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Art and the city - 04 June 2018

NYC Arty Education this Summer

We all know that the Big Apple is a cultural hub of epic proportions, whether you are interested in art, dance, music or theatre – it is a hive of activity – so much so that making a decision on what to do can be quite overwhelming! So, we’ve created a handy blog to help you find the crème-de-la-crème of creative activities – because who doesn’t like a little cream with their slice of apple pie?

Our cultural partners have really pushed the boat out, filling the Summer months with some fantastic arty educational activities you won’t want to miss. And with the Fall Edition of Affordable Art Fair NYC still a few months away (September 26 – 30), these fantastic workshops, courses and shows are sure to delight you – whether you are an art fan, art collector, mini-Picasso or an artist in your own right.

Arty activities in New York City this summer

1) If you’re an art fan…

Drop-in Papermaking Workshop,  International Print Center New York (IPCNY)ACTIVITY: Drop-in Papermaking Workshop

VENUE: International Print Center New York (IPCNY)

WHEN: June 9, 1pm–4pm

Stop by our Cultural Partner IPCNY to make your first sheet of paper! Artist-educators from Dieu Donné papermill lead demonstrations on papermaking. This workshop is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome.
Following the workshop, make sure to check out the exhibition Paper/Print: American Hand Papermaking, 1960s to Today featuring works by Mel Bochner, Lynda Benglis, Chakaia Booker, Lesley Dill, Leonardo Drew, David Hockney, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Richard Tuttle, to name just a few.

For more information CLICK HERE


2) If you’re an art collector

ACTIVITY: Contemporary Alchemy: Women in Art + Science

VENUE: American Folk Art Museum

WHEN: June 27, 6:30pm-8pm

Join our Cultural Partner, the American Folk Art Museum, for an evening with contemporary women artists working at the intersection of art, science, and education, inspired by the interdisciplinary nature of the works on view in the exhibition Charting the Divine Plan: The Art of Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863). Bio Art artist Suzanne Anker and NASA Senior Graphic Designer Sally Bensusen will speak about their practices and education projects working across the fields of art and science to experiment with new ways of learning and making. Katherine F. McLeod, codirector of the New Radical Archives Workshop, will moderate the conversation.

For more information CLICK HERE

Vallies, Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863), Pen and ink and watercolor wash on cotton, with woven tape binding


3) If you’re a mini-Picasso….

ACTIVITY: A series of free performances for arty-kids by New Camerata Opera

OPERA 1: Peter Rabbit, children’s opera- June 13, 2018, 11:00am, Dyker Heights Library (BPL), Brooklyn, New York

OPERA 2: Peter Rabbit, children’s opera- June 28, 2018, 2:00pm, Allerton Library, Bronx, New York

OPERA 3: Party at the Opera, children’s opera- August 22, 2018, 1:00pm, Aguilar Library, New York, New York

New Camerata Opera_Peter Rabbit

The visual arts and opera have a long history together, from delightful stage sets, to creative lighting, costumes, props and staging. It is this artform, in all its guises, that New Camerata Opera strives to bring to young audiences through engaging, exciting and educational productions. This summer they will be hosting a series of free performances at various venues across NYC to introduce children to the art of opera.

Plus, we'll let you in on a little secret - New Camerata Opera will also be performing in full operatic costume during the Art After Dark event on Thursday night at the upcoming Fall Edition of Affordable Art Fair NYC! Stay tuned for more information.

For more information CLICK HERE


4) If you’re lucky enough to be an artist…

ACTIVITY: Photographing Your Artwork

VENUE: 92nd Street Y

WHEN: Aug 10, 10am-3:30pm

We understand that as an artist, presenting your precious works in their best possible light in photographic form is essential to help generate interest in advance of shows and and to help generate those all-important sales. Well you’re just in luck; join this useful course at the 92nd Street Y to learn how to take professional photographs of your paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry or ceramics. Perfect for sharing on the Web or to help when applying to shows. During the course you will discover the essential DIY techniques to take photographs in your own home with your digital camera.

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So there you have it, all of the art education and interactive activities that you need this Summer. New Yorkers, this is your call to action – go forth and express your creativity, and we can’t wait to hear all about it at the Fall fair.




Main Image:
Art lovers enjoying the creative workshops at Affordable Art Fair NYC.

Featured art from first to last:
Participants enjoy the Drop-in Papermaking Workshop at International Print Center New York (IPCNY).

Orra White Hitchcock (1796–1863), Vallies, 1828–1840, Pen and ink and watercolor wash on cotton, with woven tape binding, Amherst College Archives & Special Collections. One of the fascinating artists discussed as a part of the Contemporary Alchemy: Women in Art + Science event at American Folk Art Museum.

New Camerata Opera perform Peter Rabbit, children’s opera, as a part of their series of free performances for arty-kids.

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