Gallery Tour with our Girl Scouts of Long Island City

Ms. Claire led Girl Scout Troop 4740 from Long Island City with Troop Leaders Mildred & Luciana through the Plaxall Gallery, sharing what it means to be an artist and how to approach making art!

Several LIC artists also shared their processes, including hers -while they were working in their artist studios made available by LIC-A, the Plaxall Gallery and Edjo Wheeler 

(click links for more info on LIC-A, Plaxall Gallery & Edjo)

 (Click HERE for more images of our fun gallery tour day)

Calder Stabiles for the win!

We took inspiration last week from Alexander Calder’s mobiles and stabiles to create our own version of these Kinetic Art sculptures! We learned all about our line and shapes family: creating straight, curved and angle lines in our wires & pipe cleaners. Then connected these lines to our shapes! We were then introduced to the brand new medium of plaster wrap! Just dip in water & smooth with your fingers onto the surface. Our shapes were finally brought to life with a bit of watercolor.

Our 5-6yo Art Adventures

Our Mini’s class (2yo)

Check Out more of our age appropriated project (Ages 2- 7yo) HERE

CCA welcomes artist and teacher Mr. Chris to share unique folding techniques for Heart-Shaped Tie Dye fabric!

This past week was all about HEART in our ART …..with Tie Dye exploration! We practiced practiced & practiced- folding and tying fabrics using a very special technique that revealed a vividly colorful heart in the center.

Let is Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow….in your Artwork!

We are quickly approaching our Spring Semester @ CCA! So for our last full week of January, we continue to let the Winter season inspire our Art Adventures- creating Snowscape Value paintings with our 5-7yo Art Adventures

Art Adventures Snowscape Value Painting

..and Snow(wo)man Clay Sculptures with Found Objects for our Mini Art Adventures!

Our Mini’s Class Snowman Clay Sculptures

Whether it’s the weather, nature, found objects or other Artists….Anything can inspire Art Making! See MORE WINTER SNOW ART FUN HERE! 

And check out what we’re about by clicking HERE! or visiting us in the classroom!

ART MAKING with FOOD: Spice Painting!

You can use almost anything to make art….even from ingredients in your pantry! Our Art Adventure took us to the kitchen this week, where we found everyday spices such as cinnamon, turmeric, paprika and even cocoa powder to create different color paints. Just mix in increments with white tempera paint to achieve the desired tone, then grab a brush or palette knife & paper and voila: You just created your own paints!

And for our older Art Adventurers, we took our paint making project a step further….painting landscapes with the colors we just created!

What spices can you find in your pantry to paint with?!

INTERESTED in checking out more of our projects? Click HERE

AND JOIN US IN THE SPRING! Check out our classes offered HERE

New York Awards CCA For Excellence In Education For 5th Consecutive Year!

THANK YOU New York for acknowledging our hard work and dedication to the Arts with this Best Educational Services Award.  We are proud and honored to be thriving (for 16 years!) and living in New York City!

“The New York Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions.

The New York Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the New York area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate long-term value.”

Full Press Release


The Holidays and 2017 flew by with so much art at CCA! We have a lot to be thankful for… Wishing everyone a great start to 2018 and may it be filled with exciting new Creative ADVENTURES!  CLICK HERE for 2018 SPRING NEW classes &  tours!

Art and China after 1989:Theater of the World Exhibit @ the Guggenheim

Studio Adventures Pastel Drawing from our Tour at the Guggenheim

Check out more of our DEC. 2017 Adventures with our Studio class at the Guggenheim! HERE

Happy Art-making in the New Year!