Dear You is a cross-cultural art project I created for children aged 4-15 years old in 2013. The aim of Dear You is to connect children internationally through creativity, reading, writing, and sharing art and culture. Since then Dear You has grown quite a lot! Now we have participating schools in Finland, Germany, Czech Republic, Taiwan, USA, to name a few.  Dear You is about making friends all over the world and there is always room for one more. 

Mail Art + Pen Friends = Dear You art project


Dear You artists from Oulunkyl are making their Self-Portrait Puppet Card

Moonstone Preschool in Philadelphia, USA are one of the participating schools in the Dear You art project.  Moonstone Preschool's 4-5 year old artists have been corresponding with the 4-5 year old Helsinki artists since August 2013.  These budding artists from both USA and Finland have been making art for each other and create dialogue through their artwork as a means to learn about each other’s cultures and languages.  This process of exchange also encourages one to read and write whilst developing artistic skills.

This concept is similar to having pen friends, but in Dear You every time the students correspond with each other, a new art technique will be introduced.  Every participating class will receive an age-appropriate Dear You Art Project, which all the artists will create for each other.  The classroom teachers will assist in all these fun and creative things to share- anything that fits in an envelope!

This program can be run on a monthly basis. I am open to suggestions and would
like this project to be accommodating for everybody involved. The only thing I ask for
is that a time commitment is confirmed so that the students in both countries will know how long they will be corresponding with their new friend.

To learn more about starting Dear You digitally with IPEVO Classroom at your school please have a look here:

We will:
Build with scissors, glue and paint
Plan, imagine, make cards and letters
Develop social, visual communication, and literacy skills
Introduce and play with new art techniques
Make new friends in another country
Have a better understanding of the world
Receive and create letters from our new friend

Click here to have a look at the art we've been making.

Participating Schools:
Moonstone Preschool in Philadelphia, PA, USA
Oulunkylän Englanninkielinen Päiväkoti in Helsinki, Finland
Your School in Espoo, Finland
U.S.KIDS Language School in Taipei, Taiwan
Panda Learning Center in Prague, Czech Republic
Central Point International Elementary School in Prague, Czech Republic
Kita Felix and Friends in Berlin, Germany
Atuarfik Otto Frederiksen in Qassiarsuk, Greenland
Lasteaed Illikuku in Põlvamaa, Estonia

Da Vinci International School in Antwerp, Belgium

Nuuk Internationale Friskole in Nuuk, Greenland

Get involved!  For more information, please contact me at arlene.dearyou(at)
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