Welcome Back Afterschool Art Week

Claire’s Creative Adventures is officially starting our after school arts enrichment classes this week!
Week 1 we’re diving right into Memories, Art AND Science!

Fall 2015 Art Adventures experimenting with science AND art!

closeup of a Summer Memory

Haven’t Heard about Art Adventures?

Our programs have nurtured and challenged thousands of children on the UES over the past 20+ years.
We know there are a lot of activities for your children and want to make Art Adventures on the top of their list!

CCA classes have a 3:1 teacher-student ratio, myriad material exploration, optional French, as well as lunch & art + after-school programs for Ages 2-14.

CCA Philosophy

CCA Class Descriptions

CCA Fall Schedule 2018

We’re looking forward to many enriching activities this fall!

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Cartooning Class with Mackenzie Younger

Visiting artist Mackenzie Younger demonstrates the basic elements of cartooning with Art Adventures Studio students!  After learning silhouettes, characters, friends and foes, backgrounds and thought bubbles, students tried their hand at their own cartoons…

“Mr. Mack” has published his own children’s book as well as shows his work in NYC.

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Art! Acting! New Fall Classes Your Child Will Love!

Fall registration is underway…So Pick a CLASS & TIME for your child or school group and Register by September 5th!  Located at All Souls Church (Lex. and 80th) Art Adventures leads small groups, 4-10 kids at a time, in what we firmly believe is the “Best Art Program in the City.”

Art is from 2-12’s/ Acting for up to 16 years.

Take a Peek!

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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!

Thank You Students For An Incredible Year!

And for lending us your trust, becoming self-confident individuals, working together and having incredible ideas with which to work!  We celebrate your uniqueness, your effort, focus and of course- sense of humor!  Have a great summer.

Yayoi Kusama Infinity Rooms Inspired Children From 3-8 Years!

 

Love is Calling INFINITY ROOM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Is Calling @ David Zwirner’s Gallery in Chelsea this past fall featured illuminated inflated tentacle-like forms that reflected forever.  Check out our versions of these Suessical-esque worlds:

Learning through the 4 Tempraments

Visiting artist Gosha (http://www.FineArtsandYoga.com) taught us so much about what it means to be Sanguin, Choleric, Melancholic and Phlegmatic- very new concepts to all of us!  Each one is different, has a different color and how each difference relates to physical traits in the face.  Our students were able to try the Blue and Green- which made some of them choleric not to finish them all!

A big THANK YOU to Gosha whose patience and energy are always welcome!

Please visit her website to learn more about art, yoga and the perfect combination of the 2.

Claes Oldenburg-Inspired Pillows!

While learning about color mixing, 3-8 year-olds have fun constructing colorful stuffed “Soft Sculptures.”  See slideshow:

DIY Snowman Dough Recipe-East Coast Tuesday Project!

It’s coming down in buckets the snow! So why not have some fun with a cup of hot cocoa, popcorn and this simple kids’ project with household items:

SNOWMEN:  Dough (below), sticks/ Popsicle sticks, felt/ paper or even stickers, glue or gluestick, a baby carrot, buttons or found objects, large bowl, measuring cup, spoon/stirring tool.

Dough snowman

Take turns (a good learning opp.) with each ingredient, including mixing.  Mix dry ingredients first.  Then add the water slowly.  Stir well, then, mix with hands: Squeeze, press, pull; Build muscles in those hands and arms!  Use both together then wash (FYI: Avoid if any cuts on hands, as salt may irritate or hurt.)

  1. Separate and play with it, use tools or just hands, how many things can you do?  When finished:
  2. Roll 3 balls of 3 sizes and stack
  3. Cut various paper for hat & glue onto top of popcycle stick, then press into center of snowman
  4. Decorate w/ buttons, eyes, sticks, etc.
  5. Add a carrot for the nose, it will be fun to watch over time.

Recipe per person (makes 2 snowmen):  ½ cup salt, 1 cup flour, 1/3-1/2 half cup water.   Another trick? To make it air dry in about a day, use a teaspoon of Alum! (Available in any pharmacy, yes it’s safe.)

Don’t eat the dough, it’s not sweet like cookies!

Related for younger: “Frosty the Snowman”, “Let it Snow”, “Dough is for rolling, rolling, rolling, dough is for rolling on a winter’s day”