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Looking to further enhance your students or kids’ connection to the Seward Johnson sculptures? Start with our Educational Activity Booklet. In it you’ll find coloring pages, crossword puzzles, creative writing, math and geography worksheets and other fun activities.
Then, be sure to stop by the Midwest Museum of American Art in Elkhart for a behind-the-scenes exhibit showcasing the process that Johnson utilizes when creating one of his sculptures. Children and adults will enjoy exploring the various stages, tools and methods used by Johnson as he creates his art. In this informative three-section visual description, you will find an original table-top clay model, called a maquette, that is the artist’s initial three-D sketch for a piece. This is how the artist develops the pose and gesture of each sculpture. Also included in the exhibit are the tools that the artist used and a photographic display that further explores the age-old technique of the “lost wax method of casting”. This ancient art was employed in Michelangelo’s time and is still in use today. You will see an example of the plaster, wax and molded parts of a sculpture in-the-making, and finally, the human-scale bronze of Forever Marilyn, Johnson’s ode to Marilyn Monroe.
The museum will also highlight a new exhibit, Interpreting Marilyn, which features pieces from over 7 local northern Indiana artists including a life-size wire frame sculpture of the dress worn in Marilyn’s statue.
To further expand the experience of this summer’s exhibition, a video will be on view at the museum which features artist Seward Johnson discussing his artistic career, his inspirations and his life in his own words.
Midwest Museum of American Art
429 S. Main St., Elkhart
Admission Fee Tuesday – Saturday, Sunday Free
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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