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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ICAN Color! Operation Photobomb

Tonight’s storytime is a story written by Tara Luebbe and Becky Cattie, illustrated and read by Matthew Rivera. This book is published by Albert Whitman & Co: When Monkey finds a camera, Chameleon discovers that he loves to photobomb everyone! But Chameleon’s photobombing starts to drive the other animals bananas. Can they find a way […]

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Storytime Activity: The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza

Airing during this evening’s storytime is author and illustrator, Jennie Palmer’s reading of her book, The Wompananny Witches Make One Mean Pizza published by Abrams. Join Jennie as she introduces you to Anita and Winnifred Wompananny. Two witches who whip up a delicious, monstrous, pizza. Before making books for children, Jennie Palmer worked as a […]

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More Music in Art

We can find out what history’s music sounded like when we play music scores by classic composers. Thanks to the visual arts, we can also find out what making music looked like in the past! Here’s a little gallery of paintings of music and musicians, along with recordings of the kind of music that inspired […]

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Backyard Gardening

Here are six common fruits and vegetables that are easy and fun to plant in your own backyard garden!  Green Beans  When to Plant: Directly plant the seeds into your garden before summer after the last frost.  Harvesting: The beans can be ready to pick in about 60 days and will continue to regrow after picking.  Other Details: Provide support […]

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Music in Art

We can find out what history’s music sounded like when we play music scores by classic composers. Thanks to the visual arts, we can also find out what making music looked like in the past! Here’s a little gallery of paintings of music and musicians, along with recordings of the kind of music that inspired […]

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Blast Off Coloring Sheet

Today is Earth Day. The world’s four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) were the inspiration for this new coloring sheet. ICAN Program Manager and free-time doodler, Sarah Zwinklis, drew the ICAN rocket blasting off to explore the universe. Can you imagine what the world would look like from outer-space? That’s where this rocket is […]

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Dances from More Lands

All over the world, people like to get up and dance! Here’s a collection of five additional kinds of dance, each from a different culture. You can read about them, you can listen to the dance music, and you can dance if you want to!  Kabuki: Dance and Singing Art Form from Japan  A Solo […]

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Dances from Many Lands

All over the world, people like to get up and dance! Here’s a collection of five kinds of dance, each from a different culture. You can read about them, you can listen to the dance music, and you can dance if you want to!  Kolo: A Dance from the Balkans Slavonic Dance Op. 72 No. […]

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Let’s Celebrate Together (Apart)!

ICAN’s birthday is right around the corner on April 15th, and we got to thinking…how can we celebrate the birthdays of our friends and family, especially if we can’t be with them on that special day?! Here are some fun ways to celebrate loved ones, even if you are apart. 1) Call or Facetime with […]

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