Kids Can 'Dance Draw' at Children's Museum Workshops

By Andrea Swalec on July 13, 2013 5:02pm 

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 The summer workshop series at the Children's Museum of the Arts in Hudson Square includes sessions in "dance drawing" with paint on canvases.
'Dance Drawing' at Children's Museum of the Arts
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MANHATTAN — Painting on the walls isn't against the rules at this Hudson Square museum.

The Children's Museum of the Arts will host six "Dance Drawing" sessions as part of an interactive art workshop series that starts later this month, the museum announced.

Artist Meghann Snow, a former ballet dancer and figure skater, will teach children of all ages how to make their own ballet shoes out of tape and bubble wrap. Then the kids will let their feet become paintbrushes as they form circles, loops and swipes with acrylic paint on huge canvases.

The "Dance Drawing" classes are part of a larger Works in Progress series that encourages kids to experiment, said Barbara Hunt McLanahan, executive director of the 103 Charlton St. museum. All the classes are free with $11 museum admission.

"The white walls can get messy, and work will go up or come down depending on the participants and the dialogue between artists, just as in an artist’s studio," Hunt McLanahan, said in a statement. "No day will be the same.”

The "Dance Drawing" workshops will be held in 45-minute sessions all day Aug. 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15.

Another upcoming workshop series allows kids to help build a make-believe city starting July 22. Using recycled materials, New York artist Lisa Ludwig will work with kids to make a huge installation featuring the city and its inhabitants. "The Art Neighborhood," as she calls the project, includes a tiny art gallery, theater and movie theater.

Forty-five minute sessions will be held all day July 24, 26, 29 and 31, plus Aug. 1.

And kids can try their hand at shadow puppets through "Shadow Playground," starting Aug. 22. Puppetry artists Margot Fitzsimmons and Spencer Lott of the Midtown-based New Victory Theater will teach children to create and use puppets.

Forty-five minute sessions will be held all day Aug. 22, 23, 28 and 29.

The Children's Museum of the Arts at 103 Charlton St. near Hudson Street is open Monday and Wednesday noon to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday noon to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and closed Tuesday. Admission costs $11 per person, with free entry for seniors age 65 and older, and infants under a year old. Admission is pay what you wish on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m.

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