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Homeschool Art Session at Kidz Art in Apex

479231_83984735KidzArt
100 West Chatham St
Apex, NC 27502
919-274-0030

Homeschool Session
Wednesdays
September 11, 2013 – October 30, 2013
1:00pm – 1:45pm (ages 5 and 6) $64 for 8 weeks
2:00pm – 3:00pm (ages 7+) $80 for 8weeks

Tuition is 67% off regular KidzArt prices. All supplies are included.  Classes sizes are limited.  Register online here.

KidzArt programs put a strong emphasis on creating the right classroom environment. Individual performance is greatly enhanced by a sense of safety and well-being. When students are in a safe and nurturing environment, they will thrive and creativity will flourish. KidzArt classes provide:

- a nurturing, non competitive environment
- easy-to-learn drawing techniques that bring ideas to life
- introduction to contemporary and visual art that sets the stage for a lifelong appreciation of the visual art
- age appropriate, safe, professional-level art supplies that easily adapt to tools of self- expression
- creative activities that promote problem solving
- focusing exercises that enhance learning
- a recognition of individual style that is welcomed and celebrated

July 2013 at the NC Museum of Art

North Carolina Museum of ArtNC Art Museum
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-839-6262

You can read about our recent experience attending the Drop-In Studio and Summer Family Film here.

Drop-In Studio
Wednesday, July 10, 17, 24, & 31
12:00pm
Free

Join us for a little hands-on art making time with the kids.

Summer Family Films
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 (Inspired by Nature)
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (Action Adventures)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (The World According to Me)
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 (Exploration) (Ages 8+)
1:00pm
Ages 5+ (Under 12 Must be Accompanied by an Adult)

Free (Ticket from Box Office Required)

This series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films, with themes changing weekly. Viewing time approximately 1 hour.

Family Fun Saturdays
Saturday, July 13, 2013 (Portraits in Your Pocket)
Saturday, July 27, 2013 (Shades and Shadows)
10:00am and 1:00pm
Ages 5 – 11
$3 Members/$5 Nonmembers

Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. Kids and adults delight in exploring the Museum’s collection, creating projects together, and discovering one another’s creativity. A different theme each time means there’s always something new to explore. Register online, by calling (919) 715-5923, or in person at the Museum Box Office.

Summer Movies – Cars
Friday, July 26, 2013
9:00pm
All Ages
$5 (Free for Members)

Open-air cinema has been a popular NCMA tradition for over 20 years. Our summer series features recent Oscar winners, family favorites, and timeless classics. Occasionally we program special Music/Movie Combos that combine a live performance with a film screening.

Gates open 90 minutes before screenings, and patrons often arrive early to enjoy a picnic with family and friends. Movie concessions are available for purchase, and beer and wine are sold before and during most shows.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Museum Box Office in East Building, by calling (919) 715-5923, or online.

Weekend Family Tours
Saturdays and Sundays
10:30 am
Ages 5 – 10
Free

Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries. Each free tour lasts 30 minutes and is designed for kids age 5 to 10 and their adult companions. Themes change monthly, so be sure to visit often. Meet at the West Building Information Desk. No reservations are necessary, but space is limited.

Please confirm events with the venue before attending.

 

 

 

Summer 2013 Wednesday Family Programs at NCMA

What a fabulous day!

We thought it was going to be rainy, so we planned to skip our homeschool group park day and check out the family programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art instead.  So glad that we did.

First, we stopped by the Drop-In Studio for a little craft time.  Our littlest homeschooler was most excited about this part of the plan.  She LOVES “to art” and usually spends a good portion of her day “arting”.  We do a lot of crafting at home and it was extremely nice to spend some craft time together that I didn’t plan, prep or clean up!  We sat at a spacious table set up with materials, tools, instructions and examples so it was completely easy to understand.  Today the project was a sun catcher and they turned out super cute.

NCMA Craft

NCMA Suncatcher

After crafting, we headed to the auditorium to catch the Family Film that afternoon.  Today it was a series of short films about creativity and color.  Each child was given a program as we entered which made them feel pretty important.  They asked me to read them the film descriptions and were sure to keep tabs on what was coming up next.   All of the films kept their interest and had a positive message.

NCMA Program

Since the weather ended up being absolutely beautiful today, we spent our entire afternoon enjoying the rest of the museum.  The little water fountains outside the entrance are always a hit and the gravel turned out to be quite entertaining as well today.  (You know how it goes right…take them to a fancy art museum and they want to play with the water and rocks outside.)

NCMA FountainWe did make it into the West Building for a bit to check out some of the fancy art.  Our homeschool dude was fascinated by the Ancient Egyptian collection and just could not believe that everything was “real”.  He was also quite impressed that some of the paintings we saw were over 400 years old.  I think he may actually finally understand why we can’t run, jump or touch things in an art museum….there are really, really old things and yes, they are all “real”.  Homeschool dudette, not so much.  She spent most of her time trying to do everything I asked her not to do, over and over and over again.

After safely making it outside again, it was definitely time to run and jump and touch!  There was a lot of time spent rolling down the huge grassy hill and we always have to visit the sculpture of the giant legs.  I do enjoy the art inside, but the Museum Park is my favorite.  Every time we visit, we find something new and it is always relaxing.

Hill

If you want to head out on a Wednesday this summer, remember these programs. The Drop-In Studio and Family Films are scheduled all summer long every Wednesday.  If it’s hot or rainy, you can stay inside and be dry, cool and entertained.  Or if it ends up being beautiful, you can stay all day like us.  And I didn’t even mention – it’s completely free and there is no registration required!  Sweet, right?

Wondering what our little ones though about the day?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the Art Dog movie the best.  The Egyptian writing was cool.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”I liked all of the movies.  The painting with the ladies was pretty.”

The Details:
NCMA
2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC
919-839-NCMA
All Ages (Films are listed as 5+, but siblings seemed very welcome.  Check out the film schedule before you go to see if it will be age appropriate.)
Free (Stop by the Box Office for your ticket.)

 

 

Dinosaurs in Motion at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Dinos In Motion
Have you heard about Dinosaurs in Motion?  It’s the newest special exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh and it’s pretty cool!

Earlier this week, we went on a field trip with our homeschool group to the museum to check out the new dinos.  There are 14 life-sized metal sculptures created by a North Carolina sculptor and visitors can control them with remotes or lever-and-pulley systems.  My little ones find dinos fascinating so this was right up their alley and I knew they would just love the remote controls.  I was more interested in checking out the art aspect of it all and it was pretty amazing.

We purchased tickets as a group so we were able to get a discounted price, but even at regular ticket price, this exhibit is definitely worth checking out.  Everyone in our group really enjoyed it and had a fabulous time.

You can check out some cool pictures of the sculptures here.

Tickets are available online here.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase group rate tickets at the Box Office.  This exhibit will be at our museum until September, 8, 2013.

Wondering what our little ones thought about it?
Homeschool Dude Says:  ”It was cool.  I loved moving them with the remotes.  My favorite was the swimming one.”
Homeschool Dudette Says:  ”That was fun.  I liked the one with the horn on his head.”

 

Summer Camps 2013 at Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Sarah P Duke GardensSarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson St.
Duke University, Durham, NC 27705
919-668-1707

Nature Adventures Camp
Monday, June 17- Friday, June 21: Nature Adventures (K-2); Become a Gardener (K-5)
Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28: Eco Artists
Monday, July 8 – Friday, June 12: Become a Gardener
Monday, July 15 – Friday, June 19: Nature Adventures
Monday, July 22 – Friday, June 26: Eco Artists
Monday, July 29 – Friday, Aug. 2: Nature Adventures

9:00am – 1:00pm
Ages K – 5th
$175/Week; $150 Each Sibling
($100/Child/Week Deposit to Reserve Spot with Balance Due 2 Weeks Before Camp)

Nature Adventures:
Prowl your way around the Gardens to discover animal habitats, learn how clever plants can be, and become a scientist for a week of nature adventures!

Become a Gardener:
Plant and harvest fruits and vegetables in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Learn how soil is made and play with chickens as you discover how food gets to your plate.

Eco Artists:
Get inspired by the shapes, colors, and patterns of nature! Explore the Gardens through art as you sharpen your creativity and observation skills.