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

THE AMERICAN DREAM: Art and Immigration

March 28, 2014

Tags: immigration, social studies, The American Dream, melting pot, Ellis Island, American history, cultural identity, assimilation

Today I visited Solomon Schechtor School of Manhattan for a workshop exploring American immigration and art. We started by discussing art that tells the story of American immigrants. Rather than imparting facts, we used art as a springboard to explore such questions as, "Even though people in America are from countries from all over the world, what do all Americans share in common? What freedoms do Americans have that people in other countries are denied?" Children then created collages to represent the immigrant experience of a specific nationality. The project was a perfect tie in to their history studies as they are writing papers on immigration. The students' knowledge and insights came to creative fruition in their amazing art.

It was very moving to me how children expressed themselves. Some children depicted the religous freedom Jewish people sought escaping Nazi Germany. One child chose Chinese immigration through Angel Island, illustrating that some Chinese people were sent back to China. My experience with the children today ever reminded me to safe guard and cherish tolerance and respect for each other. Whether in my daily life as I interact with people or addressing current immigration issues that face America, I am reminded to treat all people the way I would want to be treated. To not judge based on superficial differences, but instead celebrate and take an interest each other. Thank you to all of the young artists for your inspiration. Special thanks to teacher, Sarah Kay, and parent, Paula Dagen, for welcoming me to the school.