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Summertime Sun-Reflective Mobiles


Artists in Schools

Summertime Sun-Reflective Mobiles

Dispatches from CMA Resident Artist Noormah Jamal's fifth grade class at Children's Workshop School.

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2D design was all the rage this week!

Students took advantage of the summer sunshine to create reflective mobiles that are activated by a window or light source.

Each student was given a piece of cardstock with a reflective side. First, they drew and cut out their image.

Next, they layered colored paper to create their images.

Shapes included seasonal staples like strawberries, watermelons, pickles, ice cream cones, campfires, fish, Pride rainbows, and even a capybara sipping a drink!

On the reflective side, they used a wooden tool to create a pressure drawing. Students loved this part and crafted very detailed scenes.

Once completed, they hung up their mobiles near the window and observed how the light illuminated their pressure drawing. One student even exclaimed "Now that's some sneaky art!"

Noormah’s work at Children’s Workshop School 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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