Ellsworth Kelly shares with kids color mixing techniques- without one primary color. How? Join a Museum Adventures tour and find out!

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Kidz Central Station’s Lauren Pohl joins us for a Modern Museum Adventure!

Museum Adventures took Lauren Pohl, founder of Kidz Central Station, on a tour for 4-5’s to visit a list of artists tailored to young learners:  Rosenquist, Yves Tinguely, Roy Lichtenstein and Ellsworth Kelly.  In just one tour (at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), we learned about advertising, color and everyday objects (Rosenquist), discovered lines in everyday objects (Tinguely), made lines, dots and patterns (Lichtenstein) and made our very own color wheels and color-mixing window collages (Ellsworth Kelly)!  There wasn’t much time to explore the stop-motion animation of William Kentridge’s installation, Refusal of Time, nor Al Held’s colored shapes… but then again, a good tour knows when to stop, leaving more for next time!  Check it out:

Chagall Teaches Fantasy & Color Mixing!

Cold dreary days looking out of my window inspired the use of vellum and a basic color-mixing lesson using copies of his animals to draw or trace, color and overlay with colorful blues, pinks and yellows to make the secondary colors…

Hey color aficionados- Why is it you can still make a rainbow with pink?!  (Ask Ellsworth Kelly.)

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:

Snowfall reminiscent of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Rooms

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….

Fireflies On The Water @ Whitney Museum

Fireflies On The Water @ Whitney Museum

“I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” INFINITY-ROOM now on view @ David Zwirner Gallery in NYC through Dec. 21st.

 

 

Tours and workshops your child will surely enjoy!

Alexander Calder Stabiles 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.
1:30-2:45pm/ 3:45-5pm

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.
1:30-2:45pm/ 3:45-5pm

@ 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

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!

 

 

Venice Awaits! Join us for 2 upcoming Parent-Child classes featuring Venetian style…and art making!

Venetian Mini-Set 2

Venetian Mini-Set

Don’t wait! This Saturday, 4pm @ All Souls Church features movie mini-set building with Cliff Gokenbach, scenic painter extraordinaire who is great with kids! We’ll make a mini- set each to take home as well as learn about this industry’s art-making opportunities. Great for ages 6 and up.  Register on our site.

Saturday, DECEMBER 7th: VENETIAN MASKS! 4-5:30pm

Get ready for New Year’s Eve Adults! You too can come create a gorgeous disguise (or scary!) with your child. Register early, limited spaces.

Venetian Mask