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Art and Innovation Lab • Program

Channel your inner Michelangelo.

Explore fine arts, crafts, and innovation activities.

Art and Innovation Lab

Our Art and Innovation Lab is stocked with everything from clay to paints to pastels in order to help your child explore the world of art. Daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Upcoming daily projects feature space and scale.

Shape and form are two important elements of art that are valuable for distinguishing different art forms and for understanding depth within art. Shape connects to line and color, requiring at least one of the two elements to be present to identify a shape. It is also a two-dimensional form, meaning that it has no depth or value. Form, on the other hand, describes how a shape might occupy a three-dimensional space, and requires the presence of texture or value to exist in an image. Two-dimensional forms may exist but are dependent on overlapping features to be identified. Activities in the Art & Innovation Lab connect to these two elements for the month of June, helping children further familiarize themselves with the elements and principles of art.

May 28th – June 2nd

  • Collaborative Mural: What Does Music Look Like?
    • What do you think music would look like? Try listening to the music playing in the Art Lab and draw what you think it sounds like. You will hear all kinds of different music from around the world, so really think about what makes each kind of music unique. This collaboration between sound and sight will display a beautiful symphony of color and shape for the month of June.
  • Scratch Art
    • Retrain your brain to shade by adding only highlights to your scratch art drawing. This activity is an introduction to reductive value drawing, where you start with a darkly colored sheet of paper – in our case, a black sheet of scratch art paper – and then take away pieces of the dark coloring to create form in your image. This can be a fun challenge for children just beginning to learn about value and a great way to explore form in two-dimensional art.
  • Paper Quilting Squares
    • This activity is like a puzzle with no wrong answer, as you can organize different paper shapes into your own quilt square design. Learn about how different shapes can be arranged to create complex images or patterns through this easy collaging activity.
  • Organic Shape Paintings
    • Explore the world of organic shape in this fun, free-form painting activity inspired by the works of Ashley Mary. Break down real objects into different shapes or create your own abstract work while engaging with creative spontaneity. This activity is a playful way to learn about composition, shape, and some basic painting techniques while creating your own masterpiece.

June 4th – June 9th 

  • Collaborative Mural: What Does Music Look Like?
    • What do you think music would look like? Try listening to the music playing in the Art Lab and draw what you think it sounds like. You will hear all kinds of different music from around the world, so really think about what makes each kind of music unique. This collaboration between sound and sight will display a beautiful symphony of color and shape for the month of June.
  • Scratch Art
    • Retrain your brain to shade by adding only highlights to your scratch art drawing. This activity is an introduction to reductive value drawing, where you start with a darkly colored sheet of paper – in our case, a black sheet of scratch art paper – and then take away pieces of the dark coloring to create form in your image. This can be a fun challenge for children just beginning to learn about value and a great way to explore form in two-dimensional art.
  • Paper Quilting Squares
    • This activity is like a puzzle with no wrong answer, as you can organize different paper shapes into your own quilt square design. Learn about how different shapes can be arranged to create complex images or patterns through this easy collaging activity.
  • Organic Shape Paintings
    • Explore the world of organic shape in this fun, free-form painting activity inspired by the works of Ashley Mary. Break down real objects into different shapes or create your own abstract work while engaging with creative spontaneity. This activity is a playful way to learn about composition, shape, and some basic painting techniques while creating your own masterpiece.
  • Tin Foil Relief Sculptures
    • Learn about bas-relief sculptures with our tin foil sculpture activity. Carve your illustration out of tin foil to create shallow grooves and ridges, making different parts of your image really stand out from one another. This activity can help children learn about depth and space in a fun and unique way.

June 11th – 16th

  • Collaborative Mural: What Does Music Look Like?
    • What do you think music would look like? Try listening to the music playing in the Art Lab and draw what you think it sounds like. You will hear all kinds of different music from around the world, so really think about what makes each kind of music unique. This collaboration between sound and sight will display a beautiful symphony of color and shape for the month of June.
  • Scratch Art
    • Retrain your brain to shade by adding only highlights to your scratch art drawing. This activity is an introduction to reductive value drawing, where you start with a darkly colored sheet of paper – in our case, a black sheet of scratch art paper – and then take away pieces of the dark coloring to create form in your image. This can be a fun challenge for children just beginning to learn about value and a great way to explore form in two-dimensional art.
  • Model Magic Sculptures
    • Let your imagination run wild with this 3D art activity. Pinch, roll, flatten, or cut air-dry clay to create your own sculpture, even adding color if you want to. This activity is accessible to all ages, giving you the opportunity to create something as simple or complex as you like.
  • Watercolor Resistance Paintings
    • Explore value scales and artistic expression through resistance painting. Watercolor naturally lends itself to creating an effortless value range, but using crayon as a protective barrier allows artists to push the extremes of value even further. From the brilliance of exposed paper to the depths of layered pigments, any painting you create with this activity will show real depth to it.
  • Line and Shape Collage
    • Kids cut colorful lines and shapes, arranging them into squares on a larger sheet to craft unique collages. This project encourages artistic expression and introduces basic design principles, providing a visually appealing way for young artists to experiment with composition.

June 18th – 23rd

  • Collaborative Mural: What Does Music Look Like?
    • What do you think music would look like? Try listening to the music playing in the Art Lab and draw what you think it sounds like. You will hear all kinds of different music from around the world, so really think about what makes each kind of music unique. This collaboration between sound and sight will display a beautiful symphony of color and shape for the month of June.
  • Scratch Art
    • Retrain your brain to shade by adding only highlights to your scratch art drawing. This activity is an introduction to reductive value drawing, where you start with a darkly colored sheet of paper – in our case, a black sheet of scratch art paper – and then take away pieces of the dark coloring to create form in your image. This can be a fun challenge for children just beginning to learn about value and a great way to explore form in two-dimensional art.
  • Model Magic Sculptures
    • Let your imagination run wild with this 3D art activity. Pinch, roll, flatten, or cut air-dry clay to create your own sculpture, even adding color if you want to. This activity is accessible to all ages, giving you the opportunity to create something as simple or complex as you like.
  • Watercolor Resistance Paintings
    • Explore value scales and artistic expression through resistance painting. Watercolor naturally lends itself to creating an effortless value range, but using crayon as a protective barrier allows artists to push the extremes of value even further. From the brilliance of exposed paper to the depths of layered pigments, any painting you create with this activity will show real depth to it.
  • Sheet Music Collage
    • Celebrate World Music Day by using music-themed collage materials to create your own mixed-media masterpiece.

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