youth programs

Art Camp -Day 1


Art Camp began today at the Art Junction.

The campers created a cardboard stencil of something they were interested in turning into a chalk drawing.

Campers then learned how to add water to their chalk and incorporate using a brush to create their chalk image.

The campers learned to make chalk paintings on the sidewalk.  Everyone was amazed at how fast the time passed as they worked on their projects.

The other project we began was some yard art.

Campers used found objects to use as stencil patterns.

Adding shapes and color to the dry landscape was a new idea and lots of fun!

The Campers had fun learning and exploring new ways to be creative in day one of Art Camp at the Art Junction!

Painting at The Hope Center -the final coat of paint


The last two painting sessions were a lot of fun as the participants added letters and words into their image.

Adding text to an image can aid the artist and viewer in interpreting the expression of the painting.

Adding masking tape to cover what you want to save and deleting what needs to be covered is the next step.

Working in community aids the process and encourages the creative process.

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision. -James Whistler

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. -Scott Adams

Art and the creative process allows us to make sense of the world around us as we seek to form an expression of what we experience.
Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art. -Miguel Angel Ruiz
As we join together in this dance of life creativity is the song we learn to sing together.
Joining together in the creative process allows hope to be passed along to those who do not fully understand its meaning.
I challenge you to share the creativity with those around you…instilling hope for our future.  These paintings will be auctioned off at the Hope Center Auction.  I hope you can support this effort in some way!

Painting at The Hope Center


The Art Junction began a collaborative project with the Willard Hope Center this past week.

The Art Junction was asked to help the Hope Center create some original paintings to be auctioned off for their upcoming benefit.

The participants were given some basic instructions on design and color as they began to embark upon their creative journey.

After choosing a base color and masking off some lines to help define the shape of their creative expression, everyone jumped into the process of art-making.

Acrylic paint is fast drying paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion.

Acrylic paints can be diluted with water, but become water-resistant when dry.

Depending on how much the paint is diluted (with water) or modified with acrylic gels, media, or pastes, the finished acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting, or have its own unique characteristics not attainable with other media.

After covering their canvas with a layer of paint the next step was to remove the masking tape.

Masking tape is a type of pressure sensitive tape made of a thin and easy-to-tear paper, and an easily released pressure sensitive adhesive. Very clean lines can be produced by employing it; without it, the paint bleeds under the edges of the tape, producing a fuzzy or varied line.

Black paint was then mixed with the base color to create a shade of the base color.

In color theory, a shade is the mixture of a color with black, which reduces lightness. Mixing a color with any neutral color, including black and white, reduces the chroma, or colorfulness, while the hue remains unchanged.

The shade was added to the unpainted masked areas on the canvas.

A free, loose line was created by this process, leaving the canvas covered with its first layer of paint and design.

The paintings have been set aside to dry and await next week’s Hopeful painting session of creative expression.

I hope you will stop by the Art Junction’s blog to see the progress in this creative journey!