Art FORM…where creative reuse takes shape!


Since July 2011, Art FORM has been providing arts education with creative reuse to schools and the community for little or no cost; making recycled materials accessible for projects; and helping students discover an art form that promotes ingenuity and creative problem solving.

The San Diego Zoo's Education Department made a visit to Art FORM (see more photos on Blog/Photo page)

The San Diego Zoo’s Education Department made a visit to Art FORM (see more photos on Blog/Photo page)


Thanks to our partner SDGE, Art FORM is able to offer more workshops in the 2014-2015 school year to local public schools who need it most.  We are so pleased to have been awarded The SDGE Environmental Champion Award again and look forward to more opportunities to partner.  Starting in the Spring, we will partner with the Girl Scouts’ Outreach Program at Euclid Elementary in City Heights, sharing the exploration of creative reuse with young Girl Scout artists!


ArtFORM is dedicated to helping promote arts instruction and environmental awareness in San Diego schools.  A surplus of materials exists for arts instruction and other projects, but organizing, sorting and making available this surplus and highlighting its potential reuse is a primary goal.  Art instruction with the creative reuse of these materials makes this a unique and vital program for San Diego schools and the community.


Creative reuse is the process that transforms any clean, safe, reusable scrap item into an object of interest or beauty.  This process can involve paper, wood, plastics, fabric, some metal, and a variety of found objects (natural and human-made).  Creative reuse does include blue bin items, but its breadth goes far beyond curbside recycling.  Every household and every business likely has materials to contribute.  Through its arts education workshops, Art FORM can help the public become more mindful of the kinds of items that can be donated and put to use in a wide variety of school curricula and community projects. (See our donations list/page)


Making the surplus of supplies for arts instruction more readily available does not in itself solve the problem of the deficit of arts instruction in San Diego schools, however.  The deficit in arts instruction is addressed through workshops that explore the creative reuse of such materials.  Schools with limited or no arts education are encouraged to book workshops for little or no cost as a way to expose their students to creative reuse and its possibilities.  Schools with existing arts programs will find new and innovative ways to enhance their instruction and curriculum in these workshops for low cost.

How Does Art FORM Benefit the Community?

  • Promotes landfill diversion, maximizing the use of clean recycled materials in art and education
  • Provides workshops for K-12 students, teachers, and the community where commonly discarded items are transformed into objects of beauty, usefulness, and interest
  • Conducts educational outreach activities, such as free art projects at street fairs, festivals, and other community events
  • Promotes awareness and implementation of sustainable practices in art, education, and daily activities, especially for underserved populations
  • Promotes ingenuity and creative problem solving in art and everyday life
  • Encourages community service and volunteerism
  • Ultimately, provides a large central facility where donated recycled items are displayed and made available for little or no cost
  • Art FORM is a nonprofit 501c3, so contributions are tax deductible!

What’s Next?

  • Continue to grow Art FORM as a strong arts education program emphasizing creative reuse
  • Engage representatives from arts, environmental, and educational organizations as well as businesses and local governments to support Art FORM in:
    •  acquiring a larger storefront with space for sorting, organizing, and displaying donated materials and conducting workshops
    •  procuring funding for ongoing program activities
    •  forming community collaborations
  • Acquire a vehicle for transporting donated materials


Art FORM is the nonprofit arm of Rare Hare Studio.  Now in its 7th year, Rare Hare Studio has offered F.A.I.R. classes, which focus on the integration of recycled and repurposed items into the creative process whenever possible (Fostering Artistic Ingenuity w/Recycling).  Environmental awareness is increased by turning normally discarded items that impact San Diego landfills into functional and creative art projects.  Students gain an awareness of how their own ability to express themselves can be interconnected with their community and can impact the larger world around them.  The availability and bounty of reuse materials allows the inspiration behind F.A.I.R. classes to be made available to the larger San Diego community.  Art FORM’s mission is to create a broader engagement with creative reuse, making both materials and instruction more accessible.

Art FORM is a nonprofit tax exempt 501c3 organization.  Although our programs are underway, Art FORM’s mission and goals can be further expanded by donating clean reusable scraps and giving financial contributions. Donations and contributions can be tax-deductible.


Art FORM’s Creative Reuse Store on Saturdays from 10am-2pm, where teachers, kids, artists and crafty folks select from a bounty of materials for projects.  These items are available for a low-cost donation, which goes directly back into Art FORM’s workshops and community programs.  You can find us on Saturdays from 10-2 at 3316 Adams Avenue, San Diego, in the heart of Normal Heights.  Saturdays are also a great day to donate; see our wish list page or Creative Reuse store page for more information.

Chinese New Year Dragon made by visting teachers from a local public school during Art FORM workshop.

For more information about free or low-cost creative re-use workshops for students and the community please contact us.  At this time, we are scheduling school group workshops and other groups for remainder of the 2015 school year.

Erin Pennell
Founder, Board President
3316 Adams Avenue, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92116