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Felt Making

The process of felting has been around since the beginning of civilization and was used to create the oldest type of textile known to mankind. Using colorful wool fibers to “paint” designs and images along with water, soap and friction students will learn how the “wet felting” process tangles and merges layers of loose wool […]

Kicks: Making Sneakers Out of Cereal Boxes

Students discover the art of the 1960s and the pop art of artist Andy Warhol as they learn how to make 3-D sneaker sculptures out of cereal boxes. This recycled material project is a big hit with students! Students are required to bring a cereal box to class with them to create this recycled material […]

Mural Painting

In this immersive workshop students begin by learning about street artists and muralist such as Keith Herring and Deigo Rivera. They then discuss what murals are and how working in a group is different from working alone. After brainstorming ideas for the mural based on the school’s curriculum needs, the students develop a rough sketch […]

Interactive Murals

Students and staff work together to create an interactive mural inspired by a theme or curriculum. Students learn about the history of murals, collect detailed reference materials, and research ideas for the mural. They then develop and transfer sketches onto Masonite panels, using a mix of traditional and contemporary methods. Through teamwork, they bring the […]

Paper Quilling

Originating in 17th-century Europe, paper quilling is the art of rolling, shaping, and gluing thin strips of paper together to make complex designs.  Students will learn how to curl paper to create different shapes, and explore what makes good design and how to choose which colors and shapes to use to create dynamic three-dimensional pictures, […]

Origami

In this popular workshop, students gain hands-on experience doing origami, the Japanese art of paper folding that is currently practiced in many Asian countries. As they move through making three different age-appropriate origami models, students learn how to make common folds, and how to interpret both visual and oral instructions. Students also learn some of […]

Legends, Lore, & Little Cloth Books

Rebecca Kelly creates a medley of folklore, legends, and poems that inspire inspire the creation of cloth books. Students embroider and embellish these tiny treasures with thread, fabric, and found objects. This little treasure trove of a book can be adapted to many curricular areas!

Exposures: Old and New School Photography

In this interactive workshop with Erik James Montgomery, students create unique images and explore the myriad possible approaches to this expressive art form. Depending on the length of the residency, the students will explore the following: photo literacy, pin-hole cameras, darkroom printing, digital photo editing, photograms, self-esteem via self-portraits, and much more! All cameras and […]

Kinetic Circus

Be amazed as the kinetic circus performs epic feats of strength, agility, and balance! Inspired by Alexander Calder’s famous Circus, students make mechanical characters from found materials such as wire, wood, corks, and springs. Through an intensive, hands-on process, students learn how simple machines (cranks, pulleys, and wheels) transform and magnify energy to enable human […]

Soul Steps

Soul Steps speaks the language of rhythm! This showcase of the African-American dance tradition known as “stepping” explores how step started among African-American fraternities and sororities on college campuses as a means of unity and self-expression, and has deep roots in the migrant labor culture of South African gold mines. Students enjoy the high-energy step […]

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