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Art and Music

Drawing to Music Objective: Within the world of creative expression, art and music are like close family relatives of each other. Often as parents and/or educators we feel more comfortable with one over the other, but when both art forms are brought together and connected into one project, amazing things can happen! In this activity,…

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Shadow Tracing

Shadow Tracing Objective: Drawing and painting with light and shadow is an intriguing art encounter that is a great cross curricular learning opportunity. What’s great about the shadow drawing experience is that it can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it, requires minimal tools and artists of any age and…

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African Kente Cloth Weaving

  African Kente Cloth Weaving Objective: This multicultural project takes us to Africa and explores the significance of the Kente Cloth. The Kente Cloth was originally worm by royalty, the very wealthy, or highly respected Ashanti people people of Ghana in West Africa. Today it is worn by all, especially for special occasions such as…

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Paper Mache Art

Paper Mache We know it can be a bit messy,and some parents will cringe at what we are about to say but… paper mache is so much fun, the possibilities are endless, and you likely already have everything you need right in your home. Paper mache creates 3-dimensional projects by combining paper with a glue-like…

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Decoupage Art

Decoupage If there ever was a true decoupage fanatic, it would be Mystic Museum of Art’s Education Manager Mary Addison. There was a time that nothing was safe around her. With her fingers in a constant state of being covered with Mod Podge, she was decoupaging everything in sight. From, furniture, to shoes, holiday ornaments,…

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Nature Journaling

Nature Journaling Nature Journaling is the simple recording of observations of nature. It is a wonderful way to help us pay attention to our environment and to develop our awareness and appreciation of the earth. It also forces us to slow down, something most of us need to do more often. The natural curiosity of…

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Art Inspired by Peter Reynolds

Meet one of MMoA’s favorite children’s author/ illustrator… Peter Reynolds.  His collection of stories are a joyful and powerful reminder of our individuality and advocate the fact that we are ALL artists. For anyone who has been afraid to express themselves – from a child in art class to an adult whose fear has hindered a…

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“Salty” Art

“Salty” Portraits Objective: As parents, we want the best for our kids and that includes developing their creativity. But what if your child just isn’t into art. We obviously don’t want to force it, but there are certainly ways we can encourage artistic exploration that that goes beyond simply drawing and painting. Perhaps they haven’t…

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A Change of Art, Art for Change

Signs of Change We all know that art has massive power to move people to social change. Art is a universal language we all speak and can bridge enormous divides to help bring about awareness and help unify. The past month, injustice has been on full display. We have witnessed terrible inequities and heinous abuses…

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Mindfulness and Art

 Mindful Art There seems to be a trend afflicting our culture these days. Many of us seem to be lacking focus and we feel the physical and mental effects of living in an overstimulated society. The benefits of being mindful are proven. By living in the present, we are able to explore the deeper, more…

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