Transforming hard cover books into spell journals and secret boxes is an outstanding craft project with a high WOW factor where gilded wax and dime store toys provide a creepy antique effect. Suitable for ages six through adult this workshop takes about 90 minutes and can be themed around Harry Potter, Lovecraft’s Necronomicon or just something sooky for Halloween
During my 2016 residency and workshops at the Denver Public Library’s IdeaLAB I discovered and utilized a whole host of resources both on line as well as out in the real world along with some very helpful books. The first workshop I hosted had really been intended as a game building session but I quickly realized that the people who’d come to the event already had fleshed out games of their own and were looking for other tools to test drive, refine and market games.
More and more frequently museums are including programming where art isn’t just presented but interacted with and guests are encouraged to make their own art, learn a new skill or just play around in an unfamiliar medium. As a guest presenter, I adore sitting down one on one with someone and letting them see how ordinary things can be admired objects or talking to a room full of kids about how art no matter how far away or unfamiliar can speak to all of us.
Since 2007 a dedicated group of kids have been meeting up every Friday afternoon in the science lab of Sunnyside Environmental School composing their own graphic novels, comics, manga and illustrated narratives. Young creators from kindergarten to 8th grade from several neighborhood schools have participated with an equal number of boys and girls dishing out […]
During the winter of 2013 I hosted a series of Steampunk inspired workshops for the Multnomah County Library system visiting several branches. Youth and adult participants made metal "Admiral Pins" from recycled cans, paper elements and mechanical ephemera.
A second project was available as well, Steampunk Travel Journals- a small DIY zine which featured lists of Portland hot spots for shopping, kraken watching, maker spaces and places to get your gears lubed.
Along with the course materials, I developed a reading list of books within the genera from the Parasol Protectorate to HG Wells Time Machine. Bringing further literacy discussion into the workshop I outlined the history of the movement and it's effects on art, film and pop culture.