Philbrook Museum: Tulsa Visit
Philbrook Museum: Not Your Ordinary Art Museum
Once upon a time art museums were stuffy places that only the grown up ‘elite’ could visit – at least that is what some people thought. But not so!! Art museums are awesome places to take the kids. They love art of all types and often see the beauty in art when grown ups can’t. Asking kids what they think about art leads to very interesting conversations! Try it and see what your kids think about your favorite art piece.
Philbrook Museum: Art is for everyone! Second Saturday
The Philbrook Museum staff prides itself on making art available to everyone – especially families with kids. On the second Saturday of the month, entrance to the museum is FREE and unbelievably kid friendly.
Sign your kids up for My Museum so they can receive a new art supply to put in it their free green art container. The activities on the Second Saturday of the month are a great way to explore the museum for the kids.
My son made an art puzzle on our visit.
Philbrook Museum: Historical House
The Philbrook Museum wasn’t always a public building. It was the home of Waite and Genevieve Phillip during the roaring 20s. Admire the house as you walk around looking at art. Imagine living in this grand place!
This ‘disco’ lighted floor was installed after the Phillip family admired one in Paris.
Philbrook Museum: Stay For Lunch
Inside the Philbrook Museum is La Villa Restaurant. The menu is American and Vegetarian and their Sunday brunch has been voted as “Best of the Best” in Oklahoma magazine.
Philbrook Museum: Enjoy the Gardens
Not only are the gardens on 23 acres beautiful, especially in the spring when the hundreds of tulips bloom, but they are a perfect place for a wiggle break if one of the kiddos needs it!
Come and go every Saturday EXCEPT the 2nd Saturday of the month between 12:30-3:30. Pick up a free Gallery Challenge Card at the front desk and head to studio C. Explore art in a safe and fun environment and create with the kids!
Challenge cards give you a starting point for discussing and creation!
Philbrook Museum: Word Class Art Exhibits
Check out the current art exhibit on display through enjoy May 1, 2016 Legends of Design. Vote for your favorite piece with a cut out paper heart you can pick up at the front desk.
I loved this chair made out of melted plastic bags called ‘Direct From The Trash’! Isn’t it cool what can be made out of what is usually thrown away?
Philbrook Museum: Native American Art
What exactly is Native American art? Does it make you think of teepees and head dresses and buffalo hunts? Most people would think so, but the truth is Native American art can have any subject and any style. What makes Native American art – Native American isn’t the subject or medium….it is the artist.
The Philbrook Museum has one of the best collections of 20th century Native American art in the country. You’ll find different mediums and styles and subjects here with the common thread of the Native American artist.
An example: Take a look at these two pieces of art with a similar subjects.
The first is from a Native American artist and so is Native American art. Note the absence of background and the intense detail in costumes.
Velino Shije Herrera
Ceremonial Buffalo Dance, c. 1948
Watercolor on paper
Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
The second is NOT from a Native American artist and thus, inspite of the subject is NOT Native American art. Notice the detailed background.
American, born in Russia, 1882-1964
Buffalo Dance at Zuni, 1953-64
Oil on Canvas
Eugene B. Adkins Collection, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
Philbrook Museum: Talk!
Discuss the art with your family.
For example: What do you see in this piece of art? A sailboat? A butterfly?
What about this fun piece? Would you choose a different face? What would you use for legs? What would you name it? Don’t be afraid to question the art entirely. What makes this ‘art’ and not just a pile of stuff? Is it because it makes you think of something else? Is it a commentary on waste in our generation or is it just plain fun? There are no wrong answers here!
Philbrook Museum: Stretch Your Mind
Sometimes art can make you stretch your mind and challenge the way things appear at first. Take this wonderful piece as an example.
Spot’s Suitcase by Marilyn Levine. Doesn’t it look like this suitcase has seen many travels? Can’t you imagine how supple the leather is? Can you smell the worn leather in your minds’ eye?
Look again. This supple, soft, worn leather suitcase is made of…..ceramic. Even after I knew it was ceramic, no matter how hard I looked – it looked like soft leather to me!
The Philbrook Museum is a fantastic visit for families. Take the whole family and enjoy the experience!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist