2017 Workshops for Adults

Adobe Lightroom Deep Dive


Learn the ins and outs of Adobe Lightroom in this four-day intensive exploration of Adobe Premiere photo post-production tool.

While “Photoshop” has become something of a generic term for image editing, these days, most digital post-production is centered around Lightroom. Offering all of the essential image editing power of Photoshop, Lightroom also provides all of the image management and cataloging features that you need to keep your ever-growing archive organized and searchable. In this intensive workshop we’ll go deep into the bowels of this product and explore how you should configure your system to get the most from Lightroom. Lightroom’s editing toolkit provides all of the essential controls you need to make sophisticated tone and color corrections and we’ll look at how to get the most from these controls. Along the way we’ll cover organization, backup and geotagging as well as how to merge Photoshop into your Lightroom workflow. Finally, we’ll go deep into Adobe’s latest addition to the Photoshop/Lightroom family and dive into Lightroom Mobile, which allows you to easily integrate your iOS and Android phone camera images into your regular workflow. Because you’ll need some imagery to work with, and because we’ll want to get out of the computer lab, we’ll be taking time to shoot in the surrounding towns and landscapes. There’s something in this class for anyone who uses Lightroom, regardless of your current skill level, and in this workshop we’ll have a lot of fun exploring those things.

Those new to Lightroom are welcome, but participants must have a basic familiarity with photo editing software.

Mixed Media Collage with the Emphasis on Mixed!


Collage is a very inclusive medium that incorporates a multitude of materials, diverse techniques and strong compositional skills. In this workshop we will begin each day or session with a warm-up collage exercise then work to expand these skills into more individual artworks that reflect each participant’s interests and love of found materials using other media such as watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and/or fiber. Beyond the warm-up exercises, techniques will include image transfer, layering with transparency, integrating imagery, and incorporating found objects, all with an emphasis on composition.

NASA STEAMakers! (Arts Integration–Designed for Educators)


Explore how visual art and maker experiences can transform STEM learning and leading with NASA’s new K-12 STEAM programs.

Interested in STEAM and the maker movement? Join celebrated teaching artists and STEAM specialists Tyler & Monica Aiello of Eurekus for an exciting workshop investigating the power of arts-integration. As NASA consultants, the Aiellos have designed a suite of STEAM and maker-based programs to galvanize STEM learning through a variety of art forms. Have a blast exploring STEAM best practices and implementation strategies while training on their dynamic NASA programs hands-on. Explore our solar system, ancient astronomy, and cultural sky stories through mixed-media works. Investigate how kinetic sculpture can galvanize design-thinking, engineering, and language literacy. And discover how technology and design can transform collaborative creativity while building motorized mobiles. Get all the tools you need to take STEAM practice and engaging curriculum and projects back to your own classrooms and creative communities. All projects are scalable for K-12. Great for formal and informal educators and life-long learners.

NEW PARTICIPANTS ONLY: those who attended in 2016 are not eligible to take this workshop again.

Sight + Syllable (Poetry)


Use visual arts and other forms of mixed media as a bridge and lens through which we will explore the complicated space of how we learn, internalize, teach, and access language.

Our workshop will explore the endless ways through which visual arts and language intersect and interrogate each other. We will look at lyric poetry that incorporates imagery in an effort to expand our own practice and art of looking (both internalized and externally). We will try to place the intimacies of seeing near the ordinary and extraordinary transformative space of language. We will ask ourselves questions about the relationship between the eye and the heart and the words we employ as tools to communicate the things in our lives that matter most to us. We will use visual art to provoke our imaginations and alphabets. The workshop will be mostly generative and will offer a number of prompts and group discussions about creative practice and observation. Participants will be asked to create written works from visual inspiration as a restorative act to revive our need to develop and transform our own writing.

Nontoxic Monotype Printmaking


Explore the painterly qualities of monotype using Akua Kolor and Akua Intaglio water-based inks while working with Julio Valdez. Learn methods for brushing, rolling, layering, overprinting, viscosity roll ups, and specific printing techniques for printing with or without a press. Valdez will offer tips on color mixing and modifying Akua water-based inks. This course is suitable for both beginners and more advanced students.

Text Alive: Using Visual Theatre to Enhance Literacy (Arts Integration–Designed for Educators)


Quest Visual Theatre is internationally recognized as a leader and innovator in arts integration for students with disabilities and English Language Learners. This professional learning experience will use the poetry of Shel Silverstein as a base to introduce participants to Quest's TheatreBridge Program. TheatreBridge encourages teachers to employ visual theatre as a tool to enhance literacy, creativity, and higher level thinking skills. Visual theatre can also serve as a vehicle to develop communication skills and to build relationships among diverse populations. The Quest training is appropriate for teachers of any subject area working with students with disabilities and English language learners.