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Kids Program
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We are proud to say that the 2024 Summer Program is fully booked! If you wish to put your name in for waiting list for next year, please email
Thank you for your interest!

MAY/June 2024 Kids Art Workshop Schedule

There are so many fun and thoughtful workshops coming up this May and June including making something special for our moms for Mother's Day, our dads for Father's Day, P.A Day fun and creative teachers gifts to give to your classroom teachers at the end of the school year.

To register or for questions please don't hesitate to contact me at and don't forget to "LIKE" Journey Through the Arts on Facebook for updates!

All art workshops are located in our 1840s log cabin studio at 190 Hope St. N in Port Hope. Please contact us for directions.

Journey Through the Arts CABIN


Journey Through the Arts STUDIO


Friday, June 7 from 10:00-noon
Suitable for ages 6 to 12 years old

"Anime Monsters for a Day"

This fun 2 hour workshop is suitable for everyone who
loves anime, cartooning and acting! Join me this P.A Day
and design your own monster painting- will they be sweet,
funny, goofy or scarey? Will your monster be inspired by
anime or squishmallows? Will they have special talents or
their own language? During this workshop we will create a
painting of your monster on canvas and then have fun with
character development and improv to bring your monster
to life with drama games and skits.

$35 per child plus HST


MONDAYs from 4:45-5:45
Ages 6 to 12 years old

Monday, May 6: Graffiti Paintings

Monday, May 27: Miniature Linocuts on Canvas: Carve your own
relief print and print them on a colourful canvas

Monday, June 3: "Bee Happy" Watercolour PaintingsBee Inspired by Bumblebees and colourful gardens!

Monday, June 10: Sand Mandalas

Monday, June 24: String Heart for Teachers Gift

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. Register for whatever workshops
interest you! (Plus HST)

TUESDAY's from 5:00-5:45
Ages 5 to 8 years old

Tuesday, May 7: Animals with Sunglasses: "Too Cool for Spring" Paintings

Tuesday, May 28: Modelling Clay Robin Pictures

Tuesday, June 4: Scratchboard Robots- use crayon and acrylic paint to create your own colourful scratchboard surface to scratch away and design robots full of textures and patterns. What will your robots job be?

Tuesday, June 25: String Heart- Art for Teacher's Gift

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. (Plus HST)
Register for whatever workshops interest you!

SATURDAYs from 10:00-11:00
Ages 6 to 12 years old

Saturday, May 11 SPECIAL MOTHER'S DAY WORKSHOP: Terra Cotta Painted Pots with Fresh Flowers to give to mom

Saturday, May 25: Animals with Sunglasses: "Too Cool for Spring" Paintings

Saturday, June 1: "Bee Happy" Watercolour Paintings! Bee Inspired by Bumblebees and Gardens!

Saturday, June 15 SPECIAL FATHER'S DAY WORKSHOP: Pop Art Portraits for Dad- Give dad a cool portrait of YOU to thank your dad for all he does.

$20 plus $6 Art Kit to take home. (Plus HST)
Register for whatever workshops interest you!


TO REGISTER for any of the workshops:
Please email Christine at
See you at the studio!


JTTA In-the-Schools Program

Looking for a creative experience for your students in Kindergarten to Grade 8? The Journey Through the Arts In-the-Schools Program brings amazing interactive and hands-on visual art workshops that are geared towards each grade right into your classroom! We bring all of the art supplies and guide the students step-by-step through fun and imaginative art projects. $7 per student (includes all art supplies, instruction and a 2-period-length art workshop). By the end of the workshop each student will have a piece of art to hang in the classroom or take home with them.

Email to for more information or to reserve a workshop.

(Please note: The JTTA In-the-Schools Program is open to schools ONLY in Port Hope & Cobourg at this time.)

Here are just a few of the school art workshops we offer:


JK/SK: Clay Pinch Pots: During this workshop students will learn all about clay, 2D shapes, 3D shapes and how to make their own clay pinch pot using self hardening clay. The pots will be left to dry in the classroom and paint will be left with the teacher so that the pots can be painted and decorated 4-5 days later once the clay is fully hardened.

Grade 1: Art in the Round: "Exploring Sand Mandalas": This workshop will focus on learning about the various types of lines, geometric and organic shapes, warm and cool colours and radial designs to create a mandala sand painting on canvas using various colours of sand.

Grade 2: Understanding Warm and Cool Colours: "That's One Cool Panda!" During this workshop students will learn how to draw a panda using geometric shapes. They will then transform their symmetrical panda drawing using warm colours on one side and cool colours on the other. This workshop will focus on how colours can be used to show emotion as well as using symmetrical shapes.

Grade 3: Painting Underwater Creatures: This workshop will teach students how to draw an underwater scene and will focus on the concepts of space (foreground, middleground and background) to create the feeling of depth and will teach the students how to create various textures (pointilism for sand, scales on fish etc) and underwater creatures including a jellyfish, seahorse and a fish to create an underwater painting.

Grade 4: Squirrel Drawings: Learning About Line and Texture: This workshop will teach students how to draw a squirrel and to use various drawing techniques such as cross-hatching, pointillism and repetition of lines to create visual rhythm and texture in their squirrels fur and the setting of their drawing.

Grade 5: Birch Tree Landscape Paintings: This workshop will focus on understanding how to compose a landscape and using shading and cast shadows that create the illusion of depth in a landscape painting.

Grade 6: Caricatures: This workshop will teach students about the rules of proportion for the human face. After understanding proportion we will break the rules and exaggerate a facial feature to create a funny caricature of ourselves.

Grade 7: Drawing Trees Inspired by Emily Carr: This workshop will teach students about how to use lines for expressive purposes while creating a landscape drawing inspired by Canadian artist Emily Carr. The workshop will also introduce students to using texture and value in their drawings of trees using chalk pastels.

Grade 8: Cubist Portrait Paintings Inspired by Picasso: This workshop will investigate Cubist portraits and how artists such as Picasso broke up and analyzed three dimensional shapes and reassembled them on the page. During this workshop we will analyze the shapes used in the human face and reassemble them to create our own Cubist self-portrait paintings.

I would also be happy to discuss the individual needs of your students and customize a lesson to suit your individualized learning goals and units.

2023 Diamond Winner: Best Art School/Instruction: Journey Through the Arts

2023 Platinum Winner: Best Local Artist: Christine Benson

2023 Gold Winner: Best Kids Camps: Journey Through the Arts

For Ages 6 to 13 years old

Are you stuck for a creative and fun way to celebrate your child's birthday? Why not hold a party at the log cabin at the Journey Through the Arts studio! Parties include:

- a 1 hour art project
- 30 minutes for cake and/or presents

Birthday Party packages include:

- a customized art project based on what the birthday child would like to do (painting, cartooning, drawing, clay sculpture etc) and a customized subject matter (their favourite animal, cartoon character). Email Christine to discuss all of the art media options AND subject matter available.
- includes all art supplies
- an art-themed goodie bag for each participant

Cost: $18 plus HST per child
**Parties can be booked to suit your schedule


Book Your Own Time With Friends at the Studio!

New Year’s Resolutions are easy to break aren't they? But if you made a resolution to do something fun, to learn something new or be creative I’ve made a cozy & inviting studio space for you at the Journey Through the Arts log cabin. Come and spend a couple of hours with your friends and pick a project you have always wanted to try:

What are YOU interested in exploring? Landscapes, animals, gardens, abstract? The art supplies are ready! Feel free to contact me to reserve a customized time during the day Monday to Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 2:00pm and create a project for you! Connect with your creative side and with your friends in a fun and relaxing environment. $30 per person for a 1.5 hour private workshop (includes all art supplies). Please email the studio at for more information or to book your workshop!

I hope to see you all at the cabin studio!


Journey Through the Arts



The JTTA In-the-Schools Programme


  • 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!