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Making Family Flags at James Monroe Elementary

On December 4th, Youth in Arts hosted a Family Art Night at James Monroe Elementary in Santa Rosa, as part of a free program offered to schools impacted by the recent fires.  Riley Street Art Supply [http://www.rileystreet.com] kindly provided the supplies for 50 students and their families to take part in the Family Flag project.  Participants were asked to close their eyes and think of symbols that give them strength and power.  When they opened their eyes they were asked to quickly draw four thumbnail sketches.  They then chose their favorite image from the group and redrew it on a larger scale on the canvas flag.  After all the symbols were sketched, they added lots of vibrant pastel and watercolor to complete the piece.  The finished flags were beautiful and colorful images representing the resilience, diversity and heart of James Monroe Elementary.  Thank you for having us!

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