Grade: Third

Paper Quilling

  Students will learn about the art of paper quilling. Students will learn how to curl paper to create different shapes. We will go over what makes good design and how to choose which colors and shapes to use to create dynamic 3-dimensional pictures, all from paper.   Curriculum: Art, science Residency Length: 1 day […]

Matisse Inspired Figure Collages

Students will create their own collage using artwork by Henri Matisse as inspiration.  For the first part of the session, students will only be allowed to rip paper to create the background of their project. Younger students will create abstract backgrounds and will learn about showing movement in art. They will have a chance to […]

STEAM: Geometric Tiles

Students will fold paper squares into 3 dimensional triangles. The triangles will be glued together on a large square to make unique geometric designs.  Students can make symmetrical or asymmetrical designs. Some students will layer the triangles and some will use them to make new squares. This project is a great addition to any STEAM curriculum. […]

Mexican Foil Tooling Birds, Inspired by Frida Kahlo

In this art workshop students will learn about the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. The teaching artist will share the book “Me, Frida” by AMY NOVESKY. The book is a beautifully illustrated story about Frida’s first visit to New York, from her home in Mexico. Every page in the book features a bird that follows Frida […]

Clay Bee Skeps (Houses)

Students will discover the art and history of beekeeping while creating clay bee skeps. Artist Cynthia Scott will demonstrate how to make a bee skep while teaching students the coil method of hand-building. Curriculum: Science, Bees, Bee Keeping, Ceramics Residency Length: 2 days Materials Fee: Cynthia Scott Clay 234

Cubist Mask Making

Inspired by the cubist artwork of Pablo Picasso, students will use recycled cardboard to create 3-D masks. A popular theme among children, this mask-making project generates a lot of excitement and promotes original thinking. AIR Artist Cynthia Scott will demonstrate how to design a cubist style mask and explain the art elements that are utilized. Curriculum: […]

The Art of India: Oil Pastel Drawing

Students will be inspired by artists in India using oil pastels and watercolor. Studying the history of the color festival in Jaipur, India, the children learn how to draw an elephant, and apply traditional Indian design motifs . Artist Cynthia Scott will demonstrate step-by-step how to draw an elephant.  Curriculum: India, Art Residency Length: 2 […]

Recycled Collage

Exploring the artwork of Louise Nevelson, students will create individual collages made from discarded everyday objects. Each collage can be joined together to form a larger piece to be displayed in the schools hallway. AIR Artist Cynthia Scott will guide students in developing their collage while teaching them how this artist was one of the […]

Custom Pictorial Mural

The most prominent characteristic of a Mural is uniting the architectural elements of your space with the aesthetic beauty of the painting. Unlike wall papers or store- bought stickers, when a colorful mural is created on your wall, it will present a fresh, inspiring feeling in your environment! Collaborating with teachers, students and staff about […]

Painting on Black Canvas

  Let’s explore the wondrous field of Black and White Illustration and expand your drawing and painting skills in the engaging exercise: Painting on Black Canvas! Working with a black canvas adds a unique dimension to your painting and to your artistic process and perception. Through the use of black and white acrylic paint, we […]

Custom Painted Mural & Scenic Art

Carrie Kingsbury is a local muralist with 15 years experience painting commercial and residential mural projects. Her work tends to reflect the joy and beauty of life as I like my work to be positive and uplifting. For the last 10 years she has enjoyed doing many artist-in-residency’s in public schools, for community centers, and senior centers throughout […]

Pictures, Figures, Caricatures, Oh My

  There are unlimited ways for your inventive abilities as an artist to express yourself. In this residency,  we’ll explore the wondrous field of Illustration, including Figure Drawing, Cartooning and Caricatures. Be inspired by remarkable illustrators and caricature artists from around the world, such as Miguel Covarrubias, Albert Hirschfeld, even Leonardo Da Vinci and Claude […]

An Eye for Art: A Day at the Museum

  Bring New York City’s MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) to your school..! Join our exciting and innovative course and explore the Modern Art movements from mid- 1800s through the late 1970s, including de Stijl, Impressionism, Abstract Expressionism, Art Nouveau! Let’s be inspired by the renowned styles and revolutionary works of Piet Mondrian, Wassily […]

Quilt Making as a Community

Tell a story through images! Textile artist Gabrielle Kanter will guide students in the creation of personalized quilt squares that will be combined into a larger group project. Finished quilt squares will be sewn together by the artist to create a stunning wall hanging for installation your school that will show a community representation of […]

Book Arts with STEAM

Inspire students to create their own handmade books for drawing and writing using STEAM-based concepts.  Choose from origami, marbleized covers or plantable seed paper book arts techniques that best match your curriculum and grade level. Additional book arts workshops available by request. Curriculum: n/a Residency Length: 1-2 days Materials Fee: $2 per student Gabrielle Kanter Drawing […]

Wet Felting

Wet felting is a centuries old craft in which felt is produced from wool. On day 1, students will create a design out of wool roving. On day 2, students will apply warm soapy water to the layers of wool roving. The artist will demonstrate how to agitate and compress the wool which will causes the fibers […]

Kinetic Sculpture

An ideal combination of art, simple motors and electromagnetism!  Students will create small scale sculptures using pliers, wire and recycled materials.  They will then see them spin and come to life through building and harnessing the energy of a diy motor. Curriculum: n/a Residency Length: 2 days Materials Fee: $5 per student Gabrielle Kanter Mixed […]

Animation Magic

Using an animated movie that I made, I demonstrate the basics of animation with my original cells, background paintings, and light board. The children learn how persistence of vision makes illusion of motion and animation possible. I show them examples of different types of animation, and applying the basic principles they’ve just learned, help them […]

The Figure in Motion in Art

Day 1: Degas Foil Figures Showing the movement of  the human body through sculpture inspired by ballet dancer sculptures Edgar Degas.  Students will use aluminum foil to create their own figure sculptures. We will discuss how to move and position their aluminum foil sculptures to show movement of the human body. Day 2: Matisse Figure Collage Show the […]


This workshop is an introduction to the art of Japanese paper folding. I will introduce the kids to Origami by showing them some examples of Origami models created by engineers and mathematicians. Students will learn how Origami is a visual language, and how to understand the language. Students can expect to fold 3-4 origami models. This workshop is tailored […]

Plaster Relief

Students will make a mold using air dry clay pressed into a foam tray. Students will use natural objects, like leaves, shells or plants to press impressions into the wet clay. They will pour plaster into the wet clay molds. When the plaster is set, it’s removed from the clay and the students are left with an a […]

You Can Make Songs

Students will become familiar with what goes into Songwriting. Basic elements of music will be discussed and demonstrated, including: Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Tempo, Dynamics, and Diction & Lyrics. Examples will include various musical styles with familiar as well as contemporary songs. Students will see how different elements can change a songs interpretation and will be […]

Yoga in Motion

Students will ascend to a new level of physical well-being. The origins and history of Yoga as an Eastern health practice will be shown and discussed. Yoga In Motion unites body, mind and spirit through musical rhythms combined with the movements of yoga postures. Students will gain a greater awareness of their bodies and develop […]

Exploring Native America Through Dance & Drum

This one day residency uses dance and percussion to explore a Native American poem. Based on the text Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message by Chief Jake Swamp, the students will participate in moving and playing to the English translation of the Mohawk text. Through movement, students will explore the poem’s themes of […]

Moving to Words

The theme of this residency is that dance is a communicative artform that uses gesture and movement to express feelings and ideas. A dancer uses their body as an expressive tool in the same way that a poet uses words. Each 45 minute session will consist of a 10 minute warm-up that introduces the basic […]

Stories From Around The World

Students will retell a tale or myth from a chosen country through story enactment and dance. The objective is to show students how dance can be a powerful way of communicating and how the language of dance is universal. Teachers are able to choose the country. The tale or myth chosen will be based on […]


The innovative quartet, Half-N-Half, made up of trombone players Brian Mahany and Bob Suttmann, and cellists Susan Lerner and Betsy Loughran was formed as a result of the musician’s mutual interest in playing jazz and popular, as well as classical, chamber music.  Due to the eclectic nature of the instrumentation, we have utilized the compositional […]

America, The Multicultural Music Melting Pot

Students will observe and learn about musical instruments that are uniquely American and that have come to America from many diverse cultures from around the world. Students will hear demonstrations of these instruments in their original settings as well as how these instruments can be used in contemporary musical applications. Instruments include: Banjo, Guitar, Snare […]

It’s A Wonderful World of Percussion

Students will see instruments from and learn about all the different families of percussion. Students will learn through interactive group participation about the origins of percussion. Students will also experience percussion as it is used in a variety of musical styles from around the globe. Students will learn about modern developments such as vocal percussions […]

Rock the Boat

Ever wonder where a Hippo goes at night, or what’s a Shark’s favorite meal? The answers can be found in this concert style performance featuring the fun, quirky, and educational songs of Rock the Boat. Students will clap, sing, and dance as our band reveals the mysteries of life under the sea! Curriculum: Science, Music […]

Where Dance and Music Meet: Boomwhackers Percussion Tubes

This one day residency will explore the physicality of rhythm with “boomwhackers” percussion tubes. Following a dance warm up and percussion practice, students will participate in creating different rhythmic patterns and structures using the plastic tubes. Choreographic elements of unison, cannon and opposition will also be explored. The session will culminate in the creation of […]

You Can Paint Watercolors

Proposal Description Children will learn basic techniques of watercolors using primary and secondary colors and simple washes. By observing fruits and vegetables, students will gain an understanding of color, shape and texture. We will use the book, You Can Paint Watercolors by Allwyn Crawshaw, as a reference. I will demonstrate how to paint a watercolor, […]

The Art of Papermaking

Students will explore the history and tradition of papermaking. Transforming recycled paper, students will each make several sheets of new paper using the pouring method with tin cans and cookie cutters. Students will also create multi-colored pulp paintings. These hands-on methods will give students a complete understanding of how plant fibers become paper. Curriculum: language […]

Japanese Teabowls, Scrolls & Ceremony

Explore the history and tradition of the Japanese tea ceremony. Students will learn about this ancient ritual that has been practiced since the 13th century. Examples of traditional Japanese ceramics will be discussed and shown for inspiration. After a demonstration, students will each make their own tea bowl out of clay and decorate it with […]

Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration

Students will learn about the origins and customs of Los Dias de los Muertos in Mexico. Hands-on activities can include making & decorating sugar skulls or making clay skeletons. Program can be customized for your class. Curriculum: Spanish class, study of Mexico Residency Length: 1-2 days Materials Fee: $5.00 / student Terri Herring Mixed Media […]

Recycled Mosaics

We will participate in a discussion on the origins of mosaic art and the various styles, forms, and techniques used throughout history. I will then show the students some examples of mosaic art using slides and/or books. They will view an example of a mosaic trivet that I created using recycled glass window panes. Students […]

Life Size Weaving

Explore and create life-size weavings using plastic construction fencing as looms and weaving with assorted fabrics, yarns, ribbons, wires, and other found materials. Students will learn about the craft of weaving by looking at samples from many different cultures. The process of procuring and dyeing yarn will be discussed, as well as, different types of […]

Clay Gargoyles

Each student will use their imagination to create their own medieval gargoyles using terra cotta clay, pinch pot construction and basic handbuilding techniques. The students will look at European and American architecture and discuss the various styles and uses of gargoyles as decoration, protection and as functional waterspouts. The gargoyles will be fired. Curriculum: Medieval […]

Native American Storytellers

Students will learn about Helen Cordero, a native American artist from the Cochiti Pueblo Tribe of New Mexico, who created the first clay storytellers. We will discuss her techniques, as well as, where clay comes from and its different forms and stages, using both pictures of Ms. Codero’s work and samples of my own work. […]

Mosaic Bench Project

Each student will create, out of clay, a unique tile that will be glazed, fired and added to broken commercial tiles to complete a themed mosaic bench. The benches will become a lasting legacy and a thing of beauty which can be located indoors or outdoors. Completed benches can be seen at Goodnoe Elementary in […]

Art Is For Everyone: Quilt Mural

Tell a story through images! Textile artist Gabrielle Kanter will guide students in the creation of personalized quilt squares that will be combined into a larger group project. Students will use specialized fabric design techniques to illustrate their own narratives. Finished quilt squares will be sewn together by the artist to create a stunning wall […]

Paint Your House

The Children will learn basic watercolor techniques. Basic drawing, perspective, primary and secondary colors, and simple washes. An approach to painting a house will be outlined. The major elements that make up a house will be discussed. Students will bring a photo of their home, if they desire, that can be used for their painting. […]

Fused Glass Plaque

Students will learn the art of glass fusing by creating a custom glass plaque.  We’ll start by drawing and cutting out letters from special paper, then we’ll decorate our glass using colored glass pieces, glass dots, glass frit (sprinkles) and glass stringers and noodles to create a unique and colorful design.  Projects will be fired […]

Custom Mosaic Mural

Mosaic artist, Terri Herring, will work with grade level or entire school community to create a custom mosaic mural to be permanently installed in school. Each student will form, out of clay, a unique tile that will be glazed, fired and incorporated into the mural. From brainstorming ideas to the final installation, students will work […]

Empty Bowls Community Service Project

Students will learn about hunger in our community by participating in a community service project.  Each student will create a hand-crafted, clay bowl using assorted textures, stamps and colored glazes.  The entire community will come together for a meal (soup, macaroni & cheese, cereal and milk, etc.) in which the bowl of food is “purchased.”  […]

Introduction to Capoeira

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of dance, martial arts, acrobatics, music and the Portuguese language. This residency will give students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of Capoeira while simultaneously promoting an active, healthy lifestyle. Balance, coordination, endurance, self-expression and respect are just a few of the countless benefits Capoeira […]

Improv and the Playwright

Improv games teach children to release the power within their own imagination as well as the joys of working together. This workshop uses improv to illustrate those points while also teaching students the elements of story structure, dramatic tension and characterization. Students begin with ensemble building through quick-thinking pantomime games and working together to tell […]

Bringing Books to Life

Age-appropriate books are selected by the teacher or by the artist to tie in with classroom curriculum (for instance: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern or One Monster After Another by Mercer Mayer). Working in smaller groups the students analyze the story, discern its essential plot points and structure. They cast, stage, costume and rehearse their version of the story […]

Custom Painted Mural

Artist will work with students to create a custom painted mural to beautify your school.  The mural can tie into any curriculum or theme.  The students can be involved in all aspects of planning and painting the mural, or the artist can create solo.  The artist will be glad to meet and discuss different options […]

Interactive Mural

Karina will create a mural based on or around curriculum, working closely with educators to incorporate elements and character from books read throughout the year. The mural can be created independently or in collaboration with students, using her experience as an exhibit designer an illustrator adding various interactive elements such as magnetic sections, mirrors, tiles […]