Collaborative Art Projects

Remember when I made string art with 100+ kids for a non profit event at Dell Children’s Hospital and then a local Austin business actually paid $10,000 for it?! I know, crazy town! The Art of Giving raised $90,000 dollars with the help of local artists and kids making collaborative art projects and local businesses sponsoring each piece of art. I already signed up to be a part of the event again next year!

The final part of this event was called The Giving Gallery. All of the pieces created at the Art of Giving were displayed at Art for the People for an evening. And the sponsors were invited to meet and mingle with the artists and then bring their piece of art to its new home! It was a really fun way to close out the event and see the final pieces of art framed and ready for their sponsors!

Collaborative art project ideas for kids and adults!

1. Jenn Hassin (Rolled Paper): Jenn had kiddos each make a few pieces of rolled paper then hot glue them to a large board in a fun pattern.

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

2. Susan Moore (Quilt) She adhered adhesive backing to pre cut fabric pieces and let the kids iron on fabric pieces! Then, she took the quilt home and quilted it together.

Collaborative Art Projects

3. Me! (String Art) I’ve got a whole tutorial about how to make sting art with 100+ kids!

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

 

4. Rebecca Borrelli (Doodle Chair) She divided the chair up in to small sections and each kiddo doodled in whatever paisley section he/she wanted! The sponsor of this piece was a furniture company!

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

5. Patricia Ramos White (Gradient Art)

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

6. Jet Baker (Oil Paintings) I love that I got a picture of Jet shaking hands with one of the sponsors of his pieces!

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

7. Nancy McMillen (Painted Paper) Nancy had the kids paint sheets of paper and then she cut up the paper into strips and formed the logo of the sponsor of her piece, Empact IT!

Collaborative Art Projects

8. Troy Allen (Interactive Art) Troy crafted up an interactive art station that involved thousands of rubber bands! It was basically a giant Sharpie marker sling shot. Here’s a picture before the kids got a hold of the giant sling shot:

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

And here are a few of the final art pieces framed and ready for the sponsors, wow!

Collaborative Art Projects

9. Saul Jerome San Juan: (Paint by Number) Saul’s piece allowed each kiddo to draw a smaller portion of a large picture. You can kind of tell from the picture below that he had the note cards labeled like a graph. So, a kid would choose say “D4” and then they would walk around the table to find the pile for D row. Then in that pile, the kid would search for the 4 picture and copy the image they saw!

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

And here is his final piece framed and hung on the gallery wall!
Collaborative Art Projects

10. Margaret Whitehair (Coffee filter Art)

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!11. Sylvia Betts (Kites)

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!12. Elizabeth Hendley (Painting)

Collaborative art projects that are easy to do with lots of people!

Since I was manning my station during the actual event, I did not get to learn about all of the pieces! I did my best, but forgive me for not having more info about each piece and artist. Have you ever done a similar fundraiser? I think it is such a neat idea! High five to Dell Children’s Trust and all of the local business for sponsoring all of our art!

How to Make a Wreath

I kind of love my giant peace sign wreath! And  it only cost me about $15 and one hour to make. My peace sign is huge, but this could easily be done a smaller scale. I wish I could say Andy thought it was as cool as I do, but he thinks this is where a giant TV should live. What do you think? TV or giant peace wreath?

How to make a wreath!

 

 

This is seriously such an easy DIY project, y’all! Here’s what you need:

  • 36 in’ wreath (Found mine at a thrift store for $10.)
  • Sticks (We have a ton of Nandina in our yard, and those sticks work perfectly!)
  • Grapevine wire (Bought at Hobby Lobby with half price coupon for $1.75)

Here is the fancy thrift store wreath I started with:

CB2 inspired peace wreath

First, de- flower the wreath. I found it easiest to use wire cutters and cut the flowers off. Then, un-ravel the old wire from the wreath and admire your beautiful flowers!

DIY winter peace wreath

 

Next, I went on a little stick hunt in my backyard. I used 3 long ones for the middle and 4 on each side of the peace sign, for a total of 11 sticks.

Peace 5

I used twine to fix up the wreath and tie in the sticks.

Peace 6

Here is a close up of how I tied the middle of the peace sign together. Nothing fancy really.

Peace 7

Then, I realized that the twine was ugly and I needed to camouflage it. I thought about spray painting the entire wreath, but then I decided to take a little trip to Hobby Lobby just to check out the wreath section and see what they had. Behold grapevine wire!

 Grapevine wreath wire

Here’s a close up of my new and improved everyday mantle! And the wreath got a little pizzaz for Christmas last year

How to Make a Wreath

 

And one more just for fun:

CB2 inspired peace wreath

My peace wreath cost me about $15 bucks to make, and I love it! I even spruce it up with lights and Chrsitmas cards at Christmas time! Are you a wreath maker?