Photo voice & Greenhouse Graphics – Jari


I started going to Tempo in Feb 2016 and I was really surprised that I had never heard of Tempo before. Ive been around the area countless of times and have lived in Framingham for a while now but yet I have never heard or seen anyone going there. Between struggling with going to college, working, and mental health problems, I found a place where I can learn, relax, and get paid at the same time. I still wonder why it hadn’t been recommended by anyone in DMH service sooner… Although through some difficult times, staff at wayside recommended Tempo and accompanied me to a tour given by Nick a Tempo staff. The art studio immediately caught my eye. I began going to the open studio times and worked on some artwork projects. I started the Photo-voice internship a couple weeks after and it went very well. There were about 4 or 5 other young adults and I figured that more people my age would want be involved in making art AND getting paid for it. Once a week for 8 weeks wasn’t bad and there was pizza! In the last Photo Voice we were incorporating vinyl dolls and photos to express our daily lives. I had created a doll to help children learn mathematics, although getting frustrated a couple times it came out pretty well. Overall the program was great and seeing the photos we took at the end was exciting. I learn a lot about how out other teens/young adults were benefiting from the program and expressing themselves positively through their artwork. The gallery was located at the College Planning Center on the FSU campus, and our work was spread out so that those can look at what we created in those eight weeks. I am currently in the 11th week of GreenHouse Graphics, its gone by so quickly. Im really enjoying exploring different kinds of media and creating different pieces. Im excited for the gallery at the end. Its still shocking that more people who go to Tempo everyday don’t take advantage to express themselves in artwork but the few who do really seem to enjoy it.


The picture above is of my painting of a trail in Saxonville, Framingham advertising the upcoming gallery show for Green House Graphics & Open House of Tempo June 30th 10:30-3pm.


Green House Graphics 6 week program

Hi Folks

Tuesday 9/29 we will be starting our next session of Green House Graphics in the studio at Tempo in Framingham. This round we are working Tuesday through Friday 10:30-3pm. The program will have gift cards raffled off and free lunch Fridays. Stipends will be payed out at the end based on attendance. Our first week we are working on basic drawing and drawing for animation. A couple of the artists we will look at are Tex Avery,John Kricfalusi and Kathy Kollowitz. If anyone out there is interested in participating please email me at or call Tempo at 1-508-879-1424.



PhotoVoice reception at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery

Hi guys

So last night we had our second PhotoVoice reception of 2015 at the Awesome Fountain Street Fine At gallery in Framingham. 9 young adults finished the project and 3 of then got up and read their writing to our audience. Everyone did awesome!! Thank you to all the young adults, to the Department of Mental Health, Wayside Youth and Family and to Fountain Street Fine Art. I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to work with Fountain Street again. You guys Rock!!!!!!

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New Session of Green House Graphics starting on 9/28 10:30-3pm for 6 weeks

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So check this out. A new Green House Graphic session is starting on 09/28/15 and running six weeks ending on 11/06/15. The new program has a few big changes. This time we are doing specific projects on certain days. We are doing this so young adults can come for everyday or just the projects and media they are interested in.

Bare in mind that the young adults who have the best attendance have the best chance to get a gift card. Every week we will put the name of everyone who comes in into a hat and draw a winner on Friday afternoons. If you come 4 days you’ll have 4 chances in the hat. We’ll also be buying lunch one day a week.. The final incentive is a stipend based on attendance and productivity at the end of the program.

We will also be doing a gallery show after the six weeks where young adults have a chance to sell their artwork to the public and keep 50% of the profit earned.

I also wanted to take a minute to flesh out some of the individual weeks projects.

Week one is Drawing Basics: Drawing for Animation. This week we will start by talking about drawing basics like form and gesture followed by composition, proportion and perspective. Once we have a handle on that we’ll start talking about drawing for animation. Drawing for animation is about the dynamics of movement and the exaggerations called squash and stretch. We’ll also learn about the animation program Pencil. The class will look at animators Tex Avery and Jon K.

Week 02 Scratch board. This week we will work with scratch board using a variety of tools and adding inks.

Week 03 Liquid and Semi-Transparent media. This week we’ll try traditional India ink with a brush and pen followed by dye based markers.

Week 04 This week we get into the world of acrylic paint markers. Paint markers have grown up!! We will discuss the new markers strengths including solubility, custom color mixing and alternative surfaces. The work on this week will roll seamlessly into the next week about acrylic painting.

Week 05 is about traditional acrylic painting with a brush and pallet knife, followed by the methods to combine the paint with the markers.

Week 06 Photoshop CS6. This week we will cover the basics of Photoshop as it applies to print illustration, composition creation, file types,sizing, general manipulation and exporting. The studio has 6 Mac Minis for this task. Each is equipped with a Wacom drawing tablet. So we will also cover the mac environment and the basics of digital drawing.

Whoa that is alot!!

I would like to formally invite all young adults age 18-25 to come down and give it a try. If you have any questions you could leave a comment here or email me at David_Sebastian Lastly you could call Tempo at 508-879-1424 and ask for David Sebastian or Green House Graphics.

thanx for reading see you soon.


3rd annual Art show at the Amazing Things Art Center

Hello everyone,

Last Thursday we had our 3rd annual art opening at Amazing Things Art Center located at 160 Hollis St Framingham. Thank you so much to all the folks who came out on Thursday. I’d especially like to thank Wayside Youth and Family Support Network and The Department of Mental Health for supporting and funding our program.

I’d also like to thank the young adult’s families. First for supporting the artist time in the studio and for being a part of our opening celebration. Lastly I’d like to thank the young adult artists. You guys worked with me through weeks of instruction and effort and this is your reward. I found our time together over the last 3 years to be tremendously rewarding. I can’t believe how great you guys are.

I’d also like to thank Ellen Sturgis the gallery director at Amazing Things. I have never felt more supported by gallery management. Also thanks for allowing us to fill the gallery with just our stuff.


We have the exceptional honor of having our 196 pieces of young adult art hanging in the galley until July 17th.

The gallery at Amazing Things Art Center 160 Hollis Street, Framingham is open 12-6 Tues-Sat and during evening performance intermissions.

thanx again everyone. I couldn’t do it without you.

David Sebastian

Mentoring Artist at Green House Graphics


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3rd Annual gallery show at Amazing Things Art Center



Hey Folks its that time of year again. We are having our 3rd annual gallery show at The Amazing Things Art Center at 160 Hollis St in Framingham on June 25th from 6pm-9pm. This is the biggest show we have ever done. It’s a retrospective of all the pieces we have created in fifty-four weeks of the Green House Graphics program. This show will be up for a whole month in the Amazing Things art gallery.

A special thanks to Wayside Youth and Family Support network and the department of Mental Health for their support of our program. And of course I’d like to thank the more then 30 young adult artists I have worked with in creating this show.

Metro West Daily News Cover story on Green House Graphics

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FRAMINGHAM – The day before the big show, six young artists clustered around burly, bearded David Sebastian, who mixed advice about pricing their work with praise for “creating a window to your world.’’
“Everyone has produced lots of good work. You’ve done an amazing job. Now, we’ve got to get you ready to sell it,’’ he said.
Resembling Mr. Clean with elaborately tattooed forearms, Sebastian has served since late 2012 as “mentoring artist” for Green House Graphics, a 12-week program that uses art to teach “work and life skills’’ to young adults enrolled at Tempo: Young Adult Resource Center at 68 Henry St., Framingham. Tempo is a program of Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.
Four days a week, he teaches “9 dry and 4 wet media’’ techniques during 4-hour sessions to “young adult artists’’ from across the area who receive a stipend for participating in the program.
On Wednesday morning, he worked with peer mentors and program graduates Jamie DiLiddo and Scott “Scotty Mac’’ McAlarney to prepare the group for an evening exhibition and sale of their work at Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham.
After the artists covered a table in the basement studio with their drawings and paintings, Sebastian encouraged a group discussion about titling and pricing their work to attract paying customers.
Dressed in black and wearing a bandana, Graham Lage showed several illustrations including a darkly clever self-portrait, titled “Frustration,’’ of himself collapsing face first onto a paint-splattered drawing board.
“I love the fact I can come here and do my thing and get amazing feedback,’’ said the 23-year-old Framingham resident who has trained to be a chef.
Sisters Nicole and Jamie DiLiddo had more than a dozen pictures mostly of young girls, often alone, their hands covering their faces, sometimes with ghostly figures hovering in the background.
Chris Burpee, who described the studio as “a fun, goofy place,’’ would be showing and selling his pencil and charcoal drawings of the Hulk, the Boston Bruins and a sleek Bugatti sports car.
“I like coming here a lot. Dave is a really good influence,’’ said the 23-year-old Holliston resident. “I had some problems with anger management. This is a calming place. There’s no stress. Art has become my way to express myself.’’
Jonah Jones, 19, of Grafton said his acrylic paintings of agonized faces titled “rage” and “broken” were “creative outlets” that helped him deal with “my anger issues.”
Several artists spoke of dealing with depression and another said living with dyslexia often left him frustrated.
After long struggles, McAlarney and Nicole DiLiddo have overcome heroin addiction and find personal satisfaction in art.
A muscular bodybuilder, McAlarney paints striking “spacescapes’’ of distant galaxies and has started his own business airbrushing T-shirts and tattoos and selling street art.
Tempo program director Yolanda Ortiz, who designed Green House’s curriculum with Sebastian, explained the program, now in its fourth cycle, aims to teach jobs skills in a supportive environment.
Over the last year, she said Tempo has helped more than 100 adults between 17 and 24, who are dealing with mental health issues, homelessness, varied addictions or limited family support.
“Every young adult comes to us voluntarily. Maybe they’ve been recommended by their doctors or schools. Along with the art, we try to sprinkle in job skills and time management like showing up on time for court dates and coming back from lunch breaks on time. Sometimes, it’s just how to work as a team and cooperate with the person sitting next to you,’’ said Ortiz.
Now working as a Tempo intern, program graduate Ariana Cyusa said she’d been “lost, depressed and confused’’ when she entered Green House’s first cycle.
Her family fled genocidal violence in Rwanda, Africa, and came to the U.S. when she was young. She grew alienated from her parents and spent more than two years homeless and living in shelters as she struggled with alcohol abuse.
Cyusa described Green House as “therapeutic’’ and said Sebastian “supported’’ her efforts to paint a loving portrait of her mother and post it on Facebook that led them to re-establish relations.
“I’ve got my first apartment. I’m working on a career,’’ she said. “Being in this creative space did so much good for me.’’
At the Thursday evening exhibition attended by Green House staff and artists, more than 50 visitors viewed their art, eventually buying 21 pieces for around $1,200 and ordering several commissioned works. Each Green House artist sold at least one work.
Alex Fox, 24, of Marlborough showed his illustrations based on the video game “The Legend of Zelda’’ to his mom, grandmother and family.
A beaming Nicole DiLiddo said she’d sold seven of nine works – “to pay the rent’’ and her sister, Jamie, had sold several of her own.
Beyond teaching new art techniques, she said the program “helped me a lot socially and other ways like writing resumes.’’
Nicole described Sebastian as “a non-judgmental person who’ll listen and understand.’’
“I think Green House helps young people know they’re not alone. It connects you with resources,’’ she said. “You learn that there’s help out there.’’
Contact Chris Bergeron at or 508-626-4448. Follow us on Twitter @WickedLocalArts and on Facebook.