C R E A T E: Moveable Lizards

May 25, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

It’s the simple things. Sometimes you give a young artist a piece of blank paper, cut into a certain shape, and it’s just enough: enough to inspire imagination, to ignite curiosity, to spark some new way of thinking. At Arts For Life, we do a lot of hands-on research when it comes to writing lessons, […]

M E E T: Jamie and Fred

| By Annie Rogers

Jamie, age 17 Arts For Life Artist and Fred, Arts For Life Volunteer What’s something interesting about you? Jamie: I’m going to Disney World for a Make-a-Wish Trip! Fred: I love expressing art with others. What’s something you’re thankful for right this very moment? Jamie: FOOD! Fred: That I can help here in the hospital. […]

M E E T : Honor

April 24, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

Honor, Age 7 Arts For Life Artist How long have you known about Arts For Life? About one week. Who inspires you to be creative? Me. I just want to. Why do you think art is important? Because it’s beautiful. What’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing? Being an artist. A painter. What would your […]

C R E A T E: Cityscape Collages

April 23, 2018 | By Annie Rogers

At Arts For Life, we go through a LOT of paper — drawing paper, construction paper, cardstock, scrapbooking paper, origami paper, magazine paper — you name it, we go through it. And we’re always trying to figure out ways to teach our young artists to use paper in new and unexpected ways. We especially love […]

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 […]