Sunday, September 11, 2016

pet pARTners: Art with Heart

We have been having the best time with our community service project, pet pARTners! In case you haven't heard, my smartest artists are working to help solve the problem of homeless pets in our community by raising awareness of our local animal shelter, FurKids, through our artwork. We are posting the artwork on our school's social media and will display the original pieces in the community as well. Our goal is to bring in donations for food and care, and get more animals adopted into forever homes.
In addition to serving our community, which many artists do, we are expanding our drawing skills with careful observation and learning to break down complex forms into simpler geometric shapes. We are practicing good composition by filling the space and including negative space design in the background. We are thinking about how to present our work in the best way.
This will be an ongoing project and we will try out some different media in the next round of portraits. A portion of our Artsonia proceeds and our Artome show profits will be donated to the shelter at the end of the year. Please stay tuned and consider making a donation to FurKids or your own local shelter!

Students can access the FurKids site with current pet photos using our iPads. We also print out pics from the site that gives us a description of the pet's personality. 


  1. Love your idea to combine art with community service. I would love to try this in my classroom with 4th graders. Is it okay to us your name pet pARTners for our service project?

    1. Please do! I'd love to see what you guys do - I think it is a great way for kids to get involved.


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