Project HOME

The Project HOME Art Program, in collaboration with Studio Incamminati, provided a foundational art workshop to individuals recovering from homelessness. As participants learned principles of drawing from Studio Incamminati Instructor Dan Mahlman and Fellows Rachel Pierson and Barbara Zanelli, they also developed practical, social and technical skills.

The 10-week foundational course used still-life charcoal drawing to teach the eight participants to utilize art to communicate experiences, offer personal perspectives and build skills. It was based on Studio Incamminati’s curriculum which requires artists to see the “big picture,” develop motor skills and utilize critical thinking.

“Charcoal is an ideal subject for beginning the concentrated study of drawing,” according to Pierson. “Beginning full-time students at Studio Incamminati spend at least 12 hours per week studying still-life drawing. Still life allows us to see beauty in the ordinary, express the symbolic or personal meaning.”

Now available, a book chronicling the program and the artists.

To purchase it, click the image

  portraits of hope book

While participants focused on art practices as a means to overcome adversities, artists developed new communication abilities by working with a disadvantaged community. Both organizations benefit from the enriching cultural exchange. An exhibition and sale celebrated the artistic accomplishments and generates income.

The program was funded by Studio Incamminati board member Richard Rossello, owner of Avery Galleries, Bryn Mawr, and administered by Rachel Ehrgood, Project Home Art Program Coordinator.

Activities provided by the Project HOME Art Program empower individuals with choices, connects individuals to historical narratives and philosophies, provides recreational problem solving opportunities, develops and articulates fine motor skills, provides sensory stimulation, enables social skills and interactions and provides an outlet for expression, exploration, discovery and learning in a fun environment. In addition, the program provides opportunities to exhibit and sell work to generate income. Along with these benefits, participants gain invaluable skills including improved concentration and attention span, practice working within time frames, patience and perseverance, creativity, as well as personal and job related skills.