Today the kids and I had an open Saturday afternoon so we decided to use our free passes to the Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts where a dear friend works. We pedaled our bicycles through the blustery weather to the museum, which is only about ten minutes from our house. After the kids goofed around a bit outside with the sculptures that decorate the grounds, we headed inside for a little art viewing. Our good friend, Yumi, happened to be working that day so we got to ask her questions and hear her explanations about some of the art. Katie is the biggest art enthusiast of the family. It was fun to see her looking closely at the art and even taking notes on which paintings she liked and why she liked them.
Highlights of the visit included seeing a painting by famous British artist J.M.W. Turner and getting to participate in some hands-on activities that helped the kids pay closer attention to works that are currently on display. And it was fun to see our friend Yumi in action as well! Then on the way home we stopped by the local convenience store for a little snack. It was the perfect ending to an enjoyable day.
Here are some photos. You can click on individual images to see them more clearly.