Art Journal Shows for My 2012-2013 Students!

I recently had the pleasure of attending Art Journal Shows for all three classrooms of students I taught and brought supplies to this school year.  The shows for my Ontario students took place on May 16th, and the show for my Santa Ana students took place on June 4th.  All three shows were fabulous!  I wish you could’ve been there at the shows with me, dear readers.  There’s almost nothing better than seeing proud students showing off their artwork – full of excitement, enthusiasm, and pride.

As you may remember, these children are “at-risk” and often face a number of challenges in their lives. It’s my pleasure and mission to be able to bring a positive form of self-expression to them, and I hope that art journaling will be a tool they use for the rest of their lives.  On a more basic level, my program provides art materials and education that are lacking in many public schools, and it’s a thrill to see the children respond so positively to this creative medium.  The art journaling program gets them excited about their overall educational experience, and allows them to demonstrate their creativity and knowledge in wonderful ways.

Here are some of the pages that were created by my 2012-2013 students.  They were all 4th graders, and they did a fantastic job!  They never fail to impress me with the inventive ways they use the materials they receive. For example, one artist used a business envelope to create a house on her page (below) .  The envelope’s window is the house’s window, the girl in the house is behind the window, and the artist even added fabric pieces for curtains!  :]













I offer my most sincere thanks to all of you who donated supplies, funds, or gift cards. I truly can’t do this without your help, and appreciate your enthusiasm and support for what I do.  The kids are always SO thankful for the supplies and for the chance to create, and I must pass on their thanks to you. Thank you – thank you – thank you!

The photo below features a journal page one of my Santa Ana students created to thank me – she included bits and pieces of many of the supplies included in her art supply bag.  However, she’s not just thanking me with that page – she’s thanking every person who donated – every person who helped spread the word about the art supply drive.  :]


Exciting News – Expanding the Program!

I visited with the principal at my Santa Ana school during the Art Journal Show, and he expressed interest in expanding the program during the next school year.  We laid tentative plans to add my art journaling program to three more classrooms at the school next year – to bring art journaling to ALL FOUR 4th GRADE CLASSES!  Obviously this will require more supplies, resources, supply kits prep time, etc., and it’ll be a challenge, but I’d love to make it happen and am excited by the prospect.  It made my heart SO happy that the principal sees the value, wants to expand, and is committed to bring the arts to more students.

I also hope to teach one or two classrooms of 4th graders at my Ontario school.  If I’m able to pull off a total of six classes between the two schools, over 200 at-risk children will benefit.  :] I’m crossing my fingers – please wish me luck!


My Upcoming Art Supply Drive

Historically my annual art supply drive has been in September or October, but this year I’m going to move it up in hopes that some of my wonderful and generous donors will take advantage of back-to-school sales.  Basics like crayons, glue sticks and pencils are often priced super low during these back-to-school sales, so I’ll be switching my art supply drive to August and September.  Please keep my students in mind if you hit these types of sales – we’d so appreciate your support!  And please remember that I happily accept donations year-round, so if you’d like to donate now you’re more than welcome to.  :]

Warm regards and many thanks,

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  1. Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:00 am by Terry | Permalink

    Awesome! I love seeing the pics from your art journal shows – these kids amaze and inspire with what they come up with! Great stuff, you’re doing such good work in the universe, Melody! 🙂

  2. Posted June 18, 2013 at 11:51 am by Jo Murray | Permalink

    You must be an inspiring teacher, Melody. These kids have done some great work.

  3. Posted June 18, 2013 at 2:32 pm by Marcia Moore | Permalink

    Hello where do we send donations or can you pick up if it is too heavy to mail? Marcia

  4. Posted June 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm by Beth Nielsen | Permalink

    It really touches my heart how your love and efforts touch these kids, but you know that.
    So, glad to hear that the program is expanding!
    YOU make a difference!

  5. Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:28 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thanks so much! The kids take to art journaling like ducks to water. They’re wonderful!

  6. Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for your kind words, and for your support. 🙂

  7. Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Hi Marcia,
    Thank you for your interest in donating – so kind of you! I will email you with my mailing address. If your donation is too heavy, I may be able to pick it up from you when I get up to the LA area…

  8. Posted June 18, 2013 at 8:50 pm by Melody | Permalink

    That’s nice of you to say. I’m definitely enthusiastic about art journaling, and I guess that shines through. Honestly though, I think they’re just thrilled with the opportunity to create and to use their art supplies. Kids are naturals at this kind of thing – they just need the opportunity to create. 🙂

  9. Posted June 18, 2013 at 10:27 pm by Gina Lighton | Permalink

    Melody, what a hero you are!! The kids work is wonderful. I’d love to see it in a video to hear them talk about what they created, wouldn’t that be great? I’m so glad to see my “admit one” tickets here and there. Their pages just look great! Good work, Melody!

  10. Posted June 19, 2013 at 10:19 am by Debbie | Permalink

    Dearest Melody…
    Thanks for sharing the awesome art work your journal classes inspired…those students are amazing. I’ll be gathering up more stuff to send your way this year, too. I have lots to share…just wish I were close enough to deliver it in person…hopefully some day!

  11. Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm by Melody | Permalink


    Thank you for your kind words, your feedback, and your on-going support!

  12. Posted June 19, 2013 at 7:53 pm by Melody | Permalink

    Oh, I don’t think I’m in the hero category. I am glad to lend a helping hand, though. The kids love using those tickets – thank you! 🙂