Mixed Media

Collage, recycled items, paper mache…be creative by combining several art materials.

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 […]

STEAM String Art

  Students will have the opportunity to make dynamic, symmetrical, circular designs on cards, using string, all created using a series of straight lines. Students start by threading the string across the cards in a specific order to achieve the design of their choosing. This project is a great tie in to any STEAM curriculum. […]

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 […]

Glitch Art

Using computers, students will be taught the techniques of Glitch Art and create something new out of something broken. Glitch art is the aestheticization of digital or analog errors, by either corrupting digital code/data or by physically manipulating electronic devices.  Although Glitch Art is a relatively new underground digital art form; the concept of Glitch Art has existed since 1962, […]

Double Exposure

Student’s will have a hands-on experience with digital photography and editing technology.  The first day will consist of the students using cameras (preferably DSLRs provided by the school) or they could use any type of camera phone. (Note: if no cameras or cellphones are available, the project can be done with a database of fair-use […]

Pop Art and “high-top” Sneaker Sculpture

Students will discover the art of the 1960’s and the pop art of artist Andy Warhol.  AIR artist, Cynthia Scott will demonstrate how to make a 3-D high-top sneaker sculpture out of cereal boxes. This project is a “big hit” with students! They are required to bring a cereal box to class with them to create […]

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: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Modular Origami Suncatchers

This workshop will introduce students to Modular Origami. They will fold multiple pieces of translucent paper to create identical forms. The forms will then be connected together to create a large 8 or 10 point star. This is a great workshop for teaching students about the relationship between art and math. Modular Origami has a lot to do with […]

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 […]

3-D Pop-Up Art Journals: Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary

Students will use liquid watercolors to “Tie-Dye” paper towels, creating colorful geometric patterns. The tie dyed paper towels will be used to create collages on paper. The collages will become covers for the journals. Students will use basic Origami to create the pop-up pages of the journal. The front and back covers of the journal are constructed with scrap […]

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 […]

Eric Carle and Paste Paper Collage

I will show the students one of my paste paper paintings. We will discuss the techniques that I used to create different textures. The students will discover what texture is by touching their hair and clothing. I will relate my artwork and the use of textures as I read the Eric Carle book, The Mixed-Up […]

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 […]

Let’s Get Buggy

Students will explore 3-D materials-make an armature and apply paper mache. Day 1 – 1. I will read the story “A Grouchy Ladybug” by Eric Carle. We will then have a full filled discussion on bugs and point out their various parts using a bug encyclopedia. If time allows we will discuss how other cultures […]

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 […]

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 […]

Egyptian Mummy Cases

Students will construct and decorate an Egyptian Mummy Case using a variety of materials and hieroglyphics. They will then add their own cartouche, values and beliefs to their mummy cases using Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Students will learn how the Egyptians mummified their dead as a sacred way of honoring them so they would be granted entrance […]

Book Arts in the Classroom

Inspire students to create their own books. Styles include accordion, pop-up, wearable books and journals. Students will personalize their books using stamps, drawings, painting and collage. Books can be used to hold students’ poetry, short stories and art work. Curriculum: literacy, creative writing Residency Length: 2-3 days Materials Fee: $2.00 per student Gabrielle Kanter Drawing & PaintingFiber […]

Recycled Garden 3-D Mural

Joyful Art Made from Recycled Materials Create a permanent 3-D mural made of  recycled plastic signage.  Artist, Colleen Attara, will demonstrate the many ways she uses reclaimed materials. Under Colleen’s guidance, the students will create their own recycled garden mural  filled with trees, leaves, birds pulling balloons, hearts and flowers. The size of the garden […]

Recycled Sculpture

Students will create sculptures using recycled items that they bring in from home.  A fun way to combine art and recycling! Curriculum: science, literary, social studies Residency Length: 2 days Materials Fee: $2.00 per student Elaine Morales Mixed Media K123456789-12

Natural Printmaking

Using natural materials students will experience early stages of printmaking as they form textures and make natural dyes using potatoes, beets, leaves, tea bags and berries. Curriculum: Science, Social studies Residency Length: 1 or 2 days Materials Fee: $2.00 per child Elaine Morales ClayMixed Media K123456789-12


Explore the art of stop-motion animation using ipads and your imagination. Students will create the story, clay characters and voices to make their own short movies or music videos. Curriculum: Literary arts, clay, theatre, music Residency Length: 1-5 days Materials Fee: $3.00 per child Dan Simcox ClayDrawing & PaintingLiterary ArtsMixed MediaMusicTheatre K123456789-12

Lights! Camera! Action! Clay Characters & Stage Props

This workshop will set the stage for creative and flexible detailed characters ready for display or film, students will build their own shoe box stage and clay characters as well as props. Curriculum: social studies, literary arts, theatre Residency Length: 2 Days Materials Fee: $5 per student Elaine Morales ClayLiterary ArtsMixed MediaTheatre 3456789-12