Wednesday, June 27, 2001

Artists paint the town red

Art apprentices make city decor

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        At ArtWorks, there's as much emphasis on working as there is on art.

        “It's not camp, it's not school. This is job training,” said executive director Tamara Harkavy. “The kids are paid and they are accountable.”

[photo] ArtWorks apprentice Mia Coporale, 17, of Mason puts paint on her foot so she can stamp the print on a piece of fabric — a technique known as stamping.
(Ernest Coleman photo)
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        Now in its sixth summer, ArtWorks is an arts-based employment and job-training program for Cincinnati-area young people ages 14-19. Clustered under canopies on an old athletic field in Eden Park, about 200 teens are organized into eight projects — from writing and video production to creating dyed fashion accessories. In each project area, the young apprentices work with master artists and teaching assistants.

        In the “Outside the Box” tent, Antonio Adams consulted his sketches in fashioning a beast head of paper pulp. The teen from Over-the-Rhine explained how that head will sit atop a decorative box and showed how he's learning to apply his drawing skills to three-dimensional projects.

        In an adjoining tent, groups of young artists created theme decor for chairs: insects here, a forest there. The activity is designed to prepare teens for their “City Seats” project during which they'll paint designs on benches.

        Paul Serrianne of Indian Hill will supervise the “City Seats” student teams this summer before entering the Art Institute of Chicago in the fall.

        “I've been drawing my whole life but fell in love with painting at ArtWorks,” he said.

        The work made at ArtWorks this summer will be sold at auction in August.


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