Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Giant Moles and the Ballet

Cort has been very interested in dancing, so recently we took him and his brothers to a special performance by the SWVA ballet, which was free at the Taubman art museum.  Afterwards, we wandered through the museum.  They had some new exhibits since we last visited, my favorite of which were some very old and gorgeous Tudor Dynasty themed paintings, but no pictures were allowed in that exhibit.

How do you like the giant mole working the computer desk?  He's a new addition. 

After a puppet show, the boys settled in to make some of their own art.  It was all fun and games until I realized I was so hungry I could eat their colored pencils, and so we moved on for the day.
Overall, it was a very fun afternoon, and the boys were all impressed by the ballet - especially the male dancer, who could lift the ladies up in the air and spin them around.  The boys are still crafting their reenactments at home.

Readers, have you had any good doses of culture lately?

25 comments:

Buttons said...

Oh I miss getting out in the art world. After this long winter on the farm I need to get to a big city and see get some culture and visit some of those art galleries. You are such a great Mom to expose your kids to the arts I did too and it pays off in a lifelong learning and loving. Hug B

Blackberry Lane said...

LOL I can only imagine their reenactment! Sounds like a fun and busy day.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

They will remember that trip for years. The teachers can tell which kids are exposed to learning at home as well as school, it really makes a difference.

cobie en bas van Es said...

geweldig moet je die snoetjes zien.

endah murniyati said...

The boys may be a good dancer next. Sound so interesting

Roan said...

No culture recently. I went to my Granddaughter's dance recital last spring. Does that count? Since I moved from Dallas to middle-of-nowhere Illinois, culture is a bit more difficult to find.
I'm thinking Les Misérables was the last real culture and that was at the Dallas Theater Center.

Montanagirl said...

How good of you to take them there! Those paintings are pretty psychedelic!

TexWisGirl said...

not at all, lately. for years, actually. :)

Out on the prairie said...

a classical day to enjoy

GardenOfDaisies said...

A big high five for giving your chidden opportunities to appreciate the visual and performing arts. Yes, we get "good doses" of music and art and dance on a regular basis. Irish dancing classes, two art festivals, jazz festival, two art and history museums, the symphony, our local high school band, interesting restaurants that feature food from other countries. We LOVE it all. May I count my 6 year old neighbor's dance recital as a recent ballet opportunity? :-) Yes, I think I will.

Gail Dixon said...

Does Mardi Gras count? LOL

It's so nice that you take your boys to places that engage the mind and develop their talents.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Oh, not enough culture at all lately. I have been wanting to visit Taubman. I love the photo of the boys absorbed in their art work. It is wonderful that you are exposing them to things like art and dance. I would love to see their dance enactments. I hope the don't try to lift each other. :-)

mail4rosey said...

It sounds fun. :) And I'm glad you didn't eat the colored pencils. ;)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Sounds like a fun time! I have always wanted to see a ballet. There's just something about dancers that I love. They are so dedicated to their craft.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Now that sounds like a great day and very inspiring too! Very nice that the ballet was free.

Angie said...

How fun! Our little small town offers nothing in the lines of arts or musicals. It's sad really. Glad the boys enjoyed!!

Linda said...

We went to the Warehouse Gallery in Luray on Saturday. Also went to a small private gallery and viewed some of the town's outdoor murals.

Glad you didn't eat those pencils!

LisaS said...

Its nice to see the boys interested in dance... I got mine to see The Nutcracker one winter. They weren't to impressed ;)

Rob said...

Bear? Culture? Surely you jest!

Glad the guys had a great time.

Blessings and Bear hugs!

Tanya Breese said...

i love that giant mole lol! my photos today are from the top of the center in the square building, yesterday's had a view of the taubman! hmmm we haven't done anything cultured lately unless you can count the basketball game we attended last night? i didn't think so haha

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Not much culture in my world right now -- too busy with things around the house.

Sounds like a fun way to spend the day... :)

Lin said...

I love the ballet! I'm glad that you took them to see one. Be sure to hit the Nutcracker at Christmas--all the kids love that one.

We went to the art museum where my daughter works yesterday. They had an Edward Gorey exhibit--which was GREAT! So...yeah....we did find some culture outside of our yogurt yesterday. :)

Busy Bee Suz said...

I'm so glad they enjoyed the ballet. I'm usually impressed by the male ballet dancers outfits.
Culture? me? well I had some cottage cheese today…does that count?

Barbara said...

I love the mole! How did the boys enjoy the ballet! I really want to take my boys because they love dancing and they enjoy classical music (thank you little Einsteins) but I worry about them sitting still for a long time.

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Lisa,
Yes! It's great that you give your boys the opportunity to get involved with The Art World.
My parents did not let me have any fun appart from the average School Time...
I regret that, because I've got the heart of an Artist inside myself.
I also love your boys' haircuts.
Thank you for posting your comments in my blogs posts!
You are a super friend, Lisa.
Blessings,
Poet Starry.