Tours and workshops your child will surely enjoy!

Alexander Calder Stabiles New York City is an amazing resource for modern and contemporary art! As a fine artist, as well as an art teacher of children for 15 years, I have found the question, “What is Art?” a never-ending one.  Hence my goal- to demystify artists and their processes in language children can understand and adults can use.  Art-making is full of choices, which builds a stronger child having made them.  I founded Claire’s Creative Adventures over 12 years ago to explore the processes of artists which children may encounter in museums, galleries, or on a walk and to have the tools to decipher and imagine what the artists are thinking.  Developing these critical thinking skills and imagination is paramount to a well-rounded child who may approach all of their endeavors with such joy and confidence as they do art!

Becoming a learner with your child can be a stimulating experience!  In these workshops and tours, adults learn age-appropriate art language and directed questions as well as techniques artists use to create.

Upcoming Museum Adventures Tours:

December 6th, 2013  Impressionism for Kids and Families. (Register by Dec. 3rd.  Limited spaces.)  Ages 6-12 years.
1:30-2:45pm/ 3:45-5pm

January 10th, 2014  Line, Shape and Balance. Create a Calder and David Smith, exploring texture & line with metal & wire.  (Register by Jan. 7th.  Limited spaces.) Ages 3-12 years.
1:30-2:45pm/ 3:45-5pm

@ The Metropolitan Museum of Art  (This is a private group.)

        • 1.25 Hours of specialized museum time for children ages 3 -12 (3-9 kids at a time.)
        • Unique take-home tour art projects with a wide variety of materials and a gift bag.
        • Tour artist & leader for the adventure!
        • Includes multiple projects with myriad materials and a tote bag.

2 Parent-Child Workshops:

Dec. 7th Parent-Child Venetian Mask-Making, create a disquise for NYE!  (Register by Dec. 4th.  Limited spaces.) Ages 5-12 years.

Create the perfect disguise for any party or just to decorate and hang!  During this class, these striking Venetian masks will become colored, adorned with myriad feathers and jewels and able to wear!  Both parent and child will make their own mask.

Jan. 11th Parent-Child DALI Clock-Making in Metal!  (Register by Jan. 8th.  Limited spaces.) Ages 6-12 years.

Join Artist Claire Munday to create your very own Dali-inspired functioning clock! Using embossing techniques on metal, clocks will be designed and constructed to reflect the “melting” of Dali’s works.

@ All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington, 10075

This Friday 3:45pm: Children Can Experience Color & Mood w. Impressionists @ the Met w. Hands-On Projects!

Post Halloween blues?  This Friday from 3:45-5pm, kids can create Monet’s mood through color, Van Gogh’s swirling lines in metal and hide Rousseau’s animals in the jungle… In our Friday Met Children’s Tour, ages 6 and up.   Artists of all ages will love the projects and come home with a goodie bag…. full of art!  Not candy!  (Adults welcome to participate.)

Visit www.ClairesCreativeAdventures.com/register

Van Gogh Embossing

CCA’s museum for kids Pick-of-the-Week! PS1

Soft plush stuffed animals in an installation? Perfect for kids.   Want an outdoor activity as well?  Head to Socrates Sculpture Park to get the wiggles out after seeing all of the colors and “found objects” Mike Kelley has “strung” together! PS1 plush animals http://momaps1.org/exhibitions/view/374 Who wants to go on a tour together?!  PS1 is only one stop from Manhattan…and plenty of Queens parents should certainly take advantage.  I’m working on the hands-on projects!

What can your child learn on a Gallery Walk?

In our quest to discover “What is Art?”, CCA visited some wonderful kid-friendly galleries you should know about.   These galleries are in such close proximity and offer a wealth of exposure to a wide range of modern and contemporary artists.  Along the way, our kids learned to direct their questions to the gallery owners, chose their favorite pieces, made sketches as well as articulate their “likes” and “dislikes” using the 7 elements of art to justify their choices.

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First stop was Isabel Bacher Gallery on 78th @ Madison, were we met our most enthusiastic and gracious gallery owner, Audrey.  I would highly recommend a visit here to see a wide range of prints and printing processes of the masters like Toulouse Lautrec, Miro, Chagall, Matisse, Picasso, Dubuffet and Warhol.  They are simple enough to sketch and bring colored pencils for Miro!

Just next door are the gorgeous Lady M Cakes.  What a great introduction to food painters and builders such as Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud!

1018 Madison Avenue galleries are great because you can hit a few all in one building… and see gorgeous desserts at the front door!  Our kids were able to discover that they liked works from Jean Arp, Gorky, Chamberlain (they were able to relate it to the piece we have seen at the Met!) as well as a new artist to us:  Jeane Plensa who uses words & symbols as art in a marvelous 3D form.  Mark Swanson’s bejeweled antlers were hard not to touch… but our 3 feet rule helps when reaching outJ

Saving the best for last was the Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery on 79th street.  Cecelia greeted us at the door and showed us works by Kwang Young Chun (a fave for the kids), Murakami, Calder and even a surprising Yayoi Kusama.  They were extremely inviting and wonderful with the kids.

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All in all, it was an eye-opening first day of the semester, lending an opportunity for me as a teacher to know where to drive our curriculum down the road, to revisit and demystify these artist’s works & processes, while promoting further understanding of the art world around us.  As always, check first to make sure the works are child-appropriate, as they consistently change.

Join us on our tours, and discover for yourself how rewarding it is to see and make art from the contemporary greats!

This Friday & Sat: Be inspired by the Impressionists! Join now.

Join Museum Adventures and Discover the Impressionists @ the Met!

This Friday, October 4th @3:45-5pm
This Saturday, October 5th @1-2:15pm
Ages 6 and up

REGISTER TODAY!
(Minimum 3 children per tour)

Tours include hands-on diverse materials, on site at the museum.

Monet Impressionism

Discover the Impressionists on Oct 4th

Are your curious about the Impressionists?
Don’t know where to begin?
Explore Modern/Contemporary/Impressionist art with Claire Munday & see why and how to select works that are important to share with your children!

Join us Friday, October 4th @3:45-5pm. Register here: https://www.clairescreativeadventures.com/register/

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Have you joined one of our museum adventures tours?

Don’t miss out on these engaging and educational tours!

This Friday, September 13th @3:45-5pm, we’ll be exploring the work of Degas and Giacommeti.

Or join a tour on Sunday, September 15th @2-3:15pm.

Our Monthly Met Tours start on Friday, October 4th @3:45-5pm and will continue on the first Friday of every month.  Sign up for all 8 session and receive a discount, or join as we go!

For more tour information and a look at available tour topics, click here.

Dates don’t fit? School or private group?
Email us and book a time that works for you
Claire@ClairesCreativeAdventures.com or call 646-755-7733

Museum Adventures for the Family!

Become a Facebook Fan of CCA and Win a Tour!

Have you checked out our Claire’s Creative Adventures Facebook page yet?

It’s a great way to stay up to date on our upcoming offerings, photos, and what’s happening in the art world!

Now you can join the contest to win a free Museum Adventures tour by liking our Facebook page.  Simply “Like” and your name will be entered.  Drawing will take place on October 14th.

Museum Adventures with Pollock

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.