Meet the Artisitter- Hannah B.

Hannah B.

Name: Hannah B.

Hometown: Shawnee, KS – A suburb in the Kansas City area.

How long have you lived in NYC? I moved to NYC in early October.

What is your favorite children’s book? Without a doubt, “The Best Loved Doll” by Rebecca Caudill.

What is your artistic focus? Musical Theatre!

What is your go to activity/craft? I love to make up stories. It’s fun to be playing with a toy that a child has had for a long time, and then ask all about the adventures it might have had. Before you know it, this toy has relatives, best friends, and has saved the world two times over!

What is your favorite food to serve the kids? I love a good PB&J – It’s a classic, and kids always have fun helping make it.

What is your fondest childhood memory? Growing up, my parents had a core group of friends that all got together a couple times a month. So, I have magical memories of these fairly large gatherings with homes full of people I love talking, laughing, and making music together.

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I was an incredibly shy, and fairly serious child. That being said, when I was in the fourth grade my family went to see a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamboat.” During the opening number, I saw that there were kids on stage and apparently, I leaned into my mom and said “I want to do that. I don’t need a friend to do it with, I’ll do it by myself.” Needless to say, I was signed up for a theater summer camp before intermission was over.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like? That’s a tricky question. Right now I’ll go with the fact that everyone I love is healthy and happy, and I’m in pursuing something that I love to do – dreams come true every day!

Meet the Artisitter- Talia M.

Talia M.

Name: Talia M.

Hometown: Lancaster, PA

How long have you lived in NYC? 1 year

What is your favorite children’s book? Is Your Mama A Llama?

What is your artistic focus? Drawing and Painting

What is your go to activity/craft? Reading books!

What is your favorite food to serve the kids? Grilled cheese with broccoli.

What is your fondest childhood memory? One of my favorite things to do as a
kid was draw characters from my favorite books on the driveway and side
walk.

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist? I have always loved
making art and knew I could never be happy doing anything else.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like? I would
have a job that allowed me to travel the world making art and experiencing
new cultures and people.

Family Events-NY

LISA-LOEB-Photo-credit-Juan-Patino-2015

BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

“In our annual children’s concert, Lisa Loeb will bring us an afternoon of fun-loving, sing-along-able numbers, joined by the Brooklyn-based orchestra The Knights.”

When:Saturday, Jun 17, 2017

Where: Prospect Park Bandshell
9th Street & Prospect Park West
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Time: 2:00PM GATES / 3:00PM SHOW

Admission: FREE

Click the link to learn more! http://bit.ly/2s93zKQ

Meet the Artisitter-Sara S.

Name: Sara S.

Hometown:
Cooper City, FL

How long have you lived in NYC/CHI/DC?
9 months

What is your favorite children’s book?
The Giving Tree

What is your artistic focus?
Graphic illustration and design

What is your go to activity/craft?
Play dough is my go to activity, or coloring. Sometimes if there’s a favorite movie/show/book that the kids want to watch or read we’ll look at it while making the characters out of Play dough or drawing pictures of them.

What is your favorite food to serve the kids?
I like making PB&J sandwiches together or pancakes with fun stuff in them like blueberries or chocolate chips.

What is your fondest childhood memory?
Going on family trips to Poland to my uncle’s house in the country and exploring the land with my little sister and picking fruit off trees and playing with cats in the grass

When did you know that you wanted to be an artist?
For a long time I had no idea what I wanted to be at all, but I always enjoyed making things with my hands and playing with color and shapes and started seeing that as a sign of what I wanted to do with my life when I was finishing highschool.

If your dreams were to come true today, what would that look like?
I have a large studio space where I am free to experiment with any kind of material I want while also having time to design and publish some kind of magazine or monthly publication of drawings and stories. And people pay me for my Play dough creations. I would also love to write and illustrate a children’s book someday.

Flying Dinosaurs

Dr. Mark Norell, curator and chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Paleontology Division, has curated a thrilling new exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs that’s on display now! Because Pterosaur bones are so light, few fossils remain, making prehistoric flight an exciting, mysterious field. For kids who are aspiring paleontologists, this will be an exciting look at how fossils form and what their evidence can tell us. This is bound to inspire some great art projects, too! Try drawing your favorite flightless animal as a flying animal: will it have to be lighter? Longer? smaller? The possibilities are endless!

All Packed for Spring Break?

With Spring Break on the horizon, we’re all ready to put away our winter coats and get out of town! Call us crazy, but packing becomes a little more challenging when you’re traveling with kids. It’s very easy to grab your baby’s blankie and forget  your phone charger, and we’ve all done it…some of us more than once! Minitime, a fabulous resource for traveling with kids, put together some great packing lists that will help make sure your trip goes swimmingly! Click here (http://www.minitime.com/trip-tips/packing-lists) for more information.

These are a great jumping off point, but we definitely encourage you to make your own! If your kids are old enough, having a checklist can make packing fun for them. Ask them to consider what they’ll need on a trip versus what can stay home.  It’ll be good to leave video games behind for a few days!

Art-chitecture by Federico Babina!

We’ve been obsessing about the Archist City collection of artist Federico Babina here at the Sitters Studio office. He has been exploring what the world might look like if Dalí, Warhol, Lichtenstein and other famous artists had designed buildings. You can explore his collection at http://federicobabina.com/ARCHIST. Even if you won’t be living in the Gerhard Richter building, these may inspire you and your kids to think about how an artist’s style could be translated into any number of things. How would your son or daughter draw a horse like Picasso, or a car like Matisse? The possibilities are endless!

Beethoven, Live and In Person!

Believe it or not, Ludwig von Beethoven “himself” will be appearing  in concert this Sunday, March 16th, to help a young pianist play his music as he meant for it to be played! Courtesy of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, this concert is geared specifically toward helping little ones fall in love with music.  Be sure to arrive by 1:00pm to enjoy the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo in the Alice Tully Hall lobby! Kids will have a chance to interact with instruments of all kinds, and a lifelong love of making music could start with a single note!

Click here for more details.

American Modern at MOMA

The Museum of Modern Art is hosting a special exhibition titled American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe now through January 26th. If you have any interest in modern American painting, or want to introduce your children to the wonders of this period, we highly recommend visiting.

In addition to Hopper and O’Keefe, the exhibition includes works from George Ault, Joseph Stella, Walker Evans, and many more. At left is Georgia O’Keefe’s Train at Night in the Desert.

Enjoy!

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