January marked the beginning of the monthly workshops that I will be teaching at Halton Women’s Place, which provides housing and care for abused women and children.
For the first classes, we focused on creating a mixed media piece using collage, stamps, stencils, acrylic paint, markers and pastels. Everyone really enjoyed the collage portion with some of the participants using a variety of colored papers and tissue for their background, others using magazine images, and the rest using a combination of the two.
The women all enjoyed the relaxing benefit of creating the art and were all so appreciative and thankful to have had the opportunity to do so. In the end their creativity showed through and they all came up with some really creative pieces!
Here are some samples from the classes:
The workshops are part of the new Community Outreach Program offered through the Oakville Art Society. The Program was created in 2014 with the support of the Trillium Foundation and provides free art classes, with studio space, instruction and materials, for youth aged 6-17, and workshops for adults 18+. I have been thrilled to be a part of this program as a teacher since the launch and so far we have been able to provide art classes to a variety of community groups in need, such as Nelson Youth Group, SOAAR (Successful Options for Adults with Autism Re-envisioned), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Halton, Halton Women’s Shelter and soon, Kerr Street Ministries.
For more information about the Community Program and the upcoming Starry Night Gala fundraiser in support of this program please visit www.oakvilleartsociety.com/50thgala.html