Photo voice & Greenhouse Graphics – Jari

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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.

-Jari

Second 6 weeks of Green House Graphics

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Hi folks, So we’re ready to start up our second 6 week studio art program. I thought I’d elaborate a bit about the individual weeks projects.

Week 01 Photo Shop on the mac

This week we will cover the basics of Adobe Photo Shop CS6.

Importing, selecting, manipulating and exporting within the Apple environment

Week 02 Advanced Photo Shop

This week we will cover the second half of PS basics.

This week we’ll begin drawing and painting with a tablet in Photo Shop

Week 03 Painting and drawing transfer techniques/going from digital to traditional

This one the title tells it all. We will talk about using the printer, light table, graphite and Saral transfer papers. Also we will discuss the Silhouette Cameo stencil cutter as methods to get art from the computer or else where onto our painting surface.

Week 04 Acrylic painting

This week we will cover the basics of acrylic painting on skateboards specifically. Brushes, blades, markers and the airbrush as delivery systems.

Week 05 Multimedia (wet&dry)

This week we’ll combine some of the media we’ve discussed and add a few more. We’ll add dehydrated ink sticks, collage, watercolor colored pencils and oil pastel to try to add to the density of a piece.

Week 06 Airbrush

This week we’ll work with the airbrush. The projects this week are: spray a tshirt, and create and spray a stencil.

So that’s my plan for the next 6 weeks.

If you or anyone you know is interested please give us a call Tempo/GHG at 508-879-1424 and ask for Dave or email me directly at David_Sebastian@waysideyouth.org.

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.

THANK YOU

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

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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.

2 Photo Voice Exhibits

So I am just about to finish up facilitating Photo Voice for the 3rd and 4th time. One in Framingham and one in Waltham. All of the young adults did great and the artwork is very excitng. Wanna see? Come to our 2 exhibits.

3/31 4-6pm at Tempo 68 Henry st Framingham

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4/3 4-6 at Wayside Waltham 118 Central st Waltham

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Our first gallery show at Amazing Things Art center in Framingham

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Hi Folks

June 6th between 6-9pm we had our first gallery show at Amazing Arts in Framingham. We had 60 pieces of art ranging from acrylic paintings to graphite, studio markers,charcoal, ink wash and collage. Our group of young adult artists framed or prepared all the work in the 3.5 weeks we had between getting the show and our event.

The exhibiting artist at Amazing Things Art Center Sonja Holzwarth Maneri was kind enough to host our show in the space in front of her show. She even found time to come speak to the GHG artists about a life in the arts and about her inspiration. ( Thanx Sonja.)

It was an amazing night. We had about 100 guests and sold 35 pieces of art. I think the young adults did an AMAZING job interacting with the public and discussing their work in a very professional way.

I’m very proud to be working with these folks. I know this is just the beginning. Watch this space for the exciting future of Green House Graphics.

DSebastian