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The Importance of Doodling!


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Vacation is almost here…


Things to do during winter break –

1. School’s Out/Art’s In at the Katonah Museum of Art

December 26th, 30th, 31st and January 2nd.


2. Holiday Camps at the Katonah Art Center

Mondays & Tuesdays: December 22, 23, 29 and/or 30

(or pick your days)

Keep your child/teen creative and inspired during school breaks at our arts & craft camps. Students will work with a variety of materials, trying their hand at clay, painting, drawing & crafts. All campers should dress appropriately for art and bring a snack. Materials included. Please register at least 48 hours prior to the camp day. No walk-ins. Maximum enrollment of 15 per studio.
Half-day campers should bring a snack. Full-day campers should bring a lunch.


A Miami School Goes From Blank Canvas To Mural-Covered


Miami’s Jose de Diego Middle School, like many schools in South Florida designed to provide hurricane protection and energy efficiency, has few windows and large expanses of facade almost begging for decoration.

For Catalina Hidalgo, a science teacher at Jose de Diego, those walls were too blank, and that bothered her — especially because the school is on the edge of a neighborhood that’s changing fast. The neighborhood — Wynwood — is an arts district full of street art painted by local and internationally known artists.

With an eye toward hurricane protection and energy efficiency, Jose de Diego, like many schools in South Florida, has few windows and large expanses of facade.

Christina Hernandez/Courtesy of Wynwood Arts District Association

“I was tired of looking at white walls,” she says. “I thought it would be a cool idea to bring a few artists to paint this school. It’s crazy that we have white walls and everywhere else is filled with murals.”

Enter Robert de los Rios. He and his friend Patrick Walsh often organize artist events in Wynwood. Hidalgo contacted them, and they visited the school.

“I just saw the greatest canvas I’ve ever seen,” de los Rios says. “Look at the size of these walls, man.”

De los Rios started contacting artists and organized a project to coincide with Miami’s Art Basel fair. He soon had more than 40 painters working on 38 murals.

While the artists worked recently, students gathered around to check out the art going up on their school’s walls. “Now that they came,” said seventh-grader Lisandro Perez, “they made our lives better. It makes us want to come to school.”


More than 40 painters are working on 38 murals at Jose de Diego Middle School. For more, search on Instagram using #JoseDeDiegoMiddleSchool.


Summer Art Ideas


62 Summer Crafts for Kids

Need inspiration for those long summer days? Here are kids’ crafts to keep them — and you — occupied all season.

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Summer is usually kids’ favorite time of year — but not so for parents and nannies. It can be tricky finding activities to keep your little ones occupied during this time off from school. Other than days by the pool or trips to the beach, what can you do to bring some excitement into the seemingly endless dog days of summer?

The answer: crafts!

Here at 62 great kids-friendly craft ideas that inexpensive, easy, great for all age groups and perfect to do indoors or out in the summer sun.

Need more ideas? Check out our 101 Fun Things to Do with Kids This Summer »

  1. Pool Noodle Horses
    Add a little more fun to a day in the pool with these pool noodle horses. Your little ones will love to ride around on their customized ponies.
  2. Butterfly Beach Bucket
    This reusable chalkboard beach bucket is a great craft your kids can help make in preparation for a trip to the beach. Inexpensive and surprisingly easy.
  3. Firework Painting
    Get patriotic with exploding firework paintings that are inexpensive and easy-to-make. These paintings will bring the Fourth of July fireworks home when the real ones aren’t accessible.
  4. Summer Skies Jell-O SnackSummer Skies Jell-O SnackReplicate the bright blue skies this summer with a few boxes of blue Jell-O and whipped cream. This tasty treat is easy to make and can bring the sunshine without the heat.

  5. Egg Carton Sail Boat
    Sail away with your kids on this easy-to-make egg carton boat that’s perfect for summer pool days. Great for all ages, with a bit of help for younger kids.
  6. Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish
    Turn off the lights and watch these jellyfish glow. Bring the ocean home with these amazingly realistic sea creatures that are a blast to make.
  7. Craft Stick Airplane
    Channel the Wright Brothers by inventing a craft stick model airplane fit for the skies. Future pilots will love this activity!
  8. Flower Necklace
    Little girls will love to be adorned with this beautiful summer flower necklace that can complete any fairy princess outfit. Help young kids if you choose to use hot glue.
  9. Paper LanternRainbow Bright Paper Lantern
    Quick and inexpensive to make, this paper lantern shines summer into your home. Practice fine motor skills with your young ones, as they glue each square to create a beautiful paper mosaic.
  10. Painted Nature Collage
    A beautiful, memorable piece of artwork you can make, using anything found in nature. From shells to twigs, combine it all into a framed snapshot of summer family fun.
  11. Rainbow Sea Shells
    Gather all of the shells your kids have collected along the beach and turn them into a summer rainbow. This craft is especially great for little hands.
  12. Pet Rocks
    The perfect summer craft for all ages, these pets require nothing more than a rock from the backyard and some paint.
  13. Fairy Houses
    Anyone can make a boring old birdhouse. Instead, repurpose a wooden birdhouse into a fairy house little girls will love. Grab some spray paint and glue and create this adorable garden masterpiece.
  14. Yarn Art Rainbow
    For a summer craft perfect for older kids, help them create a colorful 3D rainbow picture that pops out of the frame.
  15. Giant Sun Weaving
    Inexpensive and easy to make, this weaved sun is a perfect fit for the summer sunny weather. Create a vibrant sun that will shine year round.
  16. Frog Baseball HatFather's Day WreathThis happy hopping amphibian will protect your kids’ faces from the summer sun, while attracting compliments for days. Perfect craft for nannies and children to do on a rainy day indoors.

  17. Tie Dye Tote
    Kids will love creating their own personalized tote, perfect for beach days or everyday fun. Complex designs work great for older kids and simple options allow younger kids to enjoy too.
  18. Sea Shell Turtle
    These adorable sea shell turtles are a great way to turn your beach findings into a cheerful friend perfect for land or sea.
  19. Sunflower Marshmallow Pops
    These sunflowers are so scrumptious they almost look good enough to eat! And your kids will love the surprise that they can snack on this marshmallow pop flower.
  20. Garden Rock Caterpillar
    Make this cute garden creature with your own Very Hungry Caterpillar. All it takes is a just a few rocks and your favorite colors. A perfect craft for all ages, enjoy the warm weather by creating this summer critter outdoors.
  21. Cheerios Hanging Bird Feeder
    Take your children’s favorite snack and style the perfect bird feeder for the summer wildlife. These fun feeders will bring all the birds and neighbors to your yard.
  22. Rainbow NecklaceRainbow Necklace
    Teach your preschooler the colors of the rainbow through this fun and easy necklace craft. Make the circles different sizes for an added lesson about shapes.
  23. Sun Melted Crayon Art
    Summer’s extreme heat lends a helping hand with this melting craft. Simple and affordable, this crayon art uses every color in the box to make melted masterpieces.
  24. Flower Prints
    Make this easy, kid-friendly flower print craft with the summer blossoms you find outdoors.
  25. I’m Your Biggest Fan Paper Fans
    Cool your kids off after an active day in the sun with these fun fans. Choose any pattern to customize your fan or print out the templates — anything goes.
  26. Cotton Ball and Yarn Rainbow
    Grab some glue, a handful of cotton balls and yarn to create a stunning cloud bursting with a beautiful rainbow. Easy to make, this craft is fantastic for kids of all ages.
  27. DIY Hula Hoop
    Make your own hula hoop for endless fun in the sun. Takes some time, but these fun hoops are worth the effort.
  28. Twisted Yarn Jewelry
    Your boys and girls will love to transform strands of yarn into stylish pieces of jewelry this summer. Get in pairs and twist your way to a summery necklace or bracelet.
  29. Crazy Feathered Parrotscrazy-parrotsGive your little pirate the task of creating this crazy, colorful feathered parrot this summer. This craft doubles as a color lesson and gives your child a chance to hone fine motor skills.

  30. Sandpaper Shirts
    Print your kids’ designs onto a t-shirt for a personalized piece of clothing you’ll never want to toss. Suggest tropical designs like palm trees and sand for a shirt that will always remind you of summer fun.
  31. DIY Paper Kite
    Make your own kite fit for a day of fun in the sun. Spark your kid’s creativity with stencils and stamps to decorate with.
  32. Flower Prints from Soda Bottles
    This is the perfect indoors craft when you’re in the mood to enjoy your home. Recycle soda bottles for a simple and inexpensive way to paint bright summer flowers.
  33. Coffee Filter Umbrellas
    Toddlers and young kids will love creating these colorful mini umbrellas that catch sun rays in your window. Some help required to add the finishing touches to these pretty parasols.
  34. Personalized Terra Cotta Pots
    Celebrate summer gardening with these unique terra cotta pots. A perfect craft for when you’re entertaining a group of kids.
  35. Toucan Craft
    Your kids will love this feathery friend and you’ll love how quick and easy it is to make. Grab a few paper plates and bring a tropical toucan to life.
  36. Nature Collage Suncatcher
    Catch the bright summer sun with these beautiful nature-inspired sun catchers. Add flowers and leaves from your garden to make this custom collage.
  37. DIY Kaleidoscope
    An inexpensive science lesson, this craft will surprise you with how simple it is to make your own kaleidoscope.
  38. Shaving Cream Marbled Rainbows
    Enjoy a rainy day inside and grab some shaving cream to create a marbled masterpiece. Young and older kids will love the messy art time.
  39. Turtle Herb PlantersTurtle Herb Planters
    Plant your basil, cilantro and rosemary in a simple DIY turtle planter this summer. Your kids will love creating this tiny critter that serves as a great addition to any garden.
  40. Simple Beaded Snakes
    Perfect for little hands, these beaded snakes are an inexpensive indoor craft ideal for a hot summer day.
  41. Kids DIY Wind Chime
    Skip spending money on wind chimes from the store and commission your little artists to create these memorable Mod Podge wind chimes.
  42. Personalized Banners
    Make magic with these personalized banners. Each child can make one and hang them across sunny windows for a colorful addition to your home.
  43. Butterfly Magnets
    Great for boys and girls, this colorful kids’ craft is terrific for summer. Create flittering butterflies that you can put all over your refrigerator.
  44. Styrofoam Cup Sea Crabs
    Beach-themed and easy to make, these cute crabs are a great way for kids to craft in the shade. Paint the cups beforehand to make this activity quick and simple to put together.
  45. Swarm of Sea Creatures
    Turn your little artist’s underwater drawings into a school of sea creatures. The perfect craft for all ages and especially great for groups and parties.
  46. Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint
    Forget about sticks of chalk and hand your kids a paintbrush and this homemade chalk paint. Help little ones make this concoction outside to minimize indoor mess.
  47. Mod Podged Yo-Yos
    Make this fun yo-yo that’s just right for indoor and outdoor fun. Great for older children, this craft challenges a steady hand and boosts creativity.
  48. Paper Dream Catchers
    Calm your kids’ night time fears with this easy-to-make dream catcher. Have them personalize the catchers and hang them over their beds for a good night’s sleep.
  49. Nutter Butter Campers
    These tasty little campers are a great, easy craft perfect for kids of all ages. Bring these sweets to your backyard campout for a cute late night snack.
  50. DIY Window Clings
    Grab some glue and paint and have your kids create these ocean friends that look adorable on a sunny window.
  51. Flower Prints
    A great craft for all children, this DIY flower press turns beautiful flowers into lasting art. Help out with this simple press and watch your children press every flower and plant they can find.
  52. Hot Rocks
    Perfect for a hot summer’s day, have your kids paint to their heart’s desire on these hot rocks. Use an oven if you can’t handle the heat outdoors.
  53. Homemade Hawaiian LeisHomemade Hawaiian LeisThese homemade leis are perfect for a Hawaiian luau this summer. Inexpensive and simple to make, your whole family will love these tropical leis.

  54. Embellished Sun Glasses
    Sun glasses are a must-have accessory for summer. Jazz up a pair of inexpensive sunglasses with this easy craft. Use extra supplies you have laying around the house. Help your kids with the hot glue gun when placing any feathers and jewels.
  55. Bottle Cap Bugs
    Inexpensive and adorable, this bug craft will keep your busy bees occupied on a hot summer afternoon. A perfect craft for summer nannies when the kids need to cool down inside.
  56. Summer Shoes
    Bedazzle your little one’s water shoes with this fun, creative craft. Have younger kids help with the decorating, but save the hot gluing for adults.
  57. Balloons Finger Painting
    Finger painting is always a great indoor activity for kids who love to get a little messy and this balloon craft is great for all ages.
  58. Grass Heads
    Your kids will love to grow their own green grass with these cute homemade grass heads. Patience is required for the grass to grow, but it’s worth the wait.
  59. Paper Plate Shark
    Create a menacing shark using this easy and inexpensive craft. Great for kids who know how to safely handle scissors.
  60. Sandy Handprint Keepsake
    Hold onto the memories of a fun in the sun day on the beach with this handprint keepsake craft. Your kids will love how easy it is to create a mold of their own hand in the sand.
  61. Patriotic Hand Print
    Celebrate the Fourth of July with this hand print craft that you’ll keep for a lifetime. This patriotic hand print is perfect for kids of all age groups.
  62. Bubble Printing
    Combine paint and dish soap and print eye-popping designs everyone will love. Be careful with young children — swallowing soapy water is no fun.



The creators of the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze present an EXCITING NEW experience: An immersive journey into a springtime garden fantasy featuring colorful creatures and fantastic flowers!

Van Cortlandt Manor springs to life during this incredible nighttime display of sculpture, light, sound, and special effects. LIGHTSCAPES is an elegantly enchanting evening event featuring all-original sculpture designed and hand-made on site.

Taking place over 11 May evenings and perfect for all ages, LIGHTSCAPES is a walk-through, land-art experience.

Enter through a rainbow and emerge from a bubbly haze into a dreamland of curiosities spread throughout this historic landscape as far as the eye can see. Recycled elements serve as eco-friendly building blocks for intergalactic flora and friendly woodland creatures. Otherworldly mushrooms, floating fairies, and beautiful butterflies are among the thousands of treasures you’ll find. Squiggle through an enormous caterpillar and meander through a giant garden maze. You’ll discover larger-than-life elements like a massive praying mantis, a super-size birdhouse, and a dino-sized egg.

State-of-the-art illumination will highlight these incredible works of art and showcase Van Cortlandt Manor’s gorgeous natural landscape and specimen trees.

In the clear-top, artfully decorated LIGHTSCAPES hospitality tent, enjoy spring-themed sweets including organic sorbet and ice cream sandwiches from Blue Pig of Croton and homemade candy and baked goods (plus savories!) from Geordane’s of Irvington.

Look for #LIGHTSCAPES on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Please take a class at Bullseye Glass!


I just attended another AMAZING glass class at Bullseye Glass Resource center in Mamaroneck, NY. This place is a must!!! I learned how to work with sheet glass to create a pendant. I now know how to measure and cut glass to create jewelry.

Their class list is expanding, offering opportunities for children and adults.

Please take a look at the classes that are being offered, you won’t be disappointed!

Kids Portraits in Glass is being held again on May 14th…sign up today!

Concord Road and Ardsley High School Art Collaboration!


You are invited to attend an art show celebrating a collaboration between Ardsley High School and Concord Road students!

Please join us on Saturday, May 3rd, at noon, at the Ardsley Public Library.

 Portraits of Ms. Blaise’s fourth-grade students were created as a collaboration between Ms. Dupree (at Concroad Road School) and Ms. Kiesler’s (at Ardsley High School) art classes. The students were inspired by a collaboration between artist Mica Angela Hendrick and her four-year-old daughter. The faces were drawn in pencil by the high school students and the colored pencil bodies and backgrounds were drawn by elementary school students. 


Company turns DNA into art


New York start-up Genetic Ink creates bespoke ‘gallery quality’ artwork from both human and animal genetic sequences. The result is a colorful ‘Spark Art’ print that shows the nuances found in an individual’s DNA.

Genetic Ink is believed to be the first company to sequence the DNA and turn it into a piece of fine art.

Genetic Ink is believed to be the first company to sequence the DNA and turn it into a piece of fine art.

SEE IT: NASA updating space suits for fashion frontier, ditching classic white design


NASA is developing Z-series space suits with the help of art students at Philadelphia University who came up with three new innovative contenders for the public to consider.


Art students designed a suit that they imagine is similar to what clothes will look like in the future — above, Trends in Society.

Art students designed a suit that they imagine is similar to what clothes will look like in the future — above, Trends in Society.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites 3/15/14


Location – Emelin Theatre
153 Library Lane
Mamaroneck, NY 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

11:00 AM

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and The Mixed-up Chameleon, by award-winning children’s book illustrator and writer, Eric Carle, are brilliantly retold on stage in black light in this visually stunning performance.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of an extremely tiny but very hungry caterpillar who munches his way through an amazing variety of foods as he approaches his eventual metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly.

Children will delight in the antics of Little Cloud. High up in a beautiful sky, Little Cloud slips away and transforms into the shapes of various things it sees: a sheep, and airplane, a shark, and more.

In The Mixed-Up Chameleon, a little chameleon is bored with spending its life sitting about predictably changing color all day. So it decides to embark on an adventurous trip to the zoo. Upon seeing the beautiful animals there, the little chameleon tries changing to look like each one. Ages 3+

Each year Mermaid Theatre stages more than 400 performances for 200,000 spectators. Regularly crossing North America, they have also appeared around the world, from Japan to Australia, Hong Kong to Holland, and Singapore to Scotland.

They are best known for unique stage adaptations of children’s beloved literary classics.
Innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, evocative original music and gentle storytelling have been applauded by five million spectators in fifteen countries.