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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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Color Wheel

Fun with Color Wheels “Color! What a deep and mysterious language, the language of dreams.” Paul Gauguin   Objective: Teaching students about the elements of art is an important part of an art educators’ job. But some of the traditional lessons can seem overly academic and downright boring to many children who thrive with more…

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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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MMoA Artists Share: Gina Rubin

Gina Rubin is a ceramic artist from Waterford, CT who specializes in both functional and sculptural wheel-thrown ceramics.  She shares with us her views on the comfort and life-enhancing properties that go along with handcrafted ceramics.   “Having and using handcrafted ceramics in and around the home connects us in comforting ways to ourselves and…

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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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MMoA Artists Share: Dan Lake

Dan Lake is an oil painter who resides in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. He is particularly proud of his work he refers to as “purposeful art.”  In this regard, he has created art that opens hearts (through his contributions to the project Beyond the Diagnosis), reflects history (with his paintings based on images from WWII),…

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