The 6th 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 (My 1st Art of Giving)
- Tissue paper art (My 2nd Art of Giving)
- Spray bottle and syringe art (My 3rd of Art of Giving)
- Bleeding tissue paper house (My 4th 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. Jet Baker
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.
I love how this collaborative doodle came out for one of our big sponsors, Q2 Banking. I did string art for Q2 my first year as artist for the Art of Giving.
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. Elizabeth Hendley
Elizabeth 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. Troy Allen
Troy 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. Janna Sammon
I love Janna’s whimsical, colorful, imaginative style!
6. Jamie Dorobek
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. Sylvia Betts
Sylvia created the background before the event, and had the kids make individual kites to add to the peice during the event.
8. Mala Vasudevan
Mala’s speciality is paper cutting, so she let the kids create the paper and then she did the cuts! Her final peice is stunning!
9. Sue Moore
Sue 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.
S.J.’s 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. Patti Ramos White
Patti uses nature and watercolor to create her masterpeices with the kids.
12. Margaret Whitchair
Margaret 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. Nicholas Dertien
Nicholas let kids use toys, cars, and balls to make indentions in the clay cast. He fired and glazed it after the event.
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!