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Power Building

Students at Laurel Dell are exploring architecture and the world around them. Mentor artists Rich Storek & Shirl Buss are working with 4th and 5th graders to investigate the community, learn about architecture and design their own projects. Rich’s classroom was working on building tetrahedrons and learning about how to make structures solid.  Shirl’s students were building individual Tower of Power structures and then creating bridges to link with a classmate. Shirl worked with teacher Mr. G to help students pick out words that represent who they are in the world. They then created the Tower of Power to help share their story. When they link with a classmate they begin the process of collaboration. Mr. G is part of an engineering collaborative of the Marin County Office of Education, he said the work they are doing with Shirl will carry over and connect with other aspects of the classroom curriculum.

Funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation.


Recycled Art – Reuse, Rethink, Recreate

By YIA Mentor Artist – June Li

I mentored students at Marina Middle School in San Francisco in creating a beautiful recycled tree this year.  We collected recycled materials and found objects in nature, such as junk mail, paper plates, and falling branches. Instead of buying products, students turned waste into creative art projects to share with their friends and families.  By completing our recycled tree, students became more aware of our environment and what they throw away on a daily basis, and used their imagination to transform junk into beautiful objects. My goal for this course was to inspire students to buy less, reuse and recreate; own less and live more.  We will live healthier and the planet will be greener.



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INSPIRE at YIA Gallery through 12/22

Two December art sales events give you an opportunity this holiday season to support Youth in Arts while purchasing art for gifts or just for yourself (you deserve it!)

Through December 22, YIA Gallery in Downtown San Rafael hosts INSPIRE: Teaching Artists Exhibit, featuring the work of 26 local teaching artists providing art classes for students of all ages across Marin.

Come by for our Opening Reception on Friday, December 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. as part of 2nd Fridays Art Walk Downtown or visit any time between 11 and 4 weekdays. Your purchases support both the teaching artist who created each piece and Youth in Arts programs for students of all ages and abilities. Our gift shop with smaller handmade items and cards by teaching artists and students is also open for your holiday shopping!

intro-graphic-mediumAlso, throughout the month of December, ArtJet is donating 10% of your online purchases of fine art delivered to you to Youth in Arts. Just shop ArtJet’s amazing collections of American art online and select Youth in Arts at checkout.

We think you can find a beautiful work of art or unique and handmade item or card for everyone on your gift list this season…

…but if you can’t, please don’t forget to shop Amazon Smile and benefit YIA with every Amazon purchase!