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 artist members 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!

Artists Helping Artists workshops are a component of membership.  All participants must be WonderRoot members.  Membership to WonderRoot is $10/month or $60/year for individual artists.  For more information or to sign up for membership, click here.

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

Register for the September 8, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the October 13, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the November 10, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the December 8, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the January 12, 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 members 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.

Artists Helping Artists workshops are a component of membership.  All participants must be WonderRoot members.  Membership to WonderRoot is $10/month or $60/year for individual artists.  For more information or to sign up for membership, click here.

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

Register for the November 22, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the December 6, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

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

Register for the January 3, 2015 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Introduction to Photography

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Tuesday evenings from November 18 – December 16 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 (November 22 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm) shooting in the field. 

This hands-on workshop will follow the syllabus below:

11/18: 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

11/22 (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)

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

12/9: Contact sheets and enlargements (bring negatives developed the previous week)

12/16: 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.

Exploring the Self and World Through Poetry

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Tuesday evenings from October 28th – December 16th at 7:00 – 9:00pm

Exploring the Self and World Through Poetry: Letting the Light Back In will explore what it means to be a poet, and will also introduce students to multiple ways of making poems that are most likely to move readers. The course will address different approaches to poetry, and can be useful to any level of writer and reader. It will start with modernism and look at poetry that belongs to “the Other,” as an alternative to mainstream culture. How can we let the light in and be sure that our poems are making a change in the reader as she reads along with us?

This workshop will follow the syllabus below:

10/28: Why write? Introduction and general guidelines for course. Poems to discuss by Marianne Moore, Szymborska, and Barbara Ras.

11/4: History: the poem as a field of action (1918 – 1950). Poems to discuss by Mina Loy, Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, and Marianne Moore.

11/11: Elaborating on topics discussed in previous class. Poems to discuss by Marge Piercy, Ange Mlinko, and Chris Nealon. Discuss/workshop student poetry.

11/18: On the poetic process. Discuss/workshop student poetry.

11/25: Elaborating on topics discussed in previous class. Poems to discuss by Frank O’ Hara, Claudia Rankine, and June Jordan. Discuss/workshop student poetry.

12/2: Previous topics continued. Poems to discuss by Diane di Prima, and Amy De’Ath. Discuss/workshop student poetry.

12/9: Previous topics continued. Poems to discuss by Amy De’Ath. Discuss/workshop student poetry.

12/16: Final thoughts; how does a poet survive in the world? What kinds of poems are most likely to make an impact on the larger world? What have you learned?

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

Exploring the Self & World Through Poetry: Letting the Light Back In is taught by Laura Carter, Loose Change’s Writer in Residence. You can reach Laura at lcarter@loosechangemagazine.org and learn more about her work at:

http://www.loosechangemagazine.org/community-events/writer-in-residence/

Space is limited so register soon to reserve your spot!

Introduction to Photoshop

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 Saturday, November 8th and November 15th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm 

Introduction to Photoshop is a two-part workshop designed to equip students with basic skills that enable them to navigate Adobe Photoshop’s various menus, panels, basic document settings, tools, and more. The workshop will focus on image editing/resizing, the manipulation of colors and tones, text formatting, and exporting works for print. At the end of the workshop students will have completed Business Cards, Flyers, Posters, Brochures, social media branding assets, and more!

This workshop will follow the below syllabus:

11/8: Getting to know the work area, new document settings and dimensions, learning about layers, image editing tools, working with selections

11/15: Typographical design, saving completed images, design branding assets, business cards, flyers, posters, social media images, and web design

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

Introduction to Photoshop is taught by Daniel Flores. Flores, also known as DTM, is an East LA born artist, illustrator, designer, and curator working in Atlanta, GA. DTM designs websites, illustrations and logos for businesses. In addition, he curates art exhibitions with his wife Aisha and runs The Black Book Conversations and Art is King Events. For more information about DTM visit his website please visit www.deltatangomike.com.

DTM can be contacted at dan@dacreativegenius.com.

Sign up here!