How do you go from an example of Venice to this?

Venetian Example with boatMariella and Suzanne

In our Venice Mini-Set Building Parent-Child Workshop Saturday, students learned exactly that.  Artist Cliff Gokenbach showed us how…

Check out the slideshow below, to see how it was done. Some students are already working on their next city dioramas at home!

(We love it when parents become learners with their children:)  Way to go Mariella!

And a great big THANK YOU to Cliff!

 

 

Damien Hirst-Inspired Halloween Fun!

I’ve been wanting to do this Damien Hirst kids project for a few years, it just took a while to get it down for both the very young hands to feel successful, as well as to engage older kids. What worked well was that they could add as many details as they wanted, or work for a little while and still have a nice piece to take home. A lot of prep work though! But all worth the excitement it created, and the imaginations it inspired.

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 Saturday 4pm: Parent/Child Disguise-Making for Halloween!

This Saturday, October 5th:

Create your own Venetian Mask!
4-5:30pm
1st Saturdays Parent-Child Workshop

Are you ready for Halloween?
Come create a Venetian mask that you can wear with style while trick-or-treating! Ages 5 and up should carve out time for this easy way to make an authentic-style disguise.

REGISTER TODAY!

Venetian Mask

 

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

Fall Art Adventures begins with Keith Haring!

In our first Art Adventures class of the Fall, we explored line families and made transparency prints a la Keith Haring.

To see all of our photos from class, visit our Flickr Page.

Have a 3-4 year old who wants to make art? Join us!

Keith Haring Transparency Prints

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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GPS Drawing? Sounds fun!

If someone traced your path throughout the day, what would the picture look like?

Portfolio Oomph is partnering with The Big Draw to investigate that idea through a free online workshop that uses GPS tracking on mobile devices to draw pictures based on the owner’s route over a period of time.  “Anyone across the globe can take part using your GPS location tracking system on your mobile device along with a simple GPS Drawing app.  You can get involved in this workshop as an individual, a group or if you are a teacher you could even use the eBook in your class with your children.”

Once complete, photos are posted to their Pinterest page. Click the link to see some of the awesome images!

Click here to download the e-book and learn how to participate.

CCA inspires!

The artist known to the world only as CS is a young but proficient painter. With training and inspiration from Claire Munday, his talents have grown significantly this summer. While usually known for his portraits of his family in CT, CS recently decided to build his street cred by using the techniques of Jackson Pollock as he experienced at the LIC Flea & Food Festival.

Pollock at the LIC Flea

This most recent work is on its way to Park Avenue in Manhattan for display in an executive office.

Pollock at HomeWhat has CCA inspired you to create?