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 fees according to their current economic situation (minimum $2.05/class). Students’ contributed fees are kept private, and students will not be prioritized based on amount paid. Class fees support the WonderRoot Teaching Artist’s compensation, studio maintenance, and material costs.

WonderRoot honors its commitment to provide educational opportunities to 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 began between October 1, 2013 and 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 co-taught by Mike Klapthor and Dallas Ward, WonderRoot’s Ceramics Studio Managers. Introduction to Ceramics is held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month from 6-8pm. Introduction to Ceramics teaches students basic hand-building and wheel-throwing skills; 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 April 13, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (wheel throwing) here.

Register for the April 27, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (handbuilding) here.

 

Register for the May 11, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (wheel throwing)

Register for the May 25, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (handbuilding)

Register for the June 8, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (wheel throwing)

Register for the June 22, 2015 Introduction to Ceramics workshop (handbuilding)

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

Recording Studio Basics

Recording Studio Basics 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 May 23, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop

Register for the June 20, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop

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

Poetry as Protest

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Tuesday evenings from June 16 – July 21 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.

6/16: Protest Poetry — an intensive introduction to reading/analyzing/questioning the roots and problems raised in protest poetry.

6/23 (class rescheduled for Thursday, 6/25): 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.

6/30: 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.

7/7: 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?

7/14: Mural — entire class time dedicated to creating the mural

7/21: 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.

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.

Introduction to Fictional Landscapes

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Tuesday evenings from April 14 – June 2 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

WonderRoot is committed to advancing the careers of local writers. We do this by publishing works from talented writers through our literary magazine Loose Change and through our Artists Helping Artists Workshops dedicated to cultivating and honing the skills of beginning and intermediate writers.

Introduction to Fictional Landscapes is an eight-week workshop for beginning or intermediate fiction writers that emphasizes the importance of setting to story. This course includes creative exercises, discussion of published work, and peer critique to build on student’s knowledge of the basic elements of fiction and how those elements interact with narrative place. Over the course of the workshop, students draft and revise their own landscape-driven short stories, and at the final session, students will give a reading of their original pieces.

Upcoming Event

Please join us on June 2 at 6:45pm to hear readings of newly produced work from Fictional Landscapes students! The event will take place in the basement at the WonderRoot Community Arts Center (982 Memorial Dr. SE, Atlanta, GA, 30316).

 

Introduction to Fictional Landscapes is taught by Stephanie Devine. Stephanie is the Fiction Editor of New South and a doctoral student at Georgia State University, where she teaches Creative Writing and Composition. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Louisiana Literature, The Austin Review, Joyland, Pembroke Magazine, Cheap Pop, Atticus Review, Treehouse, Glassworks Magazine, and Fiction Southeast. Stephanie was the 2013 winner of the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Prize in Fiction and the 2012 recipient of Paul Bowles Prose Fellowship at GSU.

Writing for Performance

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Monday evenings from July 13 – August 31 at 6:30pm – 8:30pm

WonderRoot is committed to advancing the careers of local writers. We do this by publishing works from talented writers through our literary magazine Loose Change and through our Artists Helping Artists Workshops dedicated to cultivating and honing the skills of beginning and intermediate writers.

Writing for Performance is an introductory-level course that will investigate techniques of narrative structure as they pertain to performance-oriented (as opposed to purely literary) composition. Participants will be given in-class and out-of-class exercises and assignments, to result in the creation of several performance-ready texts. The course is best suited for actors, dancers, and performance artists interested in applied writing strategies for language-based work but all are welcome to participate. Readings may include texts by or about Samuel Beckett, Sally Banes, Marcel Marceau, and Miranda July. Writing for Performance will culminate in a final reading or showing of participant-generated material.

The course will follow the syllabus below:

7/13: Intro to Narrative Structure
7/20: Monologues, part 1
7/27: Monologues, part 2
8/3: Short Plays, part 1
8/10: Short Plays, part 2
8/17: Plays without Words, part 1
8/24: Plays without Words, part 2
8/31: Final Readings/Showings and Discussion

*Members must sign up for and attend the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions.

Writing for Performance is taught by Johnny Drago. Drago is an Atlanta-based writer and performer whose plays have been produced or developed by Actors Theatre of Louisville, 7 Stages, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Process Theatre Co., and Actor’s Express. He is a former Creative Loafing Annual Fiction Contest Winner, MINT Gallery Leap Year Artist, Burnaway Magazine “Art Crush,” and City of Atlanta Emerging Artist in the field of Literature. He is currently a Dashboard Co-op associate artist, and is serving as the WonderRoot/Loose Change Magazine Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2015. Johnny holds an MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University.

Johnny Drago may be reached at jdrago@loosechangemagazine.org