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For any questions about Education, or to reserve a spot in any class, contact Ellen Balkin: 504.539.9608, or email: ebalkin@ogdenmuseum.org
 

Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place Residency

The Faces of Hope/ Los Rostros de Esperanza
Esperanza Charter School
Natalie Barnes, Artist
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world. Drawing inspiration from Southern self-taught artists, as well as her own classical art education, artist Natalie Keller Barnes collaborated with second, third, fourth, and fifth graders of Esperanza Charter School in a three-week residency to create a textile collaboration entitled Faces of Hope. Barnes emphasized to students the rich history of quiltmaking in the South, an artistic tradition steeped in symbolism, community building, and resourcefulness. Elaborating on the relevancy of an artist's work to his environment, Barnes led students to examine the richness of New Orleans in its festivals, cuisine, and visual landscape. Encouraged to paint in washes of bright, bold hues, these self-portraits reflect the rich diversity and vibrancy of New Orleans, as well as the experiences of many students with strong Central and South American roots.

As finished pieces, this collection of quilts also feature the felt handprints of the students, illustrating the bonds between the individual student and the class, the relationship of the class to Esperanza, and the school to its community.

We Wear the Crowns of Courage: An ELA & Art Collaborative Project

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Third grade students at Renew Cultural Arts Academy created personal narratives of courage inspired by book The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron and the self-portraits of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each student first identified a brief, yet important, moment when they felt courageous. Students then developed and edited their story over a few weeks. After exploring and investigating works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, students practiced illustrating various emotions and created self-portraits to accompany their narratives, mimicking elements of his style. These stories and portraits demonstrate how truly brave and creative all children are when given the space to express themselves and tell their stories.

The Life Cycle of a Tree

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
Isidore Newman School
Fourth Grade
November 6 - January 11, 2015


Artist Statement: We created The Life Cycle of a Tree as a response to Shawn Hall’s installation entitled Pastoral Universe. After viewing this piece and speaking with Ms. Hall about her work and her process, we reflected on our connection with the natural environment. We realized that we have a relationship with nature – especially trees. Trees are important! Trees give us so much: oxygen, wood, paper, food, protection and shelter. Trees ask only for our carbon dioxide, some space to grow, sunlight and water. If we do not take care of the trees, trees can’t take care of us. We created each component of this piece to teach others how trees grow, their importance to our survival, and to illustrate our work to restore wetland ecosystems with the trees we grow at Newman.

For Family

Free Family Day: Inspired by Basquiat


Saturday, November 22, 2014
10:00 am - 2 pm

Held in conjunction with Prospect.3, this family celebration, inspired by the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, will include live entertainment and art activities led by local artists as a response to works of art featured in the exhibition.

Basquiat for Pee-Wees: An Introduction to Poetry and Contemporary Art for Youngsters Ages 5-8


Saturday, January 17
10 am - Noon
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Join poet Kelly Harris for a reading and performance of the children's book, Life Doesn’t Frighten Me: Maya Angelou’s Courageous Children’s Verses, Illustrated by Basquiat. Afterwards, children will have an opportunity craft their own poem and art inspired by the book and the exhibition Basquiat and the Bayou.
Registration required.

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For Kids

Digital Youth Storytellers: Storytelling and Animation Workshop


Saturday’s November 1, 8, 15, 22 and December 6
1 pm - 4 pm

Registration Required
This workshop will focus on place, memory and history. Using Jean-Michel Basquiat's paintings about New Orleans and the South from the exhibit Basquiat and the Bayou presented by the Helis Foundation as inspiration, students will reflect on their personal memories and create poetry, videos, and personal histories. This program is presented in collaboration with the Ogden Museum, Big Class, Prospect.3 and NOVAC. To register, visit http://bigclass.org.

Basquiat for Pee-Wees: An introduction to Poetry and Contemporary Art for young artists ages 5-8


Sunday, January 17
10 AM - 2 PM Registration is required

Join poet Kelly Harris for a reading and performance of the children's book Life Doesn't Frighten Me: Maya Angelou's Courageous Children's Verses, illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Afterward, children will have an opportunity to craft their own poems and create art.

For Adults

Prospect.3 Panel Discussion: Self-taught Artists in Museums and in the Mainstream


Saturday January 10
2 pm
Free with Museum admission

Brooke Davis Anderson, Executive Director of Prospect New Orleans and an authority on Self-Taught artists and their work, will lead a panel discussion about the opportunities self-trained artists present for museums.

Ogden Book Club


Join Ogden Museum docent and former teacher Maureen O'Dwyer for a lively discussion about Southern art, literature and culture. This club will meet approximately every 6 weeks. Members may arrive at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The Book Club is FREE and open exclusively to OMSA members.

Tuesday, Dec. 9
No Other World by Norman German

Natchitoches landowner Pierre Metoyer convinces his slave Marie Thérèze, called “Coincoin,” that they can live in a special world of their own, where the color of their skin does not matter. No Other World, an engrossing fictional account of the extraordinary life of Coincoin, dramatizes the complexities of slavery in the late 1700s. After having four children by another slave, Coincoin became Pierre’s concubine, producing ten children and enhancing the value of his estate by ten slaves. When Metoyer later married a white woman, Coincoin learned a hard lesson—for her there was no other world than slavery. Later, as a free woman, Coincoin gave birth to her own empire, Yucca Plantation, now called Melrose Plantation, near Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art(also chosen to accompany Ogden’s P.3 exhibition Basquiat and the Bayou) By Phoebe Hoban

MOISE AND THE WORLD OF REASON 9 By Tennessee Williams

Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader by Harry Crews

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