Winter Virtual Workshops

Our virtual program continues this winter. Students may choose one or more workshops that meet weekly over an extended period of time this winter. Students, we look forward to offering you the opportunity to settle into your creative process and to develop your artistic voice.

Tuition

$300 per workshop

For 12 hours of synchronous instruction, with the option to continue what you’re working on between classes, either independently or in informal meetings with other students.

Dates

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Comics & Graphic Novels

1/13 – 2/17, Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Teacher: Peter Wallis

Since the dawn of civilization, visual storytelling has been an important part of our history. From prehistoric cave paintings to complex narratives in cinema and avatars in video games, we have an inherent need to communicate our stories visually and sequentially. 

In this workshop students will explore the nature of storytelling through the careful balance of text and image. They will develop a comprehensive set of skills in sequential art as illustrators and storytellers. Students will hone and polish illustration techniques as they find a unique narrative voice in class projects. They will have a chance to explore other illustrators, graphic novels and comics in-depth and experiment with digital and traditional illustration techniques. There will be opportunity for students to give and receive feedback in group critiques and conversations.

Materials

Documentary Filmmaking

1/16 – 2/20, Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Teacher: Eva Maldonado

From the spark of an idea to the final cut, the process of making any film requires a dedicated and thoughtful team of artists. This workshop develops a film crew in which students will choose and refine their own individual roles (writer, director, cinematographer, editor, etc.) with the goal of producing and screening a short documentary in 6 weeks.

Students will learn the art of collaboration, as well as all the skills they’ll need to excel in their area of focus. They’ll end the course knowing how to conceptualize and create a compelling documentary film through hands-on experience.

Materials

  • Digital Camera or Cellphone
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite (provided by The Putney School)

Drawing

1/13 – 2/17, Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Teacher: Dwayne Wilson

In this class you will develop an understanding of traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing technique, with a distinct focus on process not product and quality over quantity. Students draw from careful observation of a still life, from the human figure, and the landscape. Group critiques, individual critiques, and evaluation of student work are key components of this class.

Students will explore the application of art as a vehicle for social change. Referencing artists such as Kara Walker, Shepard Fairey, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Jacob Lawrence, and using a variety of mediums (i.e. charcoal, oil pastel, and graphite pencils) students will broaden their understanding of the power of art as a tool for change.\.

Materials

Fashion Design

1/16 – 2/20, Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Teacher: Theo Anastasato

In Fashion Design students will explore how to construct a garment from ideas and mood-board through to finished piece and fashion show. During the class, students will be given demos to learn hand sewing skills, how to use a sewing machine, and other techniques to make their own wearable designs. Students will be able to use break-out rooms to pair up in teams and collaborate through Zoom.

Students will have one-one support as well as group support during regular sharing and critiques. Students share sketches, pictures, and ideas on a virtual pin-board, receiving feedback while in progress and preserving a record of their work as it develops.

Materials

Handmade Textile Design: Patterns of Place

1/13 – 2/17, Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Teacher: Annie Duncan

This course will delve into how to design and print your own textiles from linoleum blocks. As we develop concepts and create designs, we will consider the culture and evolution of hand-designed textiles and explore the landscapes, artifacts, textures, and palettes that inform who we are. Students will master basic textile design skills, learning how to make repeat patterns. We will also play with batik-style fabric printing, building patterns from stamps. The class will combine drawing, color, pattern, and concept. The group will develop a strong sense of how positive and negative space function in pattern; they will also consider organic vs. geometric form, dimensionality vs. flatness, and the role that scale plays in pattern. Students will develop and ultimately print their designs on fabric.

Materials

Painting

1/16 – 2/20, Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Teacher: Genevieve Cohn

You will expand your knowledge of fundamental technical and theoretical approaches through painting on paper, canvas, or wood panel with acrylic paint. After an initial overview of value, color, and composition, students learn the basics of color mixing and paint handling. Students consider a wide variety of forms through exploration of themes and ideas from different art periods up through contemporary works.

Materials

Stop Taking Pretty Pictures

1/16 – 2/20, Saturdays 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM EST

Teacher: Zachary Stephens

The general understanding of photography is that one takes rather than makes pictures, and that images with traditional aesthetic beauty are more highly regarded. But photography can (and should) do much more. This class will explore the visual language of photography through line, light, and motion to build strong compositions. Students will learn to see differently and to make images as we delve in together to explore the deep history and artistry of photography beyond sunsets.

Materials

  • Digital Camera or Cellphone
  • Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite (provided by The Putney School)