The wonderful elementary school my children attend, Chantilly Montessori School, hosts an annual Gallery Crawl as part of thier cultural arts curriculum. The Gallery Crawl reception on March 17, 2011, was the culmination of six week projects each class completed with the guidance of parent artists. This year, I worked with 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders in Ms. Lisa Roden's class to create a series of collages inspired by the art and literature of Eric Carle.
We created seven collages, each featuring a Charlotte landmark, and turned our art into a package of notecards. The children learned about the process of budgeting and pricing, designing and formatting our artwork as notecards, and marketing and packaging their product.
We sold all of the cards we'd prepared at the Gallery Crawl event and took orders for 30 more sets, raising over $300 for the Humane Society of Charlotte (per vote by the class).