New American Pathways

Mosaic Tiles with New American Pathways!

Our last summer session with New American Pathways came to a magical end thanks to The Creatives Project (TCP) artist Maria Korol! Mosaics + abstract portraits!! They turned out BEAUTIFUL and the students were so proud of their work! We are so proud of these students. New American Pathways is a nonprofit organization that serves refugee students of all ages. We loved getting to partner with them so consistently this summer. 

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Paint Love art project mosaic tiles at New American Pathways

String and Ink Art With New American Pathways

On Thursday, June 14, we tried a new project with the incredible campers at New American Pathways. The wonderfully creative Paint Love artist Penny Treese lead kids in an exciting string and ink art project.

The day before the project, interns spent time experimenting with strategies and types of ink. We had a blast and couldn't wait to introduce it to the kids.

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We set up our project outside to avoid any pesky table stains. This allowed for all the space and messiness we needed for an engaging artistic adventure.

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The kids dipped long strings in cups of ink, then created shapes with the string on sheets of cardstock. Next, they folded the cardstock and pulled the string out of it, allowing it to spread the colorful ink and create a beautiful design.

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Some of the kids cut their papers into hearts or tried forming particular shapes with their string. It was a great chance for the kids to experiment and to be surprised by the outcome of what they made. The “oohs” and “ahhs” of delight as they revealed their creations were heartwarming. We can’t wait to keep working with New American Pathways campers and experiment with ink artwork even more in the future.

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Tie-Dye T-Shirts with New American Pathways


Hello Paint Love viewers!

On March 28th, we had the pleasure of hosting a TIE-DYE PARTY with New American Pathways! All the kids received a plain, white t-shirt and created  beautiful designs!


This event was led by one of our lead artist, Penny Treese,   and her daughter, Gabby. Penny Treese is an encaustic artist. She has volunteered and worked with New American Pathways for almost four years!

Since it was a lovely day and we all know how messy tie-dying is, we did it outside. Gabby showed the kids a simply design to create spirals on the t-shirt. The shirt was sectioned off into four parts and the kids had their pick of any color dyes. 


The designs came out amazing!

We then prompted the students to rinse their t-shirts with cold water so the dyes will set.

Even though the kids got dyes all over their hands, it was worth it! Because the messiest projects are the best projects!