A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Teaching Children about caring for our furry friends...
Missaukee County Humane Society
Tracy Greeley has done it again. Please read her amazing note to us.
I know that we already had some exposure for our local Missaukee County Humane Society in Northern Michigan, however I wanted to share this story of more Nothern Michigan heroes. I called McBain High School and spoke with Art Teacher, Connie Morrow and explained the Art for Shelter Animals Project with the hope that she could relay the info to her students. Instead she invited me to be a guest speaker at two of her art classes to explain the program myself. I was hoping to beg their generosity for any work they could complete and donate on their own time. So you can imagine my surprise when Mrs. Morrow turned it into a class project! And the students were so supportive, I heard comments such as, "Does the shelter currently need any volunteers?" and "We should do this project at least a couple of times a year!" They completed watercolor and acrylic paintings as well as color pencil and sketches. I loved watching and listening to these talented high schoolers. Thanks again for such a wonderful idea.
Tracy, thank you for helping to educate the next generation on how good it feels to volunteer and donate for a good cause! I will post more images from this class tomorrow.
The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group.
That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.
Please submit jpgs at 72 dpi, a maximum of 600 px, or 8 inches across, and about 200K or less.
Your photographs should be sharp and free of glare. The best way to shoot them is to put your paintings in the shade, on a fairly sunny day, and shoot without a flash.
If you have photoshop, see R. Garriot's blog for tips on using photoshop to correct the colors and tones of your paintings.
Send your paintings to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload them to the blog.
Thank you for participating!
Sheila Tajima, Carrie Jacobson, Sandy Sandy
Letter for newspapers
Greetings! (Your name) here. I'm a local painter, participating in the Art for Animals project. I think the project might make a good story for your paper.
Here's how it works: Local painters paint portraits of animals in our shelters, and then give the paintings to the shelters. The shelters can do whatever they want with the paintings.
This is an unusual project because it is so direct. Typically, if artists donate to shelters or other charitable institutions, they give a percentage of their sales. I'm giving my paintings, free and clear.
The story would be inspiring, good news for your readers. There's plenty of art with it, too. Publication would help me connect with more artists in the area, and make the project more successful.
Paintings from participating artists may be seen at http://artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com.
I will call you in XX days to see if you're interested.