Gutai at the Guggenheim

Art Adventures Studio took a class trip to explore the exciting world of Gutai at the Guggenheim Museum.

Check it out:

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Exploring Negative Space and Rachel Whiteread

In Art Adventures, students learned about the work of Rachel Whiteread and her use of molds and negative space.  Children mixed and poured their own plaster molds and chose how to add color and arrange them.

Take a peek!

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Creativity in Metal with Calder and Chamberlain

Last Friday, Museum Adventures explored Metal, Shape, and Balance while looking at the work of Alexander Calder and John Chamberlain at the Met.

Take a peek at the outstanding results!

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Creating Encaustics with Cecile Chong

This past Saturday in our Parent/Child Workshop, parents and children worked together with Cecile Chong to create their own Encaustics.  In class, we drew a story on canvases for the basis of our painting, covered them with encaustics, etched lines to be filled, and poored wax!

Take a peek at the fantastic results below and don’t miss out on our next Parent/Child Workshop on May 4th – Silkscreening with Gary Lichtenstein.

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Inspiration Through Art Adventures

We love when Art Adventures inspires students to continue to create art at home!  After our tour of Picasso Black & White at the Guggenheim, Emily created a book reflecting her enjoyment of the tour.

Check out her amazing illustrations and book your tour today. Thank you for sharing with us, Emily!

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CCA loves museum guards!

Museum Adventures loves the art museum guards!  On one of our recent visits to the Guggenheim Museum of Art, Museum Adventures kids and adults enjoyed the Picasso Black and White exhibit lead by Claire Munday.

“The guards are always interested in what we are doing, the projects we work on and they share such wonderful stories!  For example, it was a curious guard that told me a great story about Picasso while I was building the lesson plan.  He said that when Picasso would go to a restaurant, he would take the insides of the soft french bread and begin rolling and shaping it into sculpture while waiting for his food!  Having such busy hands and always having to be making art would certainly explain why Picasso has so many pieces.” ~ Claire

To read the New York Times interview with museum guards, click here.  We recommend  it.

Creative Weekend in NYC!


If you haven’t been to the Children’s Museum of the Arts yet, it’s definitely worth a family trip.  This interactive museum’s mission is to inspire creativity in children, and the inaugural show at its new facility does just that. Make Art (In) Public is a survey of artists who make their work for the public space and includes Keith Haring, Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Swoon, and many others.  Learn how these artists impact their communities through the placement of their art and join in!


When: During Museum hours until March 4, 2012

Where: 103 Charlton Street, between Hudson & Greenwich Sts

For more information, visit the CMA’s website.


Celebrate Winter at the Ice Festival in Central Park!



Have you ever seen an ice sculpture?  Have you ever wanted to know how they make them?  Now you can find out! Saturday, master carvers from Okamoto Studio create Central Park icons from blocks of ice while Matthew Reiley, the Conservancy’s Associate Directory of Conservation and Preservation, discusses Central Park’s permanent sculptures.  With family activities and free hot cocoa, get a taste of winter!


When: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (weather permitting, rain date: 02/18/2012)

Where: Courtyard of Tavern on the Green (67th Street off Central Park West)

For more information, visit the Central Park website.


See New York City From Above!





Ever wondered what New York City looks like to birds and from planes?  Wish that you could fly and see?  Well now you can!  Come see The Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum of Art.  Built by a team of 100 people working for architectural model makers Raymond Lester Associates over three years for the 1964 World’s Fair, it was part of the celebration of the City’s municipal infrastructure.  In 1992, Lester Associates made changes to over 60,000 models to bring the Panorama up to date.  Since 2009, the Queens Museum has adopted an Adopt-A-Building program to keep the Panorama in good condition and current. When you go and visit, create your own Scavenger Hunt by choosing a list of buildings and structures (like Citi Field) to find in the Panorama!


When: Open during museum hours

Where: Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

For more information, visit the Panorama website.

Learn How To Draw Zombies!


We know you like art, but do you like zombies?  If you do, this Saturday, kids can read the book Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio at The Strand Bookstore and meet the illustrator behind the book, Scott Campbell.  Mr. Campbell will give lessons on how to draw his favorite zombies and will sign copies of the book.  Opens to kids 3 and up!


When: Saurday, February 11, 3-4pm

Where: Strand Bookstore: 828 Broadway at E. 12th St. in the Children’s Department on the 2nd floor

For more information, visit Strand Bookstore.


Second Sunday Family Tours at the Guggenheim


Take a family tour of the Guggenheim that includes hands-on gallery activities.

This month’s topic is Collection Connection:

What makes a group of artworks a collection? Join us in finding connections among the works in the Thannhauser Collection.

When: Sunday, February 12, 10:30am – 12pm

Where: Guggenehim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue (at 89th Street)

For more information and to register, please call  212 423 358



Have a HAPPY and SAFE weekend from Claire’s Creative Adventures!

Our Creative Fun Weekend!

Extended! – now on view through March 4th

Our admin, Mollie, has been to see this exhibition three times already and recommends it to anyone who loves puppets and Jim Henson.  A wonderful trip through the development and creation of our most loved characters, it is perfect for ages 5 and up.  There are 30 minute tours at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as a variety of extra activities planned in conjunction with the exhibition.


2)   The Sweatshirt Sheep Workshop with John E. Kennedy – Feb 4 at 2:30pm


If you head over to the Museum of the Moving Image, check out the puppet workshop!

John E. Kennedy, puppeteer on such productions as Sesame Street, Jack’s Big Music Show, andActivity TV, brings a sweatshirt sleeve to life in this puppet workshop featured in his book Puppet Planet. In this two-hour workshop, participants will see John’s short film, The Sure Sheep, then create their very own sheep puppets. Finally, they will try their hands at performing, getting an introduction to the advanced techniques of monitor work. Ages 8+ 


3)   Celebrating Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dragon at the Metropolitan Museum of Art – Feb 4, 11-4pm


Usher in good fortune and celebrate the Year of the Dragon—the most auspicious animal of the Chinese Zodiac—with performances, interactive gallery activities, and art-making workshops for all ages.

 We wish that we could spend all day doing these activities (and maybe we will!)  The events run from 11am – 4pm and are free with museum admission.  Click on the link in the title or visit the Met website for a full list of activities.


4)   BAMkids Film Festival – All Weekend


Returning for its 14th year, the BAMkids festival offers up something for everyone with 73 films from 26 countries.  In addition to films, the festival also offers Q&As with filmmakers, music performances, and puppet shows.  Take a look at the lineup (click on the title) and head to Brooklyn!


5)   Museum of Modern Art ~ So Much to Explore! – All Weekend



On your next visit to MoMA, check out their Children’s LAB.  It’s a really cool interactive space meant to engage your children by allowing them to play and experiment using tools that relate to the artwork and exhibitions.  There is always an educator on hand to help and is a great addition to any trip to the museum (especially for young children.)  You can also get a sneak peak at work by artists that we will be studying during our Spring 2012 classes!


And remember, many NYC museums are free in the evening on the First Friday of the Month (tonight!)