Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Styro-Focus Printmaking!

To practice May’s life skill, Focus, HALO youth tried an art form that takes a lot of focus – Printmaking!
For this project, “Styro-focus Printmaking” involved carving words or an image into a Styrofoam plate using a dull pencil. After the image is carved, youth brush paint on their plate and then press it onto colorful paper to make their print! This project required plenty of patience, diligence, and focus. Youth also have to really focus if they want to carve words into their plate, because the words have to be written backwards in order to show up correctly once printed. Printmaking is great for making multiples of a design, so youth were also able to rinse the plate and try out new colors of paint or paper and create a colorful variety of artwork. The youth loved being able to make lots of prints in a short amount of time.
This project required a lot of focus in the beginning, but the youth grew more confident as they realized they were mastering such a difficult art medium. Many youth even expressed excitement about covering their walls with their multitude of colorful prints! This was a very fun way and creative way for the youth to practice an important life skill!
“A clear and focused mind will last a lifetime. Getting your mind in shape is nothing less than the key to sustainable success in the world.” – Russell Simmons
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A carved and painted image on a Styrofoam plate.
A work in progress!
The very lovely finished product.
“Love” and “cherish” are powerful words used in this youth’s artwork.
A creative and colorful product of one youth’s focus and hard work!
It is always nice to see youth expressing their love for HALO.
This youth has taken this opportunity to send a powerful message: “Always forgive.”

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