Artists in Schools
Sponge Textures and Diluted Color Droppers
Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Niousha Kiarashi's elementary school class at Sid Miller Academy.
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With holiday break on the horizon, it’s a perfect time to try out painting techniques and materials!
During the first session, students experimented with Q-tips, sponges, paper towel rolls, eye droppers, and straws to make patterns.
Some students were especially drawn to the different textures produced by the sponge. It was a joy to watch them examine each texture for minutes at a time. Of course, blowing diluted colors on paper was a huge hit!
For the last session before holiday break, students made a wreath using the shapes they created in the previous lesson. They arranged the shapes to create leaves for their wreath, then added additional decorations like pom poms.
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.