Art is for everyone, no matter how young! Join us for this 4-week daytime class designed especially for babies and toddlers, and their caregivers. Each week we’ll read a fun new story and work on a complimentary art project. Bring your tot and your imagination, and prepare to get creative as we explore the ABCs of art! Class meets for 4 sessions.
In this creative writing workshop, we will gain inspiration from the portraits, lives, and words of Michelle Obama, LL Cool J, and Toni Morrison. We will view and discuss works of art, learn how to develop characters and settings, and write short stories. Open to middle school students (in 7th and 8th grade). Each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strike-a-prose-middle-school-edition-tickets-77848193041.
In this creative writing workshop, we will write stories inspired by the portraits of American icons such as Michelle Obama, LL Cool J, and more. We will learn how to develop characters, create conflict and action, and use our imagination to write exciting stories. Open to elementary school students (in 4th-6th grade). Each participant must be accompanied by an adult. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strike-a-prose-elementary-school-edition-tickets-77851360515.
We are back with DesiGrooves, a monthly pop-up dance workshop for all ages and levels.
For our first meet-up of 2020, our theme will be Bollywood Fusion and our instructor will be Chitra Subramanian.
Chitra Subramanian is a dance artist based in Washington, DC and focused on blending her foundation in Indian Classical dance with Hip Hop dance and culture.
A Pittsburgh native, and originally from South India, Chitra has trained, taught, and performed for over 12 years in the cities she has resided in, including DC, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. She danced with the award-winning Culture Shock DC Dance Troupe, and has served on faculty at City Dance Center, Sitar Arts Center, The Movement Factory and has shared/taught at various community-based, studio, and University spaces.
Chitra’s dance foundation began with her training in Bharathanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance form, and studied this art under the nationally and internationally renowned Pittsburgh-based teacher, Jaya Mani. Chitra began immersing herself in Hip Hop culture after graduating from college, falling in love with all of its art forms and especially urban dance styles through all of the extensive time she spent in DC clubs. She continues to train and participate in the culture as much as possible and deeply believes in the power of Hip Hop to transform, unleash, and highlight unrecognized and untapped talent and potential.
Chitra’s style explores how the basic foundations of Indian dance infuses new possibility, awareness, and energy into urban dance forms. Her goal is to elevate Indian dance fusion styles by being intentional, authentic, and deeply respectful of these dance foundations that have inspired her. Her classes typically focus on fundamentals in Indian classical movements, exercises in grooves, footwork, and individual freestyle concepts, and demonstration through choreography.
In 2018, Chitra founded TRIBE (now chitra.MOVES), a group of diverse, female artists from different cities, coming together to share and perform the fusion of Hip Hop and Indian dance styles. Most recently, TRIBE competed in the second season of DanceUSADance, a global dance competition and platform, and advanced to the finals in New Jersey and New York City and aired on India’s ZeeTV network. Chitra has also performed with the DC-based Hip Hop collective, Project Charma, at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, and recently participated as a guest performer and teacher at pearlPresents Dance Festival in Pittsburgh. This year, Chitra secured a residency to develop new work through NextLOOK, in partnership with University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith for the Performing Arts and Joe’s Movement Emporium for their 2019-2020 season.
You can find her dance videos on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/nohalfsteps1
Prepaid – $20 for 1.5 hours of group dance instruction; payable via Venmo – @dcwaledesi
Day of event – $25; payable cash or Venmo at the door
Please note that we only have the capacity of up to 30 dance enthusiasts for this edition of DESIGROOVES.
There will be an opportunity to network and connect with like-minded South Asians and other attendees at the dance workshop.
Learn the basics of painting or advance your technique to the next level, in this class designed for beginner to intermediate level artists. Explore the foundations of art techniques: use of color, lines, value, and shapes to create both realistic and imaginative compositions in paint! Individualized instruction will be targeted towards each student’s level of experience. Class meets for 8 sessions. There is no class Apr. 8th & 15th.
Ages 6 – 12 yrs
Discover the magic and endless possibilities of clay! In this 8-week class, we’ll explore all sorts of fun hand-building methods that have been used since the dawn of civilization. We’ll transform mud with stamping, carving, burnishing and glazing techniques into functional and decorative treasures that can be enjoyed for years to come. Squish, wiggle, pound, poke, roll, stretch and pinch clay into ceramic mugs, animals, tiny houses and more. Creating with clay allows kids to expand their imagination, develop concentration, patience, and problem solving skills. Class fees includes instruction, all materials and firing in our studio. Class meets for 8 sessions. There is no class Apr. 8th & 15th.
Ages 6 – 12 yrs
Do you love to create characters and worlds? Would you like to learn how to bring them to life? Through techniques used in comics and cartooning, you will be able to use your ideas to build your story. Guided by comics artist Shelby Kelley, You’ll learn how to form your characters and fully develop them with elements of design. Flesh out your characters to dive into your universe! Become a master of visual storytelling in this class designed especially for comic book and cartoon enthusiasts! Class meets for 8 sessions. There is no class on April 9th & 16th.
Ages 8 – 12 yrs
The portfolio is an artist essential. It showcases not just who you are as an artist but exists as a collection of stories on how you got there. Accomplished professional artist Sandy Bryck will help you prepare for your journey as an artist, whether that be applying to college, artist programs, residencies, or jobs. With a focus on original two-dimensional work, you will build off of previous pieces or create new ones, participate in individual and group critiques, and expand on your personal practice by learning new mediums and techniques. During this 10-week class we will be working with mediums such as graphite, ink, watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media. Independent work outside of individual sessions will be necessary. Upon completion of the class, students will have the opportunity to showcase their work in CREATE’s Tamar Hendel Gallery. There is NO CLASS on Feb. 9th & 16th.
Class meets for 8 sessions. Grades 9th – 12th
Develop advanced techniques and begin to build your portfolio in this class designed for older students who want to move beyond the basics and take their art to the next level. Explore the fundamentals of two-dimensional art and learn new techniques to incorporate into your work. Explore a variety of personal projects under the guidance of one of our expert teaching artists. Class meets for 8 weeks. There is no class Apr. 10, 17, & 24.
Immerse yourself in the world of art as we take you on a journey through your imagination! Learn how to paint, draw, build, sculpt, and CREATE in this class designed to introduce young artists to new materials and techniques in a fun and creative environment. Class meets for 8 sessions. All materials are provided.
Ages 4 – 6yrs