WORKSHOPS

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THE CREATIVE MINDSET:
HOW TO VALUE WHAT YOU MAKE

The Riveter, Austin
Thursday, August 15th, 7-9pm

How can I give myself permission to make the things I want? What’s standing in the way of getting my project off the ground?

In this two-hour workshop, we will look at these questions and ideas around creative output and value. Through facilitated discussion and reflection around the topics of ‘creative self-worth,’ participants will identify core negative beliefs around their creativity and gain deeper insights into the roadblocks that stand in their way. The workshop will give students a place to share personal and professional challenges and develop helpful tools for cultivating a creative vs. a competitive mindset.

In this workshop we will:

  • Identify core negative beliefs as they relate to your creative practice (i.e. what do you believe is possible for the work you make?)

  • Discuss creative vs. competitive mindset

  • Map your jealousy - a useful exercise!

  • Reflect on your work patterns - ‘the gas’ vs. ‘the brakes’

  • Identify healthy habits for nurturing your creative output

 
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RECOVERING YOUR CREATIVITY

The Brooklyn Brainery
Saturday, August 10th, 10-4pm

This four-hour workshop will focus on identifying and reflecting on creative blocks and giving artists across disciplines (visual art, music, writing, design) tools for working through these obstacles in a sustainable way. This workshop is for anyone who needs a gentle nudge to listen to their creative calling.

In this workshop we will cover ideas of:

Creative Self-Worth: How to strengthen your faith in the things you make
Fuel: How to stay motivated without comparing yourself to others
Obligation: How to find time for a creative project you care about
Abundance: How to see new opportunities in your creative profession
Play: How to let yourself experiment and thrive creatively
Champions: How to find people who share your creative values

 
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CREATIVE GRANT WRITING SEMINAR

Learn how to talk about your work and values in this 2-hour introductory course. Through presentations and workshop sessions, we will look at grants that support emerging artists/creatives and talk about how to pitch a project. We'll share important resources, writing samples, and look at meaningful ways to get funding for your creative work.

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ALTERNATIVE DRAWING PROCESSES

Students will explore a range of conventional and non-conventional mark-making methods in this hands-on workshop. Drawing from observation as well as imagination, students will learn the art of stenciling, masking, photo-transferring, and wet and dry medias, learning how to integrate different visual languages of drawing through collaborative and self-directed exercises. Elements of chance and intuition will also play a critical role in this expressive investigation.
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photo credit: Kristen Blush

photo credit: Kristen Blush

COLLECTED IMAGES: THE COLLAGE ARTIST BOOK

Historically collage has offered artists a means to directly engage with the visual refuse of  their time. Through examining, re-organizing, and manipulating this imagery, collage presents a language through which to imagine and realize alternate worlds and relations.  This course will offer students a comprehensive introduction to collage and mixed media practices introduced through collaborative exercises, demonstrations, and project-driven work surrounding the artist book. Students will learn various book forms and methods, and use their own collected materials and findings to explore the book as an active vehicle for their ideas.

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SELF-PORTRAITS FOR THE FUTURE

In this course students will examine the self-portrait as a means to reflect on identity and experience within a particular context. Students will be shown various 2D/3D material demonstrations including: alginate mold-making, plaster-casting, photocopy-transferring, and mixed media techniques. These methods will give them a jump-start into drawing from and reflecting back the world around them. Each material technique will be paired with a conceptual exercise that will allow students to reflect critically on the history of self-portraiture, and consider how this creative gesture can capture something both personal and universal about a particular time period.
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INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING

In this workshop, we'll explore methods of printmaking that do not require a press and can easily be done at home. You'll learn the basic principles of relief printing (using EZ-cut and linoleum), monoprinting (using plexi glass), as well as alternative processes like photocopy transferring. The class will demonstrate these techniques and allow students the chance to practice, and make multiples of their imagery. At the end of the workshop, students can swap prints, taking a new collection of art home with them. No previous knowledge of printmaking is necessary.

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DRAWING WITH INK

In this 3-hour workshop, students will learn techniques for how to draw using india ink. We will learn about brushes, appropriate papers, and experiment with wet-media methods. Class exercises will focus on tackling a drawing from observation using ink, and how to build values and marks in relation to a particular subject.
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WORKS ON PAPER: INTRO TO COLLAGE AND MIXED MEDIA

Students will explore the formal elements of collage: composition, texture,  line, balance and color, while experimenting with a variety of mark-making techniques, such as stamping, transferring, and wet and dry media methods. Students  will investigate these  collage practices, as well as alternative processes through collaborative and individually-driven assignments.
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MAXIMUM MARK: MONOPRINTING

This 3-hour course will explore methods of monoprinting, or the practice of making unique prints. Students will be introduced to basic print techniques that do not require a press and can easily be done at home.

Techniques will include stamping, texture-transfer, photocopy transfer, and stenciling, among others. Students will explore the surprising possibilities of repetition as they learn how to build up their imagery using these basic print strategies. 
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DRAWING AT THE MET

A sketchbook investigation of the Met Museum. Students will bring their sketchbook and pencils for an observational drawing session that explores active spaces, as much as studies of master works.  Through warm-up and longer exercises, students will be encouraged to draw with consideration to scale, proportion, value, as much as impression, movement, and mark. We'll look to master works in the collection to discuss these languages, and how the visual elements of a drawing work to create meaning and impact in a work of art.
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