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Carl’s Art Group

Carl’s Art Group

The Daytime Warming Center is pleased to announce our newest social group: Carl’s Art Group!

Carl Jonas, a guest and volunteer at the Day Warming Center, will be leading the art class from 11AM-noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 1-3PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Anyone may join the group. We welcome all artistic levels and no previous art experience is necessary. Carl will be helping people to develop their art skills and giving lessons on sketching shapes, calligraphy, painting, paper mache, and sculpting with clay and wood. He hopes to sell some of the artwork to raise money for the art and writing groups at the Day Shelter, to buy art supplies and fund art field trips. The group’s first assignment will be to design covers for the sketch book, and by the end of February, the art group will be painting murals on the walls in the Day Center’s meeting room. He even hopes to work with the kids at the Day Center to paint or draw artwork to decorate the children’s play area.

The first class will kick off on Tuesday, January 22, at 11AM. Thanks to a gracious donation from Artist & Craftsman Supply, participants will receive a sketch pad and sketch pencils. Participants will be given their first assignment: to design a cover for their sketch pads. Carl would like to extend an invitation to all artists in the community: students, art teachers, and anyone interested in art are welcome to participate.

Carl got the idea to start the Art Group from the Day Center’s creative writing group that meets on Mondays and Wednesdays. He first fell in love with art at the young age of 5, when his friend asked him to splatter paint his bedroom using a paint ball gun. He learned how to draw by tracing, and later develop his drawing skills through the art program at his high school. Carl was blessed to have a very good art teacher, Ms. Hanes, who they nicknamed ‘The Hansinator.’ She encouraged him to compete in a state-wide art contest, where the winning entry would be displayed in the Governor’s office. Though he didn’t win, he was inspired and continued to pursue his passion for art. He participated in Church Group art project where they drew murals on walls in the neighborhood. He hopes to work with the City of Madison to find walls in bad neighborhoods that can be painted. Carl hope to use art to change people’s lives and hopes that the Art Group will give people a place to express themselves.

The Art Group is currently welcoming donations of sketch books, pencils, pen, calligraphy pens, Indian ink, acrylic or oil based paints, sharpies, tattoo ink, and canvases.

A very big THANKS to Artist & Craftsman Supply, located at 201 West Gorham Street, Madison WI for their generous donation of sketch books, pencils, color pencils, markers, and sketch pencils.

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About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.

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