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Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Character Evolution #myCMAStudio Challenge

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” —Booker T. Washington

Take a moment to learn a little about the accomplishments of the educator Booker T Washington and the artist Martin Puryear. 

Create a character evolution collage of your own that illustrates the steps you’ve taken in your life to get where you are today.  What are you proud of in your life?  What things would you like to do as you get older?  Use magazines, patterned paper, or old paperwork to help tell your story.  Feel free to include the names, dates, events, and actions, or your ladder can be abstract, with symbols that represent the obstacles you have overcome. 

Describe the ladder that Puryear created for Washington. 

How wide? How long? What type of lines? 

How has the artist made us think that the ladder is longer than it really is? 

How is this ladder different from most ladders? 

Why would this ladder be difficult to climb? 

Think of some words or activities that come to mind when you think of ladders. Ladders can be symbolic. For example, ladders support phrases like “climb to success” and “getting to the top.” Speculate about how a ladder could be a metaphor for someone’s climb to success. 

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio. 

Sometimes, when I feel like I am beginning to unravel, I think about my own accomplishments, and what kind of steps I took to get where I am today.  This helps me get focused on the future. Thumbnail sketches of my paintings over the years provided the steps for my ladder. Created by artist, and Whitehall-Yearling High School art teacher, Mindy Staley.

#myCMAstudio is a digital version of our drop-in program, Open Studio. Which is currently unavailable to the public due to Covid-19, and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. Pick up a Studio in a Box with all the supplies and materials needed to aid you in our weekly challenges or allow our CMA educators to guide kids Pre-K – 8th grade in an online Weekly Studio Meet-up

 

Studio in a Box

Need an idea at home to keep children of all ages engaged?

CMA has packed up all the materials you need to stay engaged with creativity all in one package.

Studio in a Box offers all the basics to keep you creating and making with supplies shipped right to your home. Need a dose of inspiration? Check out our #myCMAstudio challenges for a weekly dose of creativity or use the materials with kids as part of our Weekly Studio Meet-Up. Your support of Studio in a Box helps sustain additional virtual CMA programming.

Your Studio in a Box will include: a blank journal, watercolors, crayons, sharpie marker, glue stick, cardstock, pencil and sharpener with assorted postcards, stickers and lots of extra arts and craft supplies.

Tag your Studio in a Box creations at #myCMAstudio on your favorite social media.

Studio in a Box

–Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop-in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when in-person events resume.

Silhouettes  #MyCMAStudio Challenge

MyCMAStudio Silhouettes

We are exploring an updated version of paper silhouettes this week in our CMA Studio Challenge. 

Most likely you created a traditional outline of your facial profile which was traced against a dark piece of paper. You would then cut out the silhouette and then glue it to a contrasting background. 

For this challenge we encourage you to think outside the box on how you can enhance your silhouette.  Are there creative elements you can add that would speak to your individuality? Can you create a three-dimensional profile? What would a digital silhouette using your phone’s camera look like? What features do you notice first when completed? Do you view yourself differently? Does your silhouette represent your identity?

We encourage you to use materials and mediums that speak to you, be it sketching, collage, painting or photography. Get scrappy with items you can find in your home recycling bin or junk drawers. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio.  

Stay creative and look for more creative challenges online using #myCMAatHome.

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated. 

-Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop-in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public.

 

Togetherness  #MyCMAStudio Challenge

Museum Week is a celebration of cultural organizations around the world and today’s theme of Togetherness is one we are excited to embrace. 

Since the closing of our physical doors, we knew the value of creating experiences together as a community and went to work with #myCMAStudio challenges, a virtual adaption of our Open Studio and Thinking Workshops. 

Our monthly themes are meant to inspire thinking and making and are not rules for how to do anything. The projects you create depend upon what you have in your home, in your recycling bins, and in your brain to adapt the making according to your own ideas and materials!

With a little over a month and a half of challenges under our belt, we wanted to share the creations received from followers, staff and the creative community of CMA. 

We will get through this together!

Find a CMA Studio Challenge that speaks to you and thanks to everyone who has participated.

COSI Science Festival #MyCMAStudio Challenge

Columbus Museum of Art is excited to partner on COSI’s second annual Science Festival, which has moved virtually for health and public safety concerns. 

These creative prompts are going to be a bit more challenging than our weekly Studio themes and may require securing materials ahead of time. With some planning and prepping you can play along at home when you have an afternoon or day to engage with the whole family. 

#COSISciFest

DIY Chalk Paint:

Supplies:
Cups or bowls
Measuring cups
Spoons or a stir stick
Corn Starch 
Food coloring
Water
Paint brush or use those digits for finger painting
Containers with lids if you wish to save paint for a later use

The Recipe: 
1 cup of Corn Starch
1 cup of water
Mix together until smooth

Divide the mixture into additional bowls in equal parts. 
Add food coloring into each new batch according to the color saturation you desire Play with mixing primary colors (red, blue and yellow) together to make new colors. 

The Making

Find a sidewalk and start decorating. 
For an extra challenge bring out tape to create a grid pattern and color in the open space. Remove the tape to show a finished design. 

Paint Pendulum

Supplies:

DIY Chalk Recipe or water down acrylic/tempera paint
Paper Cup or a bowl or a plastic cup that is easy to pierce
Yarn, twine or a piece of rope
Tape
Hole punch or a sharp pencil to create holes in your cup. 
2 chairs with an open back or create a tripod out of branches
A broom or long stick
Plastic tarp or trash bag (if you working inside)
A canvas to paint on the sidewalk works or a sheet of paper

How to build the Pendulum

Step 1:

Pierce two holes in your cup near the top using your hole punch or pencil. Use caution if using a sharp edge of a pencil. Place one hole in the bottom of the cup in the middle. Cover the hole in the bottom of the cup with a piece of tape. 

Step 2: 

If you are working inside, place down a tarp or floor covering first. 

Set your chairs up so the backs of chairs are facing each other. If you were seated imagine that you are sitting  back to back against a friend so the backs of your heads were touching. Place the chairs 3-4 feet apart . Place the broom or branch so that it’s resting on the seats or the backs of the chair. 

Step 3: 

Measure the distance of the top of the broom to the floor and double that measurement. So if it’s 10 inches measure your rope to 20 inches. Cut rope or twine to that length. 
Place the string through one of the holes you made into the side of the rope. Then while working inside the cup place it through the internal side of the cup. 
You should now have two long strands of rope coming out the sides of your cup. 
Secure the remaining string to the top of the broom, this is called the Frictionless Pivot. 
Allow the cup to hang free of movement, this is called the Equilibrium Position. 
Pull the string gently so that it can start and watch the movement of the cup. Can you adjust the rope length by shorting the cup? How does this affect the movement of the pendulum?

Your cup should now swing (oscillate) back and forth like a pendulum. Swing the cup around and watch how it swings. This is the act of converting energy back and forth or periodic motion. 

Step 4:

Now that you’ve studied the movement of a pendulum it’s time to get messy! 

Again, make sure you have a tarp or garbage bags placed down under your pendulum to help keep your workspace clean. Place down your paper directly underneath the cup or use the sidewalk as your canvas. Add your DIY chalk paint or paint of choice into the cup. Making certain that it’s been watered down. Gently pull back the string while being ready to remove the tape you placed on the bottom of the cup. Allow the rope to swing freely and watch the color patterns of the paint as the pendulum swings. Continue to add more paint colors and swing the pendulum in different directions. 

Share your COSI creations with us at #myCMAstudio and #COSISciFest.

-Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop- in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public.

 

 

Connections #myCMAStudio Challenge

MyCMAStudio Weird Bodies

Another month of creative challenges are coming to keep you engaged and inspired at home. 

The CMA Studio shares with you a monthly theme for you to use as a motivator for those needing a little creative push. For the month of May we help you explore all things anatomical, both real and imagined through the BIG IDEA of Weird Bodies/Weird Science.

This week we are encouraging you to rethink shapes and forms, and see how these objects can connect together. 

We made use of  items we had at our disposal: magazines, glue sticks and sheets of paper to splice together new figures. What strange new creatures and odd adaptations can you craft? How are these creations connected to one another? How are these creations different? 

We encourage you to use materials and mediums that speak to you, be it sketching, collage, painting or photography. Get scrapy with items you can find in your home recycling bin or junk drawers. Share your creations on social media by tagging #myCMAstudio.  

Stay creative and look for more creative challenges while we bring you #myCMAatHome.

Image credit to Jen Lehe CMA’s Manager of Strategic Partnerships

 

-Megan Green brings more than a decade of creative entrepreneurship into her role at CMA as the Manager of Studio of Initiatives. She’s shared her passion for supporting artists through her direction at Craftin’ Outlaws and Midwest Craft Con.

Open Studio is a drop- in program hosted on Saturdays and part of CMA’s JPMorgan Chase Center for Creativity Studio to explore ideas, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. We look forward to inviting you back to Open Studio and other CMA experiences when we reopen to the public