An intro to art

. October 23, 2012.

It’s never too early to instill a knowledge and love of art in your child. Learning how artwork from a favorite book is created can be a great first step into the world of illustration.  New summer exhibits at Findlay’s Mazza Museum are helping to make that first educational step enjoyable and inexpensive for area families.

A lesson in perspective and how different techniques add depth to artwork is featured in Gallery One. The exhibit also includes an international display of flags from many of the countries illustrated in the artwork.

Mother Goose is front and center in Gallery Two which focuses on artists’ various interpretations of nursery rhymes.  A printmaking exhibit in this gallery shows the process at work using tools like copper etching plates and even carved potatoes.

“Thinking outside the box” is the subject of Gallery Three where an unusual media exhibit shows how artists use clay, fabric, cut paper and cross stitch to create unique artwork.

A historic exhibit in Gallery Four begins with a Randolph Caldecott original and includes recognizable characters like Peter Rabbit, Curious George, Mickey Mouse, Little Toot, Cat in the Hat and Cinderella. The book designs featured in Gallery Five, allow visitors to take a closer look at artwork that appears on the inside covers, while a paper engineering exhibit shows how pop-up books are constructed.

Located in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion on the University of Findlay campus, the Mazza Museum is a favorite destination for children and families.  Hours are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from  noon-5pm, Sunday from 1-4pm and by appointment.  For more information, call 419-434-5521.