North Gwinnett High School students in Suwanee, Georgia

North Gwinnett High School students in Suwanee, Georgia

North Gwinnett High School students in Suwanee, Georgia

North Gwinnett High School students in Suwanee, Georgia


Created by North Gwinnett High School students in Suwanee, Georgia 
Artists: Deline, Davison, Jane and Dani.
Teacher: Debi West
Title: Art with Purpose
Theme: Honoring the identity of orphans from Nepal via Memory Project.
About: The International Memory Project allows our students the opportunity to “adopt” children in orphanages from around the world.  For a small fee, students receive a photograph of a child and honor their identity through the art of portraiture, learning about how art can literally change lives!  Once these portraits are complete, the art is mailed back to the organization and then personally delivered to each child.  Photos are then taken with the child holding their portrait and sent back to the student artists.  I have students want to take this art II course specifically to be involved with this project.  To date, we have adopted over 200 children.
This year when I posed the question, What is Your Dream for the Future, to my students, they all said, helping others like we did for the Memory Project – so I made color copies of their beautiful and heartfelt drawings and paintings and created these panels filled with heART felt caring, compassion, love and unity.  This is another version of our “Art with Purpose”.