Manus x Machina Exhibit Tour at the Met

We went HIGH fashion this week during our tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! With over 170 garments in the Manus x Machina exhibit, our Art Adventurers learned the difference between haute couture (hand made high fashion) and pret a porter (ready-wear machine made). We discovered many different fashion techniques such as pleating & embroidery; different materials like tulle & paillettes; and even about embellishments & applique! Watch out, Dior and Chanel! We may have some future fashion designers coming your way! Check Out our tour HERE! 

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Mosaics far and near

As inspired by mosaic artists throughout history and the world we became designers and created our own mosaic art! We used real ceramic and plastic tiles to “build” our abstract mosaic image on wood panels. Geometric and organic patterns were used here paying attention to the color, size, & shapes of the tiles. 

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Cherry Blossom Festival

It’s Sakura Matsuri this weekend at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! In celebration of this Spring time festival, our Art Adventurers made Cherry Blossom tree sculptures! Using real branches, tissue paper for blossoms and paper mache, we attached, shaped, folded and crimpled to build our blooming cherry blossom trees!

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cherry blossom smiles copy smiles and a cherry blossom tree copy

Check out more of our beautiful Cherry Blossom forest HERE!

Passover Foods in Mosaics!

In the spirit of Passover and the Seder meal, and recognizing the power of storytelling in art– Children designed their own versions of either a Seder plate/ Tile, or Elijah’s/ Miriam’s Cup. During the Seder, Elijah’s Cup is the 5th untouched cup of wine, Miriam’s Cup is for water from each guest’s cup to celebrate the crossing of the Sea of Reeds.  (It was said that Moses’ sister, Miriam, led the women in dance & song with tambourines when they safely reached the other side.)

We sculpted our tile or cup from clay with cylinders and the pinch pot method, then decorated and/ or told our favorite part of the story of Passover- using the art of mosaics!  Can you identify the foods of Passover in the clay tile below?

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Clay Impressions with Art Adventures & Parent-Child Workshop!

We loved the Holiday Clay Impressions so much we had to have a part deux with an All Soul’s Parent-Child workshop and Art Adventures class! Our Workshop and Art Adventurers learned to texturize using various tools and texture patterns on clay slabs to then create bowls, plates and special vases!  We then glazed our creations with different color underglazings. Can’t wait to see the finished products after being fired in a kiln!

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Check out more of our clay impression plates, bowls, and vases HERE!

Claire’s Creative Adventures wins the 2016 New York Hall Of Fame in Education Services!

Exciting News!  Claire’s Creative Adventures has been selected for the 2016 New York Award in the Education Services category, the 2015 Best in Manhattan Tours AND inducted into the New York Award Program Hall of Fame for winning the “Best In Education Services” category for 4 consecutive years!

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Without YOU and your INCREDIBLE CHILDREN who we have the privilege and honor of teaching, this would not be possible…Thank you!

ART on the GO!

Its welcome back week at CCA! During Spring break, Claire headed to Florida and met with Laser Peg’s inventor and lead designer, Jon, who is now working on many more inventions! Claire had the unique opportunity to also teach his twins color and pattern techniques with paint on wood. How differently they approached their pieces!  While one explored the magic of sponge painting with natural sponges (given the sea was only a few steps away) the other decorated with repetitive dots in various contrasting colors…
What fun!!



A big thank you goes out to Jon and Tanya for this wonderful experience!

Project Party Idea for any season!

Turns out “Snow” globes make for a great project at parties no matter what the season! Just use any found objects to follow your particular theme, different color glitter, glycerin, & distilled water! With the weather quickly changing, Cherry Blossom trees with pink and white glitter can make for the perfect “Spring” globes to welcome the upcoming season!

From the weather to  spirit animal or even your favorite sport, the possibilities are endless. What “themed” globe idea do you have? Check out some of our globes from our last Party Adventure!

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Summer Camp This June!

June Summer Camp is for longer art-making, larger-scale projects and diverse classes each week …Culminating in a wrap-up Friday museum tour to see the artists discussed throughout the week, right here in the Big Apple. What don’t we use? Diverse materials are our forte! Clay, wood, metal, fabric, found objects, paint, video, stop film animation and more!  Courtyards are used for sketching and outdoor art + they’ll enjoy daily easel painting, group murals, free-choice art stations, story telling and inspiring art processes to tantalize and engage every age and skill level.  Class size is limited to 10 children – So don’t wait to Register!

Register Now

5% discount for All Souls School students, siblings or multiple week registration.

June 13-17  June 20-24  June 27-July 1
Age groups: late 3-6’s/ 7-11’s
Monday – Friday
Mornings 9:30am – 12:30 pm (Children bring a packed, nut-free lunch.)
Afternoons 1:30-3:30 pm