Monthly Archives: January 2014

Fun Chinese New Year Projects!

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Total Time 1 to 2 hours
Ages school-age

Celebrate Chinese New Year by crafting this mini version of the monster-size dragon used during holiday parades and festivities. 

What you’ll need

  • Craft foam
  • Colored glitter glue
  • Wired ribbon
  • Tacky glue

How to make it

  1. Use our template to cut out the body shapes from different colors of craft foam. Decorate the shapes with colored glitter glue and let them dry.
  2. Cut a length of wired ribbon (ours is about 3 1/2 feet long by 2 1/2 inches wide). Lay it flat and use tacky glue to attach the body shapes. Be sure the glue is dry before curling the ribbon.
  3. Dragon template  – http://static.spoonful.com/sites/default/files/1206_dragontemplate_0.pdf

 

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We love celebrating holidays in our house! I did this super cute project with my younger two girls. They had lots of questions about Chinese New Year, and I got to learn a lot as I researched the answers to their questions. Art has such a wonderful way of teaching about life!!!

Materials
::12×18 paper
::Paint–we used red, yellow, orange and green
::google eyes (optional)
::little hands that are willing to get messy

First, we looked at pictures of a traditional Chinese New Year dragon costume. We talked about the bright colors, and how the person wears it, and the parades they dance in. Have your child draw a line on their paper that mimics the curves of the long dragon.

Next, we are going to “follow” the line with our hands. Do this first withOUT paint. Next, you will help the child paint colors (one at a time) on their hands and they can continue to follow the line.

For the head, we just painted the palms of the hand.

To finish with the legs and the furs around the head, the girls dipped just their fingers in to paint these parts.

After it was dry, they went back in with a white crayon and drew teeth. We also added google eyes on pom-poms. This part can be omitted–gives it a bit more of a “crafty” look, but the girls loved it!!!

 

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Something to do after school

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Advanced Clay After School

(Ages 9-12)

 

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Clay Art Center, 40 Beech Street, Port Chester, NY 

January 24

4-5:30 PM

Students who already have clay experience join us during this exciting class that will challenge students as they work to improve and expand on their skills.

Sculptural projects test the limits of clay and imaginations.

 

Check it out!

https://artswestchester.org/events/advanced-clay-after-school-ages-9-12-2014-01-23/

February break ideas…

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Spend a day at ArtsWestchester (Ages 6-10)

31 Mamaroneck Ave
White Plains, NY

 Tuesday, February 18, 2014

12:00 am – 3:30 pm

Description: Creative Clay/Drawing Collaboration with Clay Art Center and artist Alan Reingold

Spend your winter vacation having fun creating in clay and drawing. Kids will use their mornings to create fun sculptures in clay and afternoons learning about drawing and the Japanese animation style of Anime!

Campers must bring a lunch and two snacks.

For more information – https://artswestchester.org/events/school-recess-art-camp-ages-6-10-2014-02-18/

All I can say is WOW!

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You must go to Bullseye Glass Resource Center and take advantage of one of their glass courses! Bullseye is located at 115 Hoyt Avenue, in , New York. The building houses a small gallery, a glass warehouse, and a large studio space. The instructors are extremely supportive and enjoy teaching their techniques to the public.

I was lucky enough to attend a workshop this past December, and was WOW-ed by what I learned. During the workshop I learned how to use the powder printing technique, a screen printing method that uses dry glass powder to create images with rich textures and colors.  I left the workshop with  four 4”-square glass coasters.  It was a totally new experience for me, and has made me want to go back….very soon!

There are two very important children’s workshops scheduled for this winter.

The first class is Portraits in Glass, being held on 2/19/2014. This workshop is for children ages, 6-8. This workshop starts at 10 AM and ends at noon. Children ages, 9-11 can attend the same workshop, from 2 PM to 4PM. If you cannot make it to one of the workshops in February, they are being held again on 3/22/2014.

Visit the website, http://www.bullseyeglass.com/classes.html?page=1&t=5, for more information and registration details.

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