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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Design a Backpack and WIN!!!

Are YOU looking for something
to DO this SUMMER?

Well, Sharpie & Office Depot have joined together for the
My Backpack Project!

The artwork is DUE - Saturday, September 19, 2009.
Then you will be able to VOTE on the finalist!

There are two ways to complete the artwork for this contest, you can go to Office Depot, purchase an actual BACKPACK and draw right ON IT!
You can go to the website and DOWNLOAD a form to complete your design on!
Either way it sound like FUN!
Remember - you've GOT TO BE IN IT TO WIN IT!!!

So, what's in it for YOU???
Designers will have the chance to win prizes, including the opportunity to have their backpack design reproduced and sold in Office Depot stores nationwide during the 2010 back-to-school season.

Grand Prize

One (1) Grand Prize will be awarded to the Finalist who receives the most votes. The Grand Prize will consists of a check in the amount of $5,000 for the winner and the winner’s back pack design will be produced and sold in Office Depot stores in 2010.

First Prize
One (1) First Prize will be awarded to the Finalist who receives the second highest quantity of votes. The First Prize will consist of a check in the amount of $3,000.

Second Prize
One (1) Second Prize will be awarded to the Finalist who receives the third highest quantity of votes. The Second Prize will consist of a check in the amount of $2,000.

For more information read this article in Woman's Day Magazine - CLICK HERE

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

over 300,000 visitors to our Artsonia gallery!

We did it! I was hoping to reach this goal by the end of this school year
and we just squeaked by...our
Mount Prospect School ARTSONIA Gallery
officially hit 300,436 visitors this morning!

We finished the year publishing 4,351 piece of artwork! Congratulations to all the young artists at Mount Prospect School. If you have not had a chance to see what we have created this year - CLICK HERE

Parents please remember if you have NOT already REGISTERED for ARTSONIA you can contact me to get the security code to do so, just e-mail me at:
Registering as your child's parent or legal guardian will alert you to when new artwork is published and allow you to approve comments left for your child!

Comments, friends and family members LOVE to leave positive comments about the artwork that is published on ARTSONIA, these comments MUST be approved by a parent of legal guardian before they will show up for the students to read.
To approve you child's comments just log-on to Artsonia. Again, if you need assistance you can e-mail me at:

Finally remember, if you make any artwork this summer you can add it to your personal gallery on ARTSONIA, just log into your account for more information. It's really easy -- you just need a digital camera, a computer
and access to the internet! Good Luck!

Wishing all of you a creative summer with your children and
I will see all of you back at
Mount Prospect School in September!

~ Mrs. Bivona

Monday, June 08, 2009

All Kids Can Create Exhibit, Washington DC

Congratulations Matthew!

The photos above are from the CVS Caremark "All Kids Can Create" Exhibit at Union Station in Washington, DC. This exhibit is sponsored by VSA Arts. My student, Matthew D's artwork was selected as the New Jersey finalist for this exhibit. Winners were selected from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. This exhibit opened in Washington, DC on June 1st and will be on display until June 21st. Matthew & his family and my husband & I traveled to Washington this weekend to see the display and go to the VSA arts Start with the Arts Family Festival at the National Portrait Gallery. WOW -- what an exciting weekend for everyone! We met at Union Station and took lots of great photos, then we took the Metro to the National Portrait Gallery. When we arrived we were directed to the atrium, this beautiful space was filled with tables, FILLED with art supplies and plenty of willing teachers and assistants to help! So Matthew and I sat right down and started working! What a BLAST ~ and for a day, I did not have to be the teacher -- I got to enjoy and create! This exhibit will go on a 2 year national tour of children's museums in the United States. To see all the work from the "All Kids Can Create" Exhibit - CLICK HERE!

All the work was submitted through ARTSONIA, to see all the entries for this exhibit, CLICK HERE to go to the ARTSONIA - All Kids Can Create Gallery!

The experience of participating in this exhibit has been EXCELLENT! As you can see from the photos above, the work was framed beautifully, each piece included the artwork and the artist statement. VSA arts published a beautiful catalog of the exhibit, which provides a wonderful and lasting memory for all the children and their families! Each student whose work was submitted through ARTSONIA received a certificate of participation.

So, if you are an art teacher - make sure to answer the Call For Entires for the All Kids Can Create Contest next year!

Once again Congratulations to Matthew, it was a joy to spend time with him and his family this weekend!

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