Welcome to Art From Around the Globe! I asked my art class – eleven First graders and one Third grader – to create a poem piece with words and art. These children – many of whom are new readers and writers – began with the words, “I Am Like..” and ended with an animal. We talked about why they are like that animal and then they created their work. The results are works of art that are beautiful reflections of these amazing children.
I sent the children’s pieces to artists around the globe. From New York to New Zealand and many places in between these artists used the children’s creations as inspiration to create new works. They built stories, inspired new works of art and more. In one instance an artist AND her daughter teamed up to build a whole world based on a work by one of my students.
What I wanted my students to see is that their words and their art have the power to inspire and make the world a brighter place. What my students and these artists - who have never met – have proven is that when we create together, when we use our voices we have the power to create beauty that can change the world!
This project has been an exceptional experience. Thank you and so much love to each of my students and these artists. I adore you all. Enjoy this gallery of works and letters!
Abby and Kimberly
Original work by Abby – First Grade
Intuitive painter, fiber artist, teacher, coach, and writer, Kimberly Davis’ work inspired by Abby.
Letter from Kimberly to Abby:
Pink is such a fun color! I love that you are a flamingo because they bring beauty and cheer wherever they flock. It’s gray and snowy where I live, so I was very happy to get a chance to create something bright and happy for you! I hope that you keep writing poems and drawing pictures. You have a wonderful imagination and I know you have lots of lovely ideas to share. It was my pleasure to collaborate on this with you. Thank you for the fabulous inspiration!
Your friend, Kimberly
Alyssa and Judy
Original work created by Alyssa – First Grade
Photographer Judy Beedle’s Photos inspired by Alyssa.
Letter from Judy to Alyssa:
My name is Judy and I’m a photographer in Maine. I got to see some of your art and loved how you capture the happy spirit in dogs! I photograph a lot of people, but never really get to play with my camera and dogs at the same time. I have always loved dogs, but they make me sneeze, so I don’t really get to spend much time with them.
I live by the beach and often get to see dogs playing at the beach. There is so much happiness pouring out of them when they are running free and happy and near the water. After I saw your drawing I decided to ask a few friends to meet me one morning at the beach and I would photograph them while they played. We had so much fun!! I am including 3 photos I took that made me think of your art work, and I thought maybe you would like. One dog, Jupiter, is happy and running on the beach (a second later he turned fast and came running right towards my camera!). The other two photos are of Brandy, who was rescued by my friend this year, and is happily adjusting to her new home. I like the sweet and thoughtful look on her face, and thought you would like it too.
So, thank you so much for inspiring me to do something totally new to me! It also gave me a chance to see some people I really like and don’t get to see very often. Even though dogs make me sneeze, I truly had so much fun photographing them! Maybe this will be a new thing for me to do more of…
I hope you continue to make art! You are very, very talented.
Love & hugs, ~ Judy
Antalya and Corina
Original work by Antalya – First Grade
Passionate Painter, Mixed Media Artist and so much more Corina Stupu Thomas’ work inspired by Antalya.
Letter from Corina to Antalya:
I was really happy to receive your lovely drawing a few days ago …. The moment I saw it, lots of happy memories came back to me ………..
…… a few years ago, or maybe more than just a few I went on a bus trip to ….. Antalya. The trip from Romania took me 2 days and nights but being with my friends made it a very jolly adventure. Why Antalya? Because it is very famous for its warm, sunny, generous climate, for the juicy fruits, the passionate people who love the sea and the fishes and the tourists, the happy music, the tasty chocolate ice cream ……..
So thank you lovely Antalya for reminding me of very happy times.
Everything we do in life, no matter how small or big can help other people. As you can see … even a drawing can make somebody happy. So… keep drawing, painting, dancing Antalya … and dream ….. because … everything you would like to do in your life … YOU CAN DO IT!
A big hug from England!
You can find Corina at www.searchingforhappiness.typepad.com
Campbell and Aimee
Original work by Campbell – First Grade
Aimee, the creator of Artsyville, was inspired by Campbell.
Letter from Aimee to Campbell:
Your art inspired me in so many ways. I love your choice of the color green, your hearts, your peace signs, and your words. Your art piece reminds me so much of my own daughter, who loves many of the same things as you do. I hope you always climb as high as you can, just like a koala, and keep your heart open to whatever discoveries await you.
Dana and Rachel
Original work by Dana – First Grade
Psychologist, author, + art playgroundist Rachel Awes’ work inspired by Dana.
Letter from Rachel to Dana:
thank you for being so beautiful + coming up with inspiring zebra language.
you seem to know a lot about them + a lot about you.
i loved the zebra you made so much that i decided to include it in my drawing.
always trust the words + colors that spring forward from your being.
they are deeply important. you can love the whole wide world with such an expression.
all with love + thanks for YOU,
Genny and Lisa and her daughter
Original work by Genny – First Grade
Awareness Artist, Lisa Wilson and her daughter who is also a first grader created this work inspired by Genny.
Lisa and her daughter were both inspired by Genny and decided to collaborate on this piece. Lisa copied and printed the lovely giraffe, adhered the printed image to a large piece of watercolor paper, and her daughter began to create. Lisa explained the project and mentioned that the giraffe might like some friends. Her daughter did an outline of the animals, sun, and butterfly and then Lisa filled in the rest of the color and background.
Her daughter also wrote a story to go along with the piece.
Lisa then placed her daughter’s story on a colorful background.
Letter from Lisa and her daughter to Genny:
My daughter and I both loved your giraffe! She specifically mentioned that she, “likes your handwriting”, and that she thinks it looks just like hers. Personally? I am in awe of you who saw such a gentle and magnificent creature within herself, and had the courage to just keep on drawing and writing. No mistakes…only art.
You can find Lisa at http://www.BeingBreath.com
Isabel and Jane
Original work by Isabel – First Grade
Mother, teacher, artist, and storyteller, Jane Cunningham’s work inspired by Isabel.
Letter from Jane to Isabel:
Here is a pink poodle for you. I hope you like her. Natasha may have told you that I was thrilled to be joined up with you because even though we are on opposite sides of the world our love of poodles joins us up! We have a 7 year old poodle called Coco, who is sweet and kind and friendly just like you! We like to leave her shaggy and here is a photo of her looking pretty scruffy. I hope you like it.
When I did my painting I made layers and layers of work. Something about doing this helps me to know that mistakes are ok and that if it all looks yuk at some stage I can just make another layer. That is a good lesson about life too I think, we get to turn up over and over again and keep trying if we give ourselves a chance.
The first layer was stamping with letters, the words we thought of when you first talked about poodles with Natasha. Then I made a painting of the world with poodles leaping joyfully around it and little lines connecting them because I think that kind of playful joy is a great fuel and connector for people all over the world. I put all the words down that poodles have meant to me (my Dad is not very well and he calls my poodle his medicine so I even put that there). Then finally I painted a pink poodle on the top because I loved your idea of the pink poodle so much. The poodle looks a little bit sad in a way but I think even joyful beings get sad sometimes, and that is ok.
I hope you like the artwork as much as I liked working with you ps. I believe you like black white and red a lot. Ralph Hotere, one of New Zealand’s most famous artists painted almost entirely in those colours so you are in good company!
You can find Jane at www.numinousjane.com.
Marshall and Connie
Original work by Marshall – First Grade
Artist, teacher and creative entrepreneur, Connie Hozvicka’s work inspired by Marshall.
Letter from Connie to Marshall:
The painting I made inspired by your drawing and poem is called “I’m A Shark Too”. When I saw your drawing what really impressed me most was that you chose the shark. To me, the shark symbolizes someone that is not afraid to be who they are and personally, I wish to be who I am as well with the fierceness of a shark. I was also very touched by how dedicated you are to being an Artist.
You can find Connie at Dirty Footprints Studio: http://www.DirtyFootprints-Studio.com
Sarah and Reina
Original work by Sarah – First Grade
Artist Reina Brill’s work inspired by Sarah.
Letter from Reina to Sarah:
I love this poem! The main reason is that it reminded me of me. “I’m like a Bulldog because I am nice and tough”. The thing about bulldogs is that they look mean on the outside, but inside they are big piles of mush. Since I am a short woman I feel like I need to project a tough image so people won’t take advantage of me. This is exactly what I saw in the poem. The lettering of the words “I AM LIKE A BULLDOG,” are bold and make a statement! It is for this reason that I sculpted a girl with a bulldog mask. She is a really sweet girl even a little bit shy so she puts her bulldog mask on when she needs to be stronger, tougher. I love the green background and green lettering. Green is one of my favorite colors so I gave the girl a green knitted wire dress with some pink polka dots added on. I also gave the girl sculpted ponytails since the girl drawn around the poem had long hair. The main thing that struck me about the poem was that this little girl is powerful and not to be messed with. I purposely placed her standing on top of planet earth with rays of sunshine shooting all around her. Within her, lies an energy that cannot be contained.
You can find Reina at www.ReinaMiaBrill.com or her shop,
Sophia and Jennifer
Artist Jennifer Hunteman’s art and story inspired by Sophia.
Jennifer created a story for Sophia:
Letter from Violette to Raena:
Dear Creative Friend,
I loved your drawing of the howling dog and how you glued it to a piece of yellow paper. The yellow paper made your cute dog drawing pop! I liked your dog drawing and how you had him standing on sturdy feet! Being like a dog and howling tells me that you like to be free and express yourself in a fun way. You inspired me to think about howling dog cartoons – especially Snoopy from Charlie Brown and how he used to howl – it brought a smile to my face. That made me decide to do a cartoon for you even though I’m not very good at drawing dogs – but I had such fun doing it! I hope you like it. Thanks for the lovely Poem!
You can find Violette at
I am *very* glad Ms. Natasha let me know that you are like a cat. You see, I have the mice-friends, who were looking for a cat-friend, and I hoped you wouldn’t mind too much taking care of them and playing with them for me.