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Kids say the darnedest things!



The Cummer serves over 22,000 students and teachers every year through our school tours. We encourage students to ask questions and make observations during their museum experience. Every now and then, they say some of the darnedest things. I thought I’d share a few of their comments with you.

During our recent exhibit of DeBry etchings of the Huguenots in Florida captured by LeMoynes first-hand drawings, a class calculated that they explored this area five hundred years ago. One student asked the docent, “Ms. Mary, were you alive when the artist was here in Florida?”

DeBry print of Timucua and French

Theodor de Bry, Flemish, Meeting between Rene de Laudonniere and the Timucuan Chief Athore, from: Grands Voyages, vol. 2, plate VIII, 1591, Engraving, 12 7/8"x 9 3/8"

Docents teach first graders about seeing texture in art. A class was asked what they knew about the word “texture.” One little boy replied, “I know! It’s like texting!”

Kindergarten students study portraiture. When viewing portraits in one of our galleries, a kindergarten noticed that Captain Samuel Worthington Dewey by Thomas Sully, “looked just like Justin Bieber.”

Captain Samuel Worthington Dewey

Thomas Sully, American, 1783-1872, Captain Samuel Worthington Dewey, 1834, Oil on Canvas, 30"x 24"

Seated before the Portrait of Andrew Jackson, fourth graders were asked who was in the portrait. One boy’s hand went up and confidently declared, “Frankenstein.”

Andrew Jackson

George P.A. Healy, American, Portrait of Andrew Jackson, 1845, Oil on Canvas, 30"x25"

Have you ever heard a funny or odd observation from a child as they look at artwork? Please share as a comment below.

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