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Worry Dolls

Long ago, there was a Mayan princess named Ixmucane (icks-moo-ca-neigh). Her father, the Sun God, granted her a very special gift- the ability to take away any problem a human could experience. Though this tale has faded into legend, the people of Guatemala have kept it alive through worry dolls, little handmade dolls crafted in […]

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Collage

Collage, from the french word coller, or ‘to glue’, is a funky, fun, unique style that you’ve probably encountered before, in class or at museums. But do you know the history behind it?  Collage was made popular by artists Braque and Picasso who began experimenting with it in 1910, and many artists followed suit, taking materials like colored paper, photos, paintings, […]

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Hojalata Art

Hojalata (Ho-huh-la-tuh) art is a very colorful style that became popular due to the wide availability of tin in Mexico. Also called the “Poor Man’s Silver”, tin was easy to find, and the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico introduced the locals to new and unique methods of using this material as early as the […]

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Learn and Listen- Strings!

Ever heard the sweet song of a violin? The bouncing of a bass? The twinkling of a harp? If you have, then you’re already familiar with the string family!  What makes an instrument part of the string family? Well, strings, of course! Their bodies are wooden and hollow, which allows sound to vibrate inside when the strings are […]

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Storytime Activity: This is a Sea Cow

On July 23rd the International Childrens Arts Network is premiering This is a Sea Cow, a story written and illustrated by Cassandra Federman and published by Albert Whitman and Co. In this colorful book, we follow Sea Cow- or Manatee as she prefers to be called, as she comes to life on the pages of […]

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Zentangles

Zentangle? What’s a Zentangle? Zentangle is a really cool type of art that creates wild pictures, the ‘tangle’, through lots of thought and focus, the ‘zen’.  Follow along to learn how to make zentangles. This art form was created by a couple named Rick and Maria Roberts in 2003. Maria was drawing a pattern in the background of a picture she […]

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Splatter Paint

Careful, this one gets messy.  Splatter paint is as explosive and colorful as its history. It started in the 1940’s in New York, due to art censorship, or the banning of certain kinds of art. Because artists were not supposed to show art that spoke badly about politics, creative styles like splatter paint were used to get their […]

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Pointillism

Think it’s rude to point? These artists sure don’t!  Pointillism is a French art style where dots of pure, unmixed color are placed on a canvas in such a specific way that the final result tricks the eye into seeing a picture. The style was created by Georges Seurat and Paul Signac in Paris in the mid-1880s. They were not […]

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