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

Pollock at the LIC Flea = A Hit Once Again!

Thank you all families who came out, we hope to see you in the  near future.  And thank you to the organizers of the Flea for having us!  The day was a hit.

Did you see us at the Hester Street Fair?

We were back painting like Pollock at the Hester Street Fair!

To see all of our photos, visit our Flickr album!

Have an event coming up? We can help! Email us!

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.