This year at our second annual event, we hosted The Great Leaders Community Project, a complimentary workshop for 30 families.
We started this project by selecting 30 historic great leaders, thinkers, innovators, and inventors who have touched and inspired our world through their brilliance. We shed light on these individuals by bringing them to life on canvas. Each parent and child were teamed up with a local outstanding mentor artist, and each team was assigned one of the 30 great leaders to paint. The mentor artists demonstrated their own unique techniques and approaches to painting, and helped the families blend these techniques with their own ideas and artistry.
In order to make this event possible, Raising Artists reached out to our community of volunteers, sponsors, and artists to help us accomplish our goal of inspiring creativity through painting.
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“Parents always want what’s best for their children. What to do then, when your child loves art, and you don’t have an artistic bone in your body? I volunteered at Raising Artists Community Project in 2015. The Project has paired creative children with local artists for a morning of one-to-one instruction. Each artist was tasked to research and paint a portrait of an influential person; Virginia Woolf, Marilyn Monroe, and Elizabeth Taylor ( to name a few ). The artists then spent time with the children to teach them the techniques they used in their respective paintings, the final process culminating in a shared piece of art the child took home. Having the benefit of the artists’ input has given the kids extra motivation and excitement. It’s cliché, but you can see it in their eyes: lit up with happiness. Raising Artists has given the kids something most parents can’t: the benefit of the masters.”
– Laura Giesbrecht, Volunteer/Parent