The Japanese artist Takashi Murakami combines highly refined classical Japanese painting techniques with distinctive Pop sensibilities. Known for his “Superflat” style, directly influenced by manga and anime, the artist creates works that explode with color and playfulness. For the 2015–16 ski season, in collaboration with Aspen Skiing Company, Murakami has produced four unique images, all of which embody his trademark visual aesthetic.
The Aspen Art Museum’s free school tours provide students the opportunity to engage with art, the creative process, and ideas of our time. Through an interactive guided tour, students are exposed to opportunities that expand personal knowledge, vocabulary, critical thinking, and confidence. Museum educators facilitate students’ careful looking and group dialogue with the aim of cultivating open-mindedness, a respect for diversity and other points of view, illuminating values and beliefs, and stretching the imagination. Groups are invited to select one of four tour options that invite students to open, reflect, respond, or connect in their own way.
School tours are free for preschool through twelfth grade. Tour content and activities are adapted to meet the needs and interests of the learners through one of four tour options:
Open: Careful looking at two or three works of art will provide opportunities to hone observation and critical thinking skills. A creative writing activity is optional.
Reflect: If we take the time to look responsibly, art can reflect who we are and what we believe. This visit encourages respect for unique and diverse points of view using guidelines for healthy dialogue.
Tours can also be modified based on your needs.
Groups that wish to plan their own self-guided tours are kindly requested to make reservations to notify the museum of your visit. There are free teaching tools to download through the Online Resources page.
To schedule a guided tour or reserve a self-guided visit, please contact the Education Department at 970.925.8050 ext. 133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM
General operating support is provided by Colorado Creative Industries. CCI and its activities are made possible through an annual appropriation from the Colorado General Assembly and federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.