Ontario Art Journal Show & Program Update

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I recently visited the school in Ontario where I have two classrooms of 4th grade art journaling students. It was the day of our art journaling shows, and a great time was had by all! I loved seeing the amazing pages my young students had created. They were excited to share, and naturally I had to take some pictures of their work to share with all of you.

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I think their journals and pages are charming and inventive, and I’m thrilled that 70-ish kids at this school received art instruction and enrichment. Art seems like it should be a given in schools, but sadly it’s NOT – so huge thanks to all of you who supported my art journaling program this year and in years past. We’ve made a difference in the lives of many! Stay tuned for pictures from the art journal shows that are coming up at my Santa Ana school, where I have four classrooms of 4th graders participating in the art journaling program. The photos should be posted in early to mid June.

Program Update
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During this coming school year I’ll be teaching one classroom of students, in my aunt’s classroom in Ontario. Given that I won’t have dedicated art supply storage space in a garage after our upcoming move, and that I’ve been giving up much of my vacation time to volunteer teaching for the past four years, I’m going to be putting my program on hold. Changes in life circumstance and fewer donations have given me cause to evaluate the trajectory of this program, and it seems that this is a good time to pause. I’ll let you know if/when I restart.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the kindness, generosity, and enthusiasm many of you have shown over the years.  Together we’ve brought art supplies and instruction to over 500 at-risk children!  Hurray!

Warm regards,
Melody

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4 Comments

  1. Posted May 20, 2014 at 8:05 am by Pam Morgan | Permalink

    Interesting art work. What a positive influence you have had on those students.

    • Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Pam,
      Thank you. I appreciate your comment and kind words… :]
      Melody

  2. Posted May 20, 2014 at 10:04 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    Children’s’ art is so inspiring! They haven’t the hang-ups of adults and are free to express themselves however they want. You’ve done a wonderful thing with your teaching of at risk kids.

    • Posted May 20, 2014 at 7:23 pm by Melody | Permalink

      Jo,
      I agree – they just dive in and create. It’s wonderful! Thank you. :]
      Melody

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