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Patterns and Painter's Tape


Artists in Schools

Patterns and Painter's Tape

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

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Pattern making was the name of the game this week!

During the first lesson, each student received painter’s tape to cover parts of their paper. After coloring over the tape, they lifted off the tape to reveal the pattern underneath. Some students adhered their tape without any knowledge of the composition they would make, and were delighted to see what they made. 

During the next session, students made patterns using primary colored paint. They had an amazing sensory experience feeling the touch of the brush against their palm, seeing the texture of their skin reflected in their prints, and watching how colors changed on their hand to create secondary colors on paper.

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.

Crown Heights, Brooklyn

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