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Open Studio: Motion

Free Community Artmaking

Monday, January 22, 2024

3 PM to 5 PM

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

Take a whirlwind tour through art history to uncover how artists across the ages depict motion in their paintings. We’ll start our journey with the Impressionists, who harnessed the power of brushstrokes to depict natural and invisible movement, and continue on to contemporary artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Ruth Asawa, and Bridget Riley, who thoughtfully express motion across woodcut, painting, and sculptural mediums. Artists will represent their own personal ideas of motion and movement as they create 2D artworks inspired by Barlett's brushstroke-like marks, Riley's illusions, and Asawa's kinetic forms.

About Open Studio

Open Studio at Pier 57 invites children to explore hands-on projects across a wide range of artistic disciplines. Each session introduces children to the elements and principles of art while surveying artists across generations. 

Specially designed for children on the Autism Spectrum but welcoming to all, each 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. 

Open Studio is recommended for ages 12 & under.

What To Expect

This activity takes place in the Community Classrooms at Pier 57, located just beyond the food hall.

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!

Please be advised this is not a dropoff session. 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. Caregivers are advised to remain on the premises while children are working.

Image Credit: Jennifer Bartlett, Air: 24 Hours: 6 pm, etching, aquatint, and drypoint, 1993. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; gift of Altria Group, Inc. © Jennifer Bartlett

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, The LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Google Community Grants Fund,, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Harriet Ames Charitable Trust, The Cowles Charitable Trust,, and the Viniar Family Foundation.

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