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!
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. 

Last week, South Brunswick Patch reporter, Davy James, contacted me and asked if he could talk to me about our Shells for NJ Shores project.  We chatted on the phone about how Shells for NJ Shores began, the artwork we and other artists are making and how we are raising money to help with Hurricane Sandy relief.  Read all about it here:

Visit our Shells for NJ Shores Website to see more pics, read about other participating schools, and track how much money we are raising together to donate!

Mark your calendar for December 15th!  B.A. will be selling our shell crafts at the East Brunswick High School Craft Fair. See Flyer below for details! 

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.

It was my pleasure to attend the Board of Education meeting tonight to celebrate our Brunswick Acres 2012-2013 "Calendar Artist", Umar! 

Umar created this work of art last spring and it was featured in the South Brunswick District Art Gallery.  Students were asked to draw fish and include a word that a fish might say to humans who may mistreat their environment.  This piece was printed on our district calendar and distributed throughout South Brunswick.  

Umar's artwork can also be seen in an Animoto video on our district website.  Click on the image below to link to this video.

Congratulations again 


Tomorrow kicks off the 2012-2013 school year for the students of Brunswick Acres Elementary School!  I am excited to hear what everyone has been up to over the summer and am looking forward to breaking out our art materials again.

Students, parents, teachers and staff are all invited to join me in creating a collaborative “Word Art” collage!


This is what our "Word Collage" looks like now.  I can't wait to post a pic of what it will look like when we are finished with it! 

Have a look below at artwork created by famous artists who incorporated letters into their work.

Need some inspiration for creating our "Word Art" Collage?  Check out some of the words on our other art bulletin board in the hallway!

Ashlynn: Grade - 3 "Sunset"

Matthew: Grade- Kindergarten "Rainbow Fish"

Jenna: Grade 5 - "Sparkle Through the Trees"

Staff members who have worked in the South Brunswick School District for 20 years were recognized tonight at the Board of Education meeting.  Artists from each of the elementary schools were selected to have their artwork printed and gifted to the honorees.  Joanne Kerekes, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, reflected on some of the memories and special qualities of each employee who has reached this impressive milestone.  Mrs. Kerekes read artist statements written by student artists and their art teachers, and invited each artist to the podium to receive certificates of achievement before presenting their work to the 20 year folks.

The B.A. artists selected for this special award ceremony are Ashlynn (3rd grade), Matthew (Kindergarten) and Jenna (5th grade).  

Congratulations to our artists for being chosen for this special event and to the 20 year honorees!

Thank you to all three of our artists' parents for bringing your children to the Board of Education meeting.   It was a pleasure sharing this special evening with you.

Our district's literacy initiative this year is inspired by the book, Alice in Wonderland. Our entire community was invited to read and celebrate the story of Alice.  3rd graders drew stacked teacups after watching the "Un-Birthday Party" scene on YouTube.  Learn more about this lesson here: 
Shivani's and Ally's teacups were selected to be in a special "Alice in Wonderland" art exhibit at the Senior Center.  You can see their teacups in the photo above.  Exact dates and times will be announced soon.  Congratulations Ally and Shivani!  
4th grader, Umar, has been selected to have his artwork in the South Brunswick 2012-2013 District Calendar!  The piece that was selected was his "If Fish Could Talk" drawing.  Congratulations Umar!
Many works of art will be on display created by artists from all South Brunswick Schools at South Brunswick High School on Wednesday, April 11th.  Brunswick Acres students who will have their work featured in this gallery received a personal letter mentioning the title of the artwork that will be on display.  All are welcome to attend this exhibit. Doors open at 6pm and will close at 9pm.  

Visit our online B.A. Artsonia Gallery 
to see a virtual exhibit that includes all 550 + students in our school, and be sure to visit our B.A. Vimeo Channel   to see videos including students working in the art room this year!