Some Minnesota families are using art to try to bring some happiness to those affected by the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

KSTP-TV reports that several families gathered at the Bloomington Theater and Arts Center on Saturday to make pictures to send to those struggling in Connecticut. They called the project "Smiles for Sandy Hook Elementary."

The project is sponsored by The Children's Book Illustrator's Guilt. Group president Shawn McCann says art is a way to express emotions.

Some children created pretty pictures. While one girl made an angel, and another made a picture that says "Peace on Earth."

Minnesota parent Jim Barke says he brought his son to make a picture, to show the young boy how important it is to care for a community in crisis.