Nike is the goddess of speed, strength and victory. Those qualities make her a perfect symbol for the Olympics. An image of Nike is on the back of every medal awarded to athletes at the modern Olympics. Each country who hosts the games designs their own medals and shows Nike in a slightly different way.

Nike as a charioteer on an amphora vase at the Louvre

Nike is often depicted as a charioteer, sometimes driving Zeus’ chariot for him. Modern day names like Nicholas, Veronica and Nicole are derived from Nike’s name.

Nike’s most famous current day association however is with the Nike sports wear company.  The wing on their shoe represents the goddess’ wing. 

Other posts…….

Looking at Cereal Differently

Thanks Dr. Scholl

Did the Ancient Greeks Wear Underwear?

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Did the Ancient Greeks Wear Underwear?

Aphrodite Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Aphrodite- Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Did the ancient Greeks wear underwear?  That’s a question I’ve been asked several times by different school groups while I’m giving them tours of the Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. One of the activities we do with the children is invite them to dress up in a peplos or chiton, items of clothing worn by the Ancient Greeks. This is inevitably when the students ask me the underwear question.  I’ve done some research and most sources agree that the Greeks did not wear underwear.  

Dionysus Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Dionysus- Olympus Exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

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The Golden Age of Fashion

Visiting my students in New York

Michelangelo’s David

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Hermes and Apollo

Apollo Olympus Winnipeg Art Gallery

Apollo at the Olympus Exhibit  Winnipeg Art Gallery

I’ve already given fifteen tours of Olympus, the amazing exhibit of Greek and Roman antiquities at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Since it will still be at the WAG for ten more months its time for me to add some stories to my tour repertoire to keep things fresh and interesting for both me and the children. 

Here’s a story about Hermes and Apollo I think the kids will enjoy. 

Hermes statue- Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

Hermes statue- Olympus exhibit Winnipeg Art Gallery

When Hermes was still a baby he climbed out his cradle one day to go on an adventure. He came upon his brother Apollo’s herd of cows.  In a burst of mischief he took off the front and back hooves of the cattle and switched them around so the footprints the cows left on the ground made it look like the cows were walking backwards. He hid the cows in a cave. When Apollo figured out what his baby brother had done he was mad and grabbed the little fellow and took him to their father Zeus for punishment.

Zeus thought the whole thing was pretty funny but made Hermes give the cattle back to Apollo.

To show he was sorry for his mischief, Hermes gave Apollo a lyre he’d made from the shell of a turtle. As a sign he forgave Hermes, Apollo gave his little brother his herding staff. The two brothers became friends. 

Other posts……….

Finding Poseidon in Winnipeg

Dinner Invitation in Bogata

Through the Eyes of a Child

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Poseidon- Finding Greek and Roman Gods in Winnipeg

 

Poseidon Bay is just off Grant Avenue in Winnipeg.  It bears the name of the Greek God Poseidon who together with his two brothers Zeus and Hades had a powerful triumvirate.  Hades was in charge of the underworld, Zeus the sky and Poseidon the sea. Poseidon had a temperamental personality.  In a bad mood he could cause huge sea storms and earthquakes. In a good mood he would create new islands and offer calm seas to sailors.  Poseidon’s city was Atlantis which was under the sea. 

The Pan Am Pool is on Poseidon Bay. It seems fitting that a swimming pool would be located on a street named for the God of the Sea. 

There are a number of pieces in the current Olympus exhibit at the Winnipeg Art Gallery that pay tribute to the god Poseidon.  On the bottom of this kylix or drinking cup you can see Poseidon holding his signature trident. 

Nearby is a statue of Poseidon’s son Triton.

Other posts about Greek and Roman gods in Winnipeg….

Mercury

Hercules

Athena

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