|Cereal Box chicken|
The end result: 350 + children in the Dakota district, grades K to 3, are learning art, how to be creative and to look at garbage in a new and exciting way.
These projects require hours of preparation before the children can make art but Sarah has no lack of energy, and often will recruit family members to help. One Thanksgiving Day she and her family spent 5 hours converting the Halloween Face project into Christmas Elves by adding clothed bodies and Santa hats. When the children came back to school the following Monday they were greeted by a hallway full of holiday cheer.
Sarah's talents have touched more than
just those at the school.
One Christmas each grade created 6 foot, lighted Christmas trees for the annual Holiday concert. Sarah decided to raffle off the trees as a fundraiser for the local food pantry. The check she delivered, $1400, was the largest donation the pantry had ever received. TV crews were on hand the report the story.
|Pizza boxes and laundry detergent bottles|
I met Sarah while demonstrating at 317 Studio & Gallery. She was interested in a technique I was using, for her classes room. She came to my house for a private lesson. I could tell immediately she was an incredible person with many talents. I knew I had to have her share her story with the Rockford Art Guild.
Last Tuesday, Sarah shared her story and many of her art projects to a very interested art guild crowd which included several art teachers.
You see, Sarah doesn't even consider herself an artist as she does not hold an art education degree or any formal training. Her class is not called "Art class" but "Arts and Crafts class" to differentiate between the two. The guild members all confirmed her artist status as she told many wonderful stories and shared great project ideas.
As far as the school art budget goes... what budget? In the last four years she has spent $60 of the school's money.
Everything else has been donated or recycled.
" I know it's just garbage now but someday it's going to be something really beautiful."