Art Adventures is taking over the Guggenheim!

We are starting off 2019 with ART, ART & more ART:

Learning about, surrounding ourselves with & creating ART…@ the Guggenheim!

For the next 2 weeks of January we are taking our Art Adventures on a Museum Adventure: exploring the ‘out of this world’ art of Hilma af Klint.

  • Learn about Abstraction, Art Concepts & Klint
  • Practice using various drawing media and papers
  • Start your own Sketchbook!
    (all materials provided)

Curious about Klint or the Guggenheim?

Sign Up today for one of our tour dates. Invite your friends! Form a Group. We’re excited to take this creative adventure with you!

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Our January Winter Break Art Camp @ the Guggenheim

Winter ART FUN this January with our Mini Winter Break Camp!

We had 3 fantastic ART FILLED days at Claire’s Creative Adventure’s Winter Camp on our 1st week of 2019!

It was all about Abstract Art, thinking outside the box & exploring new AND unique materials! Ending with a trip to the Guggenheim!

(click below for more!)

All Fingers pointed to Abstract Art this Winter Break Camp!
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future @ The Guggenheim Museum
Inspired by the work of Hilma af Klint using watercolor pencils

VIEW MORE OF THE ART FUN HERE!

Summer Art Adventures with Giacometti @ The Guggenheim!

We continue to prepare for this Fall and our Summer tours by taking a trip to the Guggenheim this weekend to see the current exhibit on Giacometti. (click for more info on the exhibition)!

While mostly known for his sculptures, Giacometti was also a prominent Painter AND Printmaker. Who knew! He experimented & created multiple prints starting with wood etching with his father, Giovanni Giacometti (well known Swiss Impressionist Painter) when he was still a schoolboy!

A super educational retrospective and must see before it closes on September 12th!

FUN GIACOMETTI FACT: Ever notice how shadows are long and thin? Many of Giacometti’s sculptures are actually from his observation of the shadow!

We highly recommend visiting. Can’t make it with the family? Leave it to us to give your little Art Adventurer a tour!

Don’t miss this fun and exciting exhibition full of art learning opportunities for your little artist! We are pumped to share our sculpture and drawing projects with you.

Take this Museum Trip with Us!

or Join us for our Fall classes where we take many of our project inspiration from our Museum exploration!

Our Giacometti inspired Halloween Face Sculptures during our Fall Programs! (Click image for Fall Art Adventure Programs!)

 

Giacometti’s The Nose 1947-49 (click for more info on Giacometti)

 

 

Looking to cool down this Summer?

…See AND make Art! If you’re melting in NYC, make sure to stay “cool” and visit The Guggenheim Museum to see the Giacometti exhibit! Open all summer. Sculpture is one of our forte at Art Adventures. And Alberto Giacometti is a great influence on our projects!

Check out the Guggenheim this summer and Art Adventures for classes this Fall and Museum Tours!

Class Descriptions

Giacometti

Giacometti inspired plaster wrap and wire sculptures! (Click image to see more art we create- inspired by modern, contemporary & multicultural artists @ Art Adventures throughout the year)

 

Preparing Children for an Art Museum

There is a lot of feedback on how to do this, but the best way that takes the least time is to hire a professional!  Armed with more than pencil and paper, CCA tours engage and enlighten with myriad materials…. And show how to do it on your own.  For more info on taking your little one:  http://arts.gov/art-works/2014/preparing-children-art-museums

CCA tip:  Make it a Child-Directed trip-  Ask Museum Adventures for the Family!these questions about each piece they are drawn to:

What materials is it made from?
How do you think they did it?
Guess what the artist was thinking when they made it?
What do you like?
What do you not like?
How would you make your own version?

 

If you’re nervous about bringing more than a pencil & paper, make a list of what your child needs to make their own version, go together to get the supplies and follow it up at home.

Imagine how excited they will get about art.  And the interest they will have on their next visit!

Gallery Tours and Classes This Winter and Spring!

Thank you Lauren Pohl, Founder of Kid’s Central Station for highlighting our programs with Yahoo Finance!

We loved how it turned out!

We loved how it turned out!

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Free Pollock Painting for kids this Sunday 10:30-3:30pm @ the LIC FLEA & FOOD! Bring your child, shop & EAT…

Pollock Painting and Learning

 

Bring your child to drip, splatter & squirt a giant Pollock and learn about famous artists. We will inspire your child’s creativity featuring this NYC-based artist, while parents get to shop, eat and enjoy!

From 10am -6pm: Healthy, delicious & entertaining eats await you… A cowboy riding a bicycle making organic snow cones? A must try are Mundo’s Red Sonia lentil patties that are both kid + mommy approved!

Parents shop for jewelry, clothing, art and other great finds… while we engage even the most tentative child to enjoy Jackson Pollock’s fabulous and fun-filled process of making art!

Click here to see our Pollock-inspired collaboration + other A-List art projects which have inspired many children (and parents!) this summer at the LIC Flea & Food.

Don’t miss out on this amazing family summer opportunity… See you at the Flea!

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The Flea is Located just 1 block behind the iconic Pepsi Cola sign at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City. Great access to public transportation including the 7 Train Vernon Blvd stop, the E Train Court Square stop, the East River Ferry LIC/Hunters Point terminal and parking across the street. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the perfect weekend.

How do Children Approach Museums with Excitement and Know-how?

 

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Are you a NYC family hoping to expose your children to the fascinating world of art around you? Do you have friends or family members traveling through NYC seeking a truly memorable cultural experience together?

We all know that New York City is known for its culture and the arts. It’s world-class museums and galleries provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn! So how can your child take advantage?

Creating unique professional artist or theme-based visits that are educational AND entertaining is not an easy feat! First, children tire easily. Even getting to the artwork can be intimidating in large museums, especially those like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And how do you know where to begin?

There are ways to demystify not only the museum, but also the art processes, while making them easy to understand and fun to learn! Following a few simple rules can help.

For many museums, just getting to certain galleries can be a hike. First, know where you are going before setting out. You don’t want your child to see it as a chore if you have to cover too much ground. Pick a small section each visit to explore more fully.

Next, select just a few pieces that are in close proximity with each other, which provide ample learning opportunities based on one theme. Locating the artists with something in common helps to bring home specific ideas, without wearing out your child.

Many artists may seem too sophisticated to share with kids. Not so! Breaking down the art processes of artists and making them easy to understand and fun to learn can be exciting! Of course ages and special interests are important to consider for each visit; Explaining color theory to a 4 year old by using the Impressionists may be too much, however, Ellsworth Kelly or Roy Lichtenstein is a great start. Balance and line exploration using Calder’s mobiles, or even metal-working with pieces from David Smith and John Chamberlain, is a pragmatic way to teach.

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Kids don’t want a lecture! Since there is no teacher like doing, actually making artwork in front of a piece of art is instrumental for kids! Knowing what materials work best, and which ones are appropriate in a public space, is also not easy. That’s often where experts come in. You may not feel comfortable bringing in recycled materials to discover El Anatsui’s magic, however, you can never go wrong with pencils, colored pencils or wire for your first endeavors as a parent.

Be sure to switch it up: construct, collage or create colors with separate visits. Since a child’s attention span is short, each project needs to be divided into simplified steps, and include more than one simple hands-on project.

Some great first galleries I would suggest are the modern painters at the Met. There are beginning discovery lessons in line, shape and color here like no other! Then those lessons can be applied to more artists, once digested.

Keep it simple and fun. You want your child to be eager to not only go to see art, but excited by the process… and if you become a learner with your child along the way, you’ll see them making connections and coming to their own conclusions you would never have thought of!

Don’t miss out on the amazing educational opportunity to discover art with your child by using your city’s resources. You may also wish to take advantage of an experienced and engaging tour leader to illuminate your experience with Museum Adventures, by Claire Munday of CCA.

“You have such a lovely way with children and a talent to make everything interesting and appealing to them. Thank you for a great experience for Jack.”
-Parent of Museum & Art Adventures student.

Museum and Art Adventures by Claire Munday, owner of Claire’s Creative Adventures, LLC. for kids ages 2-12, uses NYC’s modern, contemporary and multicultural art resources to go beyond school curricula to “demystify” artists and their processes. Children (and their accompanying adults) are introduced to modern and contemporary artists as well as diverse cultures, based on current exhibits from the myriad of NYC museums and galleries, providing all of the supplies, education and entertainment while actively engaging the children in the fantastic world of art from museum arrival to departure.

Parents Love Museum Adventures

Here’s what parents are saying about Museum Adventures:

“Your tours offer what many parents want to give to their kids and may not know exactly how.”

“You do a great job introducing sophisticated material to the kids– without dumbing it down nor having it go over their heads.  That’s a tricky balance and you do it well!”

“Claire is amazing and really knows her stuff when it comes to art theory and art history. You can tell she really loves working with kids and loves art.”

Contact us to join one of our upcoming tours and see why we’re the best art program in the city!

Museum Adventures

 

Studio Visit with Grimanesa Amoros

Wow! Grimanesa Amoros: Beauty, Bubbles, Light, Lines & Fun!

Grimanesa Amoros

On my always engaging tour today with Riva Blumenfeld of http://www.blumenfeldfineart.com/.

Mrs. Amoros took the time to take us on a journey through bubble islands, lines of lights and even into Times Square’s installation for the Armory show (Did you see it?)

These pieces made me feel extra serene, relaxed and even tickled somehow!

Now I’m working on a kid-friendy version- So watch our Art Adventures, here comes more fun!

Check out her work: http://grimanesaamoros.com