Children’s program experiences San Antonio Museum of Art.
Addison Seebach gently caressed a piece of white faux fur. She tried to imagine it in the painting in front of her.
“It feels soft… and fluffy,” Addison said.
She sat in front of a 7-foot portrait of Margaret Louisa Vanderbilt at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The painting by John Singer Sargent depicted the subject standing on plush white fur, wearing a silky red dress and standing next to an ornate side table.
SAMA Educator Tripp Cardiff explained the portrait to a group of students from our children’s program through a multi-sensory experience.
In addition to the faux fur, the students used their sense of touch to feel a piece of silky red fabric representing the red dress, an ornate piece of wood to understand the detailing on the side table and a smooth stone to imagine the texture on the tabletop.
The group also listened to classical music composed in 1888, the same year the painting was produced, and smelled a vial with scent notes from a perfume made the same year.
In front of another artwork, the group smelled a vial with a mix of rain, pine and wet dirt scents to get the earthiness portrayed in “Passing Storm over the Sierra Nevadas” by Albert Bierstadt. They also listened to the sound of a rainstorm hitting a body of water and explored a piece of granite.
“I really enjoyed learning about the art pieces,” Addison said. “I feel like I really got to experience them.”