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Nature Collage Card – Inspired by the Art of Haiti

You can learn a lot about a culture from its art work!  On my recent trip to Haiti, I learned that the Haitian people are both resilient and resourceful.  Their resourcefulness is easily seen in their artwork, especially these collaged note cards that they make and sell, using local organic materials to create simple scenes […]

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Houses for Haiti Lesson Plan

Two amazing teachers in Florida came up with a creative idea to raise money for Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.  After discovering “Haiti Houses” on the internet, I was inspired to try it for myself and make a few changes.  Below is my version of this project. Visit to see how much money has been […]

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Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

While researching new ways to raise money for Haiti, I came across a great idea that I can’t wait to try with my students…. “Haiti Houses”.  As Art teachers today, we are blessed with so many fun sites for finding creative lesson ideas, and often one leads to another, which leads to another… as happened […]

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Kids Express Themselves with Art

These are just a few of the amazing paintings done by children in the tent cities of Haiti, on the anniversary of the earthquake. Sometimes I get so caught up in the academics and “mechanics” of teaching art (the elements, principles, and “how to’s”) that I forget the importance of art as a means of […]

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Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

This project was inspired by the metal art of Haiti, and makes a great project for Easter… or anytime!  I’ll be doing this with children in a couple of orphanages in Haiti next week.  I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back! “Foamies” and 3M foil tape are the secret ingredients for this […]

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