As the ice resurfacer made sweeps across the Marina Park skating rink this week, youths inside the Baggage Building Arts Centre swept paint bushes across canvasses to create artwork.

Big Brother Big Sister Thunder Bay is hosting The Big Art Adventure in Thunder Bay, which features eleven local artists who are on hand to help teach youth about the various forms of artwork.

Kelsey Peever, a Lakehead University teaching and visual arts graduate, is doing a sociology program school placement with the Big Brother Big Sisters organization and has spearheaded the three-day event.

"The purpose of the event is to engage youth into the art community and have artists connect with them one--to-one," said Peever.

"The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Thunder Bay is to mentor youth so this event follows that idea by having the local artists, some of who volunteer their time to be with the youth, to teach them artwork."

Peever said the event also provides instruction of some of the skills that are taught in expensive workshops, free of charge to all youths who participate.

The artists are helping the youths learn about a variety of art forms, including pottery, drawing, painting, fabric transferring, paper making, mixed media collages and Aboriginal Peoples' crafts and teachings.

The Big Art Adventure is part of March Break activities taking place in the city and will continue today from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Baggage Arts Building. The event is free for all youths.

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