Young Moms Show Creativity at Summer School

July 25th, 2013

Summer is here and Youville Centre students are just wrapping up their final summer school assignments. This summer our young moms worked toward a credit in either Visual Arts or Hairstyling & Esthetics. Brand new to our summer school programming, the Hairstyling & Esthetics Course was run through the Ottawa Catholic School Board’s Continuing Education Department and taught by Fay Campbell, Continuing Education Teacher who also teaches at Algonquin College.

Fay teaches students how to properly cut hair

Delivered part-time at Youville Centre and part-time at St. Nicholas Adult High School, where there is a full salon setup on-site, this class allowed our young moms the opportunity to develop skills and techniques such as:

  • manicures and pedicures
  • haircuts (in particular “the bob”)
  • paraffin wax treatments for hands
  • shampooing and hair styling
  • curling hair with rollers and hair straightening
  • makeup application with different colour palettes
  • client service and professionalism
  • proper hygiene
  • respecting¬† others

The culminating task in this course was a “Spa Day” where students had the chance to practice their newly learned skills by giving hand massages and manicures to staff, volunteers and guests. Staff and volunteers also benefitted from hairstyling and paraffin wax treatments.

A guest from MAC Cosmetics demonstrates proper makeup application

Hand massages and paraffin wax treatments were a welcome treat for hardworking staff and volunteers

In our Visual Arts course, students learned the following:

  • sketching
  • painting: acrylics, watercolours
  • portraiture
  • sculpture
  • photography (including working in a darkroom)
  • mixed media
  • colour theory
  • perspective
  • Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arranging)
  • Japanese ink painting
  • a collaborative mural project

The class also took a field trip to the National Gallery of Canada and enjoyed learning from guest instructors. The culmination of this course resulted in an art show where our young moms proudly displayed their work for volunteers, staff and special guests to enjoy.

Youville Centre would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their support of our Summer School program:

  • The Knights of Pythias, Aurora Lodge #53
  • City of Ottawa Lemieux Island Water Purification Plant Employees
  • Angela Lariviere, who visits each year to teach our young moms how to draw a portrait of their baby
  • Tim Desclouds, Art Teacher at Cantebury High School who provided instruction on watercolour painting
  • David Wilson, Photographer and student at the School of Photographic Arts — Ottawa
  • MAC Cosmetics
  • Rebecca, who provided instruction on Ikebana and Japanese ink painting
  • Fourth Avenue Baptist Church
  • Ottawa Catholic School Board — Continuing Education Department

Summer School Teachers