Happy Spring! Sakura Matsuri. Cherry Blossoms. Bonsai. Japan.

This weekend is Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens! Aka the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. In celebration of this traditional Japanese event and beginning of Spring, we created our own version of cherry blossom bonsai tree sculptures. Building an armature from wire was key in order to create a balanced structure to add layers of clay and cherry blossoms made of tissue paper to our miniature tree. The results were beautiful!

A Spring Day for Slime

The day FINALLY arrived: slime day. For part 2 of our Joseph Cornell inspired Assemblage Art Apothecary Shadow Boxes- we created our slime jars to fill our shelves

CLICK to see THIS 2 week Project HERE

SLIME recipe (for 1 container of slime):
Ingredients:
1 Whole bottle of glue (clear or white)
2 drops of Food Coloring ONLY
1/4 TSP of Baking Soda
Mix with LG. Popsicle Stick.
1 “Squirt/Glob” Shaving Cream ONLY
1 Squirt Saline Solution
A Tiny Bit of Baby Oil (Makes Stretchy).
Directions:
• Mix ingredients in order with hands until done (WIPE HANDS)
• Put into jar with label- NAME your slime!

TEXTURE REMEDIES:
If too “Striated”: Add more SALINE.
If Too “Sticky”: Add more Baby Oil (Makes Stretchy- VERY LITTLE!!!)
If you add too much shaving cream: Slime is too Creamy /“Loose”

Oren’s CCA Student Art Show Part Deux @ 79th & Lex!

New artwork is NOW on display at Oren’s Coffee Shop on Lexington Ave. between E 79th & E 80th Street (in the UES) for CCA’s rotating Student’s Art Exhibition!

Be sure to stop by, grab a coffee or tea and check out the beautiful artwork created throughout this school year.

Again, a very special thank you to Oren’s and Oren’s Manager- Jasmin for allowing CCA to continue our revolving exhibition of student artworks!

Exploring New Mediums: Image Acrylic Transfer Painting

These past two weeks took us on an Art Adventure exploring new mediums! We were introduced to acrylic gel medium to transfer printed images from a newspaper and onto our acrylic paintings. We also got a sneak peek/ mini- intro to gold leaf and the process of gilding!

Our Adventurers exhibited so much patience in the paper removal process!

Tres bien! Our results are worthy of a gallery display. Visit our GALLERY here!

IN CCA TODAY: SNOW DAY ART DAY @Art Adventures!

The Winter Snow was our theme this week for Art Adventures: From Salt dough Snow Mama & her babies (with our 2-5 year old classes) to Winter Wonderland Salt Watercolor Landscape exploration (our 8-11 year old class)! It was a fun snow art day for all ages.

 

  

Chinese New Year: Year of the Pig… & Calligraphy Art for Art Adventures!

Last Week was Chinese (Lunar) New Year! We celebrated by sculpting a pig with air dry clay, painting with acrylics, then exploring Chinese Ink, Iridescent Watercolor paints & Bamboo brushes to create beautifully balanced abstract Calligraphy paintings! Practice, Practice, Practice was the name of the game when using our Line & Shape Families to create with the ink.