I’m taking an online class from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The class is called Art & Activity: Interactive Activities for Engaging with Art. I’m learning some really good techniques that I just have to share with you.
Check out these art activities from MoMA Learning
Turn and Talk
The class is offered FREE via Coursera. The class is a MOOC (massive open online course): I’m taking it with 23,000 others!! Class began on July 7 and ends on August 4, 2014. You can join in late. Click here to learn more.
Japanese steamed cupcakes (mushi-pan) cook in the rice cooker or on the stove top.
We had so much fun at my Japanese art + cooking camp! Each day we made a different recipe. We had a lot of fun making a special type of Japanese cake called mushi-pan: steamed cakes prepared in your rice cooker or on your stove top. Mushi-pan are soft, fluffy and moist, and can be prepared in just 15 minutes from start to finish.
We made two recipes: apricot mushi-pan and frosted Nutella mushi-pan.
Apricot Steamed Cupcakes (mushi-pan)
Makes 10-12 Ingredients:
Fill rice cooker with water to depth of 2-3 inches. Turn on.
Fill a large frying pan with water to 2/3 full and bring it to a boil (and turn off the heat if you are not ready yet)
Put a cupcake liner in each glass ramekin.
In a medium bowl, sift or whisk together the flour and baking powder combining well.
In a small bowl, combine egg, milk, sugar, and vegetable oil and whisk together.
Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a fork until smooth.
Add in the apricot preserves and stir to combine. You should still have chunks of preserved apricot visible even after stirring.
Spoon the mixture into the cupcake liners. Fill each liner approx. 1/3 to 1/2 full. Don’t overfill as these cakes rise!
Place the ramekins directly in the rice cooker steamer basket or in the skillet with the boiling water. Cover and cook for 8 minutes.
Uncover and test a cake with a bamboo skewer. The cakes are done if the skewer comes out clean. If the cakes are not done, recover and steam for two more minutes. Don’t over cook!
CAUTION: the steam is very hot and can burn you. Parental supervision is recommended.
When cool, remove the cakes from the ramekins. They should pop out of the cups easily. If not, you can run a butter knife around the edges to loosen.
Kids prepare Japanese mushi-pan. Batter is spooned into paper lined glass ramekins, then steamed for 8 minutes.
Frosted Nutella Steamed Cupcakes (mushi-pan)
I used the recipe from Magpies Recipe blog. . Click here for the recipe
We increased the sugar to 4 Tbsp./single batch, then frosted the cooled cupcakes with more Nutella.
These Nutella-flavored Japanese mushi-pan cupcakes cook in only 8 minutes on the stove top.
The campers loved both varieties of mushi-pan cupcakes. You should try them!
Art & Activity: Interactive Strategies for Engaging with Art
New York’s Museum of Modern Art will offer it’s second FREE online art education class beginning July 7, 2014.
“Integrating works of art from the Museum’s vast collection, MoMA Education staff will demonstrate interactive strategies for exploring objects and images with people of all ages. Along the way, we’ll demonstrate how these strategies can not only push your teaching into exciting new directions, but also serve as tools for assessing student learning.”
Click here to sign up through Coursera. It’s totally free!
FYI I took another MoMA online art education class last summer – it was very informative and definitely worth my time.
This week I had the privilege of working with a 19 year old college student. She is going to change her major, and is seriously considering art education.
What advice would you give her? Find a college with an art ed degree? Get a general ed degree? Get a fine art degree? Relocate to a state that has good (or at least better) opportunities for art teachers?
She is shadowing me in the art room, and even teaching a bit of the lessons. She is helping out prepping art for our art show next week and will see all of our projects from the past year.
I shared with her the conversations I had at NAEA14 with elementary art teachers from across the country and urged her to contact her state art education association.