Art, Origami and Wellness in a 21st Century STEAM* curriculum: with special events and community art to inspire change.
Seeking One Million Hearts to Share Our Health Message!**
Using 21st Century pedagogy, students learn first from their teacher then work in teams. They turn in their first origami practice heart for a group installation*, make their second heart with a partner or a team of peers, and create their third heart solo to take home with a personal health message inside, thus integrating both skills and internalized goals.
Generally, the KidsArt4Heart Health curriculum is taught in primary grade classrooms in a one hour period. Student are taught the three phrase lesson "Lets Move! Eat Right, Don't Smoke." with a 10-fold story heart lesson in origami. Math and science concepts are included in the story folds.
Other origami shapes, including butterflies, stars, houses and blossoms, can also be used by KidsArt4Heart outreach programs to share fun math and science interdisciplinary lessons.
*PLEASE SEND your hearts to :
KidsArt4Hearts, Suite 51, 153 Patchen Drive, Lexington, KY, 40517, USA if you wish to participate; contact us for information on how to teach the health lesson. The Million Heart Installation of contributed origami hearts collected from all locations has a sketch on the Art Work Page.
2nd grade Maxwell Elementary students sharing their favorite vegetables and fruits "to fill half their plate." photo: Lexington Herald-Leader, Tom Eblen.
Second grade Maxwell Elementary student writing how she wants to move and stay active on her third heart. photo: Lexington Herald-Leader, Tom Eblen.
Glendover Elementary School Second Graders and teacher, happy with their origami hearts, after a fun day of problem solving and creativity with art!
Special events for children, families and adults engaging them with art to inspire wellness!*
*PLEASE SEND your origami hearts to KidsArt4Hearts, Suite 51, 153 Patchen Drive, Lexington, KY, 40517, USA to participate.
Contact us for information on how to teach the heart wellness lesson.
The Million Heart planned Installation of contributed origami hearts collected from participants in all locations has a sketch on the Art Work Page.
Origami and Aging Demonstration
Maintain your brain! We created origami and learned about healthy aging at the 8th Annual Mind Matters Health Fair at the Fayette County Extension Office.
Dr Cerel-Suhl teaching families in a workshop "Heart and Home" at The University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY, February, 2016.
CRAVE Public Event, Lexington, KY 2014
Children and their families learn about heart health through origami
"Ride My Bike"
Physical activity goal from a child at the Historic Pleasant Green Church, Sunday School Outreach Class, Lexington, KY 2015
Art Work/Environmental Art
Group projects are created from individual origami folded shapes. Hundreds of donated origami hearts are combined to create giant works of environmental advocacy art. We have collected thousands so far.
We are now seeking a total of ONE MILLION Hearts- to raise awareness of our health messages, culminating with a giant collaborative group sculpture. (The One Million Heart Campaign of the CDC and American Heart Association to save one million lives in 5 years with outreach is completing its first cycle in December of 2016.)
*PLEASE SEND your hearts to:
KidsArt4Hearts, Suite 51, 153 Patchen Drive, Lexington, KY, 40517, USA.
If you wish to participate; contact us for information on how to teach the health lesson with the origami hearts. Our Million Heart Installation seeks to inspire, to teach prevention and to raise awareness in a unique and fun way, reaching the young and all ages.
Completed heart banner of hearts donated by Sayre Middle School Students, displayed in downtown Lexington, KY, February 2014.
"Heart of Hearts" Series Sketch
Sketch for Large Sculpture of "Heart of Hearts Series" - by Andre Pater, 2015.
"Heart of Hearts 1"
Paper, Foam and Glass Relief, 6' diameter, composed of hundred of origami hearts created by Dr Cerel-Suhl. (hearts donated by students)
"Join Our Community"- For Sanders Brown Healthy Aging
Join us for A Community of Healthy Aging with Origami, Art and Fun together! The Sanders Brown Center at University of Kentucky will be having a healthy aging fair May 23. Info on our activities for seniors will be offered with opportunities to try origami there.
Circle of Love- June 2016
Simple Work of Art by S Cerel-Suhl
Origami USA Class Banner (2016 NY)
75 Heart Banner created collaboratively by Dr Cerel-Suhl's class at Origami USA International Meeting after the class learned the KidArt4Heart curriculum.
"Kentucky Hearts Quilt" group project
by Headley-Whitley class of July 30, 2016. With Deborah Borrowdale-Cox
"Origami Paper Heart Quilt" by Family Care Center student mothers.
On September 14, 2016, high school mothers at the Family Care Center in Lexington, Kentucky created this group project collaboratively with Dr Cerel-Suhl. After learning the origami hearts and wellness lessons of KidsArt4Hearts, we looked at one student's baby's quilt. Then some girls made more individual hearts while others assembled a "paper quilt" of ribbons, wrapping paper, and the many hearts of the entire group. Each student also took home her personal message of wellness inside her third heart from the class lesson.
*Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics
** PLEASE SEND your shared hearts to KidsArt4Hearts, Suite 51, 153 Patchen Drive, Lexington, KY, 40517, USA. If you wish to participate; contact us for information on how to teach the health lesson. The Million Heart Installation of contributed origami hearts collected from all locations has a sketch on the Art Work Page.