Creativity

Finding fulfillment through creativity.

At TECH, we strive to facilitate as many creative outlets for our clients as possible.  Clients have the opportunity to express themselves through arts & crafts activities at the ALS.  They can also choose to participate in TECH Tuesday, a weekly event where local artist, Julie Black, comes on site to teach a painting class.  We also offer daily opportunities for our artists' to work on paintings and silk scarves with our TECH Art Coach.

 

Creative Opportunities

  • TECH Art Studio

    In 2012, TECH purchased the former Midwest Feed Building and moved our Adult Life Skills (ALS) program to this location.  With the early success of our art program, TECH had the vision for an on-site art studio in the back of this building but needed to raise the funds before completing this remodel project.

    Through fundraising efforts, which included a benefit concert featuring Suzy Bogguss, as well as a generous gift from the Bobby Megli family, the TECH Art Studio quickly became a reality.  TECH artists began creating artwork inside of the studio in May of 2016.

    When a TECH artist chooses to participate in the art program, they receive coaching from a TECH Art Coach, who guides and teaches them about different art media, expanding their abilities every day.  Our artists are continually growing their skills.

     

  • Silk Scarves

    The silk scarves and neck ties come to us already hemmed and ready to be painted or dyed according to individual preferences. Artists use many forms of application to create each scarf and necktie, including hand-painting, shibori dyeing, or even simply dipping the silk in a dye.

    Each scarf or necktie can take anywhere from one to eight hours to paint or create and goes through several phases of hand-washing, ironing and steaming before it’s ready to be sold.  The ironing and steaming sets the dye, making it color-fast.  Each scarf is unique and created individually.

    TECH artists have the opportunity to sell their silk scarves and neckties in the community and retain the proceeds from each sale.  You can find artists’ work at community events such as Art Walk, Third Thursday events and TECH community events.  In the future, you will be able to purchase artwork online.

    To stay up to date with what our artists are working on, be sure to follow TECH, Inc. on Facebook.

    For a private showing of available scarves and neckties, please call Dorinda Simmons at 620-663-2216 ext 207.

  • Paintings

    In 2013, local artist, Julie Black, began holding painting classes at the ALS, which has now become known as “TECH Tuesday” and is looked forward to by many.  Because of the success of this partnership, TECH began offering an Art Coach on-site to our artists every day.  Their painting skills grow each week as they explore different media types in their creations.  Each piece of artwork is unique and created individually.

    Each artist has the opportunity to sell their paintings in the community and retains the proceeds from each sale.  You can find artists’ work at community events such as Art Walk, Third Thursday events and TECH community events.  Recently, TECH artists were invited to show artwork at Art in the Arb, which took place at Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, KS.  In the future, you will be able to purchase artwork online.

    To stay up to date with what our artists are working on, be sure to follow TECH, Inc. on Facebook.

    For a private showing of available artwork, please call Dorinda Simmons at 620-663-2216 ext 207.