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!

Collage at New American Pathways


Penny Treese and her daughter Gabby jointly led this collage project with the kids in the after school program at New American Pathways- an organization serving newly immigrated families. 

This project had a lot of components and allowed the kids to utilize a wide variety of different artistic mediums in a single project. And Penny and Gabby kept the kids engaged every step of the way! 

Once they had donned their smocks (backwards collared shirts that hung down to their knees!) and rolled up their sleeves, the kids dove in. First, they used water colors to paint a sky-like back drop.


Next, they created a unique repeating pattern using waxy oil pastels. Then, in an unexpected turn they were told to tear up the page they just decorated into leaf-life shapes! 

Piles of torn paper aside, they next, used black paint and straws, and with careful instructions only to exhale, they created long, spindly branched trees. 


The finished product was a dark tree on a colorful sky with patterned leaves!