Artistry • Reconnection • Transformation

A.R.T. always tells a story. A.R.T. is a way to share without speaking. In 2017, The Joel Fund launched a partnership with the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre to bring art classes to the veterans in our community.  This year, the program is expanding to include the veteran’s family members.  Operation A.R.T. students will have the opportunity to be introduced to a new art medium or continue developing skills in a known medium.  

“I’ve really enjoyed taking the painting classes through Operation A.R.T.. The classes have not only been very therapeutic, but they have inspired me to paint again.”  P.E. – Veteran


Heroic Masks of Sculpey: 2/12/18-3/19/18
6-week class on Mondays (2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, and 3/19)
For millennia, masks have provided humanity with the means to express specific qualities of the human condition and its journey and passage through life. Deep Africa has its mesmerizing faces of the “witch” doctor; and today in the west, we have the captivating superheroes of Marvel and DC comics. In any form or time, the mask has met the status quo of humanity at the thresholds of endurance, courage, and hope, urging the member of cultural society into the great adventure of their calling destiny. Yet so often we lose sight that everyday life requires the heroic attributes of the hero. We fail to realize that we stand side by side of heroes of all kinds and that the greatest hero may be found in our own hearts; and that there are allies and magical assistance to be found upon the path of our journeys.
This class will provide instruction in creating an original hero’s mask made in sculpey, which is an oven baked polymer clay. This class will provide sculpey clay modeling techniques and an exploration in facial anatomy. Students will explore the creative territory of their imagination to call forth, out of their daily lives, the heroic faces of their world. Be it the qualities of a mentor, the charismatic Iron Man on the silver screen, or the obscure virtues that they find in themselves, the student will uncover the face of the hero which is reflected in their own being. Supplies provided. *This class is for active service members and veterans only.  Click here to register for Heroic Masks.

Introduction to Painting: 3/2/18-3/23/18
4-week class on Fridays (3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23)
Have you always had an interest in art but maybe you’ve never taken a class?  Then this is the class for you!  This course is designed to help students develop ways to communicate meaningful ideas through drawing and painting.  Students will explore the use of drawing and painting techniques and materials while creating visual images.  No prior experience is required.  Supplies will be provided. 
Click here to register for Introduction to Painting.

Photography II: 2/7/18-2/28/18
4-week class on Wednesdays (2/7, 2/14, 2/21, and 2/28)
Are you interested in taking your photographic skills to another level?  In this course you will learn how to edit your photographic images.  You will also explore ways to manipulate your images to create meaning.  This course will further your ability to express ideas and meaning reflecting a personal style.  Photography I is the prerequisite for this course. Click here to register for Photography II.  

Introduction to Drawing: 2/1/18-2/22/18
4-week class on Thursdays (2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22)
Would you like to be able to express your ideas through drawing?  This course is designed to help student’s express their ideas while they develop skills in drawing.  Students will explore drawing through pen & ink and colored pencils.  This is an introductory class and no prior experience is required.  Supplies will be provided. Click here to register for Introduction to Drawing.

Photography I: 3/7/18-4/4/18
5-week class on Wednesdays (3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, and 4/4)
Are you interested in having a basic understand of a digital camera and basic shooting techniques?  This class will help you answer those questions as well as help you to take more meaningful photographs.  Through this course your photographs will progress from a snap shot to an image reflecting personal artistic decisions.  Click here to register for Photography I.

If you have any questions, please send an email to  You may also register by emailing or calling The Joel Fund at (919) 247-9333.


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