SCULPTURE WORKSHOP with Anna Mikhailovskaia, June 19, 2016 Presented in conjunction with an exhibition, artist Anna Mikhailovskaia hosted a sculpture-making workshop in which participants created a table-top plaster sculpture. Using found materials, each participant assembled an armature fixed on a base. The resulting abstract shape was then covered with plaster. The workshop demonstrated a process evident in many of Anna's sculptures, which are carefully crafted, bold, and efficient sculptures that explore perceptions of scale, weight and surface. All participants walked away with a finished object.
SHIBORI TYE DYE with Carolina Wheat, Oct 23, 2016 Participants joined Carolina for an intuitive and experimental workshop exploring historical Tye-Dye techniques. Carolina guided them through the hands-on process of Japanese Shibori, an ancient manual resist dying process using a bind, fold and pleat technique. Carolina studied textile surface design at the University of Michigan and got her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
PHOTOGRAM WORKSHOP with Liz Nielsen, Nov 5, 2016 Participants of all ages came to Knockdown Center to make sun-prints with artist Liz Nielsen. Liz's own works are photographs printed in the analog color darkroom with handmade negatives and found light sources. Meeting at high noon to use the superpowers of the sun, Liz guided students through the archaic photographic mark-making process called the photogram.