Friday, October 28, 2011

Upcoming events in November

November is a very busy month here at Urban Arts! The students will be learning about Dia de los Muertos and Frida Kahol, our artist of the month. We will also be celebrating a different color each day. On these days we will be celebrating each color with different art activities and stories! The color days begin November 1st and end with a celebration November 11th. Here is a list of the colors for each day!

November 1: Wear Red

November 2: Wear Orange

November 3: Wear Yellow

November 4: Wear Green

November 7: Wear Blue

November 8: Wear Purple

November 9: Wear Black

November 10: Wear White

November 11: Wear Rainbow!

Pleas remember November 16th is Give to the Max day! We believe in affordable preschool education to all. Please support our scholarship fund to help make this possible.

Our Preschool Potluck is November 18th from 5pm-6:30pm. Please join us for food, music, and a puppet show! The students are working on some wonderful music for this event! Families should bring a plate and cup for each member of their group, they should also bring dish to share. Urban Arts will provide beverages and utensils.

Urban Arts will be at the 2011 ECFE Preschool Fair on Saturday, November 19th from 10:00am until 12:00 pm at Burroughs Community School. If you know of families looking for a preschool home, please invite them to stop by our table!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pumpkins, Ghosts, Skull's, and Corn 'Oh my'

The kids in the preschool have been busy learning about Day of the Dead and having fun creating seasonal projects. Today the kids are getting busy and dirty making clay pumpkins, carving the classroom pumpkin, and making SPOOKY ghost prints. For the Day of the Dead kids are working on corn collages and painting paper-mache skulls.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Urban Arts Academy preschool classes have been busy getting their hands dirty with paper making and creating clay molds of skulls. The kids have also been exploring paper weaving and jewelery making. Current projects have been inspired by fiber artist Melinda Moore Lampkin the featured artist of the month.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Artist of the Month- October

October: Artist of the Month

Melinda Moore Lampkin!

Melinda Moore Lampkin, Blithe Spirit,1991..jpg

Melinda Moore Lampkin is an American textile artist who shapes cloth into images of the real world. She typically focuses on vivid renderings of African American life through fabric collage.

Check out one of our UAA students getting ready to get creative with their own fabric designs!

Thursday, September 8, 2011


Charles Thomas “Chuck Close

(July 5, 1940-)

Charles Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Most of Close’s work is based on the use of grid as an underlying basis for the representation of an image.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Artist of the Month-May

Artist of the Month for May is Mary Cassatt (1844-1926)

Mary Cassatt was an American painter and print-maker who lived in France. Most of her images were created from the social and private lives and experiences of women, particularly the personal bond between a mother and child.

Monday, May 9, 2011

April's Artist of the Month

The Artist of the Month for April is Diego Rivera (December 8, 1886 – November 24, 1957)
Was a prominent Mexican painter born in Guanajuato, Guanajuato. His works helped establish the Mexican Mural Renaissance. His works also were showcased at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in the 1930’s.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Urban Arts Academy Open House This Saturday!

Join Us this Sat. April 2 from 10:00-11:30am for the Preschool open house at Urban Arts Academy! This is a great way to meet some of the Preschool teachers and learn more information about the Preschool Program here at Urban Arts Academy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Reminder that the Urban Arts is hosting their first Preschool Open House this Thursday at 5pm for new families for Fall 2011. Urban Arts is a local art-infused preschool offering small classes in a creative & loving environment. Join us this Thursday, March 16, 5-6:30 or Saturday, April 2nd 10-11:30. See our spaces, meet our amazing families & teachers and have some fun.

3901 Chicago Ave South….612-827-1641…

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Artist of the Month

The Artist of the Month for March is Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987)

Warhol was an American painter, printmaker, filmmaker and one of the most valuable leading figures in the visual art movement. Warhol also led a successful career in commercial illustration.

To tribute Andy Warhol, Preschool will work on Any Warhol self portraits, the use of bright colors, and recreate Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup can painting.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hands Hands Fingers Thumbs

Here is a new video of the UAA PreSchool students performing Hands Hands Fingers Thumbs! Check it Out!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine Bags!

Feb. 8, 2011

Today in Preschool we made Valentine's Day Bags for Valentines Day next Monday!
Check them Out!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Artist of the Month

The artist of the month for February is Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983)

Keats was one of the most important children’s authors and illustrators of the 20th century. He is known best for introducing multiculturalism in children’s literature and was one of the first children’s authors to include an urban setting for his stories.

In honor of Ezra Jack Keats we will read The Snowy Day, make pet snowballs, and Fabulous Paper Hats in the next weeks to come!

Artist of the Month (January)

The artist for the month of January is Eric Carle (June 25, 1929- )

Eric Carle is celebrated as the creator of radiantly illustrated designed picture books for children. He is best-known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar . This book has “eaten its way into the hearts of literally millions of children all over the world”. In preschool this month we will learn some of the techniques that Mr. Carle uses when he creates his art.

Here is a link to check out Eric Carle’s AMAZING works and more!!!