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!

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

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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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. 

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. 

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!

Ackerman creates Tiny Food Art, can you?

Creating art brings peace and relaxation to the body and mind, when times are uncertain or when the mind is troubled by the worries of the world.

Read how Rebecca Ackerman created tiny food clay art to cure her pandemic anxiety!

PC: NY Times

Create with us in the Fall!

More about Claire’s Art Adventures:

We believe that learning to think creatively is necessary to everyone’s development. Our program is designed to reach all intelligences, to go beyond school curricula to demystify art, artists and their processes with exciting advanced materials. Located at All Souls Church, Art Adventures is an inclusive hands-on children’s art league that teaches art not just as a pastime, but as a means of individual expression. Children leave with confidence as they develop the courage to tackle the “artistic problems” we introduce. While exploring contemporary, modern and multicultural art, children learn to overcome obstacles, master triumphs and revel in the excitement over newfound ways to use myriad mediums!

Visiting artists are also invited throughout the year to share their unique perspectives. One Museum or gallery visit is included each semester for ages 4 and up. Art Adventures Studio classes visit museums and galleries more frequently. Although semester enrollment is offered, our curriculum will span the entire year. Languages are also an important part of learning about the world! We offer Art and French classes where French is introduced throughout the art processes.

Topics include:

Modern & Contemporary artists, Multicultural arts & multi-media exploration! Tailored curriculum means new ideas and applications including classical self-portraits, line, shape and color studies & landscapes… However, here are some unique favorites along the way: Magnetic sculpture, Plaster hand casting, Pollock in the park, Wayne Thiebaud and Claes Oldenburg pop-art food sculpture, Louise Nevelson and Giacometti sculptures, Calder mobiles, stabiles and circuses, Lichtenstein patterns, African masks, cloths and mud painting, Batiking, Encaustics, Egyptian art, Japanese fish prints, Chinese calligraphy, storytelling, World Arts and so much more… mostly because processes are child-directed or reflect the museums we visit!

Inquire more about it, today!

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(1 Hour) Age group: 2–3 years with Adult. (Min. 3/ Max 6)  (Simple French is included.)

The Curriculum is responsive to the developmental needs of each age group, carefully tailored and ever changing to suit the children’s interests.  Instead of rushing  children through activities, they are given ample opportunity to be active collaborators in the design of their class. Using a wide range of interesting art materials such as clay, wire, eyedroppers, diverse painting tools and techniques (to name a few) children explore, identify and reinforce language, colors, shapes, numbers while practicing motor skills and appropriate art language in a fun and nurturing environment. Adults engage in this class while learning techniques to foster the joy of learning art as well as age appopriate art language.  Each class begins with our unique group “sticky mural” decoration, with thematic items changing each week. Song and storytelling are included in this comprehensive class.  Through all of our activities, our goal is to promote confidence through choice-making as well as the freedom of self-expression while applauding and encouraging each stage of development.

Class size is limited to 12 participants/ 6 children.

5% Discount for All Souls School Children & Siblings!  New students: $45 Trial classes available.  (Proration may also apply to start date.)

Click “Pre-Register” to enroll, or to inquire about a class!  (Curriculum builds each class.)

(16 Weeks)  January: 29   February: 5,12,19,26,   March: 4,11   (Off March.18, 25)   April: 8,15,22,29    May: 6,13,20,27 (15 Weeks)   February: 5,12,19,26,   March: 4,11   (Off March.18, 25)   April: 8,15,22,29    May: 6,13,20,27 (Curriculum continues with the Summer Semester June 8-July 3.)