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
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. 


Thank You For Your Support Dryden! from Suzanne Tiedemann on Vimeo.

My school, Brunswick Acres is currently in 1st place to win the $5000 Kris Wine and Americans for the Arts grant. Our school and community have been voting for Brunswick Acres on the Kris Wine Facebook page once each day to try to make a difference for my artists.

My students are too young to vote, so in an effort to create a way for them to be involved, I created a parody of the song, "Call Me Maybe" , titled, "Vote B.A. Daily". Students are currently filming a music video to this song.

Something magical happened this past week! Tricia Fuglestad, amazing art teacher of Dryden Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, shared our song with her students. They loved it so much that they expressed an interest in getting their families involved in voting for us. Mrs. Fuglestad then posted our song to the sidebar of her Dryden Art Blog to invite her school community to join forces with us! Check out the Fugleblog here:

Thank you Mrs. Fuglestand, Dryden artists and community for joining forces with us! We are inspired by your work all of the time and feel so honored that you want to support us!

This video features Mariaelis and Jenna talking about Mariaelis' honorable mention award in the Teachers Against Prejudice global art contest, their friendship, and the qualities they look for in a good friend!
Mariaelis, Alex, and Jenna! Alex joined us because she wanted to support her friends and was very happy to celebrate this special honor! 
Congratulations Mariaelis for winning honorable mention in the Teachers Against Prejudice Art Contest!

Teachers Against Prejudice (TAP) invited students to participate in an art contest.  The theme was, "Sharing Cultures".  The requirements were that the artwork must depict two or more people who are different from each other, possibly sharing customs and/or traditions. 

Mariaelis' artwork was an obvious choice for this contest.  Her piece was inspired by her friendship with her pal Jenna.  In her artist statement, Mariaelis wrote, " I made this picture for my best friend Jenna.  She inspires me a lot and tries to help me and we've known each other for a long time.  We have our ups and downs.  We are very different and have different hair color etc.  It does not matter about differences.  It matters about the care and the fun about being with the person.  This is why I picked Jenna, because we have a lot of differences but we don't care.  We are unique in our own way."  

Mariaelis, I hope you are proud of yourself for this wonderful achievement!  Your artwork and the meaning behind it support our district's character education goals and is a wonderful reminder for all to appreciate diversity!

See the results of the contest here:
We read the book, "The Rainbow Fish" by Marcus Pfister during art class and we all agreed that sharing is a very important skill to learn. We also admired the illustrations in the book, noticing the shapes and colors of the fish and sea plants. 
Students are creating a mixed media piece featuring their own rainbow fish. We had a few minutes at the end of class and students took turns drawing a collaborative rainbow fish. They remembered all of the steps! Soon, their work will be posted to their Artsonia galleries for all to see. 

The song featured in this video is titled, "Staircase". by Dan Leigh. 

Student artwork from each school in South Brunswick was selected at the District Art Gallery last year to be printed in the District Calendar this year.  The calendar was printed in black and white and distributed to all families, but the artwork is currently featured in a color video on the homepage of

The calendar artist from our school is 5th grader Connor for his "Different is Good" painting from last year! 

Congratulations Connor!

We read the book, "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" by Mo Willems during art class.  Leonardo tried to be scary and mean to Sam.  After seeing how sad Sam was, Leonardo decided to be a good friend instead.  Leonardo and Sam are both happier being friends. They only scare each other to be silly now.  
1st Grade artists made friendly monsters in honor of Leonardo. 
This lesson was inspired by the "Wild Things" that 1st graders at Dryden Elementary School made.  We watched the video "Visual Texture"  by Tricia Fuglestad to learn about the many ways artists can use line to create texture. 

Dryden Elementary School artists   are going to be our "Artsonia Comment Buddies" this year, along with Lowes Island School   and Greenbrook School artists!  We will be visiting their online galleries and sending comments to our buddies during art class and they will be doing the same for us!

Watch the video below featuring "1st Grade Brunswick Acres Monsters".
Inspired by the book, "Wanda's First Day", by Mark Sperring, 2nd grade artists created witches and goblins. "Wanda's First Day" is about a witch who was starting school as a new student. Wanda noticed that she was a little different from all of the other students, as she was the only witch while the other students looked like fairies. We have over 140 new students in our school this year including students in Pre K through 5th grade. Wanda's story enabled us to be aware of what it might feel like to be new to a school or group and also conveyed the important message that it is ok to be different. See more of our work in our Artsonia gallery​museum/​gallery.asp?exhibit=424528