Imagine a world where the museum has no lines, there’s room to move, and you can make as much noise as you want! For families with children ages 1-10, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan fulfills all three criteria – but wait – there’s more! Until January 2014, you have the privilege to enter the colorful and dynamic world of Red Grooms, an American artist that captures the frenzied pace of New York City in such a way that children will be drawn to the saturated colors and comic book qualities. Enchanted by the childhood memories we hold dear like trips to the circus, toys, and ice-skating, Grooms is able to translate these thoughts into all types of art pieces.

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On view are original sketches, paintings, and most importantly, what Grooms calls his ‘sculpto-pictoramas’ – pieces that combine elements of painting and sculpture. My favorite piece within this intimate exhibit is Rockefeller Center, 1995 for its sheer size – 5 ft. tall, almost my height!

The museum is offering free drop-in art-making workshops tailored for children ages 4-10 from 10:00am-4:45pm where parent or guardian participation is encouraged. Get messy with some mixed media and have fun!

For the little ones under 4 years old, explore the other floors where there is plenty of room to move, learn, and play.

Art teacher’s tip

  • There are several quotes by Red Grooms included on the museum wall text. One quote that resonated with me as an art teacher is “I get my inspiration from others, from things that excite me.” Ask your child the following question: What do you think Red Grooms meant by that? Use their answers as a way to see what they’re inspired by.
  • You can visit the actual sites referenced in the artwork like Wollman Rink and Rockefeller Center. Don’t forget your sketchbook!
  • Head to the library and borrow some books that are centered on the theme of New York City.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd Street, New York, NY 10024
212-721-1223

www.cmom.org

Christina Soriano is an artist and K-5 Arts Specialist in New York City. Follow @sorianodesigns on twitter!

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