Artivity App is Here!

Hooray, we've got some great news! 

We created an App that makes viewing art in any museum, gallery, or show so much fun for young children. 

We know it's hard to visit art museums with young kids sometimes. ARTIVITY provides parents with simple prompts to encourage deeper looking and spark conversations.

Here at Mismatched Socks we believe that looking, thinking, and talking about art is simply the best! We want to make it easy for adults (parents, caregivers, grandparents, older siblings) to talk to kids about art. You don’t have to be an artist or an art historian in order to help your child enjoy viewing art.

Download the Free App before your next visit to a museum! Send us your thoughts and suggestions, we want to hear it all. The ARTIVITY App is in its beta stage, we’ll keep improving and growing with your feedback.

Visiting Museums with Toddlers!

Toddler are wonderful companions for museum explorations! 
Here are a few tips to help make your visit a successful one. 

Check the museum site for stroller rules before you go. 
Bring a snack! 
Don't try to see everything, pick a small area or a few artworks to focus on. 

While exploring art focus on finding recognizable images, patterns, and colors. Remember, be silly and imagination never fails! 

Here are a few prompts to get you looking, thinking and talking about art with your toddler. 

  • Tell a story about an artwork
  • Look for triangles 
  • Find an artwork that is funny. How so?
  • Find animals
  • Look for lines: long, short, thin, fat, straight, curvy. Trace them with your finger in the air
  • Think about what characters in artworks are saying or thinking 
  • Stand like someone in an artwork or a sculpture
  • Find a rainbow – find each color as you walk through the art space
  • Whats the most beautiful artwork? why?
  • Find an artwork that makes you happy, talk about it
  • Find an artwork that is sad, how so?
  • How many circles can you count in a single artwork? Can you find a piece with no circles

Traveling around Asia

We took a gander through Asia this summer, visiting Hong Kong, Bangkok, and Seoul. There is so much fantastic contemporary art everywhere! Here are some of the highlights. 

First, check out this adorable museum rules poster found at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea. 

 

Here are some highlights from the Queens Gallery in Bangkok: 

1st image -detail. artist unknown (forgot to write down )
2nd image- Queens Gallery in Bangkok detail; Seagdow Teasan;  Countryside
3rd Image- Queens Gallery in Bangkok detail - Attapon Chaichana, Street Man 2
4th Image- Seoul, MMCA, collection

1st image- Hong Kong Street Art
2nd Image - Queens Gallery, Bangkok; Kodsoung Eangubon; Selfishness 2
3rd Image- Queen's Gallery, Bangkok; Phrutthinun Dumnim; Body

Saw this geniusness  Yellow Scream by Kim Beom.  

And loved this work by Leandro Erlich.  What an artist! 

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New York Subway Art

In New York Museums are museums, parks are museums, even subway stations are museums.  Next time you are on the train with the kids, take a look around and spend a few minutes appreciating the art work underground.  

Here are a few of the best stations with our favorite art: 

 

Life Underground by Tom Otterness at the 14th street station on the A C E. Love these quirky bronze creatures hanging around the station. 

 

 

All the hats at the 23rd st station on the N R pays homage to the Flatiron's History as the center of fashion. 

 

 

 

 

Titled "The Way Out" this Alice in Wonderland mosaic can be found at the : The Way Out ny Liliana Porter at 50th Street station on the 1 and 2.  

 

 

For a full list of MTA subway stations and art look at the MTA Subway Art Guide.

Visiting a museum with kids of all ages

It's never too early to make a habit of enjoying art with your children! 

Here is our quick guide to visiting museums or art spaces with children of all ages. 

 

Before you go:

Check the museum site for children policies and stroller rules. Unfortunately not all museums are kid friendly. Find out what the museum offers for families and children. Many museums have child oriented tours, classes and activities scheduled throughout the day. Museums often have kids activity pack or games to play while looking around in the galleries.
Grab a notebook and a pencil (but not pen or markers). Most museums allow sketching in the galleries.
Grab a snack with you. You don’t want hunger to get in the way.

 

Art with Babies

While looking at art, talk to your little one about what you see, what you are thinking.  Even if they can’t “enjoy” the art, they will enjoy hearing your voice and the bonding time together.

 

Toddlers Love Art!

Instead of looking at a lot of artworks, focus on just a few in each visit. Search for shapes, colors, and recognizable images as you walk through the galleries.  Remember to talk about what you see and listen to your child’s observations. There really are no wrong answers.  Count objects you see together. Compare and contrast sizes of artworks, find the smallest and biggest one. Think of funny titles together for your favorite works. Play I spy!

 

Use your imagination with Preschoolers

Remember to focus on a few works of art as opposed to trying to see the entire museum. Use the five senses to help your budding art enthusiast think about artworks. Think about the sounds, smells and tastes an art work might have. Foster academic skills by counting objects, comparing and contrasting works, or looking for things that start with a particular sound. Look at works from different angles, look for symmetry. Look for patterns and make up your own. Use your imagination! Make up stories about the art works together. Think what would happen if the artwork moved.  Come up with silly titles. Act out scenes! Pose like a sculpture! Sketch an artwork! Discuss the process of making a particular work and think about the materials.

 

Inspire Inquiry with Elementary Schools Children

While focusing on select artworks, ask lots of open-ended questions!  Use your imagination to think  deeply about the works. What might it feel like if you could touch it? What sounds could you imagine hearing from the art? Discuss the materials and process and the challenges the artist might have had in making the artwork. Sketch!  Write a    short poem about the artwork together. Find a common theme among a few pieces, or contrast emotions expressed in various works. Think about themes- mystery, tranquility, chaos, love, etc. Make up your own titles to art works that emphasize the themes.  Take photos (if allowed). Choose any three works of art and find what connects them

 

Challenge Teens

Debate. Pick a few artworks and find a connecting theme. Ask challenging open-ended questions. Question their initial reactions and reinforce defending their ideas. Look up an artist’s biography. Play sketch mash up: sketch various parts of a few artworks into one. Look at an artwork for 1 minute, turn around and try to sketch or describe as much as you can remember to each other. Think of a random theme to describe an artwork. Convince each other how the artwork expresses this theme.  

  

It doesn’t stop at the Museum

On the way home Discuss what you saw, what you liked, disliked, want to learn more about are confused about
Be inspired and make some art at home! 

 

 

 

CMA Russian Language Cultural Day

We partnered with the Children's Museum of Art  in Tribeca for a day of art activities inspired by the Russian Language and Culture.   The museum was busy! Over 700 people came to enjoy Russian snacks, stop motion animation inspired by Russian folklore and cartoons, make Matryeshka dolls at the clay bar, listed to music and watch a puppet show. 

 

Make your Spring Break Art Filled

Spring Break is coming up…..
Here is a list of ideas for FREE activities in New York with your kids.
You’ll thank us later!

The Museum of Modern Art and the MOMA Art Lab  Friday Evenings MoMA is free for all. Email us (with two day notice) for free passes for any other time.  

The Museum of Modern Art and the MOMA Art Lab 

Friday Evenings MoMA is free for all.
Email us (with two day notice) for free passes for any other time.

 

 
American Museum of Natural History Pay what you wish anytime. 

American Museum of Natural History
Pay what you wish anytime. 

 
Prospect Park.  Make sure to stop by the Natural Exploration Area for some climbing, hiding, and running around. Look at all things blooming.  Go on a nature scavenger hunt. 

Prospect Park.  Make sure to stop by the Natural Exploration Area for some climbing, hiding, and running around. Look at all things blooming.  Go on a nature scavenger hunt. 


 
Sony Wonder Tech Lab is always free!

Sony Wonder Tech Lab is always free!

 
The High Line People watch. Grab a sketch pad and sketch away.  Grab a bite to eat at the Chelsea Market 

The High Line
People watch. Grab a sketch pad and sketch away. 
Grab a bite to eat at the Chelsea Market 

 
Imagination Playground is located at 2 Fulton St, New York, NY. It's a playground like you have never seen before. Let your imagination run wild. 

Imagination Playground is located at 2 Fulton St, New York, NY. It's a playground like you have never seen before. Let your imagination run wild. 

Bronx Zoo is free every Wednesday Grab a sketchpad and draw from real life or download this activity guide for your visit.

Bronx Zoo is free every Wednesday

Grab a sketchpad and draw from real life or download this activity guide for your visit.

 
Socrates Sculpture Park Queens, NY  Always free. Great views of the city, lots of sculptures, beautiful park.  

Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens, NY 
Always free. Great views of the city, lots of sculptures, beautiful park.  

 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Need I say more? Always pay what you wish. Always full of amazing.  

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Need I say more? Always pay what you wish. Always full of amazing.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goats! Goats! Goats!

2015, aligned with Chinese Zodiac year of the goat!
Some might say sheep, or ram, but, really, I prefer goat.

And goats are great!
Picasso sculpted a goat. Chagall painted a goat. Countless YouTube videos feature cute goats.

Why the interest in goats you might ask? 
Well, besides the rectangular eyes, the cuteness, interest in heights, and the famous appetites,  it is their inquisitiveness and curiosity that inspires us most of all.  

So as we welcome 2015, here is our favorite collection of art featuring goats for you to enjoy. 

Pablo Picasso. She-Goat. Vallauris, 1950
Salvador Dali In Paris, France In 1953 (Credit: REPORTERS ASSOCIES ) 
Marc Chagall. Memory of my Youth, 1924
Robert Rauschenberg – Monogram,1959

And some exquisite goat portraits

For more information on goats in folklore, mythology and various cultures read on here and here

So next time someone likens you to a goat, take it as a nod to your curiosity and desire to learn all things new. 
Happy New Year! 

Holiday Gifting DIY

Look at these creative ways to gift wrap! So much awesomeness that is easy to do and that may inspire you to create your own beautiful designs. 

Big Egg Hunt

Have you been looking for the giant eggs scattered all over the city? Have some time this spring break? Spend the day walking around NYC looking for these beautiful works of art. There are so many to explore.  After you get inspired, spend Saturday morning with us creating your own! 

Whitney Biannial

Don’t miss the last Biennial to be held in the Whitney Museum’s Madison Avenue Location!
March 7- May 25, 2014

Explore some of the greatest and upcoming contemporary American artists.

Don’t miss these highlights and my personal favorites:
(working on it)

The Whitney offers a huge selection of family events and programs during this time. Take advantage of the daily tours or the family workshops. Of course, if the museum doesn’t fit around your family’s schedule, you can always take charge with a few of our resources.

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