This past week I spent a day working with young outpatients in the Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Lab at Children’s National Medical Center here in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of department head Dr. Sze and child life specialist Grace Tan, we wanted to see if the activity of making pop-ups in the waiting room helped lessen children’s anxieties about their hospital visit by making their wait a fun and participatory experience. Based on responses from the kids, the idea seems promising. We’re hoping to develop related activities, and possibly a pop-up kit, that can be handed out and constructed when staff are not available to help.
This past week I visited two local classes to teach students how to design their own pop-ups. Fourth and fifth-graders at Seaton Elementary School in Washington, D.C., worked on ideas for their books on artists, and third graders at Hoffman-Boston Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, created pop-up scenes related to Greek and Roman history. I look forward to seeing their finished books in the spring when they’re exhibited at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, sponsor for the programs.
Saturday was an eventful day “underwater” at the new Sant Ocean Hall, with kids and their parents making pop-up fish, octopuses, lobsters, and star fish. Having models at hand to look at made the activity a perfect balance between scientific observation and artistic creativity. Everyone seemed to have a “whale” of a time, and I’m sure there will be more pop-ups made once the kids get home.
This was a real road trip! My husband Henry Barrow and I rented a car on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and drove to Bluffton, South Carolina, for his family’s reunion and traditional Thanksgiving oyster roast. As you can see from the photos, Bluffton is an idyllic spot along the May river, and the family reunion at the historic Huger home was well-attended by a multi-generational clan.
From there we continued to Atlanta, grabbing some good pork barbeque on the way. My exhibition of artists’ books opened at the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum on December 4th. The museum, on the Georgia Tech campus, is a wealth of information on the history and technologies of making paper. Several Atlanta friends attended the opening, and I was able to show my lighted book in the dark of the gallery to an appreciative audience. Thanks to Teri Williams and Juan for doing such a great job with the installation!