culturally relevant transformative art design academy for youth from all backgrounds

 
 

CultureWorks 2018, a short film by Jack Burk

CultureWorks on Michigan Radio

Tune into Stateside on Michigan Radio, as they explore the power of art to connect and transform us, through a project initiated by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. One of our student advisors, Kat Dilka will be featured on one of the programs, which will air over the next 5 Tuesdays. Connect to Michigan Radio here!  And check out a bit of Kat’s story here. We’re so proud of you, Kat - thank you for sharing your story!

…Spring 2019 Classes begin January 28; registration is open!…

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Creative College Visit to KCAD

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Join us for an exploratory visit to Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids.  We'll tour the campus, talk with an admissions counselor, and see what's new in the galleries nearby.  If you are interested in a career in the arts, this is a great place to begin to explore your options!

We'll meet at the Treehuis Conference Room at 31 E 8th St (2nd floor above Loker Shoes - enter through the back door and head up the stairs or elevator from there).  We can provide transportation to our meeting place from Holland Public Schools and WO Public Schools; please let us know if you need this when you register.

When?  

Monday, March 11 3:30-8:30 pm (Meet at the Treehuis at 3:30, we'll head out from there by 3:45)  We will return to the Treehuis at 8:30.  Please plan to pick up your student by the back door of Lokers Shoes at that time.

*The French word “couture” traditionally meant hand sewing or dressmaking, and also refers to fashion design, sewing, or needlework done by hand to certain specifications.

*The French word “couture” traditionally meant hand sewing or dressmaking, and also refers to fashion design, sewing, or needlework done by hand to certain specifications.

The Craft of Couture*

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In this class, Fashion Designer Deborah Donahue will introduce basic hand stitches and the various ways they can be used, which when applied skillfully, can lead into complex design.  Deborah is inspired by natural elements and sustainability and has 25 years of experience running her own design business. She loves making and altering her own clothes out of interesting thrift store finds, and designing for others as well.  She will help students practice application and create their own stitch book for future reference and personal use, and experiment with surface design and with a variety of textiles as they make their own designer tote. We’ll look at design elements in couture work as well as specific designers throughout history, such as Vionnet, Poiret, Channel, and Vivienne Westwood, who played powerful roles in influencing what you and I wear today.

Students will become familiar with fashion industry terms and resources, and will receive their own starter sewing kit, along with textiles and a 3-ring binder for samples.  This introductory class will prepare students for a more advanced class, where Deborah will teach draping of garments, fitting, and the creation of at least 1 complete garment as time permits.

Grades 6-8

Thursdays, 3:45-5:45 from Jan. 31 - April 18

No Classes the week of Mar 11-15, or the week of April 1-5.


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Graphic Design 101

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Apply your creative and conceptual skills to inform and persuade a public audience in our Graphic Design 101 class. Designer and Creative Director Kaila Piepkow of Dox Design will collaborate with students to walk them through real life projects including creating a concept all the way to branding a business of their choice. Learn the basics of design software, logo design, typography, color, layout and more. This class will also tour some agencies to see what a day in the life of designer is like. The demand for graphic designers continues to rise from ad agencies to corporations like Herman Miller. Learn in a hands-on environment about this amazing career path and be ahead of the game.

Grades 6-8

Wednesdays, 3:45-5:45 from Jan. 30 - April 17

No Classes the week of Mar 11-15, or the week of April 1-5.


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Botanical Illustration

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Spend the cold winter months with Sammie Mikolitis, ducking and diving through lush local greenhouses and hanging out with amazing plants.  Working with different techniques and materials, we’ll spend time observing and drawing botanical wonders in the Holland community, beginning at the Hope College greenhouses and then visiting some local farms in the early spring to catch the beginning stages of seed planting and growth.  We will work with graphite, pen, ink, charcoal and then dabble in color as well. Drawing inspiration from Charles Darwin’s scientific illustrations to Van Gogh’s Garden scenes, this class is perfect for budding illustrators, naturalists, graphic artists and scientists. What a way to enter into the spring months!

Grades 8-12

Tuesdays, 3:45-5:45 from Jan. 29 - April 16

No Class the week of Mar 11-15, or the week of April 1-5.


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Advanced Photography Club: Open Studio

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The best way to hone your photography skills is to practice, practice, practice!  This class will provide prompts and challenges to help students develop their photographic eye for composition, light, and more.  We'll study the work of other photographers to inspire creativity and have time for conversations and feedback about our own work.  As an open studio class, we will look at ways we can use photography to engage social issues and work toward greater awareness and advocacy.  Prior photography experience required. Cameras are available if needed, but students are encouraged to bring their own, if they have one.

Grades 8-12
Fridays, 3:45-5:45 from Feb 1 - April 19
No Class on Mar 29, or April 5.  This class will meet on March 15, though our other classes will not meet that week.

We'll meet in the 2nd floor conference room of the Treehuis office space, at 31 E 8th St in downtown Holland.  Enter through the back door of Loker's and take the elevator or the stairs just inside. We will be walking to various locations downtown, so wear clothing and shoes appropriate for the weather!