Monday, September 17, 2012

ILL: ‘TRAINS – All Aboard Art!’ exhibit to make stop at DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville

From My Naperville:  ‘TRAINS – All Aboard Art!’ exhibit to make stop at DuPage Children’s Museum in Naperville
Located on the second floor of the museum, the Interact with Art Gallery exhibit will feature many new arts-based learning opportunities, with plenty of interactive features to keep young hands and minds busy as children discover the wonder of train transportation.
“Young children have a special love for trains, and this exhibit will allow them to learn about the different types and uses of trains through expressions of art,” says Marcia MacRae, DuPage Children’s Museum’s interdisciplinary arts specialist. ‘TRAINS – All Aboard Art!’ builds on exhibits we’ve done in the past by introducing even more opportunities to use art to explore the world of trains.”
At the exhibit, children will enter one artist’s interpretation of trains by role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train based on cubist artist Gino Severini’s “Red Cross Train.” The style and colors in the painting will be reflected in the play train, as well as in a new model train setting. An engine-mounted video camera gives children the engineer’s point of view, as the train travels the brightly colored cubist landscape.
The exhibit also includes an 8-foot-wide “hidden pictures” mural of artist Don Stewart’s “Steam Train.” Children and adults can work together to find the list of objects making up the huge locomotive. Children also can use “seek and find cards” to search for objects found in a variety of train art displayed on the walls. The artwork and activities are designed to encourage child-adult interaction and conversation, helping to build an appreciation for art while developing creativity and critical thinking skills.
Specially designed wooden train tables and a huge interactive crane are among the other new experiences awaiting discovery.
“DuPage Children’s Museum has a special connection to trains,” adds MacRae. “We hope children who visit this exhibit will gain a better understanding of the role and importance of the real-life trains right outside our door.”

“TRAINS – All Aboard Art!” is sponsored by CenterPoint Properties, BNSF Foundation and Kinder Morgan Foundation. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council help support the arts throughout the year at DCM.
About DuPage Children’s Museum
DuPage Children’s Museum is a top Chicago area cultural attraction — “where learning comes in to play.” Via interactive exhibits and programs that make learning fun for children and adults playing together, DuPage Children’s Museum helps develop curiosity, creativity, thinking and problem solving in young children.
The museum is at 301 N. Washington St., Naperville, a quick walk from the Naperville Metra train station. Parking is free. For information about hours, museum admission and membership packages, visit or call (630) 637-8000.


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