Spring Art Colony: Fashion Design, March 16-20

CMA Teaching Artists, Laura Bernstein and Kristen Ossman, ventured into the exciting world of fashion and taught our young artists basic sewing skills, threading needles, hemming, and much more during our Spring Fashion Design class! The young artists utilized colored pencils and watercolor pencils to create sketches and inspiration drawings, then used various types of fabric in conjunction

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Girlstories Meets Experimental Animator, Emily Hubley!

The GirlStories crew had the opportunity to meet and discuss the filmmaking process with award winning animator, Emily Hubley. Emily has been working in the field of Experimental Animation for over 30 years, creating short and long works through hand-drawn and stop motion techniques. They also began their own animations! See the students in action,

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Irish Festival 2015

CMA’s Irish Festival spanned the month of January and was a big hit with dancing, music, and art-making galore!   Week 1 The first week of the festival, we sang along to live music by Senior Fiddle Champions Matt Stapleton and Tony DeMarco. We also moved to the rhythm with a Hard Shoe Step demonstration

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Spring Art Colony: February 16-20, 2015

Spring Art Colony was off to a great start during Mid-Winter Break 2015! Our young artists explored the worlds of bookmaking and puppetry, resulting in fabulous projects to take home at the week’s end! BOOKMAKING This week, our young artists delved into the exciting realm of bookmaking! Throughout the week, new techniques were introduced such as

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See What’s New in the Sound Booth!

CMA’s Sound Booth is a very popular spot where young artists over the years have been able to create their own songs and tell their epic personal stories! Our ever popular songwriting workshops by Teaching Artist Ian Judd are not to be missed! Find a wide variety of updated selections from our signature Songwriting &

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Girls Stories Spring 2015: Week 1

The Spring session of GirlStories kicked off with two intensive workshops focused around poetry and photography. The students wrote short pieces based on memory and composed experimental photographic compositions. Some of the results from the in class experiments can be seen in the above images! The class was also graced by two visiting artists: writer

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GirlStories Fall/Winter Finalé

We are so happy to share the final films and selected pages from Fall/Winter GirlStories Projects. Please enjoy the opportunity to get lost in the unique worlds created by the students, involving Edible Dictators, the Subway, Squids and more…  

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GirlStories 2014-2015: Weeks 6 & 7

Over the last two weeks, GirlStories has been graced by the visits of two talented, successful women storytellers: Paula Salhany and Joana Avillez. Paula works as a director and editor across various cinematic mediums, and Joana works as an illustrator for books, magazines and online publications. Both artists offered insights and inspiration to the young

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GirlStories 2014-2015: Weeks 4 & 5

It is a busy time in GirlStories! The team is in the midst of laying out their comic pages, creating 2 -dimensional puppets for animations, and refining scripts for their live-action shoots! This past week, Ginevra Lee shared a page from her group’s storyboards. This page reflects a moment when a young girl finds her

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GirlStories 2014-2015: Week 3

Thoughtful character design is an essential part of the storytelling process. Here are a couple of drawings that were created during our concept sketching sessions in GirlStories. “Toast” was drawn by Temi Motamed, and the humanoid creature was designed by Talia Kampton. These characters will be exploring some pretty mind-bending themes, including Pandoras Box and

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GirlStories in Vermont

During the weekend of September 27th, GirlStories took a trip to Essex, Vermont to work with the students at Essex Middle School. It marked the first ever GirlStories trip out of NYC! In just 2 days, the students conceived of and created a series of animated portraits entitled “Places We’ve Been and Places We’ll Go”.

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GirlStories 2014-2015: Week 1 & 2

We’ve launched into our Fall GirlStories semester with a bang! Please check back regularly this season, as we will be sharing creative reflections, drawings and writings by the girls themselves.   Annabelle Jagroop, one of the current young artist’s in the program, created this elegant collage as a response to our first class. About the

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