Diane Pieri, a teaching artist and Barnes Foundation educator stands next to Room 208’s collaborative work of art on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013. (Photo by Sue Ann Rybak)

by Sue Ann Rybak

Second graders at J.S. Jenks Elementary School in Chestnut Hill participated in “Pictures and Words,” a Barnes Foundation workshop, on Friday, Jan. 25.

Diane Pieri, a teaching artist and Barnes Foundation educator, asked the children to be “art detectives” and discussed the clues in Edouard Manet ‘s painting entitled “Laundry” (“Le Linge”) of 1875. Students learned some of the basic elements of art including color, line, shape, space and texture. Afterwards, the students created a collaborative work of art entitled “After Laundry.” Their drawings depicted what could happen next.

The workshop was sponsored by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline, The Hamilton Family Foundation and the Syde Hurdus Foundation. The workshop includes a visit to the Barnes Foundation and a second in-classroom lesson after the visit to the gallery.

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