ART WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES FOR CHILDREN

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Some artists search all their lives for the kind of freedom children show when they paint, draw, invent stories, project on anything available to convey emotions. These outbursts of visual communication need to be valued, cherished and salvaged. 

Creating with and around children is like dancing under the rain after a hot day. It's liberating, exhilarating, surprising, messy. This is one of the things I love doing the most: offering them a starting point in an accepting environment to let their hands and minds run free. 

This Spring, I teamed up with MangoStreet ( Imaginarium and design studio) in D.C. to lead workshops for different ages (Info and tickets below).

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Saturday mornings in the studio (Washington D.C.)

Age 4-5-6 (drop off class) $25/class 10:30-11:30 - Join us for some explorations! Bedheads and pajamas welcomed! Purchase tickets for each session below by clicking on the dates.

Art for children is often associated with crafts and its “final product” aspect but really, art is a language, a meeting point as much as a branching out point. Mostly, it just needs to happen. Working in a studio surrounded by other artists is a very special thing. Connections are made, dreams are dreamed, emotions are felt and communicated. It empowers children to feel like they have a voice and that they matter. In a society that is all about convenience and consumption, art making is an antidote. The art process shows the children how rich their inner life can be, how capable they are at creating something from scratch. They are given the tools, the vocabulary, and the space to express their uniqueness. There is no right nor wrong, but courage and freedom.

April 6th – Nature and Art (explorations, observations, abstractions)

May 4th – Photo collages and boxes (Looking at Joseph Cornell)

June 1st – Telling stories on the paper (Narrative, books…)

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Artist Series Spring Break 2019

Age 6-8 (drop off workshops)

Learning about contemporary artists and channeling their process. We will look at the artists’ works; introduce their background, techniques. The participants will then have the opportunity to create their own work in reaction to what they saw, heard, felt. 9:30-12pm. $40 per session.

Purchase tickets for each session below (click on title of the links)

-       Jean-Michel Basquiat (music and art, street art) April 15

-       Louise Bourgeois (mixed media, sculptures, variations) April 16

-       Jane Hammond (Map as art) April 17

-       Joan Mitchell (Feelings and emotions in painting) April 18

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Gestural Painting

collaborative work with tempura paint

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Box and Collage

After being introduced to Joseph Cornell’s shadow boxes, this little artist used his imagination to create this world in a white cardboard box, cutting and pasting provided xeroxed images, found papers and strings. Colors were added with oil crayons and colored papers.

“Captain America, moon, sun and planets”

“Captain America, moon, sun and planets”

 
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Maps of Emotions

Watercolors on paper

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Channeling Basquiat

Working on found papers, portraits, creating a personal alphabet of symbols to be incorporated to a bigger piece later on.

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A memory of a place

Collage on cardboard using a memory of a happy place.

 
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Make art about your life /find inspiration in nature/ never stop making art
— From Louise Bourgeois
“Nature and Art” Direct. observation of plants and flowers, looking at Ellsworth Kelly artworks. (works by Irena, 6)

“Nature and Art” Direct. observation of plants and flowers, looking at Ellsworth Kelly artworks. (works by Irena, 6)