McGuffey students recently visited the Miami University Art Museum to see the “Creatures Great & Small” exhibit.
Miami describes the exhibition:
This suite of exhibitions investigates the powerful ways the natural world has functioned as a storyteller. In earlier times the complex relationship between humans and animals found expression in folk traditions of storytelling and craft production.
In more recent centuries, artists have drawn upon this resource for inspiration in their work. Artists and writers continue to be influenced by the natural world, and their stories create an enduring cultural heritage.
In addition to paintings, prints and drawings by American and European artists from the 16th century to the present, featured works include children’s books from the Walter Havighurst Special Collections, textiles and folk toys from around the world, African goldweights, Asian ceramics and Native American pottery.
We weren’t allowed to take cameras into the exhibit, but the students had a fantastic time learning about the history of the work and gathered plenty of inspiration for the creating they’ll be doing in the classroom in the coming months.