Monday, March 16, 2015

Inspired By: A Work of Art Made By Little Hands


Happy Monday, all. Why don't we start the week with an inspiring work of art? What makes it extra inspiring is that it was created by Fourth Graders. Really! I've sung the praises of my talented friend Dana before. She is an interior designer by trade, but is also amazingly creative and a wonderful artist. Her children attend a neighborhood school that asks a parent to marshal the talents of each class to create a piece of art for their annual auction. Dana teamed up with her daughter and the rest of the 4th grade class and this is what they dreamed up.

Dana came up with the overall idea and design, Then, each child imagined and designed their own flower - made from French and English language newspapers - and painted a shard that would become part of the blue and white vase - Dana has a pretty extensive collection of blue and white, so was able to provide the kids with a thorough education on the graphic and organic patters often found on Chinese Export porcelain.

Once everything was hand cut, the pieces were assembled on a 48x36 canvas that Dana had painted a pale blue. Varnished into place, they have a lively texture.

The petals hold the name of the child that designed them. A lovely memory for the lucky family that brings this piece home, but more than that, it's a gorgeous work of art - you can feel the happy energy of the kids who made it in every shard and bloom. 

What have you seen lately that inspires you?

Have a lovely week! XO


  1. I absolutely LOVE the art of young kids. I used to teach fourth grade for nine years and I was always impressed by the spontaneity of their spirits put down on paper! This is such a wonderful piece both sophisticated in color and design, and free and whimsical of spirit!

    GOOD MORNING, Jeanne! Thank you for coming to visit! Anita

  2. What an amazing project! I would have loved a piece like that when my kids were young...your friend managed to bring together the talents of the children while creating something anyone would love to have hanging on their wall.

  3. Jeanne this is so wonderful and allows each child to be creative while team building a project!
    It is beautiful!

    The Arts by Karena

  4. Oh, I just love this! What a beautiful project and a beautiful sketch. I am inspired by everything lately. The little green sprigs on the leaves, the trees blooming, the daffodils coming up. Three cheers for Spring! xo Kristy

  5. It is amazing what children can do. There are no barriers, just raw talent.
    So beautiful. She really is so talented.

  6. this is so sweet and such a wonderful idea.
    Plus... kids and art is the perfect combination! together they created a beautiful peice.

  7. I am extremely impressed along with your writing abilities, Thanks for this great share.

  8. Of course I just about stopped in my tracks when I saw this on Instagram. Dana is SO talented. To envision this and corral the talent of her 4th graders is just incredible. Lucky is the family that gets to take it home. I'm sure there will be a huge bidding war!!!! I can also so more of these.....I love seeing how different artists approach things and this is such a unique take. And, since I have my own little 4th grader who is artistically inclined and crazy about his teacher.....I feel like I understand Dana even more. Can't wait to meet this summer!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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