culturally relevant transformative art design academy for youth from all backgrounds

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stuff in space // character design

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grades 8-12

Mondays, June 17 - July 22, from 3:30-5:30 pm

In this 6-week studio, we’ll review the basic rules of perspective and proportion (so you can break them more confidently later), which will help you draw characters who can move through space realistically and naturally.  We’ll look at human anatomy and practice drawing figures, facial features, hands, and feet, that are supported by bones, muscles, and tendons. In weeks 4 and 5, we’ll learn how to insert a character or object into 3D space, using perspective to convey movement, emotion, and action.

Where?  Class will meet at the Treehuis Conference Room, 31 E 8th St on the 2nd floor above Loker Shoes.  From the parking lot off of 7th St, head up the stairs just inside the back door of Loker’s, or enter through the Treehuis front door, just to the right of Loker’s on 8th St.  We’ll venture out from there to find inspiring places to draw in downtown Holland.

Cost?  This 6 week studio costs $100, but we ask only that you pay what you can afford when you register.  You may also register per week for our summer sessions, if you are unable to attend the entire time.


Prompted II: Visual Storytelling

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grades 8-12

Thursdays, June 20 - July 25 (no class on July 4th), from 3:30-5:30

What if you were asked to write about a life experience with anxiety, hope, failure, or triumph?  From there, how would you visually convey what you’d written?

In a world full of anxiety, darkness, and fear your voice matters.  This 5-week visual storytelling workshop is sure to unleash your creative imagination, helping you discover and own your voice both verbally and visually. Each day, you’ll engage with a thought-provoking writing prompt before translating your responses visually by using a variety of creative mediums including collage, embroidery, and even food.  We hope to see you there!

Where?  We’ll meet at the Treehuis conference room, 31 E 8th St, 2nd floor above Loker Shoes.  Enter through the back door of Loker’s and head up the stairs or elevator there, or enter through the Treehuis front door, to the right of Loker’s on 8th st.

Cost?  You Decide!  The full cost of this class is $100, but we ask only that you pay what you can afford when you register.


Calligraphy & Bookmaking

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grades 6-12

Tuesdays, June 18 - July 23, from 3:30-5:30 pm

Join us for this FREE 6-week workshop, as we explore historical and contemporary hand lettering and experiment with traditional calligrapher's tools, such as reeds, quills, brushes, and dip pens.  We'll make our own paper on week three, and bind our own books and embellish them the final 2 weeks.  For the first 2 weeks, we'll meet at the Herrick District Library, (Main Branch) in the 1st floor meeting room.  The following 3 weeks we'll meet at the Treehuis conference room on 8th street above Loker Shoes.

Cost?  Free!  This class is sponsored by donors, as well as the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts

***Summer Events*** Join CultureWorks this summer out in the community. Bring a friend; make something new.


Saturday, May 4 from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Shops at Westshore (inside)

Celebrate Latino culture and arts with CultureWorks! We’ll ink and print patterns of native ora from South America, embroider designs on cloth, and make some colorful papel picado banners. Viva el verano!

Kinderplaats // Innovation Lab

Sunday, May 5 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Civic Center, Gymnasium

Art for innovators, engineers, and thinkers! Chuck Cusack, a professor of computer science and mathematics at Hope College, creates artwork out of Lego bricks that visually depict mathematical patterns, often inspired by Latin Squares, fractals, and the Fibonacci Sequence. Participants can check out some of Chuck’s enormous art pieces for inspiration, and make some 2D patterns using Lego bricks. We’ll also have fractal printmaking with acrylic paints, and large scale sculptural weaving with Erin Drews. See some of Chuck’s Lego art here.


Saturday, June 8 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Kollen Park

Calligraphy and printmaking on the waterfront! We’ll be making fractal prints with acrylic paints and working on a large collaborative piece for Herrick Library. We’ll also have a variety of calligraphy tools and inks, so you can doodle, draw, or write your responses to some of our favorite book quotes.

Macatawa Water Festival

Saturday, June 13 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Windmill Island

CultureWorks will have an art booth with hands-on activities that celebrate our beautiful watershed, and encourage sustainability and stewardship of our natural resources. Paint, doodle, sketch, and print with our team of local artists!


Sonnenzimmer - Closing Reception

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Grades 6-12

Meet the Chicago-based print duo of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi, and enjoy their closing reception, which will include live performances, on-site screen printing, and other shenanigans. Early in their practice, Sonnenzimmer gained international acclaim for their playful screen-printed posters for experimental bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dearhoof, and Cocorosie. Yet, their broad, genre-defying appeal is evident in clients like Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Newberry library, Human Rights Watch, and Facebook. They’ve lead lectures and workshops at Yale University, California Institute for the Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago, Pratt Institute, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Aalto University in Helsinki.  Find more info about this exhibit, curated by Tori Pelz for the Saugatuck Center for the Arts HERE.

When? Friday, May 17 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Cost? Free!

We will meet at the Treehuis parking lot off 7th St (behind Loker Shoes 31 E 8th St) at 5:45. If you need a ride to the meeting place from home, please let us know when you register.  If you are meeting us at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, we will plan to arrive there at 6:30. We’ll return to the Treehuis parking lot at 8:30; please plan to pick up your student there, or let us know if they need a ride home.


T-shirt design contest - we have a winner!

Congratulations to Gabe Strabbing of Holland Early College, who won a $60 gift card for art supplies at Fris Downtown and a free t-shirt. Printed t’s will be available at our student show on April 29, and at Frances Jaye on 8th street, after that. All proceeds benefit CultureWorks programming and help ensure that our art and design studios remain accessible to all. Many thanks to Frances Jaye and Fris Downtown for their gracious help in making this contest possible! I was a close contest - thanks to all of you who submitted designs, and we also congratulate Myla Cabrera and Megan Hotchkiss, our close runners up.