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Register for Fall Virtual Art Courses

Updated: Sep 28, 2021

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Hi! We're SO EXCITED to announce our Fall 2020 FREE, virtual arts courses! What to know before you register:

  • Register for all courses at

  • There are 7 unique courses. You can request up to 3 and will receive a confirmation of your courses by October 16.

  • Each course meets once a week and runs for 8 weeks.

  • Courses start the week of October 19 and end the week of December 14.

  • Courses take place on Zoom and independently off-screen.

  • Course-specific art kits will be available for pick up at Marwen or for delivery to your home the week of October 19.

  • Registration closes on Friday, October 9. Course selections will be confirmed via email by October 16.

Have questions? Reach out to us anytime at or via text at 312.374.2968.



Sci-Fi and World-Building 

Jasper Goodrich, Elizabeth Cardona, Eliya Torres, Alexiss Vilagomez

Thursdays, 5:30 - 7 pm


In this sci-fi and fantasy inspired class, young artists will collaborate to build the world they would like to live in, complete with writing the storyline. Artists will utilize painting and drawing techniques, sculpture, and creative writing to build their sci-fi masterpiece. The class will culminate in the creation of a book to document the journey.


Fluid Forms: Reimagining Our World Through Interdisciplinary Art

Abena Motaboli, Nadia Frierson, Alyha Khalil, Maricela Ramírez

Fridays, 4 - 6 pm


This course will explore storytelling utilizing identity, place, and representation as inspiration.  We will use 2D techniques to depict our neighborhoods, reflect on the meaning of community, and make works that explore and foster self and community care. With a focus on sourcing art materials from our everyday lives, this interdisciplinary course will utilize a range of mediums from papermaking to bookmaking to sculpture.


Queering Character Design

Mikey Anderson, Tikal Rivera, Isaiah Robinson, Barbara Banda

Fridays, 5 - 7 pm


This course will embrace radical forms of self-expression while challenging conventional norms through unconventional characters using drawing, plushie making, and food art. Interpret your world through cute, complex, squishy, and tasty character creation. No previous sewing experience needed.


Sculpting our Hood: Rethinking our Monuments 

Sarita Garcia, Cassandra Martinez, Ash Vasquez, Jared Bellot

Saturdays, 10 am - NOON


In this course, we will reflect on the monuments of our city and reimagine and mold statues to better represent the histories of our communities. Taking inspiration from traditional Mexican art forms like alebrijes, piñatas, and Day of the Dead altars, you will create brightly colored sculptures that depict your families' stories. Together, we will sculpt, embroider, and paint the vibrant narratives of our neighborhoods.


Reflect, Collect & Cut-up: Digital & IRL Collage

Eason Bragg, Jade Wong, Karolina Bermudez, Kate Adams

Saturdays, 11 am - 1 pm


In this digital multimedia class, we’ll ask ourselves the question: how do we visualize ourselves, our communities, and our futures? Using free smartphone video/image-editing apps, journaling, found objects, and collage, we will reflect, collect, and create, exploring the relationship between identity, race, craft, culture, and  technology.


Storytelling Through Thread: Visualizing Our Futures

Ishita Dharap, Ameerah Coleman, Miniya Wideman, Victoria Timpo

Saturdays, 1 - 3pm 


In this fiber arts course, explore the power of a needle and thread and use drawing techniques to interpret and weave our stories. Learn about a range of sewing practices from embroidery to french knots, and create a personal toolkit of techniques to combine with your personal style. Experiment and find restoration as we explore this unique moment in our lives and dream up our futures, together.


Mapping Our Identities: Documenting Our Journeys Through Photographs and Performance

Jose Corcoles, Antwon Funches, Esperanza Rivera, Sarah Atlas

Saturdays, 1 - 3pm


How can you hone your lens to shift the way you see, interpret, and envision the world around you? Utilizing the tools of photography, including composition, framing and image design, this multidisciplinary course will fuse photography with other storytelling mediums such as performance and map-making. This course will encourage us to explore, document, remix, and perform our own histories, as well as imagine the possibilities for a future we’d all like to live in together.

We can't wait to see you soon!

Psst...did you know Marwen has a FREE series of online Pre-College Workshops happening this summer, too? Click here to learn more.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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