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Journey Through the Arts is pleased to announce the details for the 2015 Summer Program.
We will be running our Summer Program during the following weeks:

July 13-17:

My Trip to Australia

July 27-31: The Backwards Fairytale
August 10-14: Adventures in a Hot Air Balloon
August 24-28: Look into My Crystal Ball…
August 31- September 4: Under the Stars

Our 2015 Summer Registration Days will be held on:
Saturday, May 9* from 10:00-noon
Saturday, June 13* from 10:00-noon
at the mill.

*If you are unable to attend a Registration Day, Summer Program registration will also be accepted by:
phone (905) 885-0908,
email, or
mail 27 Walton St. Apt 1 Port Hope, Ont. L1A 1M8.

For easy Registration please download the Registration Form HERE!

QUICK INFO ON THE SUMMER PROGRAM: The program runs Monday to Friday from 9:00am until 3:00pm.
Two daily snacks and all supplies are included in registration fees. Lunch is not provided.

Cost: $195 PLUS HST a student per week (which includes all instruments, art supplies and snacks).
Family rates are available.

* For more information about our Summer Programme, please click on the Summer Programme link
at the top menu.

Looking forward to another wonderful summer at the mill!


NEW THIS SPRING… The After School Art Club (which runs every other Tuesday from 4:30-5:30) participants will have the opportunity to learn about a specific artist and medium each week.  The workshop will start with a brief explanation about the “Artist of the Week” and we will then create work inspired by them!  Artists and projects this spring include:

MARCH 24: Cubist Paintings Inspired by Picasso
APRIL 7: Colourful Collage Inspired by Klimt
APRIL 21: Chalk Pastel Trees Inspired by Emily Carr
MAY 5: Landscapes and Still Life Inspired by van Gogh
MAY 19: Pop Art Inspired by Andy Warhol
JUNE 2: Pointillist Paintings Inspired by Seurat
JUNE 16: Figural Sculptures Inspired by Giacometti

AS ALWAYS… Participants in the Tuesday After School Art Club may continue to work on other self-guided projects in a variety of media if they choose.

DETAILS:  These workshops are a fun way to learn a variety of media and customize your own art projects! These small workshops will encourage your child to develop their own unique approach to art-making and will allow them to work on projects in watercolour, printmaking, acrylic painting, sculpture, chalk pastel and more… Students will be encouraged to develop their own ideas and subject matter and will be taught according to their own interests!

COST: $20 plus HST per workshop

Parents do not need to register for EVERY Tuesday, but are invited to sign-up for the dates that work for them!

TO REGISTER: Call (905) 885-0908 or email


MARCH 28- EASTER WAX RESIST DRAWINGS: Since the Easter Bunny is on his way soon this workshop will teach students how to draw realistic rabbits, to draw Easter eggs inspired by traditional European designs as well as use watercolour and a wax resist to create their mixed media drawing.

APRIL 11- CHARCOAL CAVE DRAWINGS: Cave drawings are one of the oldest pieces of art.   The colourful drawings of animals are over 15,000 years old!  This workshop will teach students about the history of cave drawings and we will get messy creating our own large-scale animal charcoal drawings.

APRIL 25- CARICATURES: Ready to laugh?  Then this workshop is for you!  We will learn how to draw faces in proper proportion and then break the rules to create a hilarious cartoon version of yourself.  The caricatures will teach you how to exaggerate facial features and how to incorporate your personality and hobbies into your caricature.

MAY 2- A WALK IN THE FOREST- DRAWING WOODLAND CREATURES:  Take a trip deep into the forest where we will learn how to draw squirrels, raccoons and porcupines.  This workshop will teach students how to draw different types of fur, textures and shading.

MAY 9- SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION from 10:00-noon at the mill: Yes summer is just around the corner!  It is time to reserve your child a spot in our popular week-long programs of music, art and drama.  Our Summer Program runs throughout July and August.  For more information and a complete list of dates and themes please visit or call (905) 885-0908.  If you are unable to attend the Registration Day registration is also accepted by mail and email.

MAY 23- EGYPTIAN HIEROGLYPHICS PAINTINGS:  Hieroglyphs are word pictures that represent the sounds of the Ancient Egyptian language.  During this workshop students will learn how to translate their favourite word into hieroglyphics and create their own Egyptian painting based on traditional colours used in Egyptian art.

JUNE 6- CLAY METEPEC SUNS: Metepec sun faces are a form of clay sculpture folk art originally from Mexico.  The suns are meant to be hung on the wall and always have big smiling faces and are painted bright, cheerful colours.  This workshop will teach students how to create their suns using self-hardening clay and will focus on how create 3D forms with clay.

JUNE 13- SUMMER PROGRAM REGISTRATION from 10:00-noon at the mill:  This is your last opportunity to register in person and to reserve your child a spot in our popular week-long programs of music, art and drama.  Our Summer Program runs throughout July and August.  For more information and a complete list of dates and themes please visit or call (905) 885-0908.  If you are unable to attend the Registration Day registration is also accepted by mail and email.

JUNE 20- PAINTING ON FABRIC:  Haven’t you always wanted a wearable piece of art?  Well this sun workshop is your chance!  Choose between socks, T-shirts or a canvas bag and design your own colourful and funky wearable creations using a variety of fabric paint and stencils.

COST: $20 plus HST per workshop

Parents do not need to register for EVERY Tuesday, but are invited to sign-up for the dates that work for them!

TO REGISTER: Call (905) 885-0908 or email

The JTTA In-the-Schools Program


  • Learning the Basics of Drawing
  • Relief Printmaking
  • Drawing Trees Inspired By Emily Carr
  • Caricatures
  • Pointillism
  • Portraits Inspired by Modigliani
  • Surrealism and Salvador Dali
  • Architectural Designs Inspired by Hundertwasser
  • Navajo Sandpainting and Symbolism
  • Art in the Round: Exploring Tibetan Mandalas
  • Australian Aboriginal Art
  • Drawing Our Own daVinci Flying Machines
  • Drawing Underwater Creatures
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphics

  • OwlPaintings on Canvas: Learning How to Mix Colours and Create Textures with Paint
  • Contour Leaf Drawings with Cross-hatching
  • Paintings That Make You SCREAM Inspired by
    Edvard Munch
  • Pen and Ink Owls: Learning About Lines and Textures
  • How to Draw People in Proper Proportion
  • Canadian Aboriginal Art: Petroglyphs and Storytelling
  • Understanding Colour
  • Self-Portraits Inspired by Vincent vanGogh
  • Collage with Gustav Klimt
  • Cubism Portraits Inspired by Pablo Picasso
  • Landscape Painting and the Group of Seven
  • Scratchboard Inspired by the Tree of Life

We hope to see you at the studio soon!



Journey Through the Arts, run by artist Christine Benson, and musician Mike Woods is a multi-faceted arts organization in Port Hope, Ontario which is dedicated to bringing a variety of exciting programmes to adults and children. Founded as a way to ensure "the arts" (music, art and drama) are an integeral part of children's lives JTTA offers week long summer programmes throughout July and August at a restored mill along the Ganaraska River. The summer programme, which was founded in 2002, teaches children (between the ages of 6 and 13) about the value and importance of using their creativity and imagination while they produce visual art, perform original musical compositions and perform short plays. The results are both inspiring and humbling as the children gain confidence and learn various skills throughout the week.

From its roots as a children's arts organization Journey Through the Arts (JTTA) has blossomed and grown into a place where adults and children alike can experience the limitless possibilities of the arts. JTTA now offers after school, weekend and specialty art workshops for children, private guitar lessons, a group recording facility and adult visual art workshops which are dedicated to exposing adults (with various levels of experience) to the fine arts.

In the summer of 2005 JTTA opened the doors of the The Journey Through the Arts Gallery which focuses on giving exhibition opportunities to local and regional artists and artisans. The JTTA Gallery offers visitors a glimpse into the ideas, practises, techniques and work of 15 artists. The gallery features a variety of media including painting, printmaking, jewelry and pottery. Exhibitions and artists are ever-changing with work that is sure to inspire the artist within all of us.


Arranged to suit your individual schedule, these lessons can be booked after school or in the evening. Lessons are 30 minutes ($20 per lesson) or 1 hour ($30 per lesson) plus HST.  Private lessons include all art supplies. Lessons are based on your individual interests including mosaics, jewellery, painting on canvas, watercolour, printmaking and more!!


JTTA offers a fun and creative way to celebrate your child's birthday! Your private party includes all supplies, snacks and an art project for each of your guests. Parties are one hour in length and are held at our downtown studios. Parties are suitable for children 6-13 and are $15 per child plus HST. Please visit our website or call the studio for project descriptions.




Invite JTTA to your school! Workshops are available for JK to Grade 8 in various media. All workshops are affordably priced at $6 plus HST per student, including all art supplies. Instruction is 2 periods in length and comes with an accompanying rubric that compliments the visual art curriculum.




Each 1 hour workshop focuses on a particular technique and/or art movement.  Art workshops for children are held on Saturday’s from 10:00-11:00 and are $20 per workshop plus HST (which includes all art supplies) and consist of a maximum of 10 participants. Children are not required to register for all workshops and are free to pick and choose the workshops that interest them!



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