Painting the pepper!

This week we’ve been finishing up the final details for this Saturday’s event – an unveiling of 3 of our Artist Harvest sculptures, with an invitation to the public to help us paint our “Peppered like Pollack.” We’ll be splattering our specially prepared 6 foot pepper Jackson Pollack style and want everyone to join us!peppered like pollack artist harvest

It’s all happening at the Livingston Oval, in Livingston NJ, from 10am – 1pm on Saturday May 23. The Oval is on South Livingston Avenue, behind the Livingston Library.

We are thrilled to be part of Livingston’s Family Festival Day, a special event during the town’s 18th annual Youth Appreciation Week.  The Family Festival Day is a community-wide celebration, from 10am-3pm, offering many family friendly activities.

We’ll be with the Food Day festivities, a perfect match for the Artist’s Harvest message of healthy eating. Donna Bernstein, owner and COO of the The Messy Artist was inspired to create The Artist Harvest from other large-scale sculptures projects such as “The Cow Parade” and “The Great Light Way”  (the West Orange light bulb sculptures). “I decided to create fruits and vegetables to instill healthy eating for children and to paint the sculptures in the style of famous artist to promote awareness of art history,” said Bernstein.   She added, “Another wonderful part of the process has been to watch the students work cooperatively to create community art.  I had never created large-scale sculptures, so it has been a learning process. We are thrilled with the end results and look forward to sharing them with the Livingston community.”munch room artist harvest straw dali artist harvest sculpture with kids the messy artist harvest large sculpture with kids the messy artist

Our “Straw-Dali” (a strawberry painted in the style of Salvador Dali) and Munch-Room (a mushroom painted in the style of Edvard Munch) are completed and will be on display. The Peppered like Pollack will be awaiting its painting in the style of Jackson Pollack, splattered by the public. We can’t wait to see how it turns out!

To learn more about Food Day go to or like the Livingston Food Day Facebook page at To learn more about the Messy Artist go to And to see the display, be sure to come out on Saturday for the Family Festival.

Hello JCC MetroWest!

jcc logoWeʼre growing! Starting this summer, we are expanding our class locations to include the JCC MetroWest in West Orange. Weʼre thrilled about this partnership that will allow us to bring our early art education classes to a wider audience. Our 7 week classes this summer will be Picasso (age 18 month – 3 year with caregiver) and Chagalls (3 -5 year olds, drop off).

To kick things off, we will be hosting a free open house at the JCC on Wednesday May 6. This will give families a chance to check out the classroom, see our unique station play set up, and meet the staff. Donna Bernstein, owner and creator of The Messy Artist, will be leading the open house and happy to provide information about the program. Please RSVP so we know to expect you!5 and under strip

Wednesday May 6
10 am – 12 pm
 * Free *
ages 18 months – 5 years
JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Ave
West Orange, NJ 07052
Please RSVP to Katy Strulson, or 973-530-3915


What can we expect at the open house and Messy Artist classes at the JCC?

The same things we bring to our classes at our regular studios! For the open house, children and parents will experience our program first hand and enjoy creative play time together. Students can explore different activities, including our sensory box full of colorful beans, our messy station featuring our stretchy, sticky and gooey goop, painting with odd objects, and a collage project.the messy artist fine art classes for kids

What should my child wear?

We will provide smocks , but sometimes things can get messy, so it’s best to wear clothes that can get dirty.flower ptg 3 chagalls logo

Do we have to be Jewish to attend?

No – all are welcome to attend the Messy Artist open house – as well as any activities – at the JCC.

fine art class childrenHow do I register?

Please RSVP to Katy Strulson, or call 973-530-3915.

hello Violet – update

This Wednesday afternoon, Alidis Vicente came to our studios and read her latest book Violet to an enthralled group of children. Followed by an art project, this special event concluded with each family taking home a signed copy of the book.

the messy artist alidis vicenteViolet is a brightly illustrated tale featuring a young bird of the same name. Violet is the only Purple-Footed Booby, living on the Galapagos Islands with her parents. Her unique appearance creates dissension between the Blue-Footed Boobies of her father’s side and the Red-Footed Boobies of her mother’s side. Violet’s path to acceptance is an entertaining and thoughtful story of learning to see and embrace similarities rather than differences.

Violet at The Messy ArtistWe created templates using the Booby bird illustrations for the kids to paint. We encouraged them to name their birds and add an initial or design to the chests.

the messy artist art project for kids violet by alidis vicente art project the messy artistViolet is available through Amazon at

Alidis Vicente Messy Artist copyThanks to Alidis and all the families who joined us for this special event!