The class began as a group of people and ended as a family.
Some of the common themes expressed in the student’s work included joy, love and life, possibility, and faith. The class participated in multiple life-giving workshops including watercolor with Joe Synan, collage with Robert Hodge, adornments from recycled objects at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and silk painting with guest artist Deb Gavron. The artist participants described their experience as “great, enriching, and magical”
Here are some quotes from the TAPH artist participants...
“I thoroughly enjoyed the watercolor class. I was intimidated at first because I had never really painted before. Mr. Joe was very understanding. He showed us different techniques. He let us explore our own personal creativity. After making several paintings I felt more comfortable about the creative process. I really would like to do another watercolor workshop in the future. I hope that others will appreciate my paintings but more importantly, I enjoyed the process and I loved my work!”
-K.B. (Watercolor Workshop with Joe Synan)
“Today has been a wonderful and blessed day for me. A day of light and creativity. It felt so good as a therapeutic release. I just love this class. I am so excited about being in it. God has opened a new door for me! I had been praying for doors of opportunity to be opened, he did more than I asked! (Ephesians 3:20) I am so blessed and encouraged by this church, and the path and journey I am on. Praise God. Everyday becomes better and more blessed.”
-P.J. (Watercolor Workshop with Joe Synan)
“I enjoyed myself, it was my first time going and I thought it was going to be boring but I was amazed. I liked the cups exchange exhibit, that was neat. (Artist Michael Strand accepted “misfit cups” from visitors in exchange for his handmade cups as a part of his “Misfit Cup Liberation Project”) I love that we came here and I loved making arts and crafts. I love my wind chime that I made.”
-A. (Visit to Houston Center for Contemporary Craft)
“The collage workshop was very revealing. I was very intimidated by the large piece of paper. I fought through the fear. I had to overcome my own rigidity and resistance to trying new things. I seemed to be more concerned about doing the project right than allowing the process to unfold naturally. I felt that I used too many faces and words rather than images and symbols. I felt like my collage screamed rather than evoking something subtle and thoughtful. It was instructive in that it is a study in my own psychology and emotional life. I feel less fearful about the process and all of the work to cut out and organize the images but it was rewarding. I would definitely enjoy doing another collage class. The next time I would be more relaxed and playful. I would try to flow rather than force it. I wouldn’t barrel through it like a rodeo bull but cascade over the page like water. I would enjoy doing collage work again.”
-K.B. (Collage Workshop with Robert Hodge)
“I enjoyed meeting the instructor and hearing about her talent and experience working with silk colors/designs.”
- T.D. (Silk Painting Workshop with Deb Gavron)
Blog Reflection by Cynthia Javaras, Mission Year Intern with The Art Project, Houston