Start thinking about art this summer…


There is an AMAZING little art gem located just 30 minutes north of Ardsley — The Katonah Art Center. They offer a wide variety of art classes to children and adults.

I am especially excited about their art camps. Online enrollment has already started. Check out the link —





 The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.

– Pablo Picasso 




Please take a trip to the Neue Galerie in NYC over February break to see this amazing Kandinsky exhibit! 


Neue Galerie: ‘Vasily Kandinsky: From Blaue Reiter to the Bauhaus, 1910-1925’

The Neue’s first show on Kandinsky centers on a rich 15-year period, also the purview of the Museum of Modern Art’s recent “Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925.”  During this time, Kandinsky shifted from the prismatic Expressionism of Der Blaue Reiter into pure abstraction and from easel paintings into set designs and murals. A reconstruction of one of those mural projects is on view, as are abundantly decorative wall panels made for a private collector in New York.




Fun Chinese New Year Projects!

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  –




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!!!

::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!!!


Something to do after school


Advanced Clay After School

(Ages 9-12)



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!

February break ideas…



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 –