Internet Video Class for Adults

This internet video class was quite popular last spring with my older adults, who learned all about explainers, crowdfunders, and how-to videos for YouTube and Vimeo, etc.

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That’s a Wrap: Leather-Bound Art Journal

The pages open up really nicely because there’s no hard spine to prevent it laying completely flat. So this little notebook is going to make the perfect art journal… Does that mean I have to start an art journal?

A Flurry of Handmade Books

Summer is flying by, and with summer camps and classes over I’ve finally gotten the chance to learn something new myself. I have been waiting for weeks and wasn’t entirely sure I’d get the opportunity, but this past week I was one of the lucky few who got to take a new class in a new format – the bookmaking “staycation” at the Art Center.

Just 2 Weeks Until Summer Classes

Wow, I’m not sure where the time went this spring, but I can say I was pretty busy with new classes. Summer will be no different, it turns out, as I have more than a handful of new classes to prepare for. And it all kicks off Sunday, June 11th.

Intro to Filmmaking Class Starts Friday

Students will gain first-hand experience through in-class assignments and group projects that will engage them in scripting, shooting, and editing their own videos. They’ll learn how to use professional tools, such as lighting and sound equipment, as well as how to run (or just work on) a professional set. We’ll discuss all aspects of how to tell a story with sound and image, including the artistic challenges of dealing with light and how to use music and sound effects to help tell a story.

Graphic Design & Handmade Books

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of my new classes this semester; it’s just that I never considered what life would be like teaching three new classes at once. In a word, it’s been a whirlwind.

I’d show pictures of my dining room, which looks like it’s been hit by a whirlwind for sure, but… I’m sure you’d rather see photos of all the cool projects I’ve been up to instead.

Kids Make: Digital Mandalas and Stop Motion Animation

This ninety-minute once-a-week class presented a new challenge, but I got some great advice. Simple projects every week – that is the strategy for engaging this group with the stop motion process (which can be slow and tedious even for adults).

So Much to Art; So Little Time

Banners are super easy and fun, and I’m enjoying making the digital collages and swapping out images every so often. I hope to introduce my students to this technique once they have enough images to draw from.

A New Conversation About Literacy

While literacy has long been understood as essential to improving quality of life, the term has not kept pace with society, which has introduced new forms of encoding information while the world was trying to teach everyone how to read and write.

On My Way to Steal Your [Steampunk] Girl

For months now, whenever I’ve told anyone about my concept for a YA steampunk time travel adventure featuring a young female protagonist, ears have perked up all around as people’s faces relax into a smile that’s full of interest and imagination. That’s great – and it’s more than most writers could hope for in response to their book or series idea. It’s a popular concept. As it turns out, it’s so popular it’s kind of already been done before – in a way.

Relaunching the Indy Screenwriters Meetup

Ever since I started teaching filmmaking classes – maybe even a little before that – I’ve been approached by people¬†interested in screenwriting, asking if I know of any classes or workshops around town. No, I didn’t. A couple of years ago, an acquaintance I’d met through a filmmaking meetup started a screenwriters meetup. But he…