Program – Layers of Meaning: Creating Image Transfer Portraits for Historical Projects

By creating portraits, artists have long held a pivotal role in recording history. Contemporary artists create visual narratives that represent the complexity of history and historical figures. Image transfer provides new opportunities for artists to develop this avenue of exploration. The image transfer process produces a transparent image that allows for the visibility of multiple…

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Program – Altering Images: Photographic Transfers for Painting, Printmaking, and Collage

Image transfer provides artists with the option to create photographic images without the use of a camera. The image transfer process produces a transparent image that allows for the visibility of multiple collaged layers within a single work of art all at once. Learn this process to transform copies of photographs, as well as drawings,…

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The Art of Every Day Photography – Point & Shoots, Polaroids & Phone Cameras Welcome

Yolonda Jones, photographic artist, envisions holding and facilitating space for VMFA distanced student participants to experience a primer in the Art of Everyday Photography. She will conduct the session in three parts: guiding students through an introduction to the theory of photography as art, getting cameras (phone build-ins, DSLRs, point and shoot, Polaroids—whatever’s available) into…

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Group Playmaking aka Devised Theatre

Did you know you can make a wildly original play without starting with a script? Commonly called “devised theatre,” this theatre form is a way of collectively authoring a new play using the input and contributions of all participants. These contributions can be in the form of written text, myths, physical choreography, research, props, music,…

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You Have What it Takes to Be a Performance Artist

What the heck IS performance art? Is it visual art? Theatre? Social Experiment? Performance art is expansive and seems to defy easy definition, and yet it’s the biggest movement in the art world in the last 100 years. In this introductory workshop, we will first take a video voyage through the history of the form…

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Write a Brand New Play All in One Day!

This workshop is an introduction to the art and craft of playwriting. We will read one short masterpiece of theatre together out loud, and follow with a facilitated discussion of its narrative and story structure, ideas and motifs, and its special world. You will be guided through several warm-up writing exercises and then we will…

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Learn to Frame Your Own Artwork!

Having your art framed at a retail establishment can be extremely costly! In this comprehensive workshop you will learn to mount, cut mats, frame, and present your fine art with professional archival techniques.  All tools and supplies, mount, mat, and frame are provided for you to frame your 5 x 7 or smaller work of…

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Mini Comics! Workshop: One-Day School Visit

Like comics? Many cartoonists got their start by making them in MINI form! In this workshop Laura Lee teaches about the visual-storytelling basics, from sequential story structure to camera angles. Students will then apply these new ideas by developing their own characters and writing VERY short stories (a six panel scene) for their new characters…

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Adventure Hats

This workshop is awesome. Not your typical watch-and-repeat course, instead dive into this class and experiment. Focus on moving past the challenge of what to make, by building your way into new ideas and your own imagination. We will start constructing right away.  Beginning with blank paper, students will make a number of rapid-fire shapes considering volume with a sample of techniques: pleats, darts, woven elements, and coils. Students will choose a sample to refine and repeat, considering scale, orientation, and mood. We will build armatures, discussing fit, movement and overall construction and each student will end the day with a wild and unexpected hat. It’s hard not to love a room full of people in wild and surprising hats, and a short photo-shoot will follow to document this particular kind of magic.  We will work with paper-based materials (ideal for prototyping) but participants are welcome and encouraged to bring extra materials to experiment with (beads, yarn, plastic bits, dried plant materials, etc)

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From Photographs to Fabric Patterns

Biology, art and activism merge in this presentation.  Dawn Flores, Creative Director for The Forest Project, tells the story of how she collaborated with other artists to document a 60-acre urban forest clear-cut for development.  Dawn has created over 1,000 fabric patterns from photographs she took, of the now clear-cut property, and works with quiltmakers…

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