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Open Studio: Bold Portraiture

Free Community Artmaking

Monday, November 13, 2023

3 PM to 5 PM

Pier 57, 11th Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Delve into the world of ‘unconventional’ portraiture originating from the Orphism movement of the early 20th century up to the present day. This novel approach to portraiture celebrates the uniqueness of each person, encapsulating the emotional, social, political, and religious ideals intertwined with them. Artists will look at works by Jordan Casteel, Hannah Lupton Reinhard, and Sonia Delaunay as they create a portrait of an important person in their life, utilizing bold color choices that provide a sense of vibrancy, fantastical-realism, and abstraction.

About Open Studio

Taking place Mondays and Thursdays, Open Studio at Pier 57 invites children to explore hands-on projects across a wide range of artistic disciplines. 

Specially designed for children on the Autism Spectrum but welcoming to all, each Inclusives session is multisensory focused. Participants will explore art materials (such as clay, paper, or textiles) at their own pace alongside movement breaks and ample time for storytelling and social interaction.

What To Expect

Led by CMA Artist Instructors Emma Waldman and JT Baldassarre, each session introduces children to the elements and principles of art while surveying artists across generations. 

The program’s curriculum is rooted in accessible artmaking practices and Children’s Museum of the Arts’ pedagogy of Look, Make, Share. Take a peek at one of our virtual Inclusives lessons, catered to children with Autism, that families can try at home: here!

While caregivers are welcome to stay with their children, families are encouraged to enjoy the extraordinary setting of Pier 57 in the adjacent Family Living Room for the duration of the session.

Image Credit: Serwaa and Amoakohene, 2019, Jordan Casteel’s painting of a young man and his mother, in the exhibition Within Reach at the New Museum. Credit: Jordan Casteel and Casey Kaplan, New York, courtesy of The New York Times.

Pier 57

Children's Museum of the Arts' Open Studio at Pier 57 is generously supported by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Ruth Foundation for the Arts, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, First Republic Bank, The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Google Community Grants Fund, Amazon, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harriet Ames Charitable Trust, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Hammitt, and the Viniar Family Foundation.

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