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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Berlin Brothers Christmas Orchestra Concert

November 16, 2017 | By Annie Rogers

Buy your tickets for the Friday, December 22nd performance and your holiday merry-making will benefit Arts For Life! (And you may just see a surprise guest appearance from a famous Arts For Life staff member!) Buy your tickets HERE! The Berlin Brothers Orchestra is a 32-piece band including a full horn section and expands to […]

M E E T: Jerri

| By Annie Rogers

  Jerri, Arts For Life Teaching Volunteer and Master Art Lesson Prepare-er Extraordinaire What’s your favorite kind of art to make? Collage and Block Printing.  Why do you think art in the hospital is important? Because it helps an individual relax enough to learn about themselves.  Who inspires you? In terms of art and creativity: […]