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!

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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! …It was a huge turnout, despite the cold weather. We hope you enjoyed the myriad entertainment options and spooktacular fun available, while providing a safe and enjoyable event for all! In case you missed it, we hope your children’s day was super special!

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! We hope these pics will remind you of a wonderful day had by all this Halloween. Keep the spirit of hope, love and and community alive as we head into a brand new era…and stay tuned for more exciting children’s offerings this winter!

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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! 

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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 

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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. 

Inspirations for Fall

Art classes inspire and give new meaning to life!

We are able to express joy and pain about life experiences and events through artwork. For example, Autumn de Forest, 13 years old, “created a painting commemorating the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings” which she showcased at the Park West Gallery VIP Event at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston in 2005. She took the dark and painful event of the Boston Bombing and created a piece to remember those lost.  She started painting when she was five years old and since has created beautiful masterpieces inspired by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Read more about Autumn de Forest in the “Autumn de Forest wows collectors in Boston” article.

And

Watch a short interview: 17-year-old prodigy Autumn de Forest’s amazing career- New Day Northwest 

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Blast from the Past:

CCA ‘s repeat attendance enabled us to search for brand new art to teach each year. In January 2011, we explored exciting ways that regular old paper can be transformed into fantastic art. We studied a variety of artists and their techniques including: Mia Pearlman, Andrea Dezsö and Betrice Coron. Here you see the first stage of our cut paper mobiles project inspired by Mia Pearlman. Students each made at least two drawings with one featuring curvy shapes and one with angle shapes. The next step was to cut out some of the shapes created. Choosing which shapes to cut out, which to leave and just how much negative space to keep around the shapes were important decisions each student had to make about their artwork.The next phase included assembling the pieces into a paper mobile. Here are some end results!

9/11 Memoire

09/11/2001

I was taking part in The Skyline Project, where I was invited by the Manhattan Yacht Club to paint the skyline from their barge, located just off of Ellis Island, next to the Statue of Liberty, to capture the view of the towers and downtown Manhattan from the water. I had just a few final touches, to finish this painting of what I believe to have been the last plein-air painting of the World Trade Towers (it has since perished in a fire.)

As 9/11 is also my birthday; I had also decided to have “A New York Moment” on that fateful Friday night, by inviting friends to the towers’ lounge and restaurant on the top floor of tower #2…. before all of our lives changed that day. 

I wrote home, “It is true what the reports are saying about New Yorkers; They are coming together as an unbelievable force of humanity with their determination and love for each other and their city being the prevailing feeling here.”

Love to all who are suffering today. We will continue to overcome.

CCA will be closed today in honor of those lives lost. #RichieSalnardi❤️