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Melt a Rainbow

15 Sep

I saw this really cool painting/art thing on pinterest.com the other day, and decided to give it a try.  It looked easy enough – a bunch of crayons glued to the top of a canvas (in rainbow order) and then melted so the colors are running down in a big drippy mess.  I had to try it!  I showed my kids a picture of it, and they were really excited to try it, too.

A friend of mine (who also happens to be a kindergarten teacher) made one of these on an old chalkboard, using an embossing gun for the heat.  It turned out great!  But as I had neither an old chalkboard nor an embossing gun (what is that, anyway??), I had to improvise.

It's already beautiful!

I bought a large piece of black foam board at Target and a 64-count box of Crayola crayons.  The kids helped me line all the crayons up in rainbow order the best we could.  (Initially, we took out all the browns and grays, but ended up adding them in at the end of the rainbow, to fill in the board a little better.)  The only color I didn’t use was black, since it wouldn’t show up on the black foam board.

Once all the crayons were laid out, I cut off the extra bit of board at the end, so the width of the board was exactly the same as the crayons.  Once my kids went to bed, I got out my hot-glue gun and got going.  I glued all 63 of those little suckers on there, and of course I faced them all neatly where the “Crayola” label was showing.

Ready for the sun

As I mentioned, I don’t have an embossing gun.  A hairdryer might have worked, but I decided to use something even more readily at my disposal – the blistering sun!  After a cool snap last week (the temperature got all the way down to the 90s, wow), our highs in North Texas have gone back up over 100 degrees.  Today was projected to hit 107!  So all I did was lean that board up against my fence – on top of an old sheet so it wouldn’t get the grass all yucky – and wait.

Getting drippy

It didn’t take long at all.  After about half an hour, the blues and purples had started dripping.  My son was with me, and we both felt like we were catching a rare glimpse of something magical!  Another hour or so later, and it was definitely done – maybe a little too done.  I think I probably should have brought it in sooner.  The crayon wrappers were mostly empty shells, and the hot glue on one of them even melted and it fell off the board!  (Like I said, it’s HOT here.)

After round one in the sun

But even if it’s not “perfect,” it’s really cool.  A beautiful, melted rainbow, that my kids and I made for about six bucks.  And now we have a beautiful piece of art that we can hang in the house!

And the most amazing part, according to my son, is that the white crayon didn’t melt at all.  Not a drip.  I tried to explain to him about light colors reflecting heat and dark colors absorbing it, but his 5-year-old eyes sort of glazed over.  But even if he didn’t understand it, he still thought it was cool.

After another round in the sun - blobby but really cool!

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First Saturdays at the Crow Collection

1 Jun

First Saturdays at the Crow Collection | 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
Join us each month for a free day of family fun at the Crow Collection! Enjoy performances, face painting, storytelling, art activities, and more.

NEW Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® Family Yoga at AdventureAsia | 11:00 AM

Children as young as 2 years old and their favorite adult can join certified yoga instructors for an engaging family yoga session with Yogiños: Yoga for Youth®.

The Crow Collection is located in Dallas at 2010 Flora Street (between Harwood & Olive).  For more information, click here.

Summer Fun for ASD Kids!

31 May

Summer scares me. With good reason.

Last summer ranks as one of the most difficult for Paige, my now-15-year-old daughter with autism.  She was restless, moody, and generally miserable.  As her mother, I was restless, moody, and generally miserable, too!  Our tough season had many benefits—not the least of which was that we pushed for her to qualify for Medicaid (which she did) and funds for respite care (another yes).  We also switched schools, one of the few decisions I’ve made as a mom that has no down sides.  It’s all good!  Seriously!!

If you’re dreading the summer with your special-needs kid, consider reaching out to your local Easter Seals or school district for a list of camps and activities in your area.  Your kid probably could do with a dose of stimulation—and you need the break.

Here’s one program I love!  The following is an email I received over the weekend from the Dallas Museum of Art.  (I think this is such a fabulous program; the folks there are fantastic.)

Summer Art Camp for Children with Autism at the DMA – reduced price and expanded age range!

Due to the high number of adults who are interested in helping with the camp, we have decided to expand the camp’s age range from ages 9-12 to ages 7-12 since each child will be able to have more personal attention.  The summer art camp is specifically designed for children on the Autism Spectrum.  Stacey Callaway, the autism specialist that we work with to develop Autism Awareness Family Celebrations, and I will co-teach the camp for children ages 7-12.  The camp is a four day camp and will explore works of art in the Museum’s collection, integrate multisensory experiences, and have a wide-range of materials in the studio for art-making.  We will have several specially-trained volunteers on hand to assist with the camp.

Camp description:

hands-on art for children with autism
ages 7-12
Interact with works of art in the galleries, engage in a variety of hands-on experiences, and explore art processes to create a masterpiece in the studio during this four-day camp designed specifically for children with autism spectrum disorders. Taught collaboratively with an autism specialist and Museum staff, this camp will offer various media experiences and will focus on themes in works of art from many cultures. Visual picture schedules will be used to integrate art, music, social interaction, sensory exploration, and movement.
Please note this is a four day camp.

Cost: Members was $140, now $100! Nonmembers was $152, now $112!
Monday–Thursday, June 20–23, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Teachers: Amanda Blake and Stacey Callaway

To register for this camp with the new price, please contact JC Bigornia at 214-922-1822 or JBigornia@DallasMuseumofArt.org
Website with general summer camp info (please note that the new price and age group is not listed in the brochure):
http://www.dm-art.org/Family/SummerCamps/index.htm

Also: the Dallas Museum of Art will be hosting a free event for children on the autism spectrum and their families on Saturday, June 18. The Center for Creative Connections in the Museum will open two hours early for families to enjoy the space and to participate in a variety of activities. (I’ve been to one of these and they are excellent!)

Pre-registration for the event is required. For more info, visit www.dm-art.org.

Jazz Under the Stars at the DMA

24 May

Thursdays, May 12–June 16, 2011, 8:00 p.m., Ross Avenue Plaza, Dallas Museum of Art, FREE

Summer nights sizzle with cool jazz under the stars. Bring a picnic and blanket or purchase food and beverages on-site. (*NO glass containers allowed.)

May 19:  UNT One O’Clock Lab Band

May 26:  Sharel Cassity Quintet

June 2:  Natural Change featuring Tony Blaine and Paul Rogers

June 9:  Tim Ries and The Rolling Stones Project

June 16:  Rosana Eckert

CityArts Fair Park Festival

24 May

From www.cityartsfestival.com:

Friday, May 27 through Sunday, May 29, 2011
Free & open to the public

Showcasing spectacular cultural, performing, visual and culinary arts, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will fill historic Fair Park with three days of art-loving, museum-visiting, chef-cooking, craft-making, film-watching, music-playing, fireworks-flying, water-dancing, full-blown family fun, Friday, May 27 – Sunday, May 29.

Free and open to the public, the event will boast a worldly array of festivities for families and art aficionados to enjoy Memorial Day weekend against the backdrop of Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture.

New this year – ARTFEST will return to its traditional outdoor setting over Memorial Day weekend, a Friday night flick al fresco debuts as the perfect date night destination and rooftop fireworks will rock the town Saturday night!

Thanks to Atmos Energy, Fair Park’s eight museums will offer free admission during the weekend (hours vary) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, The Women’s Museum, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Texas Museum of Automotive History, Texas Discovery Gardens, Museum of Nature & Science and Museum of the American Railroad.

Other highlights at CityArts Festival will include musical, dance and other performing arts acts on the main stage sponsored by MetroPCS; a children’s area sponsored by Prudential featuring more than 20 prominent arts organizations and nonprofits offering arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment; multi‐disciplinary demos and workshops; and a culinary area complete with demos and samplings by local chefs, plus beer, wine and liquor tastings.

And if that were not enough, you can watch Bellagio-style “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain, synchronized to music at the top of every hour from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; and 12 noon – 5 p.m. Sunday.

Late Nights at the DMA

19 May

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art

Friday, May 20
6:00 p.m.–midnight; admission $10; members are free

Join us for an evening of music, performances, tours, and family experiences celebrating the exhibition Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection. Enjoy special performances by Native Spirit Productions featuring Brian Hammill, the 2009 and 2011 Hoop Dance World Champion. Meet North American animals from the Dallas Zoo, and stay late for Showdown at the Space Bar and our After Hours Music Showcase featuring Seryn.

Click here for a complete schedule of events.

Yoginos: Yoga for Youth Family Yoga

16 May

Family Yoga in the Galleries at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Every Tuesday from 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM

$15 for public, $10 for Crow Collection members, FREE for Wellness members

Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® is an OHMazing™ trilingual children’s yoga program that weaves original music, games, stories, and sensory integrated activities to align, bodies, minds, hearts, and art both on and off the yoga mat! Children as young as 2 years old and their favorite adult can join certified yoga instructors for engaging parent and child yoga sessions in the galleries. Space is limited, mats are provided. For more information, call 214 979 6438.

The Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in Dallas at 2010 Flora Street (between Harwood & Olive).  For the website, click here.

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