Workshops

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

Choose one or two workshops to focus on for three weeks of instruction. Collaborate with peers and learn from faculty who are eager to provide a structure and environment to develop and grow your craft.

Workshop Schedule

Monday – Friday, EST

Morning Workshop: 10 AM – 1 PM

Afternoon Workshop: 2 PM – 5 PM

cost

Two Workshops: $2,500

One Workshop: $1,250

Animation

Materials

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.

Drawing

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Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

If there’s ever been a time to learn the ins and outs of video production, it’s right now. This course is a comprehensive and exciting journey through every step of the filmmaking process: idea generation, script writing, pre-production, filming, editing in Adobe Premiere, and thoughtful viewing and critique. Students will receive detailed instruction time, resources, and prompts, as well as individual meetings and projects that are tailored to students’ specific interests within the vast world of film production. The class will work both individually and collaboratively to create portfolios of videos that span formats and genres, ultimately channeling students’ passions and inner voices. They will leave the course with all the tools they need to create their own videos outside of class, confidence in their potential as filmmakers, and a refined critical eye for what makes something worth watching.

Painting

MATERIALS

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

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materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

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

Materials

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.

Writing People/Writing Place

Materials

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.