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Previous Sessions

Plein-air session in McGolrick Park, April 2013

First signs of Spring, great weather, perfect place.... our first en Plein-Air session in McGolrick Park. Using simple technique like a masking tape on mixed-media paper our students, besides getting fresh air after long hours in school, explore the concept of creation straight from the nature: trees, sky, spring..... Please see our gallery below to find out how much fun the en plein-air session can be for our Little Artists.

 

The Faces by Picasso.

"Every child is an Artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."" - Pablo Picasso.

At our Art Class about Picasso's Faces.

There are not only the paper sheets, crayons or paints involved in our art classes. There are feelings and understanding of the basic rules about the world and about us, humans.

Studying simple human behaviors, we exposed our student to understand the differences in our face expressions like smile, anger, surprise, happiness, etc.

Grab oil pastel crayons, black marker and lets create! Have fun, forget about limitations and what other think about your creativity. This is our plan for this week :)

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Celebration of Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree.

Sakura! Discover culture and traditions that surround Japanese cherry blossom trees as a meaning of human cycle life.

Time-lapse video from Brooklyn Botanic Garden, New York.

The Japanese observed the life cycle of the cherry blossom tree and drew a similitude between the nature of the blossoming tree with human life in general.

The cherry blossom tree is known for its short yet brilliant blooming season which ends with an inevitable fall to the ground. For the Japanese masses this drama staged by the natural process of the tree was reminiscent of the natural way of human life where rise and fall are the main elements in limited time.

For more information about Japanese culture please check this amazing website www.kwintessential.co.uk

Sakura Matsuri celebration in Brooklyn Botanic Garden starts this weekend! Don"t miss it. For more info about kids and adult workshops including bonsai, ikebana, martial arts, Japanese music and many many other, click HERE.

Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree Art project for kids by ArtBox Atelier.

Mother's Day art project inspired by "The Kiss" by Gustav Klimt.

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This Mother's Day art project inspired by "The Kiss" (in combination of "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer") by Gustav Klimt will improve not only our students motor skills but also teaches them the composition in art. The hidden initials (A and B) on Adele Bloch-Bauer's portrait transformed our kids into the Art Detectives and Art Explorers, searching for letters and shapes in the Klimt's paintings.

 

Project created by Pre-K students (4 and 5 years old) of PS 110 Monitor Street in Brooklyn, New York during Family Thursday.

 

Materials: white paper (11x14), picture, 3 different colorful paper sheets cut into small squares, gold paper or ribbon, gold paint and  alphabet stamps (optional, for student's initials), glue.

Gustav Klimt: "The Kiss" 1907–08, oil on canvas and "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I"1907, oil, silver, and gold on canvas.

Monoprinting with Negative-Positive Images.

What are monoprints?

Known as the most painterly method among the printmaking techniques, a monoprint is a non editionable kind of print and is essentially a printed painting.

The characteristic of this method is that no two prints are alike. However, images can be similar, but edition is not possible. The true appeal of the monotype lies in the unique translucency that creates a quality of light very different from a painting on paper or a print, and the beauty of this media is also in its spontaneity and its combination of printmaking, painting and drawing mediums.

 

Materials:

Gelatin sheets (made of 20 pouches of Knox gelatin for 2 baking sheets), speedBall printing ink, brayers, park/garden harvest leaves and flowers, paper for your art.

Our Fun Fulfill Gallery. Click on the picture above to begin your Monoprinting Positive-Negative Journey.

How to make a simple Owl's Relief with your child.

If you are a one of thousand of concerns parents who believe that your school (public or not) does not provide efficient knowledge about  biology and art in overall, this is a simple and very affordable project to do with your child together. Watch our video, open the book about animals, discuss the Animal Kingdom, roll up your sleeves and get to work :) Fun for you and for you kid in any age.

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To make this simple Owl's relief you will need following items: piece of a sturdy cardboard, aluminum foil, liquid glue, acrylic paint, pencil.

 

1. Draw a simple picture of the owl on your cardboard with the pencil.

2. Then, with the liquid glue cover the picture lines in few layers (make one layer first, wait to dry, apply another layer and so on. The best results will show after 3-4 layers). Be patient, it can take few days :)

3. After you achieve "bumpy" outline of your owl, cover the board with the aluminum foil. Make sure you glue the aluminum to the cardboard.

4. With the semi-sharp pencil, draw the details on your relief: starry sky, owl's fathers, eyelashes, moon, tree with leaves etc It's all up to your imagination so let yourself go! More details, the better.

5. When you done, apply small amount of the acrylic paint over the finished board and gently cover every detail. Smooth and polish for desired look..... and how it looks?

Gustav Klimt Golden Period by ArtBox Atelier's students.

Kids LOVE this colorful paper chips project inspired by Gustav Klimt's Golden Period. To continue a great success of PS110 The Monitor School Pre-K student's artworks hosted by ArtBox Atelier at school, we have extended this project for one more class.... our class.

Life is Sweet by Wayne Thiebaud.

He's best known for his bright paintings of pastries and cakes, but they represent only a slice of the American master's work.

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“Delicious: The Life and Art of Wayne Thiebaud,” is the story of a happy man known for his happy paintings of cakes and pies. It turns out he also has many happy things to say about painting. For example: “I love art history” and “I was a spoiled child. I had a great life, so about the only thing I can do is to paint happy pictures." - New York Times.

Gallery: Our student's "delicious life" in making, followed by REAL yummy cupcakes!

Endless World of Imagination!

Does imagination play a role in learning and success in life? In a word, YES.

 

 Imagination helps school-age children solve problems by helping them think through different outcomes to various situations and role playing ways to cope with difficult or new circumstances.

  •     Imagination allows children to practice real-life skills. From shopping at a pretend grocery store to assigning roles and dialogue to dolls or puppets, children's pretend play helps them practice and apply new learning and better understand how those skills are used in the real world.
  •     Imagination encourages a rich vocabulary. Telling and hearing real or made-up stories, reading books and pretend play help children learn and retain new words.
  •     Imagination helps children grow up to be adults who are creative thinkers. Adults who were imaginative children often become problem solvers, innovators and creative thinkers. More HERE.

Research said that we use only small percentage of our brain. So what the rest of our brain is doing? Great article HERE. Photo: Pinterest