Christian symbols

Finishing touches


 

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Students at the Willard Hope Center were busily completing their symbol paintings the month of April.

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Our last three sessions consisted of stencil painting, adding one last layer of color and a final coat of gloss.

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Students placed their stencils on the paintings and taped them down.

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After some brief instruction students set about spray painting the images on their canvases.

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We were blessed with a very windy day that challenged our painting session.

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Everyone was excited about their results from the painting session.

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The second session in April students added more color to their images after the outdoor spray painting session.

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Everyone had their own thoughts on how to complete their images.

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The final session was to add gloss to their paintings.

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Everyone worked hard to complete these wonderful symbol paintings.

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Here are examples of the students’ paintings that were sold at the auction in May.

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Symbols


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Hope Center members work to complete their symbol paintings for the Hope Center Auction.

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Adding lines, color and texture have been many of the lessons the student members have explored through this year-long project.

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Every week we have worked with the students we have had different students work on the paintings which has truly made this work a community effort.

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Everyone has learned about symbols in the Christian church and symbols that we encounter in daily life.

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Many of the symbols we see we take for granted, and many of the symbols we encounter we really don’t understand their meaning.  Hope Center students have explored these ideas in this project.

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It has been interesting to see what images have drawn the students interest and how they have interacted with the work.

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It has been fun to see them interact and grow as they explore visual art.

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Here are some examples of their work in progress.

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The next post will show the next step as the students learn how to apply stencils and spray paint to their images.

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Symbol painting


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We have an on-going painting project at the Willard Hope Center with the student members.

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Students are creating paintings based upon symbols of the Christian church.

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We have had different students working each session on the paintings, and it has really become a community project.

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Students are learning about their own abilities as they step out in faith to push their artistic skills in new areas.

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Students are also learning about symbols of the church and how they tell a story.  Their artwork will be on sale this spring to help support the work of the Hope Center.

Painting at the Hope Center


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We have resumed our painting project at the Hope Center with the students on Thursday afternoons.

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There is a lot of activity taking place as we continue with our paintings based on Christian symbolism.

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The members of the Hope Center are actively engaged in the creative process.

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This project has challenged the students to push their perceived ideas and abilities in art.

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Adding detail to the symbols seems to challenge the students as they are encouraged to look not at the whole shape but to focus on small areas as they proceed forward with this project.

 

Symbols of hope


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Using the theme of symbols, student members of the Hope Center have embarked on a painting project based on the symbols of the Christian faith.

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Students learned how to transfer the symbol onto canvas using a projected image.

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Students have been learning how to add detail and texture to the background of their canvas.

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After tracing their symbols with permanent marker, students have continued to add texture and layers of color to the background of their canvas.

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This has been a fun process for the students at the Hope Center.

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This project has encouraged the students to reflect on the symbol and it’s meaning as they add their own input into the paintings.

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We are taking a break from this painting project until the holidays have passed.  The students are learning that the process of creating a painting requires patience and develops skills, thoughtfulness and understanding.