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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We at CCA are crazy about Claes Oldenburg, so we were particularly excited to hear about MoMA’s exhibition, Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store.
Oldenburg is known for his depictions of everyday objects, often as sculptures. This exhibition looks at the beginning of his career, when he began to create the food sculptures he is so well-known for today. The Street is comprised of objects made from cardboard, burlap, and newspaper. The Store is made up of brightly painted sculptures and reliefs.
The exhibition, which runs through August 5th, is an excellent opportunity for children to imagine everyday objects in a new light. How would you build your own food sculpture? Would the hamburger be blue or green? What would you use?
Want to make your own? Party Adventures can bring a Claes Oldenburg event to you! Contact us today.
We are proud to have been recommended by Lauren Pohl, founder of kids class listing site – Kidz Central Station.
She recommended our Art Adventures classes in an interview with Brunch with my Baby. Click the link to see the full interview.
Thanks for the support! Check out our website to join one of our upcoming classes or tours.
We had a great time making Keith Haring-inspired prints at the LIC Flea & Food this past Saturday.
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We’re excited to be back at the LIC Flea & Food this Sunday, July 14th:
Bring your kids, shop and EAT + create ART with CCA!
Let us inspire your child’s imagination & creativity!
Explore artists from NYC’s Museums!
LIC Flea & Food is an outdoor market open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm. Over 65 vendors per day include food, fashion, antiques, furniture, vintage items, jewelry and more. Plus music and kids attractions. Located at 5-25 46th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11101.
Visit www.licflea.com for more details.
Check out photos of our last time at the Flea where we made Pollock drip prints:
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!