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C R E A T E: Model Magic Butterflies

March 23, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

Hooray! Springtime is upon us! And nothing says “SPRING!” more than these bright,colorful, so-very symmetrical butterflies. Just like real butterflies, no two are ever alike (or wait…is that snowflakes?) There is so much to love about this lesson, not the least of which is that it calls for one of our favorite materials: Crayola Model […]

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M E E T: Ronni

March 21, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

Ronni, age 10 Arts For Life Artist How long have you known about Arts For Life? I’ve been coming to the art table for about 5 or 6 years when my sister comes for her appointments. What is something interesting about you? I love school & art. I love school because I really like doing […]

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M E E T: Debbie

February 20, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

Debbie, Teaching Volunteer with Arts For Life at Duke Children’s Hospital How do you get creative? I’ve always allowed myself a creative space in my home – filled with wonderful books on creativity and CLOSETS full of fun art materials. I believe that creativity is something that we all have – it’s easier for some […]

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C R E A T E: Mixed Media Flowers

| By Annie Rogers

If we had a Lesson Plan Hall of Fame, this one would definitely be in it. It’s simple, approachable, and easily tweaked to accommodate all ages and abilities. Plus: painting! And watercolor effects! and glue and buttons! Seriously, what more could you want from an art lesson? But really, the magic of it — the […]

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C R E A T E: Cubism Self-Portraits

January 23, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

As the first month of the year, January often signals a fresh new start. And fresh new starts naturally inspire introspection and self-exploration. This self-portrait lesson is the perfect art project to honor this inspiration. What’s more, all you need are some scraps of paper and your favorite drawing tools. Go ahead: wriggle into your […]

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M E E T: Alexa

January 12, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

Alexa, age 9, Arts For Life Artist Why do you think art is important? I think art is important because without art I would be so sad. A lot of children like to do art so if there’s no art no children would be able to have art, do art, and be happy. What Arts […]

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C R E A T E: Winter Patterned Tree Collages

December 15, 2017 | By Annie Rogers

‘Tis the season for sparkle and shine, and this lesson delivers on both! Metallic paint and Sharpies are always much-coveted materials at our art tables, and at this time of year, you can find them almost anywhere. Embrace the sparkle! Time Frame: 30mins-1hr Skill Level: age 4+ Goals: To explore patterns and repetition through both […]

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Hosting a Table at Rise & Shine

December 11, 2017 | By Rachel Zink

All About Table Hosting! Thank you for considering hosting a table at our Rise & Shine breakfast on Thursday, March 15, 2018. It’s a powerful, fun, and easy way for you to help bring the healing power of the arts to children who need it most: kids and teens in treatment at Brenner Children’s Hospital. […]