Hitting the Jackpot with Leo the Color Man

June 29, 2016 | By Annie Rogers

When a well-known, innovative, inspiring, colorful, and charismatic, professional artist and illustrator seeks you out with an offer to lead a workshop with Arts For Life patients and families, it’s like opening your door to a person standing on your stoop with one of those giant checks and a fistful of balloons. It’s winning the […]

Enriching Community, Celebrating Local Artists

| By Annie Rogers

What do you think of when you hear the word community? Maybe you think of your friends or family, your colleagues or teammates. You might think of your school, your church, or your neighborhood. If you’re a patient or family member going through treatment for a serious illness or disability though, chances are, you think […]

Lesson: Kaitcetera Paper Quilts

| By Annie Rogers

  [all photos courtesy of Kait Neely via http://www.kaitcetera.com/] Kait Neely is a Winston-Salem-based artist known for her colorful, imaginative quilts. You can see more examples of her beautiful work on her website. Mimicking quilt patterns with paper scraps is a great way to encourage creativity while also developing math skills! As you place you […]

CONNECTing in May: Creating a Sense of Place

| By Rachel Zink

Home sweet home. Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like home. There is a reason we reflect so readily on the idea of home. Home represents security, comfort, love, and safety. Home is the place where family gathers, where good  times are shared, where important decisions are made. For many of our […]

Caution: It’s a Jungle in Here!

April 27, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

As a part of our Journey this month, Arts For Life students are using this springtime weather as an excuse to CONNECT with their wider world in April. From snakes to bugs to fuzzy forest creatures, we have been busy studying our animal friends through our theme of Animals, Habitat, and Environment. Kids have been […]

Volunteers & Interns: the Heart and Soul of Arts For Life

| By Rachel Zink

by Annie Rogers, Arts For Life Program Director at Mission Children’s Hospital It is a Wednesday afternoon, and I am sitting at the Zeis Clinic art table at Mission Children’s hospital, waiting on the next patient. I hear the chime of the elevator as the door opens, and a little voice echos in the quiet […]

March 2016: Colorful REFLECTION

April 1, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

“OOOH! This looks like FUN!” That’s what Arts For Life student, Piper, said when she walked into the art room at Brenner Children’s Hospital last week and saw the lesson example for these Tie Dye Mini Portraits hanging in the window. Clearly drawn like a magnet to the bright, swirling colors of the example, she […]

2016: The Year of the Artist’s Journey

February 17, 2016 | By Rachel Zink

Every year, our dedicated and creative staff of teachers work together to plan a curriculum full of art projects that are engaging, unique, educational and fun! Having monthly themes, for example, helps narrow down which materials and ideas we want to offer to our students to explore. This year, we’re doing something a little different: […]

The 12 Days of Clinic

December 22, 2015 | By Rachel Zink

Enjoy “The 12 Days of Clinic,” a fresh take on a holiday classic, from the dynamic duo, “EmAndMM” (11-year-old Emma and Program Director Mary Margaret). Mary Margaret says: The idea for writing the 12 Days of Clinic stemmed from Emma humming the popular holiday tune, The 12 Days of Christmas, at the art table a […]