Monday, October 04, 2010

What Can a Scarecrow Teach You about Art?

What Can a Scarecrow Teach You about Art? Apparently quite a lot if that scarecrow happens to be part of the Florence Griswold Museum's Scarecrows at the Museum exhibit.

Yesterday I had the delightful experience of seeing famous artists and paintings reinvented as scarecrows! Unique, fabulous, entertaining, educational and fun, a perfect fall family outing.

When you enter the museum and pay your admission you receive a large round sticker to wear with scarecrow illustrations by Jeffery Himmelman which are wonderful in themselves. You will receive a beautiful large brochure which contains a charming story about Miss Florence and the scarecrows. The brochure lists all the scarecrows and explains who they are and a bit about the artist or painting represented.

Vincent Van Crow aka Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh, self-portrait

The museum has extensive grounds and gardens along the Lieutenant River and the scarecrows are placed throughout. Pumpkin shaped signs make it easy to follow along and find the next scarecrow.

Frida Kahlcrow aka Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, self-portrait

The bite sized bits of art history in the brochure make learning about the artist easy as pumpkin pie for kids (and parents!), each entry also has a question for viewers, which makes you look even closer at the scarecrow to find the item.

Magpie Magritte aka Rene Magritte

 Rene Magritte, The Son of Man

One of the stops on the scarecrow trail is a cornfield where kids can dress up like a scarecrow. If mom and dad take pictures they can email them to and the museum will select some of the pictures sent in to feature on their website.

Salvator "Dolly" de la Paja aka Salvator Dali

 Salvador Dali

Georgia CRO'Keefe aka Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe, Summer Days

The museum invites families to choose an artist, author or character from a book and create a scarecrow at home, take a picture and send it to for possible inclusion on the museum website.

Glittering Gus aka Gustave Klimt

 Gustav Klimt, The Kiss

POP!CORN aka Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, self-portrait

Don't miss the museum gift shop which is filled with autumnal treats for the whole family. And don't forget to become a facebook fan of the Florence Griswold Museum

Mondrian Man, Composition in Red, Yellow and Boo!,  aka Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian, Composition in Red, Yellow and Blue

The scarecrows will be at the museum through October 31st plan your visit before they disappear!

1 comment:

Blu said...

Fantastic what a brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing this.