Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Youth Art Blog: Living in Color

The Learning Center is so full of color lately!  From our beautiful makeover to a fun color theory class from our Cosmetology instructor, HALO has been vibrant, bright, and full of smiles and laughter.

Last Tuesday, our youth enrolled in the cosmetology workshop were able to have tons of fun creating projects based on color theory.  Our instructor took some time to explain the consequences of using the wrong dye in someone's hair (green hair, anyone?) and then helped us learn more about picking the right color!  The lesson had two parts: first, each youth was given a color wheel worksheet and asked to use finger paints to combine primary colors to create secondary and tertiary colors.  There's nothing more fun than finger painting!  Then, after the youth understood how to make complementary color combinations, they were given a canvas, a bunch of crayons, and a blow dryer to make a beautiful piece of crayon art.  Color theory was incredibly important to make sure that our art didn't turn brown!

After the youth finished, they were able to take home a beautiful piece of art along with some useful knowledge about hair dye, complementary colors, and the importance of trying new things!

If you're interested in helping provide supplies for workshops just like this one, please check out our revamped page and take a look at our Donation Wish List!  For more information, email Carly Manijak at

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Youth Art Blog: A Group Quilt and Some Perseverance

Last week in the Learning Center we had two art workshops that focused on June’s theme: perseverance.  We asked each youth to think of two situations: a struggle that he or she is currently facing and what it would look like when he or she overcame that struggle.  Then each youth illustrated their challenge and their future success on two separate pieces of construction paper, using any medium they wanted.  Finally, we taped each of their creations up on the wall to create a “quilt” that showed how each of us is united by our challenges and successes.  It was so inspiring to watch youth of all ages create this project, whether it was through concrete depictions or abstract conceptions.  Take a look at HALO Workshop to view the lesson plan or keep scrolling to view youth artwork!

Struggle: "Allergies"
Success: Loving the outdoors!

Struggle: "Over-protective"
Success: "Trusting"

Struggle Unknown (but still super cool looking!)
Struggle: "Work on Anger"

Success: "Get a Job (and take new girlfriend on a date)"


Success: "Lov"