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A Big Beautiful Mess


Artists in Schools

A Big Beautiful Mess

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Niousha Kiarashi's elementary school class at Sid Miller Academy.

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Students learned about tint and tone across two sessions – the first using only black, white and primary colors, and the second using shades and variations. 

It was an absolute blast getting to paint not just on paper, but the surfaces around them (we made sure to clean up at the end of class!) 

Students especially loved mixing paints together in a water cup and watching the water change color. 

They quickly caught on to using their hands as a paintbrush and created beautiful works using the palm of their hand. Some students were so meticulous and produced works with incredible detail. 

In Niousha’s own words, “This felt like such a success in my heart that I could activate their curiosity using art.”

Niousha’s work at Sid Miller Academy is supported by the Emergency Arts Education Fund, which provides free arts education to NYC school communities whose art programs have been decimated by recent budget cuts. 

Children’s Museum of the Arts’ three Residents Artists are currently implementing ambitious arts curriculum at each of our partner sites throughout New York City: Hudson Guild in Chelsea, Sid Miller Academy in Crown Heights, and Children’s Workshop School in the East Village. Come spring, our residents will showcase their students' work through exhibitions and installations across the city. Learn how you can support the work of our residents here.

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