Favorite 2020 Kid’s Activities & Highlights? We did it… Together.

The past year has been challenging but we have been able to grow in so many new ways.  Congratulate yourself for making it through this year! We couldn’t have made it without you, extraordinary parents! 

Thank you for continuing to enrich our community with your remarkable dedication to CCA’s mission and values. A year-in-review of some of our favorite moments helps us to focus on the positive, during this up & down rollercoaster of a year! Enjoy!

Making a Jeff Koons with plasterwrap and balloons

Favorite 2020 Kid’s Activities & Highlights @ Claire’s Creative Adventures?  

Toured the Metropolitan Museum of Art with all classes (2.5-10’s) to see the amazing exhibit Making Marvels, the Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe and making clocks (pre-Covid19) 

-In March, smoothly transferred all programs online without missing a class, keeping sane with empowerment and humor… starting with creating the virus as a Pac-Man & a Crunch Berry! “Crunchatize me Captain!” 

-Age-appropriated ART KITS grew to include all of the unique materials we would have used at school, shipped to each new home… including STEAM projects, like how to make your own Lava Lamps and snow!

Jonathan Lev was a visiting artist to our Art Adventures STUDIO Online Class where students 8-15 years learned how to draw landsccapes, architecture, perspecitve and portraits, including virtual studio tours of contemporary artists!

-Partnered with Central Studios (STL) to bring to life Penguins, Polar Bears, and Mermaids with 2D drawings, 3D set constructions, movement and dance for summer’s debut of DanceArt Camp (via Zoom) with fully-packed, weekly art kits

Built our famous snow globes  

Explored Chinese Art using new art materials: Bamboo brushes, ink and rice paper

-Celebrated Holi week and created our own colored paints 

 -Dove into color mixing with transclucent vellum and Elmer the Elephant in Mini-Art Adventures

-Created a stain glass mosaic for Mother’s Day 

Made our very own 2D-3D FROZEN translucent collage posters in Art Adventure Class

-Made haunted houses, painted foam skulls and bones, and created spooky necklaces in our FREE Halloween Kids Art Event! (in collaboration with Blue Bus Project held at the Culture Lab in Long Island City)

-Designed and Celebrated a 5 and 3 year old unicorn and construction birthday party during Covid-19

-Toured the newly-opened Metropolitan Museum of Art this fall with families:  2 boys, ages 8 & 11 with their grandparents, metal embossing + projects exploring Impressionism and color theory!

Be ready 2021, we are coming for you with new joy and inspiration in our hearts!  

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Celebrate this holiday year with wonderful cheer!  

Tis the season!  

Art Ingredients: 
*A spoonful of craft, 
*A dash of model magic & wire, 
*A sprinkle of collage 
*A heaping amount of creative fun!  

Check out these photos from our flashback Christmas Past Art 2-5’s Projects! (2018)    

Again Merry Christmas from Claire’s Creative Family!

ActiveOnline Art Story Adventures!


ALL NEW exciting online Creative Arts program for ages Late 3-9’s!  Sign up now for your 1st Week’s trial: Virtual and Live Classes with all your child needs from our all-inclusive ART KITS!

Keep your kids creating all-week-long with 3D set-building, crafts, drawing & painting animals, reading, virtual travel and more… Children become a master of their worlds through exciting Live Weekly Engagement classes (with Pre-recorded extra engagement, to use anytime you need:)  (Pre-recorded-only option coming soon.) 

Walk through the snowy unknown and shadowy ice valleys with tales of friendship.  Your adventurer reads/is read to, draws and goes on Art Adventures with Claire, along with illustrated books.

Look for the tallest mountain to climb or raging rivers to swim across. Discover when love and courage unite, they are unstoppable. Children unlock their own courageous and loving superpowers through a season of reading, drawing  characters and creating their own 3D sets!  And, if they like to move, dance or play theater games- it’s all here!

 

  • Live Online art classes with exciting Art Kits, mailed in advance.
  • 45 Min.-1 hour Weekly Live & Zoom Art Classes with Claire Making Sets & Crafts from Kits!
  • Additional Animal Drawing & Painting “How-to” Videos to sharpen skills, challenge + engage independantly.
  • Our 1st month’s story begins January 18, 2021 (weekly online content delivered to your email) with 4 weeks of content & classes per book.
  • $97= 1st week introductory trial offer with 1st week’s Art Kit delivered in advance.
  • Google Classroom
  • Easy to follow (Admin. assistance also available:)
  • Optional Saturday AM Check-ins for Art Shares of their new drawings and sets with family and friends at the end of each week…Live on Zoom! (20 min.)
  • Book NOW to get your 1st week’s ART KIT!  

This is a Monthly series/ 1 book a month/ content delivered weekly.  

Missed a class?  No problem!  All art-making videos are in Google classroom and live class recordings will be made available, for when your child is ready.

$97= 1st week introductory trial offer with 1st week’s Art Kit delivered in advance

$291 for the remaining 3 weeks.  $388/mo.  *Sibling discounts available.

 

Does your child like to be active?

Storybook-inspired Movement & Dance recordings are also Included in the weekly experience!  (for Live class subscribers)

Charlotte on Zoom, dancing to imaginative choreography of the stories.

 

Reading, Storytelling & Imaginary Travel

  • Daily Virtual Art Adventures content: Abstract Line Game warm-ups, Character-Drawing, Painting
  • French & Spanish Practice
  • Daily Exercise: Various forms of Dance, Music & Movement
  • Including: 
    • Art Kits (Tailored to each story & creatively engaging, even after class)
    • Weekly live engagement- to keep students inspired and motivated.
    • (Optional) Share your masterpieces (& dance routines) with family and friends at the end of each week!
  • ART KITS CONTAIN:  (In Live classes, Claire will show you how to use your materials)
    • An all-inclusive “Toolkit”: Dry erase markers & roll, all ready to go, to get started right away
    • Watercolor pencils, brush, sponge to turn your drawings into paintings, just like that!
    • Pencil, glue dots, glue stick, index cards, popsicle sticks & surprises.
    • + Weekly diverse crafting materials, to build the 3D Scenes, Set & Characters!

Happy Hanukkah 2020!

Wishing you a very Happy Hanukkah from CCA! We hope you are in good health and have a safe (and sparkly) holiday! 

In 2018, we celebrated the holiday with COLOR !!!

Our Art Adventurers explored color-mixing by making their own age-appropriated color wheel with watercolors!

We then took inspiration from the Bauhaus painter, Wassily Kandinsky & created our version of his concentric (bulls-eye) circle color studies… But included some radiating Hanukkah Lights! (Goal: Complementary, Neutral, Warm & Cool)

*As a boy, Kandinsky’s father became an owner of a tea factory. Kandinsky enjoyed during his childhood years, the piano, cello and drawing. “I remember that drawing and a little bit later painting lifted me out of the reality, he wrote later.” He was always keen on the arts but his parents had other interests in mind. They had him attend law school and he became a successful “Professor to the Department of Law.” Though in his thirties, he ended his career in law and went after his passion in drawing! He attended art schools in Europe and became very successful after his 2nd attempt at schooling in the arts. He then travelled with his latter wife in Europe for five years and then settled down in Murnau at the bottom of the Alps. He soon started painting beautiful, colorful “spots and lines [which] was gradually superseding images of reality.” This is what sparked our love for color! (Unknown, 2008-2020)

*“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” 

-James Keller  (Silberman, 2020)

*Silberman, Jeff (2020) Uplifting Hanukkah Quotes to Read This December. Website retrieved from https://rebekahlowin.com/hanukkah-quotes/

Unknown (2008-2020). The Biography. Website retrieved from https://www.wassilykandinsky.net/

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 

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

Halloween Pumpkin GIF by Josh Freydkis - Find & Share on GIPHY

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!

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

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.