Wednesday, November 11, 2015

HALO Learning Center "Dream Journals" Class Used as Art Credit for Area Alternative High School

The HALO Learning Center - KC is excited to have a new partnering organization and a new opportunity in working with Fairfax Alternative High School of Kansas City, KS! 

Students at the alternative high school can choose to work towards completing their art credit requirements by coming to the HALO Learning Center. The "Dream Journals" art class offers future-focused, therapeutic lesson plans while trying out a different art medium each week. 

This past week, the youth learned about and experimented with watercolors while making their "'I Am' Fingerprints" project! After discussing the three main types of fingerprints, students looked at their fingers to see which type they had the most of. From there, the youth used watercolors and pencil to create the outline of their own fingerprint. Then, on the lines of their fingerprint, youth wrote all about themselves, beginning the sentences with "I am…". Students were informed to focus on and write about the positives of "I am…" (dreams, talents, personalities, relationships) instead of what they are not (past mistakes, negative things that others say about them, stereotypes). This was a great introspective exercise for the youth, and they had to learn about all the ways to manipulate watercolors! Check out the gorgeous finished products below: 

Both of these youth have "whirl" type fingerprints, and love the color blue! 

Very colorful prints, and very careful planning. 

Almost finished!

A very creative spin on the project. 

Why stop with just fingerprints when you can print your whole hand? 

A youth writing out her "I am…" carefully.

Just getting started with this fingerprint - what great color! 

This youth included some great future-focused goals on his "I am…" lines. 

For more about HALO Learning Center programming, like us on Facebook or visit our website to learn more about how you can empower a youth in need. Check back in next week for more updates and photos from HALO-KC! 

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