First Place Winners of Imagine That's Anti-Bully Teamwork Contest:

Addie Overend, grade 9, Garden City Schools

Joey Hoffer, Grade 4, Manor Oaks School

Sanna Taylor, Grade 2, Hampton Street School

Pop Art Food Pillows

Outstanding art by Paula Dagen's daughters.

"My twins absolutely loved it!" -- Paula Dagen, Parent

Carrie's Painting

"The students and I love you! Where else can you create a Pollock inspired design and drip color on a cake?" -- Denise Klein, teacher, East Hampton High School

"Stunned and Startled" by Jessica Toner, age 8, published in Express Yourself!

A big thank you to Maura Burns who helped fasciliate the family drip painting workshops this summer.

Family works together to create drip painting

"It was a fabulous day! --Tamara Nemo

Celebrate African American history with art.

Mural inspires creative teamwork.

Incorporating school slogan and students' ideas, sketch for Lawrence MS mural designed Joyce Raimondo

Lawrence students brain storm ideas for their poster/murals using collage elements.

Inspired by Pollock and Krasner, students drip paint, -- then rip, cut, and collage shapes to express emotion and energy.

have a conversation about art with Joyce Raimondo

Art Creates Togetherness

September 1, 2013

Tags: art party, drip painting, families, Jackson Pollock

Today I joined Tamara Nemo's family for her mother's birthday with an art party. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and children gathered together to celebrate by dripping paint in the spirit of Jackson Pollock. Three generations came together to express their creativity. Even though everyone started with the same materials and technique - dripping tempera paint from wooden sticks onto individual canvases -- each person had his or her own completely unique way of painting. Tamara's Mom decided that instead of dripping paint, she would draw flowers on a field reminiscent of her childhood in Israel. Tamara turned her first painted"mistake" into an asset -- as she sponged off her first painting that she didn't like, she noticed the water created a soft rainbow of colors for her background. A happy surprise! The children created stripes and colorful designs which they then embellished with splats of paint. The highlight of the morning, was when adults and children gathered together to create one large drip painting -- a gift for grandma and grandpa.

During this event, I was reminded that every moment spent with family is truly a gift, and I felt grateful to be a part of this joyful occasion. With special thanks to Tamara Nemo who invited me to her home.