Art Sparks

Art Sparks


1st grade art and geometry says "Create 3D shapes by folding and taping construction paper. See ArtSparks Activity Handouts." Where are the activity handouts? Thanks

ArtSparks is an art appreciation & visual literacy program designed by the Allen Arts Alliance, and

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Join us Saturday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. as VALA (Visual Arts League of Allen, TX) artist Wendy McIntyre introduces us to the world of paper clay at this Arts with Friends program. You will be introduced to creating paper clay and be able to work with your own samples. Workable paper clay can be used to create sculptures, bowls, jewelry, or anything your creative mind can come up with! For ages 18+. Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen Public Library.

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Learn to create beautiful marbled notecards using a technique inspired by the ancient Japanese art of Suminagashi.

Get your ticket starting at 10 a.m. at the door to the Meeting Room.

Arts @ APL: Oil Pastels 07/17/2022

Arts @ APL: Oil Pastels For ages 18+. Artist Christa Diepenbrock returns. Create beautiful artwork with oil pastels and learn how to work with this medium. All supplies provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen Public Library.


APL's summer writing competition starts today!

Write a short story set in the summertime. Your story can be written in any genre. Mystery, romance, science fiction, historical fantasy, horror, or any other genre you can think of -- just make sure it stays between 750 and 1000 words.


Join art therapist and certified counselor Rachel Nash as she leads a workshop on art therapy through creative art-making to help ease the anxious mind Tuesday evening in the Upstairs Program Room. Sponsored by the Friends of the Allen Public Library.

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Timeline photos 05/12/2022

Allen ISD hosted a Fine Arts Signing Day this week for Seniors who plan to pursue the arts upon graduation.

This is the inaugural Fine Arts Signing Day for AISD, and 20 seniors were celebrated, five of those receiving scholarships to continue their fine arts education at a two or four-year university

Congratulations to the AISD seniors who were honored. We are so proud of your hard work and look forward to your future success.


Do you want to create nice art, but everything you make just turns out ✨bad✨? Bad Art Night is for you!

For more information, see our website:

2022 Spring Art Classes 02/09/2022

Afterschool Art Classes are here! Registration open now for 8wk class blocks---ages 8-15yrs
Full detail and registration here:

2022 Spring Art Classes 2022 Spring Art Classes Classes begin Mar 15th, 2022 Register @ : Alliance *Camp Instructors are Professional Artists and Educators Allen Arts Bringing Art to Life and are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. All Classes are 90 mins long, Tues-Wed-Fri. Afternoons & Ev

Timeline photos 12/01/2021

Allen High School Visual Art students are infesting The Dinosaur Company with a collection of amazing papier-mache insects. This infestation, ahem, installation is open to the public from Dec. 11-Jan. 4.

Photos from Allen Independent School District's post 11/21/2021

That Book Woman

Join us for a free family-friendly concert of music pulled from the setting of That Book Woman, one of the books in this year's ALLen Reads program at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at a live event and also virtually at

You can count on rip roar-in' fiddle tunes that will have you dancing in the aisle and beautiful folk songs that will stay with you for days!

We're proud to feature two incredible guest artists. Fiddler Katrina Glaze will be playing selections from Mark O'Connor's virtuosic "Strings and Threads." Soprano Julie Strauser will bring the Appalachian hills to life with stunningly set folk tunes from the region.

The program will be rounded out with other fun fiddle tunes, including the Hoedown from Aaron Copland's "Rodeo" and Ashokan Farewell, famous from Ken Burns' "Civil War" mini-series.

This program is a collaboration between the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra, Allen Public Library and the ALLen Reads program of the Friends of the Allen Public Library.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.

Photos from Blue House Too's post 09/12/2021

Mark your calendars!


All the world is a canvas, right?! Our students are making art out of some "in progress" remodeling happening at AHS and we love it!



Congratulations to our Chalk the Trail winner!

We will be reaching out to the winner regarding their prize. Thank you to all who participated! To learn more about our upcoming Discover events, go here:


Check out this breathtaking artwork by '21 graduate Claire Tsui.

Claire's piece, titled "Metamorphosis," won 3rd place in the Texas Third Congressional District 2021 Art Competition. "Metamorphosis" will be on display for the next year in Congressman Van Taylor's Collin County office.


One week until Summer Reading Club starts on Monday, May 24 through READsquared! Earn points by logging your minutes read or book titles read. Complete the program to win fun prizes and a free book! Please visit our webpage for reading program requirements by age group and for more info:

Classes - Allen Arts Alliance 05/18/2021

Summer camp for your budding artists!
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Classes - Allen Arts Alliance Allen Arts Alliance 2021 Summer Art Camps for Kids Summer Art Camp Fee $150/per student * fee includes ALL materials and a daily snack. **Limited to 10-12 students per camp. ***All...


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Looking for something fun to do Tuesday evening? Come check out Allen High School theatre's "Shakespeare in Hollywood"! This event is free, but reserve tickets are required to claim your seat. Grab yours at

Photos from Friends of the Allen Public Library's post 03/10/2021

Registration opens today for the Arts @ APL Sashiko Stitching program! Snag your spot today

Photos from Allen High School's post 02/03/2021
Photos from Allen High School's post 01/21/2021

Congratulations, Eagles!

4-Year-Old Feels Lonely In Quarantine, Sets Up A Fairy Garden, Her Neighbor Notices And Pretends To Be A Fairy Named Sapphire For 9 Months 12/17/2020

Make something beautiful!
You never know what it will spark!

4-Year-Old Feels Lonely In Quarantine, Sets Up A Fairy Garden, Her Neighbor Notices And Pretends To Be A Fairy Named Sapphire For 9 Months During these stressful times, we could all use a heartwarming story about a little girl who still believes in fairytales, magic, and fairies. Kelly Victoria—a photographer based in LA, California—thought the same when she decided to share how she and her 4-year-old neighbor created a beautiful b...


Today is the last day to enter toe Carson M Doss Legacy Scholarship MLK Art Contest!

The Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appreciation Day Service Committee is pleased to share a scholarship opportunity for our Collin County high school seniors and Collin College students. The Carson M. Doss Legacy Scholarship Art Contest will award two scholarships in the amount of $1000 each to a Collin County high school senior (must attend a Collin County school) or Collin College student. The link to apply can be found here:

Details on the Scholarship include:

Theme: The Birmingham Campaign

Entry Deadline: November 30, 2020

Entrants notified by: December 16, 2020

Mediums accepted: Any 2-D, including photography

Entry limits: Limit 2 entries per person

Entry fee: $0

Email for questions: [email protected]

Organization hosting: Collin County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Appreciation Day Service Committee

Timeline photos 11/29/2020

The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland's Most Unusual Museums

A. Kendra Greene will discuss her book The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: Travels Among the Collectors of Iceland at a live virtual event 7:30 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 1 at Submit questions until 8:30 p.m. that evening through [email protected]

Artist and writer Kendra Greene is a fixture at the Nasher Sculpture Center and Dallas Museum of Art where she often leads artist and writing workshops. Insights garnered from her museum experience enriched her with unique perspectives for delving into the intriguing and quirky landscape of Icelandic Museums. Iceland has a population of 356,000 and has 265 museums – nearly one for every 1,250 residents! Enjoy the journey that combines travel history, the mythic and the eccentric.

When asked what inspired her to pen this book, Kendra declared, “Nowhere in the world have I seen personal collections turn into museums so seamlessly, so frequently, or so brilliantly—and so many of them, so recently!—as on the superlative island of Iceland. And those museums have everything to do not just with how we hold on to some few precious things, but how part of our humanity is that we keep, make, or even invent those things because they keep close to those memories, those stories, we can’t live without.”

Now that so many of the world’s museums confront unprecedented challenges, it behooves us to take this quirky quest without obtaining a passport.

A Kendra Greene also teaches Creative Writing at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Call 214-509-4911 for additional information


Allen Public Library

Bump your DIY paper snowflakes up a notch! With nothing more than good scissors, paper and an iron (yes, an iron) you can create snowflakes to decorate your windows, your tabletop and your gifts!

Timeline photos 11/11/2020

Join the Allen High School Varsity Jazz Band as they perform NEXT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17th (6pm) at The Park at Fairview Town Center. Bring a blanket or lawn-chair while sipping on some coffee or eating on a patio at one of the nearby restaurants next to the outdoor stage.

Call for Artists–20 Under 20 2021 11/08/2020

Call for Artists–20 Under 20 2021 This is a juried art exhibit showcasing 20 emerging artists under the age of 20. The selected artwork will be on display at Blue House Too, Allen Arts Alliance’s art gallery in Watters Creek.

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