8:00am – 6:00pm Pacific Time
This is a day dedicated to “artivists” …activists speaking through their art.
Choose confrontation wisely, but when it is your time don’t be afraid to stand up, speak up, and speak out against injustice.
And if you follow your truth down the road to peace and the affirmation of love, if you shine like a beacon for all to see, then the poetry of all the great dreamers and philosophers is yours to manifest in a nation, a world community, and a Beloved Community that is finally at peace with itself.
― John Lewis, Across That Bridge: A Vision for Change and the Future of America
What is the message inside you being cultivated? What are you uniquely being prepared to say, live, and create in this world? Allow your artistic response to become a vehicle for action, a means of making a social statement and standing by it.
It is in the spirit of solidarity that we invite you into this day of making art!
Choose one of the following classes:
- Calligraphy for the Streets: Bold, Hand-Lettered Signs with Laura Norton
- Poetry as Protest: Spoken Word with Clare McCallan
- Printmaking: An Art of Social Protest with Linda & Gray Lyons
Our schedule (in Pacific Time):
- 8am Welcome
- 8:15-9am Artist Talk with Janet McKenzie*
- 9am-12noon Class
- 12pm-2pm Break/Lunch
- 2pm-4pm Open Studio (work time together in classes, no instruction)
- 5pm Sending Celebration
You will receive the zoom link to join, along with a short devotion, on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020.
* Enjoy this video compilation of Janet McKenzie’s art being held as messages of hope and justice:
Calligraphy for the Streets: Bold, Hand-Lettered Signs with Laura Norton
What is being called forth in you? Use your “visual voice” to speak out publicly without making a sound, whether to call for justice or to congratulate a graduate. We’ll use informal Versal (multi-stroke) letters to create large, boldly expressive hand-lettered words on posters/signs which can be carried or worn in a march or rally–or displayed in your window or yard. Add flourishes or other embellishments to the words in your design.
Learn materials, tools, techniques for visually calling for justice or boosting a celebration, as well as such practical matters as ways to carry (or wear) your sign and waterproofing considerations.
You may complete one or two large signs (or a 2-sided sign on one foam board).
Please gather the following supplies:
- Ruler or T-square (or other straight edge—e.g., cookie sheet)
- Tombow Dual Brush Pens (variety of colors, at least 3 pens) https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/tombow-dual-brush-pen
- Foam board, 20”x30”, 16”x20” or similar size (1-2, or save money and buy 10 or 25 if you’ll use them) https://www.dickblick.com/products/elmers-white-foam-board/
- Zig Posterman Biggie 30 pen, (any color which contrasts foam board) – 30 mm (or 50 mm for very large letters) https://www.dickblick.com/items/21309-2003/ Available in waterproof or non-waterproof
- (Optional) Fixative for waterproofing signs https://www.johnnealbooks.com/product/spectrafix-non-aerosol-fixative
- (Optional) Duct tape or hurricane tape, stick, yard stick, or dowel to attach to sign
Poetry as Protest: Spoken Word with Clare McCallan
This class will begin with an introduction to spoken word poetry and a few sample performances. The instruction that follows will include tips for writing, memorization, and performance.
Students will then write an Artist’s Statement (centered on the change-making power of art) in the form of a spoken word poem. The class will end with everyone being given the opportunity to share their poem out loud with the rest of the class.
Students should bring whatever their favorite writing medium is! Paper, computer, phone – anything works!
Printmaking: An Art of Social Protest with Linda & Gray Lyons
Challenging and highlighting abusive power dynamics in our culture is my goal; replicating them is not. -Kara Walker
What do you stand for? What do you stand against? What do you need to say, loudly and brilliantly?
Join us for this introduction to stencil-based printmaking class. You will learn about the bold and talented artists working in this medium and you will learn how to make your own stencil-based art. We will focus on image-based work, but text may also be incorporated.
In this class, you will learn the basics of stencil making and application methods. Basic stencil templates will be provided. Creating your own is also encouraged. We will cover how to make, cut, and layer your own stencils (or use the provided templates) and how to successfully apply your stencil image to your choice of surface…paper, canvas, clothing, walls… In this process, various types of paint (or combinations of paint) may be used. Options include: spray paint, acrylic, and / or latex.
- X-Acto knife (#11 knife is ideal)
- extra X-Acto knife blades (at least 10)
- stencil material: If you plan to use a printer: cardstock or clear acetate plastic sheets. If you will not use a printer: cardstock, any thick paper, file folders, or thin matt board
- spray paint: 3 or more colors (Rust-Oleum and Krylon are good brand options)
- practice surface (paper: larger than 9×12”)
- surface for final piece(s): canvas, board, fabric… (larger than 9×12”)
- painter’s tape
- cutting mat or thick cardboard
- other non-spray paint…acrylic or latex based (nothing fancy)
- paint brushes / sponges / rollers (if using non-spray paint)
- apron and gloves
- googles and respirator (for spray paint)
Please note: if you will use spray paint, an outside work area is best.
Program Fee: Please discern what you can afford.
Sliding Scale: $180 – $120 – $60
While we recognize the importance of the practice of art, faith and community in our lives at all times, we are especially sensitive to offering opportunities now. You can decide your payment level.
$180 – This is our Student and Supporter Fee.
$120 – Regular Program Fee
$60 – Reduced Fee/Partial Scholarship
Online terms and conditions: There are no refunds for online registrations, but they are transferable if you are unable to participate.
Date(s) - Oct 3, 2020