January Wishes and Colorful Wonders

January is always thrilling and exciting as we cast our sites on new things ahead! Here’s a few art projects to keep your kids dreaming, wishing and motivated to continue new art projects through the end of January!

Wishing Wand
Supplies: Cardstock Contact paper, Scissors, Assorted Sequins and Glitter, Lours, Marker, Stick/Dowel, Pencil, Ribbon or Wired Garland


Cut out two stars with Cardstock Paper, then take the contact paper and cut it out two times. Make them the size of the star. ****Leave enough room so that the contact paper can be glued to the star later. Decorate one of the contact paper with assorted sequins and glitter lours. Then glue the edges of the contact paper together. Finally, glue the contact paper to the edges of the star. If you have any edges of the contact paper that extends outside of the star then just cut around and re-glue the edges. Last but not least, Set Goals and Resolutions: Write around the outside of the star goals and things to look forward to. 
For example:“FRONT: In 2021, I want to create, earn a new belt, go to the beach. BACK: Learn to read, illustrate, start eating dessert after breakfast.”
-New Years Centerpiece and Wishing Wand, Dancers4Life

Alcohol Ink Coasters  

  • 4 tile coasters (the non-porous and shiny kind 🙂  
  • Ranger Alcohol Inks ( several colors of choice)  
  • Rubbing Alcohol  
  • Felt  
  • Black Paint  
  • Mod Podge Glue ( or glue of choice)  
  • Paint brushes  
  • Wax paper or something to protect you work surface ( these inks stain…trust me – I learned the hard way !)   
  • Spray Sealer 

First, lay down wax paper on the table, then place the coasters on top. The wax paper will protect the table from spilled paint staining the table. Second, use a paint brush to rub the alcohol on the coasters. Third, place the colors in order of what you want to use first. Then start dropping the paint on the coasters. If you have any white spots then just add more color to it. Fourth, paint the sides black or any color of your choosing. Fifth, cut squares out of black felt. Leave it until you coat the bottom of the coaster with mod podge or glue. Then you can stick the felt to the bottom. Finally, use the spray seal over the paint side and allow it to dry overnight. Enjoy your finished colorful art project!  

-PC and Project: Instructables Living 

Fun Facts about Alcohol Ink!

Alcohol inks are an exciting new medium in the art world that allow a free flow of expression with a variety of techniques. Artists who specialize in alcohol inks have developed styles that range, from representational art that captures the natural world, to abstract art specializing in serene and gilded designs.

“The powerful punches of color, use of non-absorbent surfaces, and ability to maintain a clean seal with resin have allowed alcohol ink art to captivate a wide range of art enthusiasts. This artwork is a beautiful way to decorate your walls, as well as all manner of household objects. Alcohol ink artists are famous for their versatility in substrates, as they paint glass vases, jewelry and metals, and functional wooden pieces. No matter what substrate they drop their ink onto, the pieces always come out looking stunning.”

Louise Christian uses alcohol inks to paint natural scenes, such as forests, trees, flowers, and mushrooms. Her painting range from impressionistic to realistic. Her techniques make use of bold, bright colors and unique textures. To create her full desired vision, she mixes the media by drawing over her paintings with ink pens.”

-PC and Article: Artists Who are Famous for Using Alcohol Ink, Smart Art Box, 2019

Contact us about our art classes to keep your kids busy throughout the year!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Kwanzaa means first fruits of the harvest!

Thankful for the harvest this year has blessed us with. Food to fill our stomachs and time to spend with our loved ones whether near or far!

“Everyone can use these [explained] principles below…to be a better human being!”

-(What is Kwanzaa and How is it Celebrated?, Inside Edition: Youtube) 

Seven principles of Kwanzaa are Umoja: Unity, Kujichagulia: Self Determination, Ujima: Collective Work and Responsibility, Ujamaa: Collective Economics, Nia: Purpose, Kuumba: Creativity, Imani: Faith.  

Kwanzaa Kinara  

Supplies: Paper Plate, Markers, Scissors, Construction Paper, Popsicle Sticks and Glue.  

Watch the step-by-step video on how to color around the edges of the plate in a fun, colorful pattern; write the holiday greeting, cut slits in the paper plate, color the craft sticks, cut out Kwanzaa candle flames and glue the candles to the paper! 

Click Here to Watch!

Again Happy Kwanzaa and may the year be prosperous!

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!

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? 

Check out what we’re all about! Contact us &   Sign up  for a Trial Class TODAY. 

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.