July 2013 in photos at the Naples Art Association

This July has been all about youth arts programs. Catch the excitement that their creativity ignites at ARTScool at the Naples Art Association!

Naples Art Association selected as a Charity for Change 2013 beneficiary


Education Director Callie Spilane presented to Ms. Robyn Gibson’s and Mrs. Jennifer Jordan’s first grade classes at Lake Park Elementary on Thursday, May 23 on how art all comes down to math, as she showed them how shapes form the basis of any drawing. The class had chosen the Naples Art Association for its “Charity for Change” project.

The Naples Art Association is pleased to be a Charity for Change recipient.  Charity for Change is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008. It creates and promotes opportunities for charitable giving as a way of living through character education and community engagement. They aim to provide a foundation for academic achievement, anti-bullying, volunteerism, community involvement, and social and personal responsibility.

Their School “Giver” Program engages 3,500 students, bringing character education to life. Together, each class chooses its charities and sets a fundraising goal.  The students bring in change or host mini-fundraisers to contribute to the classroom bank for their charity. Recipient Charities participate by visiting the classrooms and talking about the services they provide to the community, further helping students connect with how their donations help others.

On Thursday, May 23, Education Director Callie Spilane made a presentation the first graders on how art relates to math, as she demonstrated to them how shapes form the basis of any drawing. ARTScool programming helps students apply their artistic creativity to subjects like math, science, and history enforcing how art is part of our day to day life. Spilane helped the first grader see how their donations would make a difference to others.

Students in  Ms. Gibson’s and Mrs. Jordan’s first grade Lake Park Elementary classes collected and donated their change and much needed supplies for ARTScool programs offered at the von Liebig art center this summer.

Learn more about educational programming with the Naples Art Association.

Learn more about Charity for Change.

January at the Naples Art Association

January 2013 at the Naples Art Association was a whirlwind of energy following the holidays. ART Connects began. That’s the new Naples Art Association series exploring the power of creativity and including workshops for artists about the business side of their career. Crowds filled Fifth Avenue South and Park Street on the first weekend of the year for the Downtown Naples New Year’s Art Fair and Art in the Park. Art classes and workshops were full of passionate and talented art students. ARTScool 2013 classes were announced and registrations have begun. The NAA had a chance to partner with Naples businesses and nonprofits as well. Check out this gallery for a glimpse!

Sponsor a Link in the World’s Longest Clay Chain

World Record Clay Chain on Display at The von Liebig Art Center

After eight weeks of collaboration, students in David Hammel’s ClaysCOOL class at the summer children’s education program ARTScool were proud to see their handiwork hanging in the lobby of The von Liebig Art Center.

Help the Naples Art Association, Instructor David Hammel and over 200 ARTScool students as they apply for entry into the Guinness Book of World Records!

The process is costly, and as a nonprofit organization, we are inviting the community to support our endeavor. Your $5.00 donation will help us achieve our goal of $5,000. You can sponsor as many links as you wish! All money collected will offset the cost of applying to the world record organization.

Click here to purchase links from the Naples Art Association’s secure site.

If for some reason we do not succeed in entrance into the world book of records, all money collected will go toward ARTSCool scholarships for the 2013 season.

The Naples Art Association, a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization, helps children learn and develop their artistic talents through ARTScool. The 14-year-old summer program is taught by state-certified instructors and provides opportunities in a variety of media including clay, painting, drawing, mixed media and more. Every class includes lessons in history, science, math or geography.