Closer Readings Commentary

Sending out SOS! 4 Kids

Are you looking for something to do outdoors with your kids and/or students this summer?

Check out the Save Outdoor Sculpture! Project ideas for children (primary audience 9–14 years old) and teachers, scout leaders, and other adults who direct students’ learning in formal and informal settings. All activities have been designed as springboards for further discovery and support national standards of learning for history, science, and art. Sampled by museums, public art administrators.

This is a joint project sponsored by EDSITEment-reviewed Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Heritage Preservation.

A sculpture represents a moment in time either a person, animal, or event that is "frozen" for us to see.

Public outdoor sculpture—the most user-friendly form of art and history in America—is a rich and accessible resource. Sculpture has the potential to inspire creativity, community involvement, and scientific experimentation in people of all ages. Unfortunately, as a teaching tool, sculptures and monuments have been virtually overlooked—till now.

Stuck indoors? Visit their interactive online 4 Kids site.

  • If Sculpture Could Talk Click on a sculpture and you'll make the picture bigger. You will also find interesting information about the sculpture and the artist.
  • Where is American Sculpture? Outdoor sculpture can be found in every state in the United States. Click on the state to see some of the sculpture there

Inside Outdoor Sculpture, interdisciplinary resource guide, kit, and Web site, aims to unleash that potential by encouraging Americans to see our national collection of outdoor sculpture with new eyes, to relate to it in new ways, and to safeguard it for future generations. Inside Outdoor Sculpture takes a hands-on approach to examining outdoor sculpture in three ways—a resource guide, a loan kit with objects, and a Web site; the components can be used alone or together. SOS! Sculpture Cards and lesson plans are now available online.

What are some other ideas for outdoor learning and fun this summer?