BEE the Change

970172_10151941566901324_7809360038521488933_nIn honor of Earth Week, ACA teamed up with Arlington’s Whole Foods to talk about the health of our earth, natural processes, like pollination and how we can help.  Together, we came up with the art installation, Bee the Change, which is on view at the Arlington Whole Foods on Mass Ave.



During our week long Vacation Arts Camp in April, our team of campers and staff made bees from recycled materials.  We used paper tubes, posters and old advertisements donated by Whole Foods.  We also reused their banners and painted signs to to display in the store.



IMG_2606All totaled, our campers made over 150 bees of all sizes and designs. Different age groups of kids contributed different aspects of the project, from cutting out the wings to drawing the faces.   The project was overseen and organized by our Counselors in Training, who helped install the artwork at Whole Foods.

The result is a beautiful swarm of friendly bees hanging over the café at the Mass Ave Whole Foods!  Be sure to check them out next time you are in the area!

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Your child can be an “Art Explorer”

An Art Explorers student with his self portrait in the Gibbs Gallery

Can’t decide between drawing or sculpture class? Does your child love all kinds of art making? Try Art Explorers! We explore many different kinds of art techniques including painting, drawing, clay and lots more.

Taught by the popular and imaginative Pam Shanley, kids will learn basic art concepts like texture, line, color and shape while creating fun and stimulating projects based on topics that make them think.

Each week, the Art Explorers visit ACA’s Gibbs Gallery downstairs, to see what’s on display.  Drawing inspiration from what we see and learn in the gallery, we return to our classroom to make art of our own.

Art Explorers with Pam Shanley
8 Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:30pm
September 27-November 11, 2012
$180 (ACA members) $195 (nonmembers)
Register online or call (781) 648-6220

Self portrait projects, Art Explorers in the Gallery showing off their completed work

Art Explorers project – full body masks!

Outside/Inside Boston Buildings

Outside/Inside Boston Buildings
first in a series peeking inside the classrooms to see our young artists at work!

“Urban Adventures” was our theme during week #1 of summer vacation arts 2010.  Kids in Kaetlyn Wilcox’s groups created fold-out “outside/inside” posters using detailed drawing and paper cutting.

Their projects are fold-out architectural masterpieces!

Kaetlyn says: “The purpose of this project was for the kids to think about the form and function of specific city landmarks through careful observation.  We also dabbled in a little bit of perspective.  The kids looked at photographs of familiar Boston buildings and thought about the proportions, shapes and details that give a specific building its character.  They also learned about the function of their chosen buildings.  Finally, the kids created detailed, wild and crazy imagined interiors for their buildings.”
Here’s just one great example…


for more scenes from our “Urban Adventures” week, check out our slideshow, here: