Children Approach Museums with Excitement and Know-how!

Museum Adventures

Are you a NYC family wanting to expose your children to the fascinating world of art around you that they can enjoy?  Do you have friends or family members traveling through NYC seeking a truly memorable cultural experience together?

We all know that New York City is known for its culture and the arts.  It’s world-class museums and galleries provide an extraordinary opportunity to learn!  So how can your child take advantage?

Creating unique professional artist or theme-based visits that are educational AND entertaining is not an easy feat!  First, children tire easily.  Even getting to the artwork can be intimidating in large museums, especially those like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  And how do you know where to begin?

There are ways to demystify not only the museum, but also the art processes, while making them easy to understand and fun to learn!  Following a few simple rules can help.

For many museums, just getting to certain galleries can be a hike.  First, know where you are going before setting out.  You don’t want your child to see it as a chore if you have to cover too much ground.  Pick a small section each visit to explore more fully.

Next, select just a few pieces that are in close proximity with each other, which provide ample learning opportunities based on one theme. Locating the artists with something in common helps to bring home specific ideas, without wearing out your child.

Many artists may seem too sophisticated to share with kids.  Not so!  Breaking down the art processes of artists and making them easy to understand and fun to learn can be exciting!  Of course ages and special interests are important to consider for each visit; Explaining color theory to a 4 year old by using the Impressionists may be too much, however, Ellsworth Kelly or Roy Lichtenstein is a great start.  Balance and line exploration using Calder’s mobiles, or even metal-working with pieces from David Smith and John Chamberlain, is a pragmatic way to teach.

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Come discover the art of metal collage, collaboration and assembly with this amazing artist’s process!

Kids don’t want lecture!  Since there is no teacher like doing- actually making artwork in front of a piece of art is instrumental for kids!  Knowing what materials work best, and which ones are appropriate in a public space, is also not easy.  That’s often where experts come in.  You may not feel comfortable bringing in recycled materials to discover El Anatsui’s magic, however, you can never go wrong with pencils, colored pencils or wire for your first endeavors as a parent.

Be sure to switch it up:  construct, collage or create colors with separate visits.  Since a child’s attention span is short, each project needs to be divided into simplified steps, and include more than one simple hands-on project.

Some great first galleries I would suggest are the modern painters at the Met.  There are beginning discovery lessons in line, shape and color here like no other!  Then those lessons can be applied to more artists, once digested.

Keep it simple and fun.  You want your child to be eager to not only go to see art, but excited by the process…  and if you become a learner with your child along the way, you’ll see them making connections and coming to their own conclusions you would never have thought of!

Don’t miss out on the amazing educational opportunity to discover art with your child by using your city’s resources!

“You have such a lovely way with children and a talent to make everything interesting and appealing to them.  Thank you for a great experience for Jack.”  -Parent of Museum & Art Adventures student.

Museum and Art Adventures by Claire Munday, owner of Claire’s Creative Adventures, LLC. for kids ages 2-12, uses NYC’s modern, contemporary and multicultural art resources to go beyond school curricula to “demystify” artists and their processes. Children (and their accompanying adults) are introduced to modern and contemporary artists as well as diverse cultures, based on current exhibits from the myriad of NYC museums and galleries, providing all of the supplies, education and entertainment while actively engaging the children in the fantastic world of art from museum arrival to departure.

Visit www.ClairesCreativeAdventures.com today to book one of the many Museum Adventures tours, Art Adventures classes or your next Party Adventure!

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LIC Flea a Hit! Come by this Saturday for some more fun with Keith Haring…and check out our Jim Dine Hammering Collaboration from Sunday:

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Early Registration for Summer Camp – Don’t Miss Out!

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Early Registration Summer Camp – act now and receive up to $202 off each week!

Register by Friday, April 5th and get a 30% Discount!

Our camps engage and inspire through exciting hands-on creative activities and material exploration!  With this longer sessions, there is ample time to dive into learning and fun through art and artists of NYC.

Class sizes are limited and filling fast so act quickly.

3 Sessions: June 10-14/ June 17-21/ June 24-28

AM Session: 9:30am – 12:30pm or PM Session: 1-3pm

For more info and to register, visit our website.

Don’t miss out on this exciting camp!

 

www.ClairesCreativeAdventures.com

NYC Art Classes for Kids, Fun Children’s Museum Tours, Kid’s Art Parties and Family Events, Parent-Child Classes, Summer Camp and more!

 

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What will your child learn in Art Adventures?

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Do you know that learning about art is secondary to the skills your child will learn at Art Adventures?  

 The REAL learning comes from:

        Mastering personal choices

        Overcoming obstacles in planning and execution

        Utilizing new methods to achieve a new goal

        Organizing one’s self to systematize steps from start to finish

        Applying creativity with new material use

        Problem-solving without giving up when dissatisfied

        Learning “What works, what doesn’t and what’s next?”

        Creating a gentle learning environment

        Approaching museums with excitement and know-how!

All with the support of professional artists…

 

www.ClairesCreativeAdventures.com

NYC Art Classes for Kids, Fun Children’s Museum Tours, Kid’s Art Parties and Family Events, Parent-Child Classes, Summer Camp and more!

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You’ll LOVE to see this kind of dedication to educating children in the arts! See what the mess is about!

Act now for Limited Spring Discounts on Camps, Tours and Parent-Child workshops…

Email us for details

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:  Claire@ClairesCreativeAventures.com

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Picasso’s Black and White tour a hit! Plus…Take-home your own creatively designed book!

Children thoroughly enjoyed our time together exploring Picasso’s unique signature profiles, values, drawing techniques and abstraction… as well as the always popular scratch art for “Head of a Horse” study:)  Join us by visiting our website for a list of dates and times…

“The boys and I really enjoyed the tour with you. They really had a good time and they both asked to go back for more.  It was a great experience for me!”

-Yonina @ the Picasso exhibit @ Guggenheim.

 

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Art Adventures Class at the Met Explores Line and Color

During our Art Adventures class tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, we focused on lines with David Smith’s “Becca” and Robert Rauschenberg’s “Winter Pool.”  We then looked at color with Ellsworth Kelly’s “Spectrum V.”  Before we finished, we stopped at Robert Ryman’s painting to look forward to an upcoming project that will explore monochromatic painting!

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