Workshops

Choose two workshops, one in the morning (10 am – 1 pm EST) and one in the afternoon (2 pm – 5 pm EST).

These unusual circumstances will not limit our creative flow, rather stimulate our resourcefulness.

Animation

Animation allows you to tell powerful visual stories. In this workshop you try your hand at stop-motion animation, claymation, rotoscoping, and time-lapse photography, while learning the 12 Principles of Animation. You will develop foundational animation skills and apply those techniques through the production processes, using digital tools and physical mediums. Students will have a chance to work through a variety of exercises and to create a final work of their choice. Through individual and group projects, you bring your ideas to the screen and gain proficiency with digital tools like Photoshop, AfterEffects, Premiere Pro, and iStopMotion.

Art/Activism/Impact

Art/Activism/Impact will question how an individual’s subjective experience intersects with the immediacy of broader social, political, and cultural questions. The workshop will introduce students to a variety of artists and disciplines and guide students through the personal process-driven practice of making creative work. We will ask how the shifting answers to these questions propel the crafting and constructing of art works across all disciplines that help shape meaningful projects working towards change and progress. Through individual and group projects, students will learn how bringing an intersectional lens to art making and learning can deepen an understanding of our world and help collaboratively create platforms for meaningful social change. Each day of instruction students will meet with their classmates online as a group and then separate for a period of time to engage with creative works independently before returning to share and discuss as a class. Through this collective process, students will connect with one another while also expressing themselves through multiple mediums and focus on ways that art can become a radical form of dismantling injustice.

Culinary Lab

Dive into the craft, culture, and science of food. In Culinary Lab you develop some of the skills needed to become a chef: sensory evaluation, mise-en-place, knife skills, and product identification.Learn how to build complex flavor profiles and explore how seasonality and regionality can take your cooking to the next level. Techniques include sautéeing, blanching, poaching, frying, searing, braising, baking, and pan roasting. Move beyond recipes and gain confidence in your culinary knowledge and instincts. Join this workshop to cook adventurous, nutritional dishes and, along the way, eat fantastic food.

Drawing

In this class you will develop an understanding of traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing using charcoal, graphite, pastel, ink, and other materials. Group critiques, individual critiques, and evaluation of student work are key components of this class.

Fashion Design

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, learn how to use a sewing machine and hand sewing skills or other techniques to make their own wearable designs.

A list of necessary supplies will be sent to students. They 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 progress up-date sessions. Students will also share pictures, sketches and ideas on a virtual pin-board to receive feedback as they see their work come together.

Filmmaking

Whether you are an experienced filmmaker or completely new to the craft, this workshop will challenge your knowledge of the medium and give you the skills you need to make effective and engaging films.

Students begin by learning fundamental concepts and the terms we use when making films. We ask the question ‘Why tell stories?’ and examine some of the basic attributes of storytelling

Students learn to direct, shoot, and edit through. You’ll learn how cinematic techniques significantly impact the viewer’s perception. How does lighting change the mood of a scene? What does a dolly zoom tell you about the shot? Mise-en-scène, camera movement, lighting, sound design, and editing all converge to tell your stories on screen.

Painting

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.

Photography

Explore photography as a visual language to delve into the use of design elements such as line, light, and motion to build strong compositions. After establishing a clear understanding of exposure and camera operation, you’ll  focus on both shooting and Photoshop skills. Prompts will be provided for focusing our exploration and help provide context for the myriad of possible transformations digital technology offers photographers.You’ll delve into a variety of photographic genres throughout the workshop, including portraiture, narratives, experimental and alternative techniques. Journals and critiques help students develop language and the ability to assess both their own work and that of others. Digital SLR cameras and access to Adobe creative suite are useful but not necessary as many students will be working on the cameras on their phones. Advanced students will be able to work at their own pace, taking part in introductory work to refresh their skills or diving straight into developing a new body of work.

Printmaking

In this workshop, we will explore a range of printmaking techniques by experimenting with materials and concepts. We will work primarily in linoleum relief carving, learning the process of using tools to build graphic images. We will also delve into monotypes and collagraphs, techniques where you make prints from collages of textured materials. 

Our focus will be on learning traditional printmaking methods like making proofs, printing an edition, and creating a multi-layer reduction print. We will also explore other aspects of printmaking, such as making stamps, mixing inks, and printing designs on fabric. While working from our home studio spaces, we will come together to share ideas, collaborate on projects, and think critically about the work we make.   

Songwriting

If you enjoy playing instruments and singing, this workshop is a great place to delve into the artistry of songwriting and composition.

A strong foundation in music theory, structure, and form will provide students with the fundamental skill set necessary to write and record interesting and unique songs. Students will also have the opportunity to perform their work for the entire community.

Storytelling

Why do we tell stories that aren’t even true? Why do we tell stories at all? Whose truth are we telling, and how do we decide the best ways, the best angles, to craft the telling? In this workshop, we’ll create stories— on the page, certainly, and beyond it— in audio form, perhaps in monologue form, perhaps as a graphic novel/story— and consider the questions central to that telling.

How do we create character, setting, tone? What’s left in, and what’s left out? What are the narrative structures that might best suit the work? What’s the best medium for the telling? In this creative writing workshop, we’ll work across genres as we consider possibilities and elements of story, of craft, and the many ways that stories come to life as we make them into so many new realities.

Theatre

In this course, students will gain an understanding of the basic elements of theatre creation and production. This ranges from practical actor training to global theatre styles to making original work. We will probe not only the “how” of theatre making, but the more slippery and ineffable “why.”. To do so, practical work will be supplemented by short readings from dramatists, directors, and theatre anthropologists. The goal is to empower students to create work that is personal, thoughtful and socially aware. This summer, the course will engage with new kinds of social media performance including Instagram, TikTok and Zoom to create original work that can be shared digitally.

Each virtual class session, carried out over Zoom, will be roughly broken down into three sections: preparation, application, and creation. Preparation will include a group vocal and physical warm-up to hone performance technique and stage presence. Application focuses on methods and approaches to theatre practice — scene study, movement analysis, scenography. Creation is a time for students, individually and in small groups, to find their own artistic voice by exploring ways of moving from stimulus (objects, spaces, visual art, history, text, etc.) to performance.

Writing People/Writing Place

Writing the world around us opens a lens to the world of ourselves. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways to write people— how are characters formed, what makes them work, what’s at stake, what choices and risks might they take— and consider how we might most effectively bring characters to life within and on the page. We’ll also think about how to make meaning of place, using the environment around us as a way to begin our exploration, but will also consider the landscape of memory in our explorations.

This class will work across genres as a way to write beyond, and within, ourselves and the lenses we bring into our experiences.