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Art On The Go!

The Rockwell believes that making and experiencing art transforms our quality of life! While many of the family-friendly stations at the Museum are currently not available as a health and safety precaution, we’re pleased to introduce no-touch activities and Art On The Go Kits, bringing Rockwell family programming into your home.

Art On The Go Take-Home Kits

These kits can be picked up in The Museum Store! Each project, recommended for ages 5-12, connects to works in The Rockwell’s collections and exhibitions and is accompanied with easy-to-follow instructions. Please note: Some kits have small parts.

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Embroidery Inspired by Our Environment with artist Becky McNeill

The kit is available in the Museum Store, free of charge, starting March 22, 2021 while supplies last.

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Make your own mini rug inspired by the Diné (Navajo) textiles in The Rockwell Museum’s collection. Take a walk outside and look around your environment. What living and non-living things do you see in the natural world? Learn basic embroidery skills and sewing vocabulary to create a simple one-of-a-kind weaving with designs from nature. All necessary materials are included!

Becky McNeill Artist Bio

Becky McNeill is a quilt artist who lives and works in Corning, NY. She learned to quilt when she was just a little girl in Indiana. She started by using traditional patterns to make big quilts that you would normally use on a bed or to cuddle on the couch. She figured out pretty quickly that she didn’t like making big quilts, and she especially didn’t like following other people’s patterns. She started making quilts that were designed specifically to be art that you would hang on your wall. She created those quilts using a process called, “improvisational design,” which means that she made up the pattern as she went along.

Her art quilts usually tell a story that is important to her. Sometimes they make you want to take better care of the environment or be kinder to the people in your community, or sometimes they share something about her family. The quilts she has made have been shown in galleries and exhibitions all around New York and the whole country. They have also been in lots of quilting magazines. You can see them at the Finger Lakes Unique on Market Street in Corning or sometimes you can also see them at The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes on Market Street or other special events in and around Corning.

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Line & Arc Mobiles inspired by Elaine K. Ng

This kit is available in The Museum Store, free of charge, starting February 12, 2021 while supplies last.

Make a fun glow-in-the-dark mobile inspired by The Rockwell Museum’s ANTIGRAVITY installation. On your way in to pick up your kit, stop in the entryway and look up! You’ll see Elaine K. Ng’s 2020 installation, a circle, a line, an arc. Ng used shapes and lines to create a hanging artwork, and you’ll do the same with the materials in this kit. This kit is great for kids ages 5-12, but anyone under 8 will benefit from the help of a caregiver or older sibling.

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Exploring Art with Your Mind and Senses

This kit is available at the Museum front desk for $5.00 each starting December 4th while supplies last. Kits include a S.A.F.E. box, a sensory materials bag and a painting project. 

The Rockwell Museum and CareFirst educators explore American landscape paintings in the Rockwell Collection and provide ways to use your senses to imagine what you might see, smell, touch and hear. Watch the video and follow along with your kit.

The virtual activity starts with a meditative breathing exercise that acknowledges how stressful the past several months have been. Learn about the S.A.F.E box (Sensing All Feelings and Emotions) and what you can fill it with. Explore a painted landscape scene using your senses. Then, create your own fantasy landscape using your imagination and mixed-media materials. Exploring Art with Your Mind and Senses is a fun way to connect with artwork and think about how it makes you feel.

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This project is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, which is administered by The ARTS Council.


Sugar Skulls & Paper Flowers

These kits can be picked up in The Museum Store for just $5 (starting October 20, while supplies last)!

Each project bag includes all the materials and instructions you need to decorate a sugar skull, and make your own paper flowers. Thank you to Dinorah Peters and Gloria Harris for their support on this project.

CLICK FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER FLOWER

CLICK FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO DECORATE SUGAR SKULLS


Native American Rattle

The materials to create this project are available for free in The Museum Store starting October 9, 2020 – while supplies last.

RATTLE INSTRUCTIONS & INFORMATION

Did you know that drums and rattles are the most common instruments used in Native American music? Rattles have been used throughout the world to help keep rhythm during tribal dances and ceremonies. Native American rattles date back to historic times. They were the perfect accompaniment to Native American ceremonies, which often included dancing. The rhythm the rattle helps keep during the dance is unforgettable – something that resonates to the very soul, helping make the ceremony a spiritual experience.

Take your rattle home, sit quietly alone or with friends and shake it! The music will help you clear your mind and open a doorway to a different emotional place.


Slime Squish Bag 

Pick up this free Art Kit every day starting September 9, or at Urban Arts Crawl: Artists’ Trunk Show + Family Event, 5 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 18. First come, first served! 

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The Slime Squish project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.

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Letter Pinwheels with Amanda Warren

Pick up this Art Kit starting August 25 – first come, first served! No admission necessary to pick up an Art Kit.

The pinwheels project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.
Directions for Letter Pinwheels


Coil Pottery with Filomena Jack

Pick up this Art Kit starting August 11 – first come, first served! No admission necessary to grab an Art Kit.

The Coil Pottery project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.
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Collage Map of My Community with Shannah Warwick

Pick up this Art Kit starting July 28 at The Rockwell Museum – first come, first served!

The Collage Map of My Community project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.
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Beaded Flower Wand with Filomena Jack

Pick up this Art Kit starting July 15 at The Rockwell Museum – first come, first served!

The Beaded Flower Wand project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.
Click Here for Project Directions and Materials Supply List.


Woven Tree of Life with Shannah Warwick

Pick up this Art Kit starting July 2 at The Rockwell Museum – first come, first served!

The Woven Tree of Life project can also be completed with simple materials found around your house, or purchased at a local store.

Click Here for Project Directions and Materials Supply List.


Adventure Zines with Filomena Jack

Complete this art project with simple materials found around your house!

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A System of Change with Shannah Warwick

Complete this art project with simple materials found around your house!

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No-Touch Art Activities

Unfreeze the Frame by Heather van der Grinten is a new way to understand a museum collection. These videos helps young people better embody their own interpretation of artwork. Unfreeze the Frame explores the relationship between seeing and moving. Try this out next time you’re in an art museum! Remember that keeping the art safe is the most important part of unfreezing the frame.
 

 
 

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