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 to me with this lesson!  So, here’s the “rabbit trail” that led to this great find… I first spotted this idea on a brand new blog called “Art in the…Middle School”, which I found while reading a post at “The Art of Education”.  No instructions, though (just a picture and lesson title), so I googled “Houses for Haiti” which led me to “The Art Teacher’s Guide to the Internet”, where I was finally directed to a link to “Haiti Houses”, a wonderful project by two Florida art teachers, Ellen McMillan and Ann Ayers. Watch their video here to see how your students can use cardboard scraps, markers, glue, and a special sealer to make these charming houses, turn them into magnets or pins, and raise their own $$ for Haiti. This project has raised over $237,000 so far! I plan to try it out soon…. with a few changes. Stay tuned!


4 Responses to Houses for Haiti… and a Rabbit Trail

  1. Snippety Gibbet August 4, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    These are so very cool!


  2. Don Kennedy October 23, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    The house for Haiti projects works great with Triple Thick liquid and it is a AP non-toxic option which is a must have at my school. When I do this project I tend to also uses UNC glue sticks because it makes the card board piece stick together so much better than anything else. I also instruct the kids to color the edges of the card board to give the work just a bit more pop.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge October 23, 2013 at 10:15 am #

      Thanks for your comments, Don! Yes, AP non-toxic is important to mention, and I really like your idea of coloring the sides. I’m not sure what UNC glue sticks are, though. We use Avery Permanent glue sticks and haven’t had any problems with them coming apart.

  3. Jeanine July 30, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Incredible absolutely incredible .. That is a very large sum of money for art students to raise…I just love your blog here. Your shares are always useful and full of added resources! Love it!
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