Thursday, November 19, 2009


Thanks to everyone who made this program a success! Special thanks to Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Premier Transportation, and to Patty Delaney, Millicent Johnnie, and David Anderson from SMU.

To all of the girls who participated, we thank you for bringing so much energy and wish you much success in the future!

VIDEO: Making a positive space tableau


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About to find out what's behind the mysterious "blue doors."

Viewing the sky in James Turrell's Tending, (Blue).

Viewing sculptures in the garden.

Performing for the parents: creating tableaux to show positive and negative space.

Making some NOISE.

Thanks everyone!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


When you look at a sculpture, you can see both positive and negative space. Positive space is the space taken up by the sculpture itself and the negative space is the space around the sculpture. In Squares With Two Circles, for example, artist Barbara Hepworth made round negative spaces inside a rectangular positive space.

TRY THIS AT HOME: Positive and Negative Snacks
Look in your pantry and refrigerator for examples of positive and negative shapes in food. Then, create a menu that will include both positive and negative shapes on the plate. Foods that might inspire you: macaroni, Swiss cheese, pretzels, bell peppers, pineapples, fruit loops or doughnuts!

VIDEO: Filling the gallery space with sound with David from SMU.


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Creating block sculptures that include positive and negative space.

Examining the positive and negative space in Barbara Hepworth's Squares With Two Circles (Monolith).

Demonstrating open form as seen in Joan MirĂ³'s Moonbird.

Creating a tableau using positive and negative space with Millicent and Patty from SMU.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Both architects and artists can create spaces for us to move through. Today, we discussed how Foster + Partners design spaces that are easy to navigate. We also looked at how sculptors can shape the way that we move through their work.

This is your ticket to adventure! Today you will be traveling to London. Depart from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Stansted Airport (which was designed by Foster + Partners). Find three places you would like to visit in London. Consider museums, parks, or historical buildings. Then, draw a map that shows how you would travel to each location. Bon Voyage!


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Problem solving: Where to build a bridge in a busy part of London...

...and how to design an airport that is easy to navigate.

Looking at bridges designed by the architecture firm Foster + Partners.

Exploring how bodies move through space with Patty, Millicent, and David from SMU.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Architects work in teams to design spaces that will meet people’s needs. The architectural models we saw today were created by the firm Foster + Partners. We focused on the Sainsbury Center for Visual Arts and the Swiss Re Building. The Sainsbury is located in Norwich, England and the space is designed to display artwork. The Swiss Re is located in London, England and it is used as an office building. Both of these buildings were designed to meet the needs of the client.

TRY THIS AT HOME: Architecture Log
Look around at the buildings in your community. Draw or take pictures of your favorite buildings. Then, write about what makes them special. Are there any improvements or changes you would make to the buildings? When you visit new places add them to your log! When you are finished share it with your family and friends.


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Learning about the architecture of
Norman Foster in the galleries

Meeting with Clients:
Ms. Modern

Mr. Gourmet

Mr. Curve

Ms. Flora

Designing a house takes a lot of work!