On January 24, 2015, Mission Project 2 participants took part in the first session of their Art Club, as part of the new Arts Enrichment Program.
This twice-monthly Art Club gives them the opportunity to express themselves in a wide variety of media, such as screen printing, drawing, painting, photography & pottery.
The overall Arts Enrichment Program also gives them access to explore local galleries and museums, and to display and discuss their artwork in the KC arts community.
The Art Club sessions, held at Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, are facilitated by Jessica Hays, who is a floor supervisor and studio art instructor at Imagine That! Kansas City. Jessica has taught printmaking, screen printing, ceramics, spray painting, and mural making, as well as being an accomplished musician.
Initial funding for the program was raised at the first MP2 Art Show, held in October 2014 during First Friday in the Crossroads District. Subsequent Art Shows each Fall have showcased the participants' own artwork alongside other working artists, giving MP2 participants exposure to and interaction with the Kansas City arts and general community. Artwork sales and sponsorships from these annual shows helps pay for the costs of the MP2 Arts Program.
Educational components are included in each Art Club session, and participants are learning about subjects such as screen printing in the Pop Art movement and the Chinese influence on watercolors.
Early Art Club Highlights
Screen printing was the topic, and they explored Chinese silkscreening and artists in the Pop Art movement. After their own designs dried, they printed
This session focused on light and shadow. They discussed several artists in Realism and Still Life. Everyone worked on black paper with white charcoal and pencils, observing a still life display.
The first Art Club session launched with a discussion about the history of masks, from ancient Egyptian and Greek to Mexican wrestlers. The participants made their own from clay, including faces and animals. Their masks were taken for firing, and they will glaze them at a later date.
several copies on paper. A later session will revisit their work with printing on t-shirts, bags and other items of their choosing.
styles and artists such as Kandinski and Turner, as well as brushstrokes and fading techniques.
Everyone finished their masks created during the first session by painting them with a glaze coloring and finish.
The participants worked in watercolors, after learning about Asian
They learned how glazing is a two-step process, and the unfinished glazes will appear as different colors and the finish coat will turn a clear gloss during the firing process.
Participants were enthusiastic while discussing Abstract Expressionism, intrigued by examples including de Kooning, Pollock and the movement's
link to Jazz music of the era. Pouring methods and movement were used to create their own pieces, as well as two collaborative paintings.
This session about printmaking explored different techniques from ancient Egyptian, Japanese and block printing. They learned how to create their
own patterned stamps with twine-wrapped blocks and cut foam. These were inked and printed on paper in multiples, using an Edition numbering system.