Soy MRS. Bomba!

It’s official, after 6 years of dating, Jeff and I are married! You can now officially call me MRS. Bomba!  Crazy! The festivities took place at a friend’s farm, outside, in the wonderful 106 degree North Carolina heat on June 30th! It was one for the books and a “barn burner” to say the least. Thanks  to the Maury family for all your well wishes and loving vibes sent our way. Although I don’t have any official pictures from the wedding to share yet, I promise I’ll post at least one once they’re in for you.

In other news..I miss my students!! Even with the pleasant distraction of the wedding and honeymoon, I am still having withdrawals from teaching and seeing the kiddies every day. I have proof of this because while in Colombia for our honeymoon, I couldn’t help but snap shots of school children–especially a group of four year olds at the Botero Museum in Bogota! There is nothing like 4 year olds learning about art, in Spanish, in matching sweat suits, at a museum, to tug on my heart strings.

Botero Museum, Bogota, Colombia

Lunch time! Students walk home for lunch in Villa de Leyva

I hope everyone has had a productive beginning to summer. I wanted to share a few summer happenings with you all in case you’re looking for a way to beat the heat.

Children Events at the national Gallery of Art

(ages 4 to 7) This series of programs uses storytelling to introduce children to works of art. Led by museum educators, each program includes reading a children’s book, looking at one work of art in the galleries, and completing a simple hands-on activity. The summer series is presented in a four-year cycle—Explore ItalyDiscover Dutch ArtTour de France, and American Adventure—with each topic highlighting a different part of the permanent collection. Approximately 60 minutes.
Sign-in for Stories in Art will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 10:00 a.m. on weekdays and at 11:00 a.m. on Sundays, and will continue until all spaces are filled.
Summer Story Series: Tour de France
Would you like to visit France this summer? Pack your imagination and travel to the National Gallery of Art! Explore scenes of France, from its countryside to the bustling urban center of Paris, through works of art in the French galleries. You’ll meet French artists in children’s books, investigate paintings, and make a souvenir to document each adventure. Participants will receive a passport to the summer story series and a stamp for each program attended. At the end of the summer, children with three or more stamps will receive a prize!

Auguste Renoir
The Cows Are Going to Paris by David Kirby and Allen Woodman, illustrated by Chris L. Demarest
July 15 at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
July 16, 17 at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Join a herd of cows in a sightseeing adventure in Paris. Visit the Eiffel Tower, the Pont Neuf, shops, and cafés, then explore they city through a painting by Auguste Renoir.

Claude Monet
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt
July 22 at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
July 23, 24 at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Travel to the French countryside to learn about Claude Monet’s gardens, then create a colorful work of art with oil pastels.

Edgar Degas
Bijou, Bonbon & Beau: The Kittens Who Danced for Degas by Joan Sweeney, illustrated by Leslie Wu
July 29 at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
July 30, 31 at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Visit the Paris Opéra and learn about the ballerinas who inspired Edgar Degas, and then color your own theater scene.

Vincent van Gogh
Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew
August 5 at 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, 3:30
August 6, 7 at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30
Join Katie’s imaginative adventure through museum masterpieces, explore Vincent van Gogh’s still-life paintings, and make your own flower-filled work of art to take home.
(ages 8 to 11) Designed for children and adults to participate in together, this series of programs uses observation and discussion to explore works of art in the collection. Led by museum educators, each program focuses on one work of art in the galleries.
Sign-in for Artful Conversations will take place in the West Building Rotunda, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays and Wednesdays, and will continue until all spaces are filled.
Artful Conversations Summer Series
Many museum visitors spend only seconds looking at a work of art. Find out what you can discover when you spend an hour exploring one work of art! Bring your observation skills, imagination, curiosity, and creativity to these guided discussions that delve deep into masterpieces from the Gallery’s collection. Each participant will receive a booklet to accompany this series and a stamp for each program attended. If you have three or more stamps at the end of the summer, you will receive a prize!

Week 1: American and British Art
July 15, 18 at 12:00, 2:00

Week 2: French Art
July 22, 25 at 12:00, 2:00

Week 3: Italian Art
July 29 at 12:00, 2:00
August 1 at 12:00, 2:00

Week 4: Dutch and Flemish Art
August 5, 8 at 12:00, 2:00
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