The ARTree Community Arts Center

Developing the Roots of Creativity


Railroad Ave. Mural

The Traveling Mural

The Community Garden Mural

Classes – Mural Painting with P.O.W.E.R.

Over the summer we completed a mural with the P.O.W.E.R. group at the Newhall Community Center.

P.O.W.E.R. stands for Peers on the Way to Everlasting Recovery. The group’s mission is to offer male teens in need of support a peer network to discuss issues that affect their behavior and perception of life. POWER focuses on teens between 13-18 that have gang affiliation, behavioral issues, and excessive academic difficulties. As part of their summer efforts, POWER created and painted a mural with ARTree.

The mural is a timeline of Newhall. The group, under the leadership of Efren Galindo and Justin Hillermann, collaborated with ARTree’s Bob Hernandez, Ann Unger, Melissa Shephard, and David Sweetman. The mural is 6′ tall and 15′ wide. The purpose of having teens execute this project was to allow them to express their thoughts and ideas in a positive and creative manner. The POWER group practiced a variety of skills taught by mentors such as positive decision-making, teamwork, and discipline.

Classes – Mural Painting the ARTree Logo

It started off as an effort for the youth at The Newhall Community Center to keep busy during the summer months and became a community beautification event, allowing the youth to express their creative potential & giving them pride by contributing to the community in a positive manner.

First came the presentation of the idea to the property owners Tim & Laurie Crissman… once it was approved we were off and running!

Here was the class syllabus:

Mural Painting The ARTree Logo

Mural Painting Class – A collaboration project between Newhall Community Center and The ARTree Community Arts Center for at-risk teens.


Through the creation of an art mural we will support, teach and encourage life skills such as goal setting, decision making and teamwork that the student will integrate into their lives as they develop into productive and responsible citizens.

Give a forum where students can explore visual art and express their creativity through the use of drawing, color, and painting.

Class description:

  • Lesson in the history of murals
  • Mural conceptualization
  • Presentation of mural concept
  • Painting techniques for mural
  • Painting the mural


Newhall Community Center – Warehouse building on 24219 Railroad Ave.

Dates: Wednesdays, 5 – 7:30 pm from June 16 – August 11

Number of Students: 15

Age Group: 14-18 years

Mural size: 97’ 5”L x14’ 3”H

Materials and Supplies:

3 gallons of primer, selected colors of water base house paint in gallons to be determined, plastic containers, paint rollers with extensions (3), blue masking tape (3 rolls), drop cloth (4) 10‘X20’ or larger.


  • Justin Hillermann (Youth Coordinator- Newhall Community Center)
  • Bob Hernandez (The ARTree Community Arts Center)