The 5th annual Art of Giving happened in early April with 13 local artists and 300 kids from the hospital and community. It was my 4th time to participate as an artist and my first time to chair the event! It was total insanity and so much awesome all rolled into one wild, art filled day at Dell Children’s Hospital. Kids and artists team up to make art and local businesses sponsor the collaborative art pieces made at the event. This year we raised $1oo,000 this year to support art, music, and play therapy to kids at Dell Children’s. How awesome is that?!
If you’re new here, check out the past collaborative art pieces:
- String art (1st Art of Giving)
- Tissue paper art (2nd Art of Giving)
- Spray bottle and syringe art (3rd of Art of Giving)
- Bleeding tissue paper house (4th Art of Giving)
- Matisse inspired collage (5th Art of Giving)
- Collaborative painting (6th Art of Giving)
- 12 Collaborative art projects (All of the pieces from the 1st Art of Giving)
- 11 Collaborative art projects (All of the pieces from the 3rd Art of Giving)
After the Art of Giving takes place, the masterpeice are framed and hung and we celebrate our hard word at the Giver Gallery. At this event the artists get to meet the people who sponsored the art work and sponsors get to take their art to it’s new home! I love seeing the final pieces proudly displayed in the Russell Fine Art Gallery.
36 Collaborative Art Projects
1. Collaborative background
This is also Jet’s 4th year to participate as an artist at the Art of Giving. I also love that he has a non profit called Share Art Heal that provides the canvases for the Art of Giving. The kids painted the background of his paintings and Jet added the wildflowers after the event. Here are the kids hard at work on their collaborative painting with Jet, and you can se the finished piece below.
This is Jet with the sponsor of one of his pieces of art he made for the Art of Giving.
2. Collaborative doodling
Do you see the pink and yellow stripe section in the picture above? Look for it in the picture below to see how this collaborative doodle evolved. Also, do you spy the slice of pizza and the avocado? The cutest!
3. Print making collage
Elizabeth Hendley is the OG of the Art of Giving! She started the event 6 years ago, and brought on additional artists in 2014. She is an art therapist at Dell Children’s and always creates gorgeous pieces for the Art of Giving.
You can see 2 more of Elizabeth’s print making pieces hanging at the Giver Gallery below.
4. Everyday patterns with objects
Troy Allen is known for his interactive art for kids. This year, kids made rubbings from random objects they crafted into a pattern. Some of the patterns made were from pennies, popsicle sticks and even vibrations from music!
5. Paint over
I love Janna Sammon’s whimsical, colorful, imaginative style!
6. Bleeding tissue paper
I wrote a detailed tutorial about making bleeding tissue paper art with 100’s of kids! I decided to do the house because “Going Home” is a big theme at the hospital. The big pink house is fun, peaceful, and inviting. After the event, I added the green grass to ground the house. I love how it turned out!
And here is the giant ink house hanging on a fancy gallery wall. My art was sponsored by a couple in Chicago who is starting their very own Art of Giving for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago!
7. Collaborative kite art
Sylvia Betts created the background before the event, and had the kids make individual kites to add to the peice during the event.
8. Collaborative paper cutting
Mala Vasudevan speciality is paper cutting, so she let the kids create the paper and then she did the cuts! Her final peice is stunning!
9. Junk collage
Sue Moore let the kids go wild and collage all the odds and ends. I love how she painted the bottom one all white to give it a cohesive feel.
10. Paint a peice
S.J.’s (Saul Jerome San Juan) peice is made by having each kiddo draw a smaller portion of a larger picture. The kids pick a peice of the larger image to draw on a notecard and then S.J. combines them all at the end to create the finished works of art.
11. Collaborative nature art
Patti Ramos White uses nature and watercolor to create her masterpieces with the kids.
12. Stamp art
Margaret Whitechair has the kiddos make their own stamp to use to create the collaborate art peice. Best part? The kids to take home their stamp! Her final pieces are stacked on top of each other and hanging on the far right hand side of the gallery wall.
13. Collaborative clay
Nicholas Dertien let kids use toys, cars, and balls to make indentions in the clay cast. He fired and glazed it after the event.
14. Collaborative quilt
I love this collaborative quilt made for my daughter’s preschool auction. Each child’s handprint was included on a solid white square and then an amazing mom quilted it together.
I heart the Art of Giving! I can’t wait to make collaborative art with kids and raise money for art and music therapy next year!