Warmer weather means Summer Art for CCA!

While NYC finally enjoys this warmer Spring weather this April, CCA already has summer on our minds! 2018 Art Adventures June Summer Camps that is.

Past June Summer Camp Highlights

Take a peek at fun past years of our weekly Summer Art Camp in June. Rich in Contemporary, Modern & Multicultural Art, diverse materials & inspiring art processes

3 weeks of fun at All Souls Church, the outdoor courtyards and Fridays  at The Metropolitan Museum of Art!

Sign up for one or more weeks:  
June 11-15 / June 20-22 / June 25-29
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

Class size is limited to 10 children – So don’t wait!  


Springtime Art of the City…in the city at CCA!

Spring is finally here in NYC! We were inspired by our city and the artwork of Romare Bearden (who also took inspiration of this great place & the people in it) these past 2 weeks. So we became urban planners and  architects to design our own city!

Decoupage Cityscape Collage from our Art Adventures 5-7 year olds class

Our Studio class (ages 9-13) Decoupage Cityscape Collage

Week 1 was all about collaging and decoupaging! We used visual and physical pattern/textured papers, and magazine clip art to create a 2D cityscape.

3D City Building Diorama with our 5-7 year olds Art Adventures

3D City Building Dioramas with our 3-4 year olds Art Adventures

For Week 2 we went 3D! Taking what we learned from designing building through collage, we built our way up! We used familiar and unfamiliar materials including metal (for embossing), scratch art and various other 3D elements to bring our 2D city to life.

See more HERE

Art Adventures Studio Class: Exploring Plaster & Alginate


Spring 2018:  

Using alginate and plaster to explore negative space, to see humor in art using body parts and learning an extreme amount of self control, students were challenged to create a hand gesture and hold it for up to 10 min. as the alginate mold was created.

Various alginates are used by dentists and artists alike for casting.  Color mixing to create real skin tones was the final feat! 





Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955-1972, MoMA, 10/7/12 – 1/28/13

Maurizio Cattelan Retrospective:  Guggenheim, 2011


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 Lamberto 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, from scultpure, dioramas to paintings, 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