CMA Art-Making Booth at Union Square Holiday Market

Thursday, Nov 21, 3 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday, Dec 24, 3 pm to 6 pm

Join CMA in Union Square for free art-making workshops during the annual Holiday Market! CMA Teaching Artists will be leading hands-on workshops on weekday afternoons and weekends from November 21 through December 24. Find our booth in the southeast corner of Union Square.

Open Hours:

  • 3 PM – 6 PM on weekdays
  • 10 AM – 6 PM on Saturdays
  • 11 AM – 6 PM on Sundays
  • Closed November 28 (Thanksgiving)
  • Open 11 AM – 4 pm on Tuesday, December 24

The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally renowned Holiday Market located at the heart of New York City in Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience.

Winter Tunnel Books

November 21 — December 1

Have you ever made a pop-up card before? Use a similar technique to make a tunnel book that tells a wintertime story. From animals curling up to hibernate to the stars hanging in the sky, cut out silhouettes to create a tunnel you can look right through!

Look, Make, Share

LOOK

Check out the example tunnel books made by our Teaching Artists and other young artists like yourselves. Why are they different from a regular book? Are there words in it? Is there a cover? Why do you think they are called “tunnel” books?

MAKE

Fold two pieces of paper over and over to make an accordion shape! These will be what holds your cut paper in place. Cut squares of paper that will fit inside this accordion. Pick a shape to act as a frame for each scene of your book. Draw something inside each shape, then cut it out so you can see through it! Slide each square into place in the accordion and tape! Take a look through the front and check if you can see each layer of paper you’ve cut!

SHARE

Show your finished product to your grown-up, a Teaching Artist, or someone else at the tables. Let them look through your tunnel book and ask if they can see each layer. Have them describe what they see, and if they can tell what kind of scene you’ve created. What’s another way you can make a book like no other?

Comfy Cozy Puppets

December 2-8

It’s time to bundle up! Using cardboard, fabric, and paper, create a cozy, bundled up puppet to use in your own puppet production! What kind of winter wear will your puppet need?

Look, Make, Share

LOOK

Find some of the puppets that were created as examples for this project. What are they made out of? What do they look like? Do the characters look ready for the winter? How do you dress when you go out into the cold?

MAKE

Get some materials from the Teaching Artist and take them to the workstations. Think about the character you want to make:  is it an animal, person, or something else? Start by attaching the main pieces of the body to the popsicle stick, which will be how you can hold your puppet. Use the fabric, paper, and fur to add parts to your puppet, and feel free to draw on details you can’t make out of the other materials. Be sure to add enough material to make sure your puppet doesn’t get cold!

SHARE

Show your puppet to your friends and family and try to act out a scene between your puppet and someone else’s. Have fun pretending and imagine new scenarios for your puppet to discover. Take them into the world with you — what stories can your puppet be a part of?

Hanging Stars

December 9-15

The winter night sky has been an inspiration to many artists in the past. It’s a special treat to see stars twinkling in the city! This week we will be creating our own hanging star sculptures out of multicolored wire.

Look, Make, Share

LOOK

Take a look at the stars that have already been made. What are they made of? How do you think the artists put them together? Is there any tool you can think of that would help with making them? Stars are very common symbols to see used for holiday decorations.

MAKE

Get some wire and bring it to the workstations where you can find pliers. Think about the shape of a star. How can you bend the wire into the shape you want? Bending one end of the wire around another can “lock” it into place and stop it from losing its shape. The colored wire can set your star apart and make it truly one of a kind. The last step is to attach a hook made of wire from the top, so that you can hang it wherever you want!


SHARE

When you’re finished, show your star to your grown-up, a Teaching Artist, or another person sitting at the tables. Tell them how you made it and let them know how you figured out any problems you were having. Ask your grown-up where the best place to hang the star from would be to help boost your holiday spirit all winter long!

3D Decorative Lanterns

December 16-22

Use wire to construct a funky framework for your lantern. Then cover it in decorative paper, fringe, pompoms — anything you can think of to make it festive. Take it home to hang and decorate your own space!

Look, Make, Share

LOOK

Observe the sample lanterns that were made for this project. What materials do you think they are made out of? When you think of a lantern, what do you imagine? What colors or shapes do you usually see you think of lanterns?

MAKE

Ask a Teaching Artist where to find wire, tissue paper, and glue. Start by creating one flat shape with wire, then make another of the same shape and size. When both of your wire shapes are constructed, take some tissue paper and wrap it around the wire to make the sides of the lantern. Decorate it with pom-poms and any other materials that are handy!

SHARE

When you’re finished, show your lantern off to your grown-up, a Teaching Artist or another lantern-maker at the tables. Tell them how you made it, and explain how you solved any problems you had. What are some other materials that would make for a good lantern? What would you need to do in order to make it light up? Ask your grown-up if there’s a place that’s perfect for hanging your lantern!

Collaborative Winter Cityscapes

December 23-24

Come collaborate with CMA Teaching Artists to create snowy skyscrapers, winter trees, and bundled-up city dwellers!

Look, Make, Share

LOOK

Look at what has been added to our collaborative cityscape so far. How do you know that it is winter time in this city? What colors, shapes, and images do you recognize? What kind of things let you know that it’s a city and not under the sea or outer space?

MAKE

Get some material from the Teaching Artists to create something to add to the cityscape. Combine your materials to create a building, a person, or any other character or set piece that the scene could use. Since it’s a city, think about what kind of pieces can be put on the street in addition to the buildings and people. Take a look around the booth right here to see if there’s anything you can use as inspiration!

SHARE

After you’re done making, show it to your grown-up, a Teaching Artist or another young artist at the tables. Then, feel free to add it to our collaborative city! As the days go on, it will get bigger and more filled with cool creations by young artists just like yourself. Thank you for helping us make this city as impressive as it can be!

The CMA Art-Making Booth is presented by Citi.

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