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Things Kids Say About Art

"I think this room is brighter than Mrs. Gardner's part of the Museum because its all about illumination. They aren't keeping the theft in the dark, they're talking about it and want you to think about it." Kiera, 8th Grade

"Most of the pictures in [the Dutch Room] are portraits. Maybe the missing pictures show us someone who died." Greg, 8th Grade

"The text and the picture make each other better. They are both trying to describe something and make you feel emotion, but neither can do it on their own as well as they can together." Nadia, 8th Grade

"I think these two are a man because they are wearing men things and they have moustache and they have fancy clothes for a man." Lucy, 4th Grade

"I think she is wealthy, but her face looks more relaxed than Queen Mary. She looks more open." George, 5th Grade

"Why are there so many chairs around? Are they a sign of art?" Charlie, 4th Grade

"It looks like a temple. Maybe Isabella thought about that when she made her museum." Giselle, Grade 3

"Maybe the head that's missing on this person is the one sitting on the bench over there! Maybe it fell off" Natalie, 3rd Grade

"There is a shadow at the bottom of the picture. It's like she's trying to be proud and cheerful up top, but the shadow takes over and shows how upset she really is." Adrian, 9th Grade

"You can tell that he's strong, he doesn't want to show his emotions. But his eyes tell you that hes afraid or angry. Just like Ms. Gardner [in Sargent's portrait] is trying not to show her feelings but you can see through it." Ty, Grade 9

"The things in the picture look like they are from a long time ago -- we don't write on scrolls like that, we have books -- but the picture doesn't look that old. It looks fresh, like it was just made." Rileymi, 3rd Grade

"Is it just me, or is Zorn kind of awesome?" David, 12th Grade

"There must be two different light sources, because that woman has two shadows" Noel, 8th Grade

"Maybe this painting and the other version are two drafts, or maybe they are two moments in these peoples' lives." Nathan, 8th Grade

"That spear looks like a candy cane because it has red and white stripes. I see the same stripes on the chair near the window! And on the sofa in the middle of the room! It's everywhere!" Jimmy, 4th Grade

"This looks like it could be someone who was a real person and wrote stories." Yariel, 4th Grade

"Are these people real? All the people in the pictures, were they living once a long time ago?" Treyvaughn, 4th Grade

"I think these are real people -- or at least, the mother looks like a real mom. But I don't think babies can really put their fingers up like that. It's part real and part made-up" Oscar, 4th Grade

"It's like realistic fiction; there aren't any dragons in real life, and I've never seen a gold sky before, but the horse looks real." Taneya, 4th Grade

"Even the windows are like works of art!" -- Denzel, 6th grade

"Up close you can see all the brush marks, but from far away they blend in and the skirt looks like it's 3D. It pops out at you." 7th grade student

"The most important people here are the person in green, the person in pink and blue, and the one in orange and pink. They are making a triangle, all looking at each other. I read that paintings use triangles sometimes to show us who is important to pay attention to." Kestine, 12th Grade

"I think that if I took a lot of time and looked really closely, I could follow everyone's pointing gestures and figure out what their argument is all about." Emily, 12th Grade

Education Week: Arts Education Seen as Common-Core Partner

"Everything seems so detailed until you take a closer look. Most of the objects have finely detailed borders, edges even. Then you look at the face and poof, nothing. I cannot be sure why this happens, but perhaps it is because people who created art in this century wanted to prove something; these people depicted in the art could be anyone. Replace their face with your own, and there is not much of a difference. YOU could be them. YOU can be anything." Francesca, 8th Grade