Smells and Bells – Engaging Kids (and Adults) in the Mass

Posted August 15, 2017 7:56 pm by Robert LeBlanc

Smells and Bells – Engaging Kids (and Adults) in the Mass

Dear Theophilous,As a kid visiting the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, I never really understood the artistic value of the white-on-white canvas. If anything, the minimalist art display left me bored, stir crazy, and (much to my parents’ embarrassment) acting out. There was just nothing there to hold my interest. Now, the paintings full of vibrant colour, animated scenes and unconventional characters; even the modernist splotches of paint chaotically splattered – those busy works of art; they held the interest of a pre-adolescent child.Fast-forward 30 some-odd years later, as a parent myself; I have gone through the embarrassingly frustrating

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