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Cardboard Relief Sculptures

If there’s one thing we all have on hand coming out of the holidays, its PACKAGING! And that doesn’t just mean cardboard boxes- it’s Styrofoam, and bubble wrap, and countless oddly shaped cushioning materials. As a children’s art teacher, I love bringing in heaps of this stuff into the classroom, laying it all out on…

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Art of Resolutions

Many of us will be making new year resolutions, intentions, or goals this week. It is an important moment in the year to take a pause and think about where your life is now, where you hope it will be, and what you need to do to move closer to that dream. In order to…

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Celebration Elves

  This time of year is special for many reasons. No matter the holiday, astronomical shift, religion, seasonal change, or cultural celebration you associate with, there’s an excitement in the air. For many, there exists a feeling of whimsy and enchantment and a sense that the world is bigger than what our eyes can see….

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Annual Fund Thank You

  To all our 2020 Annual Fund donors, Thank you for making MMoA a priority – keeping us strong and keeping our doors open.  Thanks to you, we will continue to bring art and audiences together in every way we can as we build our plans for a vibrant 2021. We look forward to seeing…

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Art of Winter Solstice

The winter solstice is fascinating not only from an astronomical standpoint, but also because of it’s significance to all human beings whom we share this earth with. On December 21st, those of us who live in the northern hemisphere will mark the day that dark triumphs over light. This day signifies a turning point towards…

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Reintroducing the Permanent Collection Virtual Exhibition

  Reintroducing the Permanent Collection explores the evolving art styles of the artists represented in the permanent collection of the Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA). This museum-wide exhibition traces the time periods during which these artists lived, from the mid-1800s to the present day. Many of the works on display were created by past and present…

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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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