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. 

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.

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! 
Brunswick Acres is closed again today, making this the sixth school day to be cancelled since last Monday due to power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Many of us were left without power, some for a longer time period than others. As frustrating as this has been and continues to be for many in our area, the sentiment that seems to be shared by most is that we are feeling very fortunate compared to our friends and families who lost everything along the coast

During these times, we try to do what we can by making monetary donations, dropping off supplies to shelters, inviting people into our homes, traveling to areas that need help with clean up and more.  These efforts are so important for our state to recover from this unprecedented storm damage.  

In an effort to provide a way for kids to help, I created a project called, 
"Shells for NJ Shores" .  It is an art project in which teachers and students everywhere are invited to participate to help Sandy victims. The idea is that students can create and sell "shell-themed" art, make a donation to the organization of their choice and track our progress online so we can see how our heart-work is making a difference.  

To learn more about Shells for NJ Shores, click here or on the image above:

Please pass this along to anyone you think may want to give their children a chance to assist in the recover and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey.

To all of my students and B.A. parents, I hope you are doing well and have had your power restored.  I hope school will be open for us all soon. 


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!


Over the summer, Mrs. Dovas, Mrs. Fine-Mihalko, and I planned for this collaborative project.  It is based on the book, The Monster Engine. The Monster Engine has grown into an internet phenomenon.
About The Monster Engine  

It is a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child’s drawing look like if it were painted realistically? It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where Dave DeVries' niece Jessica often filled his sketchbook with doodles. While he stared at them, he wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, he made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn't he apply those same techniques to a kid’s drawing? 
The above text is quoted from The Monster Engine Website.

In the beginning of the year, B.A. Kindergarten artists view drawings from the book and drew their own monsters. 

Each 8th grader in Mrs. Dovas' classes and each 6th grader in Mrs. Fine-Mihalko's classes received a copy of the B.A. Kindergarten monsters. They observed the drawings and created clay sculptures in their likeness. 

This collaboration is allowing artists in our district to be inspired by each other and gain an appreciation for the talents they start to hone in the beginning of elementary school art classes through middle school.

Video soon to follow featuring the sculptures created by Mrs. Fine-Mihalko's students!  See all of the drawings and sculptures in our Artsonia galleries!
After finishing their Cezanne inspired apple still life paintings, 1st graders worked in groups to solve a Cezanne still life puzzle. This activity was very engaging and required students to observe and manipulate shapes to put the famous work of art back together again.

Wait until you see their Cezanne inspired still life paintings!  They will be uploaded to student Artsonia galleries soon.