Artists Helping Artists

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Artists Helping Artists is an ongoing program that takes place at the WonderRoot Community Arts Center, and our name for our educational classes.  All of the classes taught at WonderRoot are led by professional artists who volunteer their time, knowledge, and experience to lead workshops that are free to all WonderRoot members. These classes are meant to encourage our members to explore disciplines outside of their primary medium and to learn from an expert in the field.

Our core Artists Helping Artists workshops are held at least once a month and help familiarize members with WonderRoot’s studio spaces.  These workshops include Introduction to Photography, Introduction to Ceramics, Introduction to After Effects, and Recording Studio Basics.  Additional Artists Helping Artists workshops supplement these core workshops when community members approach WonderRoot with a desire to teach!  Previous classes have included Introduction to Guitar, Introduction to Drawing, and Introduction to Screenwriting, among others.

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 proposal form.

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 March 10, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the April 14, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the May 12, 2014 Introduction to Ceramics workshop here.

Register for the  June 9, 2014 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 March 29, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the April 12, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the April 26, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the May 10, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Register for the May 24, 2014 Recording Studio Basics workshop here.

Letting the Stankonia Out

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Letting the Stank(o)nia Out: Using Hip Hop to Recognize the New South
May 19-June 23 (Mondays, 6:30-8pm, WR boardroom)

This course explores how hip hop is used to think about the American South after the Civil Rights movement. Students will explore recent political, economic and social problems facing the South that are discussed in Southern hip hop, especially issues of race, class, gender and ethnicity. The class will be a lecture/ dialogue format that will discuss select readings, songs, and films.

Students will be assigned reading to complete between classes. Some texts may be explicit in nature. Students should be fully aware that these types of texts, though offensive, will still be discussed and all students will be required to respect to the opinions of peers, the instructor, and the creator of the text in question.

Week 1: Opening discussion: What is southern hip hop?

Week 2: Darren Grem, “The South Got Something to Say;” “Outkasted Conversations: Charlie Braxton”

Week 3: Matt Miller, “Dirty Decade: Rap Music and the U.S. South 1997-2007;” Joycelyn WIlson and Killer Mike, “Killer Mike and the Hip Hop Imagination”

Week 4: Dirty States of America (film)

Week 5: Dirty States of America conclusion and discussion; John Jennings’ and Stacey Robinson’s “Black Kirby”

Week 6: Ali Colleen Neff, “The New Masters of Eloquence;” course wrap-up

Week 7 (date TBD): Final presentation/performances

Dr. Regina N. Bradley holds a PhD in African American Literature and has published extensively on hip hop culture. Her expertise and research interests include hip hop culture, race and the U.S. South, and race and sound studies. Her current book project is an analysis of how we can use what she theorizes as critical hip hop sensibilities–hip hop as a site of engagement with race and identity– to navigate the social-cultural complexities of what is deemed postracial America. Examples of her public scholarship can be found at Sounding Out!, NewsOne and PopMatters. If you have any questions, she can be contacted at regina.bradley1908@gmail.com

REGISTER HERE!  Members must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions. Students are required to bring a pen and notebook.

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.

Introduction to Photography

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Calling all beginners! Introduction to Photography is a four-week workshop that will familiarize students with the fundamentals of traditional, black and white photography. Workshops will be held in the WonderRoot boardroom and darkroom from April 15 – April 29, 2014.

This hands-on workshop will follow the syllabus below:

Session 1: Tuesday, 4/15 6:00-8:30PM — Learn how to operate a SLR camera (loading film, aperture, shutter speed, etc.)

Session 2: Saturday, 4/19 1:30-3:00PM — Shoot in the field (students will go on an instructor-led fieldtrip in Reynoldstown; they will learn how to balance light and compose strong photographs)

Session 3: Tuesday, 4/22 6:00-8:30PM — Process film (black and white 35mm)

Session 4: Tuesday, 4/29 6:00-8:30PM — Make prints in the darkroom!

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 Alex Acosta. Routier holds an BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia and is a photography teacher at Roswell High School. Acosta holds a BFA in Photography from Florida A&M University and is an instructor at Showcase Photo and Video, as well as the Executive Director of Soul Food Cypher. Please direct questions to steph.routier@gmail.com.

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.

Introduction to InDesign

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Introduction to InDesign will be held on Thursdays from 7-9pm in WonderRoot’s Digital Media Lab.  The course will begin on March 6 and end on April 10.

Whether you’re thinking about starting your own alt weekly or just trying to pad the resumé, Introduction to InDesign is designed to get you up to speed ASAP. The course covers the basics of formatting and flowing type, working with images and creating dynamic, readable, stylish layouts for print. Special emphasis will be placed on designing for magazines. The course syllabus is below:

WEEK 1: Understanding the InDesign Workspace

WEEK 2: Working with Images

WEEK 3: Working with Type

WEEK 4: Tables: Making them Suck Less

WEEK 5: Designing for Magazines Pt. 1

WEEK 6: Designing for Magazines Pt. 2

 

The instructor, Andrew Stewart, is an Atlanta-based graphic designer with 8+ years of experience in freelance, agency and corporate settings. He currently designs for the future of humanity at Kids II. You can see some of his past work at www.stewdioland.com. If you wish to contact him, you may do so at (1andrewstewart@gmail.com).

Space is limited so register soon to save your spot! Members must sign up for the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions.

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.

Advanced Darkroom Printing

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Introduction to After Effects

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Introduction to After Effects (CS 5.5) is an ongoing workshop held on the first Tuesday of every month from 7-9pm. It is held in WonderRoot’s digital media lab. This workshop familiarizes students with Adobe After Effects’ workspace, workflows, and popular functions (including compositing and motion graphics). Whether you want to create great opening titles for your film or use a green screen on your next shoot, After Effects can be a great tool!

Introduction to After Effects is taught by instructor Eric Strunz. Strunz received his bachelor’s degree in film production from the University of Florida and has used After Effects in a professional capacity for the past four years.

Space is limited so register soon to save your spot!

Sign up for the April 1 workshop here.

Sign up for the May 6 workshop here.

Sign up for the June 3 workshop here.

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.

Intermediate Darkroom Techniques

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Intermediate Darkroom Techniques is a four-week intermediate-level workshop building upon a very basic knowledge of the darkroom. Artists will learn to take their prints to the next level by learning fundamental printing techniques such techniques as pushing/pulling film, dodging/burning prints, and making contact sheets. Students will also learn such alternative processes as photograms, sunprints, and splash/drip. Classes will be held on Thursdays from May 1-May 22, 2014 and will be held from 6:30-8:30 in the WonderRoot Darkroom.

Students are required to already possess an intermediate knowledge of the camera. This course is a great follow-up to Introduction of Photography!

WEEK 1: Refresher on how to process and print film; Pushing/Pulling film; Dodging/Burning film; Contrast; Making contact sheets; printing with borders. STUDENTS: PLEASE COME WITH A ROLL OF UNPROCESSED FILM AND A ROLL OF ALREADY PROCESSED FILM!

WEEK 2: Toning prints. STUDENTS: PLEASE BRING PROCESSED FILM WITH THE INTENT OF PRINTING AND TONING!

WEEK 3: Creative Processes; alternative printing processes.

WEEK 4: Creative Processes (continued); discussion of students’ work.

Members must sign up for and attend the entire course, as skills learned earlier will be built upon in later sessions.  Space is limited so register soon to secure your spot!

Remember: 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.

This workshop will be taught jointly by Kelly Blackmon and Jamie Hopper, who both attended the Portfolio Center for photography. Kelly and Jamie have been shooting professionally in Atlanta for over 5 years and own a wedding photography business together. You can view their work at: www.kellyblackmon.com, www.jamiehopperphotography.com, and www.lovelikeweddings.com.  Please direct all questions about Intermediate Darkroom Techniques towards kellyblackmon@comcast.net.