Below are photos that art teacher, Linda Devlin, posted to our Shells for NJ Shores Facebook page after her art room had been completely demolished by Hurricane Sandy.  Mrs. Devlin's art room was in the basement of her school, St. Rose High School, in Belmar and the water had filled the space from floor to ceiling. Nothing was salvageable.  Aside from the obvious damage caused to the room and all of the furniture and art materials inside, the flood waters also destroyed all of the artwork her students had created.  This is particularly heartbreaking for high school students because many were in the process of building their portfolios for their college interviews.  

B.A. artists created and sold our shell-themed artwork at the East Brunswick Craft Fair and continued to make sales at school throughout December. See pics and read about this amazing day here in my previous blog posts:

We are hoping that our donation of $1673.00 to the St. Rose High School Art Department will help them in their recovery and rebuilding process. 

Learn more about how my students and I created the Shells for NJ Shores art project, see photos and read stories of the many students across the U.S. who have been joining us to raise money for hurricane relief!

Collaboratively, we have raised and donated $22,390.19 by selling our students shell-themed art and this dollar amount continues to increase each week! 

Through creativity and kindness, we are making a difference! 

Please share our website with anyone you think may want to participate.

Photos: St. Rose High School Art Rooms
Meet Sharon374, our Artsonia Artist of the Week nominee!  We have never had artists from our school nominated two weeks in a row. This is the first time!  Please help 1st grader, Sharon, to win this contest by voting for her today, tomorrow, Friday and Saturday.  Click this link, locate Sharon374's percolated tree art and click the green "Vote" button under her work.

You can vote one time each day from as many computers and devices as possible.   I have already voted from my personal computer, work computer, iPhone and iPad.   

To increase Sharon's chances of winning, please consider sharing this blog post with your friend and family on your social networks (Facebook and Twitter) and by sending emails to your contacts. 

If Sharon wins, she will receive a $50.00 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies and an Artsonia plaque.  Our school art program will win a $100 gift certificate for Blick Art supplies also. 

Good Luck Sharon!!!!  
One of our 4th grade B.A. artists, Samuel1367, has been nominated to win the Artsonia Artist of the Week Contest!  Please take a moment to vote for his artwork (Winter Trees inside Pink Oval in the 4th -6th grade category) today and then again for the next two days.  He would win $50.00 and our art program would win $100! Here is the link to vote:

You can vote once per day per computer today, tomorrow and Saturday).  If you would like to increase our chances of winning, vote from as many computers as possible.

If you have a moment to share this link with others in your social networks or via email, we sure would appreciate that!

Thank You!
Brunswick Acres raised $1140.00 at the East Brunswick Craft Fair yesterday! Visitors had many complimentary comments to share about how beautiful our students' shell artwork was.  People were also impressed with how much kindness and compassion our school has for others and were happy to support our cause. 100% of money raised will be donated to Hurricane Sandy relief. Many thanks to all parents and students who were there to help. We had the best sales-students who were ready to share information with shoppers and even made up songs about our cause on the spot to draw in more customers.  It was wonderful to see our principal Mr. Desai there with his daughter too! All students, families and supporters should share in the joy of the giving spirit, because many people are responsible for our success.  

Randi and Carol of the East Brunswick Craft Fair are beautiful people to have welcomed us to their town's craft fair! It is by far the BEST craft fair in our area and look forward to promoting for them next year. Over 200 amazing vendors! Not only did they welcome us, give us a complimentary table, and put us in a great location, but they also donated their raffle money to our cause!

Visit or join our open Facebook group and stay current with this global project.  So many teachers, students and artists are participating and sharing their artwork, pics and stories. 

Congratulations to everyone involved for making a difference! 

There were so many others who attended the craft fair.  If you took photos that you would like to see included here, please send them to me  and I'll add them!
Many students add Artsonia Keepsakes to their holiday wish lists. Items are on sale now in the Artsonia Gift shop if you would like to order your child's artwork on a keepsake. The products are of high quality. See pics of students with their Artsonia keepsakes below.

Personally, I am loving the "Snappables"!  I purchased the necklace, the ring and three snaps with student work and my own art as well.  I like being able to change the magnetic art snaps to match what I'm wearing.  You can see my Snappable below in my necklace featuring a 3rd grade "Wise Owl". 

Visit the B.A. Artsonia Gallery here:

One of the many wonderful things about Artsonia is that they donate 20% of all purchases to our B.A. art program.

Click image above to link to the full article about our Shells for NJ Shores project.

Students who were interested in spray painting our shells met me outside during their recess a couple of weeks ago.  We had large groups of very enthusiastic kids who wanted to learn how to apply spray paint. They were willing to wait on long lines just to have a chance to put on the safety goggles and spray a shell gold! One group decided to sing winter carols while waiting. 

We will be selling these shells as ornaments ($5.00 each) at the East Brunswick Craft Fair this Saturday from 10am - 5pm at East Brunswick High School! 100% of all purchases will be donated toward Hurricane Relief through our Shells for NJ Shores project.

Flyers about this event were sent home with students last week. I've added a copy of this flyer below featuring the details.  We are hoping many families will be able to attend. 


B.A. Artists Will Be Selling Shell-Themed Art!
100% of Purchases will be Donated to Hurricane Sandy Relief

Brunswick Acres Artists have teamed up with the East Brunswick Craft Fair!  We will be selling our shell-themed ornaments, magnets, key chains and more to raise money to donate toward Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. 

Learn more about how B.A. artists, artists within NJ and other states are making a difference by selling our artwork and tracking our collaborative efforts here:

Please join us on Saturday, December 15th. 

Please help spread the word by sharing the link to this blog post.

Our school still does not have power restored yet. We are so thankful to Greenbrook School for inviting us all into your building today and for however long it takes for the power to be turned on again. 

Interested in learning more about the Shells for NJ Shores Art Project?  Go to our website

Interested in seeing where we got the idea for the Colorful Handshake art project?  This is a lesson that was created by an art teacher friend of mine who is a part of my fabulous online PLN (professional learning network).  Theresa Gillespie, Illinois art teacher created this lesson.  It worked perfectly for us today. We were able to make new friends, have colorful handshakes and learn about color mixing all at the same time!  Thanks Theresa! 
There are 8 days left to vote and it's no surprise that the Magic 8 Ball says we should "Vote B.A. Daily"!  This sounds like great advice to me!   We need all the votes we can get to stay in 1st place and hopefully win the 1st place grant worth $5000.  Please keep voting for Brunswick Acres each day through October 31st.

Every vote counts and will make a difference for all students of Brunswick Acres School.  Thank you for being part of team B.A.!  

Voting Directions for Newcomers:
You can only vote on a computer not a phone or iPad.

Like the Kris Wine Facebook page
Type Brunswick Acres in the search box.
Click the red pushpin
Check the box.

Vote once each day through October 31st and help to spread the word to others.  

Share our video with others too.  It is important for people know that instead of just soliciting votes, our school turned this opportunity into a creative project.  Our hope is that people will see the efforts made by our students and will consider our school as a worthy recipient of an art grant. If we are fortunate enough to win a grant, students will be able to feel ownership and it will be that much more meaningful!

Our school, Brunswick Acres is competing for the $5000 Kris Wine and Americans for the Arts grant.  Please VOTE for Brunswick Acres.

How To Vote:
*Click this link and "Like" the Kris Wine Facebook page

*Type Brunswick Acres in the search box
*Click the red pushpin
*Check the box
*Vote daily until October 31st

The winner is based on the total number of Facebook votes for the top school.  We are currently in 1st place, but noticed that another school advanced 600 votes in one day on Friday.  Our school has been averaging 100 votes per day, so we are hoping that our music video will inspire others to vote for us to keep us in the lead.  We felt it was important to approach this as a creative project instead of just soliciting votes, because we want to prove that we are worthy recipients to receive an arts grant.  

Our video is posted on Vimeo and YouTube! Please consider sharing it with as many people as possible to generate support and votes!

If we win, we will use the money to purchase art supplies.  The cost of supplies continues to rise while our art budget get lower and lower each year.  My students are very respectful with materials.  This grant money would last us for years to come.  

Vote B.A. Oh Yeah!   Thank You!!!

Hi Carly Rae Jepsen!  We hope you like our parody :) Thanks for writing such an awesome song!  Students in every grade (K-5) knew Call Me Maybe, so creating a parody they could sing along to was so much fun for them! 

All the Best,

~Suzanne Tiedemann
Art Teacher
Brunswick Acres Elementary School