See, Think, Wonder – Preparing Your Kids for an Art Museum Experience This Summer

Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Art of Classic American Animation

Research shows that arts-based education can wire the brain for creativity in ways we are only beginning to understand. Are you looking for fun ways to engage your kids in art this summer? If you answered yes, then start planning a trip to The Trout Museum of Art.

Purpose

Before your visit, take some time to sit down with your kids and complete a See, Think, Wonder exercise. This will help them observe and interpret art once you are at the museum. This exercise is to encourage discussion and open a dialog to stimulate curiosity about the visual arts. After completing the activity, your children will understand how to view and think about art prior to visiting the museum, so they are comfortable asking questions and engaging with museum staff when you arrive.  

Materials

  • Image of Who Framed Roger Rabbit movie cel.
  • A piece of paper divided into three sections: See, Think, and Wonder

Activity Instructions

  1. Show your child the Who Framed Roger Rabbit cel.  
  2. Explain that they will be asked questions about the image. In art, there are no wrong answers. Part of the fun is that everyone sees, thinks, and wonders differently!  
  3. “See” is an exercise to encourage attention to detail. Ask them what they see. Questions you could ask are what colors do you see? What images do you see?  
  4. “Think” is an exercise to apply reason. Ask them what they think. An example question is what do they think is happening in this picture? Follow-up every answer with “why do you think that?” Encourage children to provide a reason for why they thought what they did.
  5. “Wonder” is an exercise to broaden their minds and explore. Ask them what this animation cel makes them wonder.  This is a more broad discussion about Roger Rabbit, animation, the plot, the list goes on. What do they wonder will happen next?

Resources

We hope to see you at the museum this summer! Who Framed Roger Rabbit: The Art of Classic American Animation, will be on display from June 8 – August 31st, 2018. This exhibit will present original animated art celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the Academy-Award-winning film. See rare Disney animation cels, character models and movie posters from the film and Roger Rabbit shorts. Also included in the exhibit will be limited edition cels from classic Warner Bros cartoons created by renowned Warner Bros. and Academy-Award-winning Director Chuck Jones. Reminisce with your favorites including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, the Roadrunner and Coyote, Pepe LePew, and Marvin the Martian all shown in scenes from their most memorable cartoons.

For more information, please contact: info@troutmuseum.org

Trout Museum of Art

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