culturally relevant transformative art design academy for youth from all backgrounds

 
 

CultureWorks 2018, a short film by Jack Burk

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Cultureworks fall student show

Hope you can join us for our fall student show...Featuring live music by The Eighth, plus Photography, Printmaking, Acrylics, Creative Writing & Illustration, and a bit of Improv! And…tamales. These students are amazing; you will be glad you met them.

Fellowship Reformed Church, Teen Room

2165 W Lakewood Blvd.

Park in the North Parking Lot (by door D)

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Black Friday ink fest

For ages 10 and up Register Here

Grab a friend, a sibling, or your great aunt Ruth and join us for the CultureWorks annual Black Friday Ink Fest! Emily will show you how to make your own ink from natural items, or you can try your hand at calligraphy, draw or paint with india ink, or carve a stamp and make some prints.

$20 or whatever you can afford

November 23, 2:00-4:00 pm at Fellowship Reformed Church, Art Studio. Park by door D, in the north parking lot; and follow the signs inside.

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2018 Big Read - cultureworks illustration workshops

John Rocco led 2 free workshops for us, in conjunction with the NEA Big Read Lakeshore. Photos Here 

On Friday, he led students through his creative process, including how he utilized color to express emotion and mood as an art director for Shrek, how he incorporates realistic lighting in his picture books by building paper and cardboard models and lighting them for reference, and how he balances the complex elements that go into designing book jackets.  To top off the afternoon, John presented each student with a signed copy of a printer’s proof of his illustrations from the Percy Jackson Series!  CultureWorks hosted John and 8 students from the Friday workshop for dinner at Alpenrose Restaurant, where he talked with them about their own work, and shared about the book he’s currently working on - a personal project exploring “How We Made it to the Moon,” with text and illustrations for middle readers.

On Saturday, John taught participants about shading, composition, and perspective and how these elements affect his work in picture books.  It was great to hear how he has grown and challenged himself as an artist - it was particularly interesting to learn about the different methods and styles that work well for picture book illustrations vs. film, and how he learned to utilize more spacious areas of rest in his book illustrations, where the reader's eyes can rest and focus.  This year, the NEA Big Read Lakeshore chose the book Blackout as a companion book to Station Eleven, because they tackle similar themes, like how we create community in times of tragedy, how we function in the absence of the modern comforts and technology that we rely on, and how culture (art, music, theatre etc.) are necessary in life – that life itself is about much more than mere survival.

In partnership with the NEA Big Read Lakeshore  Check out some of John Rocco’s artwork on his website roccoart.com


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Fine Art printmaking (grades 8-12)

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Have you been curious about fine art printmaking?  Dive into the world beyond screen printing with linocuts and monotypes, with printmaker Bethany Zeeff.  In this class we will learn the basics of relief printing in linoleum and monotype printing on plexiglass, using a variety of techniques and papers. We will explore technique, color and composition through several individual prints before working on a group collaboration.  

When?  Class will meet on Mondays from 3:45-5:45 pm, from Septeber 24 – December 3, with no class the week of Thanksgiving. 

Where?  Fellowship Reformed Church Art Studio.  Located at 2165 W Lakewood Blvd., on 168thjust north of Lakewood.  Enter the church through Door D on the north side of the building. 

Cost?  You Decide!  The full price of the class is $200, but we ask only that you pay what you can afford.


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Creative Writing and Illustration (Grades 8-12)

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Do you despise the turpitude of big dudes in bad shoes? Grab your favorite pen, pencil, quill, brush or stick – we have a class for you.  We will write, read, and draw our way into new worlds, both familiar and strange.  Students will have time each week to read aloud in a group, experiment with creative writing prompts, and dive deep into their own independent projects.  Each student can also work toward a finished, illustrated piece of writing that we will compile and share at the end of the semester.  So get yourself registered, already.  And, “pay no attention to the supplely weaving caterpillars.”  -Aimé Césaire

When?  Class will meet on Tuesdays from 3:45-5:45 pm, from Septeber 25 – December 4, with no class the week of Thanksgiving. 

Where?  Herrick District Library, 2ndFloor Teen Room. 300 S. River Ave. Holland, MI 49423.

Cost?  This class is free, thanks to the generous support of donors, the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and Herrick District Library.


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Intro to Digital Photography (for grades 6-8)

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In an era of Instagram and Snapchat, we use cameras every day.  Photos can tell stories, capture memories, document events, and reveal our own unique perspective on the world.  In this class, you’ll learn about how light, composition, framing, focus, and color can affect the mood and meaning of a photo.  We’ll learn how to adjust the camera’s shutter speed, ISO, and aperture in order to take clear, compelling photos in different situations, and use Adobe software to enhance them.  Bring your own camera if you have one, or use one of ours.

When?  Class will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 pm, from September 27 – December 6, with no class the week of Thanksgiving. 

Where?  Fellowship Reformed Church Art Studio.  Located at 2165 W Lakewood Blvd., on 168thjust north of Lakewood.  Enter the church through Door D on the north side of the building.

Cost?  You Decide!  The full price of the class is $200, but we ask only that you pay what you can afford.


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Animals and Acrylics (for grades 6-8)

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Hang out with the animals at the Critter Barn and learn how to draw and paint from life. The ability to sketch animals from life is a great skill for any future illustrator or animator. Plus, it’s just crazy fun. Play with traditional and experimental acrylic painting techniques and use a variety of brushes to paint portraits of the animals - or use them for inspiration in painting you own fantastic beasts! 

When?  Class will meet on Wednesdays from 3:45-5:45 pm, from September 26 – December 5. 

Where?  The Critter Barn.  9275 Adams St.  Zeeland, MI  49464  critterbarn.org

Cost?  You Decide!  The full price of the class is $200, but we ask only that you pay what you can afford.


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Improv Theatre with Kamoova! (For grades 8-12)

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CultureWorks is partnering with Kamoova, a student-led theatre group, to offer an improv class this fall!  This fun 6-week drama club will focus on games and activities that develop skills in improv and increase your confidence on stage and in life.

When?  Classes will meet on Thursdays from 3:45-5:45 pm, from September 27 – November 1. 

Where?  Fellowship Reformed Church Art Studio.  Located at 2165 W Lakewood Blvd., on 168thjust north of Lakewood.  Enter the church through Door D on the north side of the building.

Cost?  This class is free, thanks to the generous support of donors and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.