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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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!
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 […]
Get ready to get super! This workshop is designed to teach students the basics of character design using illustration, visual art, and storytelling techniques. Students work together to create super heroes based on interviews with each other as they learn about the power of empathy and how we all have something that makes us “super.” […]
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 […]
In this multi-day residency, students experience first-hand the ancient methods of kiln-fired painting on stained glass. Students design and paint their own multi-layered glass paintings that can later be assembled into a larger “group-made” stained glass window and displayed in a school or community space. Through the intricate processes of design, trace painting, matte painting, […]
This exploration inspires students to create their own books. Styles include pop-up, envelope accordion, origami, and marbleized covers. Each book is personalized using drawing, painting, and collage and can be used to hold students’ poetry, short stories, and artwork. Book styles can be tailored by age group and length of time.