Boys Visual Arts
WORKSHOPS

“Art classes encourage me to try new things”

~ GVRC Participant

In the boys visual arts workshops at GVRC the instructors do more than merely teach drawing skills – they provide a non-judgmental atmosphere in which the students take ownership of the creative process by engaging with simple tools, such as a pencil and paper, while learning to make something new. Through this process, the youth learn that creativity and engagement with common, accessible objects can be used as means to channel anger and frustrations, not only while they are at GVRC but also after they are released.

As the facility houses both short- and long-term residents, the instructors have developed a series of workshops that allow the youth to engage in long-term projects consisting of shorter segments that can be completed in one class. These projects foster individual creativity while at the same time enhancing their ability to work as a team. Examples include the East and West Wing murals, large-scale abstract paintings, and 3-D projects that incorporate artistic and mechanical concepts.

A newly created “gallery” at GVRC gives the youth an opportunity to curate and hang their own shows. Their works are also shown in venues throughout the county.