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!



Kids, Teens & Adults!

WINNER Best Art School/Instruction

WINNER Best Local Artist: Christine Benson

Kids Workshops (Ages 6-12 years)
Are you and your kids having a STAY-CATION this March
Break and you are looking for some fun activities? Read
below for all the fun that will be happening at the log cabin
studio this March Break!

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

MARCH BREAK/P.A DAY: Friday, March 10 from 10:00-11:00 Ocean Creature
Modelling Clay Pictures

Each Modelling Clay Pictures Each child will be given a rainbow of colours of modelling clay and we will learn how to sculpt the clay into 3D ocean creatures like whales and sharks! There will be lots of opportunity to customize your ocean creature and add unique expressions, facial features and other background details on your picture board.

MARCH BREAK: Saturday, March 11 from 10:00-11:00 Painted Outdoor Garden Tiles
Who needs a reminder that spring is on its way?? During this workshop we will paint colourful cement garden tiles to place outside on your deck or in your garden when spring arrives! What colourful tile will you create inspired by the garden? A bee? Flowers? An inspiring message?

MARCH BREAK: Monday, March 13 from 10:00-11:00 Tie-Dyeing
Who doesn’t love creating their own unique tie-dyed Tshirt? During this workshop we will save parents homes from the mess of tie-dyeing and create our own groovy and colourful wearable art.

MARCH BREAK: Wednesday, March 15 from 10:00-11:00 Anime Watercolour Paintings
Anime drawing is a hit with all kids! During this workshop we will learn how to create our own anime person and learn about how to draw in the style of Japanese anime. We will add colour and details using ink pen and watercolour. Students will be given their own watercolour paint tin to take home at the end of the workshop to create at home.

MARCH BREAK: Friday, March 17 from 10:00-11:00 Paper-making & Japanese Ink Painting Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!
This eco inspired workshop will teach your kids how to make their own paper using recycled newspaper, cereal boxes and scrap paper- turning something old into something new! We will learn how pulp is created and we will also learn about the beautiful craftsmanship of Japanese paper and Japanese ink painting as we create our own ink paintings on Japanese paper using traditional brushes and techniques.

AND AFTER MARCH BREAK… the FUN continues at the studio:

Monday, March 20 from 4:30-5:30 FIRST DAY OF SPRING!
Cherry Blossom Paintings on Canvas What a colourful celebration this workshop will be! Regardless of the winter weather we will celebrate the first day of spring by creating cherry blossom tree paintings on canvas and be inspired by the delicate blossoms, while learning how to colour mix and create shading in our flowers.

Saturday, March 25 from 10:00-11:00 Mixed Media Weaving on Wood
Using cedar wood, nails and colourful yarns and twines we will learn how to weave and wrap yarn around the nails to create mixed media woven pictures.

Monday, March 27 from 4:30-5:30 Picasso & Collage Portraits
Using an assortment of Japanese paper, magazines and decorative papers we will cut, rip, collage and assemble geometric and organic shapes into a Face inspired by Picasso and Cubism. Get your scissors, glue and imaginations ready!


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.

MARCH BREAK: Friday, March 10 from 6:00-6:45pm Vision Boards
As an artist (especially in the age of social media, tik tok and constant images) it is easy to lose track of your own creative ideas and inspiration. This workshop will focus on the creative practice of vision boards- a project that provides us a way to unconsciously gather images, colours, text, doodles onto a large “Vision Board” using collage, graphite, coloured pencils, ink pen and more. Upon completion these vision boards will act like a large poster that can be placed in your room or studio that act like a mixed media sketchbook page- reminding you of colours, shapes, images and texts that can inspire you in your art practice and will inspire future projects.

Friday, March 24 from 6:00-6:45pm Large-Scale Chalk Pastel & Charcoal Landscapes Inspired by Emily Carr
Canadian artist and author Emily Carr saw the Canadian forests as no one else at the time did. Her beautiful sweeping skies and colourful trees sought to illustrate how she felt when she was among the trees. During this workshop we will be inspired by Emily Carr’s forests to create our own large scale chalk pastel landscapes. We will learn how to create sweeping skies and blend the chalk pastel and charcoal to create movement, emotion and beautiful forest scenes.


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!