Summer Art Colony: June 15-19, 2015

103 Charlton Intro to Stop Motion This week at CMA, the Intro to Stop Motion class started the week by learning about 2D animation and synchronizing their visuals to a soundtrack! Using their new media skills, the animators then worked with clay to create their 3D characters and produce their very first short film! Inspired by

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WEE Teaching Artist Spotlight: Lynn!

Growing up in Long Island and following her inspiration to draw and explore the spirit of trees and New York City, our very own WEE Teaching Artist Lynn takes us on an adventure through her favorite places and her love for teaching! Lynn has lived in New York her whole life, and from a young

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GirlStories: Final Show Spring 2015

GirlStories wrapped up it’s 3rd semester with an incredible array of work. Over the course of the semester, each student used one specific memory of theirs to spur comics, short films and animations. They were inspired by the poetry series written by Joe Brainard, entitled “I remember…”. The group did an excellent job of collaborating,

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GirlStories 2015 in Process

  Over the last few weeks, the class has been documenting our process through time-lapse video. See a sneak peek in this piece, filmed while the students were creating their comics and illustration pages. Filmed by CMA Teaching Artist, Kaija Siirala. Stay tuned for the final projects which will include all the time-lapse videos!

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Downtown Youth Behind the Camera Film Festival: “It’s All Greek To Me”

Four very talented young filmmakers walked down the red carpet Sunday, April 19th at the Tribeca Film Festival! It’s All Greek to Me, the film created during last summer’s “Animating Greek Myths” Art Colony class on Governors Island, was selected to be part of Downtown Youth Behind the Camera, a subsection of the Tribeca Film Festival! All the young

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New at CMA: Audio Tours!

Children’s Museum of the Arts is pleased to present a new and exciting addition to our museum: Audio Tours! These brief, but informative, recordings provide extensive coverage on works featured in the Cynthia C. Wainwright Gallery. Various young visitors to CMA, along with the artists themselves, discuss the aesthetics of a particular piece and the symbolism behind

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Spring Art Colony: Illustrating Stories and Ceramics, April 6-10

Illustrating Stories This past week, Teaching Artists Laura and Brandon taught students new and exciting ways to illustrate stories! Throughout the week they learned all about the different techniques of hatching, cross hatching, perspective, and shading executed with pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, and watercolors, which allowed the young artists to bring their stories to life!

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Spring Art Colony: Claymation, March 23-27

Teaching Artists Camilo Cardenas and Samantha Silverman introduced the art of claymation to our young artists! Young artists experimented with five main techniques to help animate their creations: stop motion animation using iStopmotion software, armature construction, voice over recording with Garageband, pointillism, and pixilation. They utilized materials such as wire, tape, and foam clay for puppet

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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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