Visual Arts

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts Department seeks to serve the whole person, transforming the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities through the arts, building self-esteem, fine and gross motor skills, cultivating community integration and social skills as well as building job and vocational skills.

Studio Art

While all art practices are inherently therapeutic, Studio Art has a focus on cultivating artistic excellence through the discovery and development of an individual’s innate artistry.

These classes include:
-Art History Figure Drawing
-Ceramics/Sculpture Painting
-Drawing Printmaking
-Fiber Arts

HOPE Art Lab

Visiting Artist/Mentorship Program

HOPE Art Lab seeks to expand the art practices of artists with and without disabilities through artistic exchange, bridging the gap between artist and community; art world and outsider.

This project is funded in part from the National Endowment for the Arts, Challenge America grant for the 2015/2016 cycle.

2015/2016 Visiting Artists/Mentors

About Cheryl Walker (paired with HOPE artist Marvin Castillo)

Inspired by fluid movement and organic form, Cheryl Walker’s drawing centered interdisciplinary practice is informed by automatic drawing and intuitive mark making. She has been actively exhibiting her work nationally for three decades and her work is held in private collections internationally. She has also created numerous temporary public art installations in Los Angeles and Minneapolis.

Walker has created live visual effects in performance with Rachel Rosenthal’s TOHUBOHU! Extreme Theater Ensemble as well as with Emilie Conrad, founder of Continuum Movement. She has also participated in collaborative performance at REDCAT and MOCA.

Walker completed an MFA in Drawing and Painting at California State University, Long Beach as well as graduate studies in Design at UCLA. She currently teaches at Long Beach City College, Cerritos College, and Santa Monica Emeritus College. Walker was an educator at MOCA for many years where she facilitated numerous educational partnerships and collaborations with LAUSD Teachers, LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, LA Philharmonic and, UCLA Live.

About Diana Markessinis (paired with HOPE artist Darren Petersen)

Diana Markessinis is a Santa Ana based sculptor and fabricator especially known for welding organic forms out of salvaged metal. She received her Masters of Fine Art from California State University, Fullerton and her undergraduate degree in sculpture from West Virginia University, as well as attending special workshops at the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art, France and the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, Maine.

Markessinis has had her work permanently installed at the Park Santiago Nature Center in Santa Ana, The Artist Village in downtown Santa Ana, The Rails for Trails Sculpture Garden in West Virginia and private residences throughout Southern California.


Artists in the Exhibitions Class will have a variety of on site and outside exhibition opportunities including participation in the annual VSA Festival, the biennial juried HOPE Center for the Arts exhibition CURIOUS, as well as curated and juried exhibitions for artists both with and without disabilities. All artists receive a portion of the sale of their artwork.

Past projects include:

  • Integrity House Mural
  • Very Special Arts (VSA) yarn bombing at the Main Place Mall in Santa Ana, CA. 

HOPE Handmade (A Fine Craft Boutique)

The HOPE Handmade Class offers participants the opportunity to learn a variety of fine craft techniques. The class offers artists to learn about product marketing, sales and fulfillment of orders. All of this provides a sense of accomplishment and self-worth demonstrating the value of their creative work.

These mediums include:
-Beading -Crocheting -Felting
-Hand stitching -Jewelry production -Knitting
-Mosaic fabrication -Weaving

Sales are available in our program.  Please contact info@hope4arts or call 714.778-4440

Horticultural Arts

Classes in the Horticultural Arts include garden design, propagation, companion planting and identification. Additionally, the care and basic concepts of edible, nonedible and useful plants are integrated into daily class activities. The class curates and designs the garden beds using seasonal and environmental awareness.  Exploration of the history, social and cultural uses of plants including and beyond food and landscaping are explored in the curriculum.

Horticultural Arts also integrates the study of biology, wildlife and ecology with an emphasis on personal and social interaction with the environment to assist the client’s closeness to earth and nature.  The Horticultural Arts class highlights the integration of art, created by nature and the client through kinetic, installation and sculptural modalities.

All of these objectives are met with an emphasis in olericulture and small scale varietal plantings in our in ground, dedicated, organic gardening beds.

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Hope Center for the Arts is a project of the Hi Hopes Identity Discovery Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization