Here are some examples of the work completed during the Winter/Spring 2017 session of the MNA Foster Youth Program. It has been a wonderful experience working with so many talented young artists. The students had the opportunity to work in clay, watercolor, acrylic paints (on paper and canvas), color pencil, spray paint, stencils, and photo paper. We covered topics such as composition, symbolism, color theory, materials and techniques.
This session ended with a public exhibition in collaboration with Partnership For Strong Families. The students art was available for purchase with 100% of the proceeds going towards the young artist as a means to give them encouragement as they learn to value themselves, and their potential. Click on the image for a brief caption, or to browse the gallery.
Made New Arts & Partnership for Strong Families Foster Youth Art Exhibition 06.09.17
Alli is a big fan of Twilight, knowing all the characters names.
“Alli” is very interested in teen vampires and the show “Vampire Diaries” she made this poster as a tribute to the show.
Alyssa paints her diamond image onto canvas.
Alyssa’s first piece. She insisted she was not an artist and then would go in the classroom and paint even when I was not there. Her beautiful heart shines through in her vibrant work.
Grace loves animals, especially cats and pugs!
Grace chose colors to represent a family member in each heart.
Abstract Painting Studies:
Alyssa practices abstraction with acrylic paint.
Robert visited the MNA class for a day with Collin. He was very experimental in his use of watercolor, applying many of the demonstrated techniques.
Alyssa paints a peaceful night scene her first time using watercolors.
Alyssa used the rainbow to experiment with watercolor technique.
Misty is an incredible writer and artist. Her work often reflects her writing, as she depicts the battle between choices and their impact on ones life.
Dry Media/ Color Pencil and Marker:
“Justin” did this amazing depiction of Biblical narratives combined into a single drawing on his own after I first met him. He told me he couldn’t draw…and then did this. He is an avid reader, and very good at using his creativity to make narrative works of art. Even when he doubted himself he would try to push beyond what he thought he could do. A fantastic student!
“Alli” Loves whimsical characters and writes stories about magical horse kingdoms and elf kings.
We studied the use of symbolism in class. I asked the kids to pick at least three symbols to represent themselves in a drawing. Kendrick chose to work with his favorite baseball team to represent himself, balloons, and a tombstone combined with the characters he situates within each piece he creates.
Sculpture/Clay and Paint:
“J” completed his Hot Dog and Fry combo using clay and a little bit of paint.
Violet made a clay Pineapple!
I framed Graces clay pieces on a space background. Space Cats!
Misty works with the subject matter of hearts and choice in a lot of her work.
Photo Composition with visiting artist Josh Hobson:
Ian works on finishing a drawing using color pencil and watercolor.
Alyssa uses tape and salt to add texture to her watercolor.
Robert starts his third watercolor painting.
Grace displays her acrylic cat portrait on canvas.