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.

Parents Love Museum Adventures

Here’s what parents are saying about Museum Adventures:

“Your tours offer what many parents want to give to their kids and may not know exactly how.”

“You do a great job introducing sophisticated material to the kids– without dumbing it down nor having it go over their heads.  That’s a tricky balance and you do it well!”

“Claire is amazing and really knows her stuff when it comes to art theory and art history. You can tell she really loves working with kids and loves art.”

Contact us to join one of our upcoming tours and see why we’re the best art program in the city!

Museum Adventures

 

Explore Art with a Guide

Our Museum Adventures program is an opportunity to explore art with your children, led by the talented artist and art educator, Claire Munday.

Take a peek at our most recent tour of the Met!

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Color Theory at the Met with Museum Adventures!

This past Friday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Adventures explored Color Theory through the work of Robert Ryman, Rothko, and Josef Albers.

Take a peek…

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Join CCA This Summer!

Happy May Day! Summer will be here before you know it. Join CCA this year for June Art Adventures Summer Camp and experience contemporary art in a whole new way.

Our camps engage and inspire through exciting hands-on creative activities and material exploration! With this longer time spent, there is ample time to dive into learning and fun through art and the artists of NYC.

Monday-Thursday is at All Souls Church with daily easel painting + inspiring 2D & 3D larger scale art processes, free choice art stations, group murals and directed sketching time for older kids. They work on several pieces per day, with varying mediums.  Fridays are at the Met.

Click here to join today!

Chuck Close at the Met Week 3

Midtown West Auction winners delight in metal, shape and balance!

What fun we had connecting, balancing and manipulating wire and meta today @ the Met!  As you can see, not only the kids enjoyed… and on my way home, I walked past more bent metal sculptures @ the Hubert Gallery on Madison Avenue… what a treat!  Great job guys and gals!  Have a safe trip back to CO P. & P. and I look forward to more tours with you too B!

Calder and Chamberlain

Calder and Chamberlain

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