Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Despite the pandemic, we are very THANKFUL for the family or friends that we are able to connect with either in their homes or by a phone call. We also want to take a moment to be thankful for the things that we do have this fall season: A warm bed to sleep in, a warm meal on the table and art supplies in our cabinets or strewn across the table! 

What do Matisse, Eric Carle, Claes Oldenburg and Wayne Thiebaud have in common?

Answer: Food Art! 

An Art Adventures blast from the past for Turkeyday fun: PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD! Create food art, inspired by Thiebaud and Matisse and remembering Oldenburg from MoMA’s 2013 exhibition. (We LOVED placing our works on the Thanksgiving table to try to fool the family!)

“Matisse lived during France’s Belle Époque. Café culture was at its height, and cafés were where artists came together to exchange stories, discuss new artistic styles, and eat good food*. What a way to live, discuss and create together! We can do the same today, by making pastries and creating food art out of play dough or cutting newspaper, magazines and colorful plastic bags. Eric Carle and Matisse liked to make their own painted patterned papers (or markers)… THEN cut them up to collage onto cardboard with a glue stick! Make patterns or paint from cool colors: greens, blues and purples, because Green Beans are so fun to cut! (and eat.)

Check out our dinner table collages and dessert sculptures from our Art Adventure Classes:

MoMA’s exhibition of Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store was displayed in August of 2013. This was one of our favorite tours to lead! Oldenburg is known for his depictions of everyday objects, here as sculptures.  The Street is comprised of objects made from cardboard, burlap and newspaper (Playdough/Model Magic) and The Store is made up of brightly painted sculptures and reliefs.

How would you build your own food sculpture? Will your turkey be blue or purple? What would you use?

Let’s see your pics! @clairescreative or FB: #clairescreativeadventures

In past Party Adventures, Claes Oldenburg has inspired bushels of fun!

We wish you a very happy & creative Thanksgiving! Enjoy your holiday:)


*Gomez-Rejon, M. (2014, Update 2017) Cooking Art History: Dining with Matisse. Website retrieved from https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cooking-art-history-dinin_b_5339438

Quarantine Shmorenteen

The pandemic has provided for more “home time” than ever before… which has lended new emerging artists (+ kids!) to “think outside of the box” as they have been “inside a box” (house) for way too long. See below to use household items in drawings & papier-mâché:)

An example is the “Ode to Helen Rosner’s Roast Chicken” by Agnes Barton, 39 from Corvallis, Oregon. She has been crafting with the things around her house during the pandemic. Barton-Sabo used “flour, water, masking tape, two issues of the New Yorker and acrylic paint” to share the joys of Helen Rosner’s viral video of “drying chicken skin with a hair dryer.” She wants her artwork during this time to evoke emotions of laughter by her ridiculous imagery (Cavna, 2020).

Another young man, Kristián Mensa in 2016 (before the pandemic), also reimagined every day objectsto talented pieces of artwork! “To create these whimsical compositions, Mensa pairs…items with minimalist drawings that incorporate the 3D elements among bold lines.” He takes half of an orange (peeled) to use for the back of a turtle or a row of paintbrushes and draws a man mowing over them (Barnes, 2016).

Thankfully, we have outlandish artwork like these due to the work of the impressionists in the 19th century who wanted to go against the “rigid and carefully finished images of the Académies des Beaux-Arts (historical subjects, realistic themes and portraits)” and instead pushed for color, emotion, personality, and imagination in landscape and still life. It also opened the way, for a new modern medium, photography– which at first impressionists thought it “devalued their art skill” until they curved their perception and “sought to express nature and modern city life” in their own pieces (Lumen Learning, N/A) 

Here is a painting from Dina D’ Argo, 56, from Springfield, Tennessee, whom used acrylic paints to paint “In the Void.” The painting shares the emotion of “stepping into the unknown.” As humans, we can’t see what is up ahead and so we move with uncertainty into the future. “The veil symbolizes not only the unwillingness to accept reality, but also our cultural preoccupation with covering or uncovering one’s face, and what it represents or says about who we are as a society…” The floating finally reminds the viewer that we must accept the chaos and go with the flow of life (Cavna, 2020)

How creative have your kids been during quarantine? Share with us! Email your images of artwork: claire@clairescreativeadventures.com with the subject line reading, “Quarentine Artwork” or tag your artwork on your social media accounts: Instagram: @clairescreative OR Facebook: @clairescreativeadventures and send us a quick instant message saying that you sent your artwork.

Works Cited

Barnes, Sara (2016). Teenage Artist Playfully Adds Everyday Objects to Complete Clever Illustrations. Website retrieved from https://mymodernmet.com/kristian-mensa-real-object-illustrations/?fbclid=IwAR1efUkHEHqKjhQb40u4MV81atm4KcyaZCArfqOJsDbTxX_A_CZsYy4cGPw

Cavna, Michael (2020). The best art created by Washington Post readers during the Pandemic. Website retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2020/07/06/art-pandemic-readers/?arc404=true

Lumen Learning (Unknown). Impressionism. Website retrieved from 

Museum Re-Openings Provide Excellent Winter Opportunities for A Museum Adventure!

Are you a NYC family hoping to expose your children to the fascinating world of art around you which they can enjoy? Do you have friends or family members seeking a truly memorable cultural experience together? Want to drop off your kids for stimulating activities? As the holidays are upon us and family gatherings in NY are being reduced, what better way to spend time together than an activity you can all do together in a small group?

Claire’s Creative Museum Adventures, are unique professional artist or theme-based museum tours that are energetic, educational AND entertaining!  Children are introduced to modern and contemporary artists and diverse cultures based on current exhibits from the myriad of NYC museums and galleries (and if desired, their accompanying adults!)

Last week, Claire embarked on a (pre-–reserved) visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to get a feel of the new restrictions, regulations, and current exhibits (and crowd sizes limited to 25% capacity) in order to tailor a unique art-making tour for two boys, ages 8 & 11 with their grandparents on Saturday! Surprisingly, amidst the new metal detectors, temperature checks and extreme crowd control by personnel, everything went very smoothly. Given the grandparents were accompanying us to enjoy watching the boys interact, Claire ordered the exhibits and content to facilitate smooth transitions from gallery to gallery.

Starting with the Arabic Wing, the boys learned about the various ⭐️ ✡️ symbols and the early calligraphers of the Qu’ran (whose lines were an inspiration to modern painter Jackson Pollock.) Next, they travelled to see how the French Salon imposed their strict painterly rules, which in turn, inspired the Impressionists to rebel and move outdoors to paint the light. Students enjoyed making their own Monet & Van Gogh embossings plus learning the science behind Color Theory, before moving on to the Modern Wing, in order to see how ancient history is used in Abstract Expressionism. Knowing boys, and with a keen sense of age-appropriation, Claire demystified the museum and art processes by making them easy to understand and exciting to learn!

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!” -J.K.

Unique materials are used for a wide variety of take-home art projects relating to each artist, in a Museum Adventures gift bag. (Adults also may be included!) In Museum Adventures, we organize each tour and provide all of the supplies, education and entertainment while actively engaging the children in the fantastic world of art, from museum arrival to departure.  We even learn museum etiquette! Ages 3.5 & up.

Learn more about us & our tours: Book your private tour today! (Reservations are required in advance.)

Unicorn Wonderland and Construction Birthday Parties

On November 1st, 2020, we prepared and celebrated 2 simultaneous birthdays (5 & 3 year olds) in this new Covid-19 world. It was our first (and very successful!) experience to set up multiple projects, in order, for the guests to enjoy after we left, so that they did not have to wear masks during their small celebration with family. They were happily excited when we, Claire and assistant, Emylee, showed up to their house with art & craft supplies in hand. The children eagerly wanted to play before it was set up and we had to say, “We know waiting is hard, but just a little longer!” So they bounced down to finish their breakfast and take a nap before the afternoon activities started. 

We set up tables for creating the opening and main activities: The 5-year-old girls were engaged by an opening self-starter (dry art) Stained-Glass Unicorn & Rainbow project, followed by their main project (by request): Unicorn sculptures with 3D Scene-Building for environments (and how to make a unicorn step-by-step example sheets.) Plus, a 4-foot Standing Unicorn to inspire, play & take photographs with!

For the 3 year old boys, we welcomed them with an Erector Set– with dump trucks, concrete trucks, forklifts, construction men and signs on the floor. On the 3’s tables, we anticipated their shorter attencion spans and provided a 2nd welcoming activity: A roadway map with Foam Truck and Car Stickers. Then, while the girls scultped Unicorns and Rainbows, the boys had a 3D-Transportation Project: Hand-Made Wooden (Silly) Trucks & Cars to decorate & add color to (with specialty crayons, allowing them to add water at home to spread the color!)

Finally, we displayed Colorful Party Bags including: For the girls, A mermaid fabric sparkly-sequin purse filled with unicorn erasers, unicorn-crayons, puffy rainbow-unicorn stickers and little surprises + a unicorn-rainbow coloring book. For the boys, an extra mini-construction tote bag filled with all of the small things related to vehicles: Truck crayons, stamps & stickers, sticker books, mini-toy trucks and a mini-paintbrush… Plus, each boy guest received personalized construction hats- including stickers with their names, ages and “Thanks for making my party loads of fun!”

When the children got up from their nap, we showed them around their magical party stations and Claire demonstrated how to master their art projects. We wished them a very special “Happy Birthday!” and departed, since they needed to get ready & their guests would be arriving soon! 

We are grateful to be invited & entrusted to create these 2 sibling’s birthday experiences again this year! Can’t wait until the next celebration!

Spooktacular Halloween Event 2020

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Thank you to everyone that was able to attend the Halloween Outdoor Kids Art Event on October 31st at the Culture Lab, in collaboration with The Blue Bus Project!

We had so much fun creating creepy necklaces, decorating haunted houses, painting body parts and skulls, walking through the spooky Blue Bus; all in a CO-VID friendly space with gloves/hand sanitizer and masks!

Hope to see you again at our next event or class! If you were not able to join us this time, please join our E-List today! Sign up here!

PC: Desired One Photography and Lisa Charles

Halloween Outdoor Kids Art Event

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CCA and TheBlueBusProject.org have carved out a Spooktacular event for you!

Join us for The Outdoor LIC Halloween Kids Art Event on October 31st from 3-5 pm:

Ages 4-12 welcome! (Adults…Beer/Taco Truck with LIVE MUSIC from 3-9pm)

5-25 46th Ave., LIC NY 11101 @ the Culture Lab LIC

Donation of $15 is Recommended.

Spaces are limited!

Kindly RSVP for your family prior to this event HERE

(CDC Safety Guidelines Followed)

Happy Halloween! 

Slime Artwork

How to age-appropriate Slime?  We believe one medium can be ameliorated to multi-level learning through creative programming…. And here’s how! 

While the mixture of the Slime is the same, the Art Challenges we present are not. 

Combining museum-inspired work with an art education for any age- with keen age-appropriated challenges is what makes this curriculum unique.  While making art, children are inspired by the art of NYC and the world, even recognizing major artists and styles at ages 3 & 4 years old. 

For example, when Joseph Cornell exhibited at the Met., Claire knew this was a great opportunity to keep her slime-crazed students happy– by having them design apothecary-style Joseph Cornell boxes with a wide array of high-end papers and materials, including chalkboard paper and white acrylic markers to write their own French words.  Then she took them to the museum. 

Assemblage Art: Joseph Cornell-Inspired Shadow Boxes 

Using found objects & a decoupage technique, students made shadow boxes for their slimes(!) with an apothecary look, a signature aspect of Assemblage artist Joseph Cornell. Assemblage Art is a form of sculpture comprised of any organic or man-made material/ found objects & assembled together to create a piece based on each child’s choices and personalities. We brainstormed, collected, arranged and layered to visualize aspects of ourselves and to construct a memory in a box.  

Students’ addition of white charcoal pencil, Chinese ink, brushes, calligraphy, letters and words (also French!) helped us to also discover the fun in designing their shadow boxes! 

Fall Classes are Upon Us: Inquire Now 

Or Read more about our Growing Class Offerings:  

Art Adventure (Ages 3 to 8), Rendezvous: (Art, French and Lunch): (Ages 3 to 5), Art Adventures Studio: (Ages 9 and up), DanceArt Expression: (Ages: 3-8), Drawing Adventures: (with Jonathan Lex and various professional local artists): (Ages 9-12) & (Ages: 13-15), Music Adventures (Ages: 2-3), Music & Art Adventures (Ages: 2-3), Global Adventures (Ages: 5 and up), Social Justice Art History Class: (Ages: 10-15), Digital Photography and Social Media Class with Social Justice (Ages: 10 to 15), Monthly Art Workshops for Parents & Children (Featuring Visiting Artists), Bubbs Ross: Painting (and tasting) for Adults. 

Memory Lane

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Let’s surf down memory lane in preparation for an artistically exciting upcoming season! 

Here are some favorites of our past fall art adventures!  #throwbacksunday

Studio Art Adventures: Plein Air Pastel Drawing exploration 

Art Adventures (Ages 4-5) Thanksgiving Mural Fun 

Art Adventures. Modern Art Tour at Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Studio Art Adventures: Kinetic Magnet Metal Sculptures 

Art Adventures (Age 3-4) Eye Spy… Art AND Science 

Rendez Vous Art Adventures (Ages 4-5): Mosaic Art 

Art Adventures. The Night Before Christmas wink 

Mini’s Art Adventures (Age 2-3): Slime Making

Art Adventures. Faith Ringgold Storyquilts

 

Art Adventures. Jackson Pollock Drip Paint Pants 

Studio Art Adventures: Value Study Charcoal Winter Landscapes 

Art Adventures: Picasso inspired Cubist Wood Sculptures 

Visiting Artist Series- Silkscreen Printmaking 

Inquire Now about our Fall Classes! 

Fall Renditions 2020

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JOIN US  this Fall as we continue to provide our arts enrichment programming 

which brings  JOY & EMPOWERS  our youth… 

…to develop their  creativity,curiosity , and  skills  to succeed 

Not sure?  Still figuring out your little Artist’s schedule? 

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Read more about our Growing Class Offerings 

Art Adventure (Ages 3 to 8), Rendezvous: (Art, French and Lunch): (Ages 3 to 5), Art Adventures Studio: (Ages 9 and up), DanceArt Expression: (Ages: 3-8), Drawing Adventures: (with Jonathan Lex and various professional local artists): (Ages 9-12) & (Ages: 13-15), Music Adventures (Ages: 2-3), Music & Art Adventures (Ages: 2-3), Global Adventures (Ages: 5 and up), Social Justice Art History Class: (Ages: 10-15), Digital Photography and Social Media Class with Social Justice (Ages: 10 to 15), Monthly Art Workshops for Parents & Children (Featuring Visiting Artists), Bubbs Ross: Painting (and tasting) for Adults.