This week’s #CBfromHome art activity is inspired by the museum’s mother spider, Maman (1999) by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Learn more about the sculpture below, enjoy some close-looking prompts, and try out some indoor and outdoor activities at home with the kiddos!
“The spider is a repairer. If you bash into the web of a spider, she doesn’t get mad. She weaves and repairs it.” -Louise Bourgeois
Step 1: Cut 8-12 short slits around the edges of a paper plate. *To make your artwork sustainable/recycle friendly, use a paper plate!
Step 2: Tape a piece of yarn or string to the back of the plate.
Step 3: Wrap the string around the plate as many times as you’d like. As you do this, a web will start to form! Wrap around the slots, but also wrap around the non-cut edge of the plate as well. This will make your web pop and become 3D.
Step 4: If you have other colored yarn or string, add that to your web as well. Repeat step 2 if you decided to use another color.
Step 5: Design your spider! Draw out a spider on a piece of paper. Color it, cut it out, and adhere it to your web using tape.
Written by Dani Smith, art instructor, Crystal Bridges.
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