Students & Educators

Mingei Treasure Hunt in San Diego

The Mingei International Museum, located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California, will host the "Discover Mingei" treasure hunt on 30 January, as the North County Times reports.

Families will receive a treasure map that they can use to find hidden art treasures while exploring the museum's collection. Prizes will be awarded to those who finish the hunt.

Here, three boys participating in a previous "Discover Mingei" scavenger hunt visit a sculpture by Niki de Saint Phalle outside the Mingei International Museum.

The treasure hunt ($5 per family, $3 for singles) will take place from noon to 4 p.m. in Balboa Park, 1439 El Prado, San Diego, California. Visit the Mingei International Museum web site.

Niki for Kids in Lausanne, Switzerland

For a kid's-eye view of Niki de Saint Phalle, visit Les boîtes à secrets de Niki at La Vallée de la Jeunesse in Lausanne. This unique exhibition, presented in the form of a game, leads children on a playful and educational journey tracing Niki's life and work in a series of 14 installations. The exhibition, offered in partnership with the Musée en Herbe in Paris, is designed for children as young as four but will captivate kids of all ages.

In a workshop at the end of the visit, each child will have an opportunity to decorate a card in the style of Niki de Saint Phalle.

Click here for more information, including descriptions (in French) of the topics and activities on the journey of Les boîtes à secrets de Niki, as well as suggested classroom activities (in English) for school groups and others visiting the exhibition or planning to present Niki's work to their students.

Les boîtes à secrets de Niki will run through 21 June 2009. The price of admission is 6 francs for adults and 4 for children. For more information, visit the web site of La Vallée de la Jeunesse or call 021 315 68 85.

New Resources for Students and Researchers

Education and research are fundamental to the mission of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation. In the coming weeks, we will be rolling out new resources for researchers, students, and educators, beginning with this detailed roster of individual exhibitions by Niki de Saint Phalle (from 1956 to the present), a list of museum collections worldwide with works by Niki de Saint Phalle, and a selected bibliography.

Upcoming additions will include further informational resources about Niki's life and work, materials designed for use by students and educators, and a guide to offline resources in the NCAF Archive for researchers.

Niki for Students at the Tate Liverpool

In conjunction with the Niki de Saint Phalle exhibition that opened 1 February 2008 at the Tate Liverpool, the museum featured "Niki de Saint Phalle: An Exploration," a two-day course introducing students to Niki's work.

The discussion-based course, which examined Niki's role as a female artist and member of the "Nouveau Réalisme" group in the 1960s, traced her entire artistic career, using a mixture of interactive slide presentations and workshops in the galleries. It was led by Julie Robson on 9 and 23 February and presented in collaboration with Liverpool University of Continuing Education. For more information, visit the Tate Liverpool web site.

Niki for Kids: Meany Meany & the Stolen Toys

On Saturday, 20 October 2007 in Escondido, California, Dave Stevenson, Trustee of the Niki Charitable Art Foundation, gave a reading from Meany Meany & the Stolen Toys, a children's book written by Laurent Condominas and illustrated by Niki de Saint Phalle.