Artists Helping Artists

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Artists Helping Artists is an ongoing adult art educational program that takes place at the WonderRoot Community Arts Center. All of the workshops taught at WonderRoot are led by professional artists who give their time, knowledge, and experience to lead workshops that are economically accessible to all. Classes are meant to encourage our members to explore disciplines outside of their primary medium, to give students the opportunity to learn from an expert in the field, and to build community.

More information about all of our current Artists Helping Artists workshops can be found by clicking the headers above. If you are interested in teaching an Artists Helping Artists workshop at WonderRoot, please fill out our Artists Helping Artists proposal form.

As of October 1, 2014, Artists Helping Artists workshops will operate on a Pay What You Can model.  

Students are encouraged to pay class fess at whatever level their current life situation allows (minimum $1/class). Students’ fee level will not be shared and students will not be prioritized based on the size of the fee they pay. Class fees support the WonderRoot Teaching Artist’s compensation, studio maintenance, and material costs.

It is important to WonderRoot to honor our commitment to providing educational opportunities to our existing members on previously established terms. Prior to October 1, 2014, Artists Helping Artists workshops were a component of WonderRoot membership. All WonderRoot members whose annual memberships begun from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014 will have the option of taking Artists Helping Artists workshops at no cost.

Introduction to Ceramics

Introduction to Ceramics is an ongoing workshop that is taught by Mike Klapthor, WonderRoot’s Ceramics Studio Manager. Introduction to Ceramics is held on the 2nd Monday of every month from 6-8pm.  Introduction to Ceramics teaches students basic hand-building and wheel-throwing skills and pieces made during the workshop can be fired in the kiln at the end of the class. Clay is available for purchase at $15/bag; you are also welcome to bring your own. Make sure you come prepared to get a little grubby!

Sign up for upcoming Introduction to Ceramics workshops below.  Spaces are limited so be sure to register soon!

Register for the January 12, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the February 9, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the March 9, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the April 13, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the May 11, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

If you have any questions about Introduction to Ceramics, feel free to direct them towards: mike@wonderroot.org

Recording Studio Basics

The Recording Studio Basics workshop familiarizes students with WonderRoot’s studio space, software, and equipment and provides them with information to run their own session. Recording Studio Basics workshops are held every other Saturday from 3-5pm. It is necessary for members to attend a Recording Studio Basics workshop if they would like to work in the recording studio alone.

Sign up for upcoming Recording Studio Basics workshops below.  Spaces are limited so be sure to register soon!

Register for the December 20, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the January 17, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the February 14, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the March 14, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the March 28, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

If you have any questions about Recording Studio Basics, feel free to direct them towards: chad@wonderroot.org

Introduction to Photography

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Thursday evenings from February 5th – February 26th at 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Calling all beginners! Introduction to Photography is a five-part workshop that will familiarize students with the fundamentals of traditional, black and white photography. Workshops will be held in the WonderRoot basement and darkroom with one Saturday afternoon (February 7 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm) shooting in the field. 

This hands-on workshop will follow the syllabus below:

2/5: How to Operate Your Camera (bring a 35mm camera, the camera manual, and a light meter app. Please familiarize yourself with your camera’s manual—many can be downloaded as pdfs for free. Light meter apps can also be downloaded. We recommend Pocket Light Meter). If you would like to borrow a camera for the workshop, please email the instructor, Stephanie Routier, at sroutier@wonderroot.org

2/7 (Saturday from 1:00pm – 3:00pm): Shooting in the Field (bring a 35mm camera and a roll of 35mm black and white film such as Kodak Tri-X ISO 400 or Ilford HP5 400—these are available locally at Showcase photo, PPR and Wings. A less expensive, good alternative is Freestyle’s artista.edu ultra 400 film)

2/12: Processing Film (bring roll of 35mm black and white film shot the previous week)

2/19: Contact sheets and enlargements (bring negatives developed the previous week)

2/26: Printing enlargements (bring negatives and contact sheet)

Members must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions. SLR cameras can be provided to students from WonderRoot’s inventory, or students are welcome to bring their own. A limited number of black and white 35mm film is also available for student use.

Introduction to Photography is co-taught by Stephanie Routier and Chelsea Haines. Routier holds a BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia and is a photography teacher at Roswell High School; she can be contacted at sroutier@wonderroot.org. Haines is a recent graduate of the College of Charleston where she earned her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography; she can be contacted at cjhaines60@yahoo.com.

After Effects Crash Course

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Thursday evenings from January 8 – February 26 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This interdisciplinary course trains students in the essential vocabularies and concepts of motion media design focusing on the use of After Effects. Students will learn to solve design and technical issues using motion techniques in industry-standard, motion graphic software. Students will also learn industry-standard tools to build a range of motion media projects demonstrating originality, aesthetics, and technical proficiency. Using their technical expertise, students will build motion media design projects that effectively integrate concept and content.

After Effects Crash Course will follow the syllabus below:

1/8: Introduction to After Effects and the After Effects Interface

1/15: Continuing interface introduction

1/22: Animation keyframes and keystrokes

1/29: Precomps and After Effects parenting

2/5: Motion graph and combining layers

2/12: Manipulating time and simple expressions

2/19: Advanced expressions and animating type

2/26: Layers in space and cutting out figures in Photoshop

Members must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions. Sign up here!

After Effects Crash Course is taught by Demontre Parish. Demontre has over ten years of effective technical and customer service experience in the IT Sector, a first-class education from the Savannah College of Art & Design, and served honorably as a sailor in the United States Navy. In pursuit of a higher education he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Motion Media.

Demontre may be reached at demontreparish@gmail.com. More of his work can be viewed at www.demontreparish.com

Poetry as Protest

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Tuesday evenings from March 3rd – April 7th at 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Poetry as Protest: the Word on the Street is a six week beginner-level workshop that focuses on how poetics and street art champion and represent race/class struggles. Poetry as Protest will dive into the wreckage of modern society and look at how we’re regrowing as a common people, across boundaries while recognizing our differences and taking on the struggle to overcome oppression. The course will include poetic deconstruction, music/art/fashion consciousness, graffiti art and muralling all centered on a frank discussion of race, class and protest. The workshop will culminate with the creation of a mural.

3/3: Protest Poetry — an intensive introduction to reading/analyzing/questioning the roots and problems raised in protest poetry.

3/10: Personal Protest — an in-depth dialogue about personal struggle; students will bring any work of art that resonates with them (poetry, music, physical artwork, clothing) to deconstruct what this art has to say about personal protest. The last half of class will be dedicated to the collaging of markered words to epitomize each work presented.

3/17: Art as Poetry — deconstructing Ai Wei Wei’s Alcatraz installation, looking at the concept of the criminalization of political determination. The last half of the class will focus on revisiting the previous week’s markering along with new work.

3/24: Me Vs. (or With) You — drafting and creating a mock-up of your personal mural statement; what do you need to say to the world?

3/31: Mural — entire class time dedicated to creating the mural

4/7: Document, Blog and Peace Out — brief documenting and uploading for a blog post followed by a class deconstruction (what worked? What didn’t work? Where else can we push race/class issues?) For the last hour, for those who are available, we’ll head down to Octane to chill and hang out.

Members must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions. Sign up here!

Poetry as Protest is taught by Alicia Cole. Cole holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Education and has lived and worked in Atlanta, GA; Brooklyn, NY; and Philadelphia, PA. She ran Ad Hoc Art, a street art/screenprint gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and supports local and international graffiti and protest artwork. She’s written poetry since the age of seven, and focuses on the power of protest and transformation.

Alicia Cole may be reached at renard79@gmail.com.