While learning about color mixing, 3-8 year-olds have fun constructing colorful stuffed “Soft Sculptures.” See slideshow:
Waking up to the snowfall this morning reminded me of Yayoi’s Installation “Fireflies On The Water.” A new version of Deirdre’s child’s project in the works! Definitely mirror boards and poster board involved. Stay tuned….
New York City is an amazing resource for modern and contemporary art! As a fine artist, as well as an art teacher of children for 15 years, I have found the question, “What is Art?” a never-ending one. Hence my goal- to demystify artists and their processes in language children can understand and adults can use. Art-making is full of choices, which builds a stronger child having made them. I founded Claire’s Creative Adventures over 12 years ago to explore the processes of artists which children may encounter in museums, galleries, or on a walk and to have the tools to decipher and imagine what the artists are thinking. Developing these critical thinking skills and imagination is paramount to a well-rounded child who may approach all of their endeavors with such joy and confidence as they do art!
Becoming a learner with your child can be a stimulating experience! In these workshops and tours, adults learn age-appropriate art language and directed questions as well as techniques artists use to create.
Upcoming Museum Adventures Tours:
December 6th, 2013 Impressionism for Kids and Families. (Register by Dec. 3rd. Limited spaces.) Ages 6-12 years.
January 10th, 2014 Line, Shape and Balance. Create a Calder and David Smith, exploring texture & line with metal & wire. (Register by Jan. 7th. Limited spaces.) Ages 3-12 years.
@ The Metropolitan Museum of Art (This is a private group.)
- 1.25 Hours of specialized museum time for children ages 3 -12 (3-9 kids at a time.)
- Unique take-home tour art projects with a wide variety of materials and a gift bag.
- Tour artist & leader for the adventure!
- Includes multiple projects with myriad materials and a tote bag.
2 Parent-Child Workshops:
Dec. 7th Parent-Child Venetian Mask-Making, create a disquise for NYE! (Register by Dec. 4th. Limited spaces.) Ages 5-12 years.
Create the perfect disguise for any party or just to decorate and hang! During this class, these striking Venetian masks will become colored, adorned with myriad feathers and jewels and able to wear! Both parent and child will make their own mask.
Jan. 11th Parent-Child DALI Clock-Making in Metal! (Register by Jan. 8th. Limited spaces.) Ages 6-12 years.
Join Artist Claire Munday to create your very own Dali-inspired functioning clock! Using embossing techniques on metal, clocks will be designed and constructed to reflect the “melting” of Dali’s works.
@ All Souls Church, 1157 Lexington, 10075
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.
Post Halloween blues? This Friday from 3:45-5pm, kids can create Monet’s mood through color, Van Gogh’s swirling lines in metal and hide Rousseau’s animals in the jungle… In our Friday Met Children’s Tour, ages 6 and up. Artists of all ages will love the projects and come home with a goodie bag…. full of art! Not candy! (Adults welcome to participate.)
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! 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!
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.
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.
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!
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
(Minimum 3 children per tour)
Tours include hands-on diverse materials, on site at the museum.