Last week brought two kinds of puppet making to the MFTA studio classrooms. After learning about body parts back at school, second graders from Brooklyn visited MFTA to find images of them in magazines and books. After cutting the body parts out, students used glue and tape to make these collages.
Another second grade teacher from a Brooklyn school used a group visit to MFTA to enhance her students’ biography projects. After working with specific historical figures in the classroom, students used their MFTA studio time to make puppets based on images they brought with them. The puppet (left) is based on Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 portrait of George Washington. Stuart painted several versions of this portrait, which depicts Washington in the Grand Manner wearing an elegant black robe. The reproduction below comes from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia; another version hangs in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC; and my personal favorite is on view in the American galleries of MFTA recipient and donor, Brooklyn Museum.
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