Summer Art Colony 2014: July 21 – 25

This fantastic week of portraits and pets marks the mid-point of our Summer Art Colony program! It’s hard to believe six weeks of classes have already gone by. But since we’re more of “glass is half-full” kind of people, we’re just looking forward to all the fun that is still to come! Governors Island Alternative

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Summer Art Colony 2014: July 14 – 18

Clear the stage and bust out your comic books, another week of Summer Art Colony classes is here! Using everything from clay and sewing machines, the young artists at 103 Charlton and Governor’s Island are certainly keeping CMA’s Teaching Artists busy. 103 Charlton   Fashion Design Prepare the runway for CMA’s summer collection! A group

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Summer Art Colony 2014: July 7 – 11

103 Charlton Tales of the Supernatural It is a dark and starry night and you’re huddled around the campfire, blanket pulled tight around you as someone starts to tell a story. With some satisfaction, you watch the fire’s shadows play across the storytellers face; to listen to a story of the supernatural is chilling, thrilling,

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Summer Art Colony 2014: June 30 – July 3

This week, students made everything from movies to selfies, workshop strategies to jars intended for holding vital organs. Needless to say, you should read more below!   103 Charlton   Egyptian Arts If there was ever a civilization that knew how to leave this world and head over to the afterlife in style, it was

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Summer Art Colony 2014: June 23 – 27

This week, our summer art colonies delved into printmaking, animation, filmmaking and drawing. While the colonies are stationed at 103 Charlton and Governors Island, this week’s art and movies took them across fairy worlds and far-away galaxies. Join them by reading more below!   103 Charlton   Fairy Tale Films A kindly wizard or a

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Summer Art Colony 2014: June 16 – 20

And we’re off! The first week of CMA’s Summer Art Colony was a great success. Check out this week’s adventures at 103 Charlton and on Governors Island!   103 Charlton Creature Creations In addition to the busy hands and eager voices of our young artists, 103 Charlton teemed with weird and wonderful creatures coming alive

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Spring 2014 Art Colony Wrap-Up: Drawesome & Claymation

During the week of April 14 – 18 students had the opportunity to either explore a wide range of drawing techniques and styles or delve into the art of claymation. Read more about what each class learned below! Drawesome with Larissa Mellor & Gretta Johnson Throughout the week, students experimented with charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, block printing, ink

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GirlStories: Finalé

GirlStories wrapped up on a lovely note, with a celebratory sharing of films and a beautiful printed book of comics, drawings and writings. Please explore the fruits of our first ever GirlStories session below! IVY INSIDE This film combines documentary, fictional narrative and rotoscope animation techniques. OddBox Theater OddBox Theater is made up of a

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GirlStories: Weeks 10 & 11

We are nearing the end of Semester 1 of Girl Stories! For the past few weeks we have been engaged in the final production push and were also graced with the presence of Debra Granik, an Academy Award nominated director.  Granik talked about the way her interest in storytelling developed as a young person and

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GirlStories: Weeks 8 & 9

GirlStories is in full production mode! The class has been drawing, puppet building, animating, recording sound, and shooting video for their pieces. Amidst all the flying pencils and clay, we were visited by professional stop motion animators Tim Smyth and Hayley Morris. Tim Smyth has worked on TV shows such as MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch” and “The

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Spring 2014 Art Colony Wrap-Up: Printmaking & Graphic Novel

Campers learned about the history and process of printmaking during the week of March 17 – 21 with Teaching Artist Gretta. The following week of March 24 – 28 Joe and Camilo taught the basics of the graphic novel, utilizing their hand-drawing skills and learning to use Photoshop to turn their comics and drawings into

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GirlStories: Week 7

Lauren Weinstein is a comic artist and author of well known and loved graphic novels, including Goddess of War and one so aptly named Girl Stories. She joined our GirlStories class week last week to discuss her process of creating her unique graphic novels. She shared an inspiring look into how she goes about “inking” and laying out her work.

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