Kids Summer
Kids & Adult
Kids Program
& Workshop



Hello everyone and thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement about our Summer Program. We are thrilled to be celebrating 23 years of providing the widest range of arts interaction and education in Northumberland and we can't wait to spend a summer filled with painting, guitar-playing, acting and more with your children!

Beginning on Wednesday, February 22nd at 9:00am we will accept registration for the 2023 Journey Through the Arts Summer Program of Music, Art & Drama via email to

On February 24th please send an email and INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

PLEASE NOTE: No registration will be accepted prior to February 22

Registration will be first come, first served and your spot will be reserved as soon as we receive your email and ETransfer deposit.

The Journey Through the Arts 2023 Summer Program
Weeks & Themes are as follows:

Week 1: July 10-14: Toy Land

Week 2: July 17-21: Mirror Mirror

Week 3: August 14-18: Being Cool at the Arctic

Week 4: August 21-25: Mythical Moon Adventure

The Journey Through the Arts Summer Program runs Monday to Friday from 9:00-3:00 with an Open House/performance on Friday's at 2:00pm, and is located at The Old Art School (Molson's Mill) in Port Hope.

COST: $235 plus HST per week
This includes all musical instruments and art supplies
Children must bring a lunch


Christine Benson: Visual Art
Mike Woods: Music
Robin Nicholls: Drama

For any further questions please don't hesitate to contact Christine at

Looking forward to the summer!



For Children & Teens

WINNER Best Art School/Instruction

WINNER Best Local Artist: Christine Benson

Kids Workshops (Ages 6-12 years)

Workshops are $20 plus $6 Art Kit +HST per child. Suitable for children ages 6-12 years.
Held at Journey Through the Arts Log Cabin Studio (190 Hope St N, Port Hope)
TO REGISTER: Please email

Wednesday, June 7 from 4:30-5:30: Plasticine Landscapes

SPECIAL P.A DAY Workshop- Friday, June 9 from 10:00-11:00: Fun with Beads & Paint: Jewellry Boxes and Beaded Keychains

Saturday, June 10 from 10:00-11:00: Anime Fashion Drawings using Japanese Paper

Wednesday, June 14 from 4:30-5:30: Postage Stamp Mosaics- using real stamps!

Saturday, June 17 from 10:00-11:00 Father's Day Workshop: Make a "Cool" Painting for your cool dad!

Monday, June 19 from 4:30-5:30: Printmaking on Canvas

Wednesday, June 21 from 4:30-5:30: Creating Summer Sand Paintings- Beach Vibes on the first official day of SUMMER!


TEEN WORKSHOPS (Ages 11-14 years)

These workshops are for Teens looking to get creative, strengthen their art practise and get to know other like-minded artistic teens. In this group suggestions from the teens are always welcome as we explore more difficult techniques and media.

Friday, June 16 from 6:00-6:45: Large Scale Graffiti Inspired Paintings on Canvas


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!