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 .

Green House Graphics 6 week program

Hi Folks

Tuesday 9/29 we will be starting our next session of Green House Graphics in the studio at Tempo in Framingham. This round we are working Tuesday through Friday 10:30-3pm. The program will have gift cards raffled off and free lunch Fridays. Stipends will be payed out at the end based on attendance. Our first week we are working on basic drawing and drawing for animation. A couple of the artists we will look at are Tex Avery,John Kricfalusi and Kathy Kollowitz. If anyone out there is interested in participating please email me at [email protected] or call Tempo at 1-508-879-1424.



PhotoVoice reception at the Fountain Street Fine Art Gallery

Hi guys

So last night we had our second PhotoVoice reception of 2015 at the Awesome Fountain Street Fine At gallery in Framingham. 9 young adults finished the project and 3 of then got up and read their writing to our audience. Everyone did awesome!! Thank you to all the young adults, to the Department of Mental Health, Wayside Youth and Family and to Fountain Street Fine Art. I had a wonderful time and can’t wait to work with Fountain Street again. You guys Rock!!!!!!

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New Session of Green House Graphics starting on 9/28 10:30-3pm for 6 weeks

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So check this out. A new Green House Graphic session is starting on 09/28/15 and running six weeks ending on 11/06/15. The new program has a few big changes. This time we are doing specific projects on certain days. We are doing this so young adults can come for everyday or just the projects and media they are interested in.

Bare in mind that the young adults who have the best attendance have the best chance to get a gift card. Every week we will put the name of everyone who comes in into a hat and draw a winner on Friday afternoons. If you come 4 days you’ll have 4 chances in the hat. We’ll also be buying lunch one day a week.. The final incentive is a stipend based on attendance and productivity at the end of the program.

We will also be doing a gallery show after the six weeks where young adults have a chance to sell their artwork to the public and keep 50% of the profit earned.

I also wanted to take a minute to flesh out some of the individual weeks projects.

Week one is Drawing Basics: Drawing for Animation. This week we will start by talking about drawing basics like form and gesture followed by composition, proportion and perspective. Once we have a handle on that we’ll start talking about drawing for animation. Drawing for animation is about the dynamics of movement and the exaggerations called squash and stretch. We’ll also learn about the animation program Pencil. The class will look at animators Tex Avery and Jon K.

Week 02 Scratch board. This week we will work with scratch board using a variety of tools and adding inks.

Week 03 Liquid and Semi-Transparent media. This week we’ll try traditional India ink with a brush and pen followed by dye based markers.

Week 04 This week we get into the world of acrylic paint markers. Paint markers have grown up!! We will discuss the new markers strengths including solubility, custom color mixing and alternative surfaces. The work on this week will roll seamlessly into the next week about acrylic painting.

Week 05 is about traditional acrylic painting with a brush and pallet knife, followed by the methods to combine the paint with the markers.

Week 06 Photoshop CS6. This week we will cover the basics of Photoshop as it applies to print illustration, composition creation, file types,sizing, general manipulation and exporting. The studio has 6 Mac Minis for this task. Each is equipped with a Wacom drawing tablet. So we will also cover the mac environment and the basics of digital drawing.

Whoa that is alot!!

I would like to formally invite all young adults age 18-25 to come down and give it a try. If you have any questions you could leave a comment here or email me at David_Sebastian Lastly you could call Tempo at 508-879-1424 and ask for David Sebastian or Green House Graphics.

thanx for reading see you soon.


Green House Graphics’ Joker and Framingham Juvenile court Inspiration project



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By Jim Haddadin/Daily News Staff

June 05. 2015 12:29AM

Artwork offers new path in Framingham Juvenile Court

FRAMINGHAM — Sprawling across two canvasses, the mural on display inside Framingham Juvenile Court on Thursday offers a stark portrait of the choices many children face when they come in contact with the justice system.

On one panel, shadowy figures paced below the barbed wire fence of a detention facility. On the other panel, the red brick facade of one of Framingham State University’s school buildings was nestled on a grassy expanse. A parent and child walk side-by-side on a path leading to large block letters that spelled “Happiness.”

The mural, titled “The Path,” was painted by children at New River Academy, a residential facility in Framingham operated by the Department of Youth Services. The piece was created through a new DYS initiative aimed at brightening the halls of the juvenile court.

Organizers hope the new pieces will not only beautify the building, but also inspire juvenile offenders who find themselves before a judge to make positive choices in the future. Many of the pieces were created by teens currently in DYS custody.

“Clearly there was a need for something to create a more fruitful and inspirational environment in this building,” said state Rep. Carolyn Dykema, who pitched the idea last year, “and to have that hope and inspiration come from the kids in their words, through their art, just seemed like a natural fit.”

Teens at New River Academy were guided by Boston-based Studio Fresh as they created their mural over the course of the last six weeks. Other participants came from The Metrowest Boys and Girls club and TEMPO Young Adult Resource Center, a project of Wayside Youth and Family Support Network affiliated with the Department of Mental Health.

Paintings, drawings and photographs created by youth artists were displayed in the lobby of the juvenile court Thursday as Dykema gathered with members of the Legislature, the judiciary, the Probation Department and DYS to celebrate the initiative. Many pieces bore inspirational messages aimed at keeping other troubled youths on the right path.

“Don’t watch the clock,” read one message on a rectangular painting of a clock face, drawn by a girl named Izabella. “Do what it does. Keep going.”

“Stars can’t shine without darkness,” read another picture by an artist named Alyssa.

The pieces are slated to become part of a new permanent exhibit at the court once renovations are completed later this year.

Dykema, a Holliston Democrat, suggested introducing artwork into the building last year after seeing paper flowers taped to a wall. Judges and employees in the Probation Department enthusiastically supported the idea, she said.

“These kids have so much potential and so much to offer, and I really believe that the juvenile court especially is in a role … to try and help these kids realize their strengths and help them use this experience as a learning experience,” Dykema said.

Rep. Chris Walsh, D-Framingham, helped distribute commendations from the House of Representatives during Thursday’s ceremony. Walsh, an art school graduate, said art is a form of self exploration that becomes a conversation between the creator and the viewer.

DYS Commissioner Peter Forbes agreed, saying adults often struggle to communicate with children in state programs.

“For a lot of kids that are coming through the system, the challenge is really to begin that engagement process and actually get their attention and get their interest,” he said.

Visual art, music and poetry have become increasingly important facets of the DYS model over the last decade as the agency has partnered with community groups and individual artists to help youth express themselves and develop new skills.

“To the extent that a 17-year-old boy is not listening to what you have to say, there’s not going to be any change,” Forbes said. “This is really all about trying to generate an environment where kids can change.”

Dan, a 19-year-old youth consultant for the art project, said it took seeing the inside of a jail cell to convince him to embrace opportunities for rehabilitation. A native of Brockton, Dan was committed to the DYS system at age 14 and tagged as a youthful offender the following year. He decided to turn his life around while incarcerated and recently completed classes to become certified as an EMT.

He shared his life experience with participants in the art project earlier this year, hoping to persuade them to make positive choices in the future.

“At the end of the day, if you really want change, if you really want to do something, you can do it,” he said.

Jim Haddadin can be reached at 617-863-7144 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @JimHaddadin.

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.


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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Tyler’s Green House graphics experience



This program was very helpful. it taught me a lot of new things. i am a tattoo artist and it can really help me in my line of work.we learned several new skills. skills like photoshop illustration and how to use a air brush. it was very helpful to know that i can get a drawing done in half the time using photoshop. i could resize the picture take away from it or add more with a click of the mouse. learned new ways to draw and how to make our own stencils. i also learned how the airbrush worked and the little pieces that go with it. its very similar to a tattoo gun which is really cool. i really liked this program. i wish it could last longer and i would love to work with David more and do this program again.