Hopefully you and your family had a chance to explore a pumpkin patch and pick out some perfectly round, chunky pumpkins! Ah you did? Now the question is what to do with them? Luckily I’ve got you covered. Here are some fun ideas on what to do with your pumpkins.
Eat them! There are so many ways to enjoy your pumpkin: pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, and if you're looking for a healthier alternative with less sugar, try baking your pumpkin seeds!
Pumpkin recipes here:
Paint them! For those of you with younger children, this may be a better alternative for pumpkin carving to avoid the use of sharp objects. Pumpkin painting is fun and also challenging, painting on a round an uneven surface. This gives your child the opportunity to use his or her creative side, exploring new ways to use their artistic abilities.
Last but not least, pumpkin carving! Pumpkin carving is fun for all ages, but don’t forget to supervise your little one while he or she is working with sharp objects. Check out these ideas from Southern Living on different ways to carve your pumpkin. My personal favorite is #4, “Masterpiece mpkin” where a very talent artist recreated Van Gogh’s Starry Night in their pumpkin!
33 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Monet & Me
Written By: Bianca Morrison
This week, our young artists learned about one of the most famous artists of all time, Pablo Picasso. We focused on his iconic painting style, Cubism, where he utilizes various shapes in different sizes and colors to create one cohesive, but abstract image.
The students were able to use this style to create a beautiful heart! They showed off their artistic knowledge by painting the inside of the heart with warm colors, and the background with cool colors, creating a perfect contrast. They all came out so wonderfully!
It has been such an enjoyable 3 weeks of the session, we can’t believe it’s already halfway over!
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Written By: Megan O'Leary
If you’re looking to mix up your typical weeknight this week, look no further! Tomorrow is the beginning of October and also happens to be the first Thursday of the month, so head on down to First Thursday on South Congress.
First Thursday is a monthly event that takes place on South Congress Avenue (Barton Springs Road to Elizabeth Street) on the first Thursday of every month. It gives local artists and small business owners the opportunity to showcase their creativity and artwork. Shops along South Congress that usually close early stay open late (until about 10 pm), and some even give out free food and drinks.
So if you're looking for a fun family outing, complete with food trucks, shopping, and even live music, then First Thursday is the way to go!
Mark your calendars for this year’s annual Austin Museum Day on Sunday, September 20th! Take the family out for a day to enjoy the wonderful culture and art that Austin has to offer. Not to mention, it's free! Over 40 museums in Austin will open their doors from 10 AM - 5 PM.
Activities include tours, special exhibits, performances, demonstrations, food trucks, and more! For a full list of all of the participating museums and different events, visit www.austinmuseums.org. You can also download the Austin Museum Partnership mobile app for more information and updates.
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Don’t miss out on free admission to the Texas Memorial Museum this Sunday! This one-time only event is held in celebration of Austin Museum Day. Explore prehistoric archeological materials such as fossils, bones, and rocks with university scientists and experts from Central Texas. Don't forget to bring your sketchbook along, as you may become inspired!
During a trip to the Texas Memorial Museum, kiddos will not only be dazzled by the many different exhibits (including dinosaurs!), but also gain knowledge about rocks, minerals, and Texas wildlife.
Exhibits in the TMM include: The Great Hall, The Fishes of Texas, The Winged Wonders, and many more.
In the Great Hall exhibit, you will find never before seen specimens, such as the Quetzalcoatlus northropi, a flying reptile. In the Fishes of Texas exhibit, you can explore the diversity of Texas fishes through multimedia displays, underwater photographs, and an array of collected specimens. In the Winged Wonders exhibit you will see the beauty of wings and colors in insects and see how these group of animals found success through the gift of flight.
Can’t make it to the museum? No Problem. Head down to Zilker Park and see the collaborations between the Texas Memorial Museum and the Austin Parks and Recreation featuring the Dino Pit and Hartman Prehistoric Garden. The Dino Pit is an outdoor dig site where kids can dig for replicas of specimens from the Museum’s collections. Next you can visit the Hartman Prehistoric Garden, named one of the most beautiful gardens in Texas. The garden is home to ferns, cycads, and other ancient plants that are similar to those in the "land before time." In the garden you will also find a bronzed ornithomimid, a dinosaur similar to a modern day ostrich. So, don't miss out!
Monet & Me
Written By: Bianca Morrison
What an awesome first week of Monet and Me classes for the Fall semester! We had so much fun kicking off our after-school classes. It was great catching up with returning students and to meeting new ones!
This week our curriculum focused on the very famous European artist, Vincent Van Gogh. A legend for not only cutting off his ear, but for his painting style, Impressionism. His use of short, small brushstrokes are seen throughout his work. He is also known for using color to express his feelings. He painted with dark and cool colors when sad and bright, warm colors when happy.
The students recreated one of his most famous pieces, "Sunflowers," using watercolor and ink. They had a blast learning impressionist techniques while displaying their creativity their composition. The students did an amazing job making Van Gogh masterpieces as well as making new friends!
Stay tuned for more on after school curriculum. It's going to be an awesome semester!
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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss
Getting children to appreciate art is a much harder feat than handing them a paint brush and letting them go wild. Thankfully, ART on 5th has acquired a permanent display of the art of Dr. Seuss.
This provides a segue into appreciating things as opposed to directly taking part in them. The Dr. Seuss collection is an ideal way to get kids to appreciate art. Through the reading of some of Dr. Seuss’s most famous works, such as Green Eggs and Ham or The Cat in the Hat, children will already feel connected to his art.
With technology and fads changing at such a rapid pace, it’s difficult to keep up with the newest games and apps. Art is timeless and can forever be appreciated, no matter how old or new. Since 1937, Dr. Seuss has been creating children’s books that still hold a special place in our hearts, even as adults. This exhibit gives Mom, Dad and children a place to connect with each other through art!
ART on 5th hosts a cycle of art exhibits. So once your kids are hooked on art museums, it will be easy to find other exhibits to attend in order to continue growing their love and knowledge of art.
Monet and Me
Written by: Bianca Morrison
We had a blast teaching our second art series camp for the summer! Monet and Me artists were able to explore different Contemporary artists and even explored this art form by using a variety of materials! We can't wait for our next camp in August. Sign up your favorite artist today!
What do you see in this colorful painting? Monet and Me students had a great time working with their finger prints to create this abstracted piece inspired by Chuck Close. This Contemporary artist (who is still living and continues to work today) loved to create portraits that fool the viewer’s eye. So, it may seem like our fingerprint paintings only look like a bunch of dots on the page but, once you move further away from it, you can see a slight indication of a vase of flowers!
By using watercolor paints and oil pastels, this painting was inspired by one of our favorite Contemporary artists! Jasper Johns uses every day symbols such as targets, flags, and the alphabet to create his work known in the style of Pop Art. Monet and Me artists were used a variety of oil pastels to write out the alphabet and then switched to watercolors to paint over each letter resulting in a rainbow alphabet.
Not all critics were fans of this artist’s paintings in the beginning of his career when he was most famous during the Fauvism movement. But, when it came to the Contemporary art he created later in his life, audiences fell in love with Henri Matisse! Inspired by his colorful cutouts, Monet and Me artists re-envisioned his most famous creations to paint their very own Matisse-inspired shapes.
Known for her beautifully colored flowers on collage paper, Beatriz Milhazes is one of the most successful female artists today. This Contemporary hails from a small town in Brazil and uses her own culture to create artworks that represent her identity. Monet and Me artists recreated one of her most famous floral collage pieces and turned it into a creation of their own by using oil pastels and found materials.
Friedensreich Hundertwasser is known as one of the most famous Contemporary Austrian artists of his time. Using both geometric and organic shapes, this artist creates images of flowers and other natural settings to envision his own type of landscapes. Monet and Me artists had a blast learning about Hundertwasser and his bright colored paintings!
We had so much fun spending time with all of our talented artists last week in our very first summer art camp series!
In the Mini-Masters series, students learned about five artists and art styles through a mini art historical lesson and an art project that followed. The results were amazing and we are so proud of our Monet & Me artists!
Take a look at the artists we studied and the projects we created:
Winslow Homer, “The Fog Warning”, 1885
Influenced by scenes of the countryside and sailors on their ships in the oceans, Homer’s art style was part of the Naturalism movement. Using torn strips of paper colored in with watercolors, Monet & Me artists re-created this famous painting by showing the movement and waves of the ferocious water. Additionally, our artists designed their own sailboats that soar across the oceans by using construction paper and creating their very own designs.