david smith’s voltri vii

david smith was the final modern artist the girls investigated
at the winter series of the national gallery of art‘s stories in art program.

after reading Half of an Elephant by gusti,
in which an elephant goes on a humorous journey to find his missing half,
they examined an assemblage sculpture of david smith
— voltri VIII —
and then assembled their own sculpture with wood and metal.

david smith's voltri VII
surrounded by Impressionist paintings while reading Half an Elephant

the girls decided to work independently
— like on opposite sides of the room —
and came up with remarkably similar creations.
great minds think alike.

their prize for attending all three sessions of the winter stories in art:
a hard-back copy of Sandy’s Circus: A Story About Alexander Calder
(by tanya lee stone and boris kulikov),
one of the artists that they’d studied earlier.

i wonder what the national gallery of art has up their curator’s sleeve for the spring?


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