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Register for Summer Virtual Courses

Updated: Jul 9

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Hi! We're SO EXCITED to announce our first-ever summer of FREE, virtual arts courses! What to know before you register:

  • There are 7 unique courses. You can register for as many as you like!

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

  • Courses start the week of July 6 and end the week of August 24.

  • All courses and registration take place on Zoom.

  • Course-specific art kits will be shipped to your home.

  • You can register up until the time the first class starts. We encourage you to sign up sooner rather than later to get a sense of class size.

  • Both current Marwen students and new students register here.

Have questions? Reach out to us anytime at registrar@marwen.org or via text at 312.374.2968.



Essential Voices: Reclaim Your Narrative Through Digital Storytelling

Eason Bragg & Rosalia Marzullo & Eric Tran

Mondays & Wednesdays 4-5 pm


If I was alive in 2020, what would I do? Sharpen your filmmaking skills and answer this critical question. Utilizing apps that can be loaded onto a smartphone, this class explores the basics of cutting, audio, and building a video story. Amplify your voice through powerful storytelling ,and shape the narrative of this historic moment.


Envisioning Emergent Worlds: Interdisciplinary Art

Jose Corcoles & Sydney Anderson & Miniya Wideman

Tuesdays 4-5:30 pm


How can you use your art to re-imagine the world around you? Work with two and three-dimensional mediums to re-envision sustainable worlds that work for everyone. Utilize photography, collage, emergent drawing, and sustainable sculpture as visual storytelling. Explore how artists can shape communities, challenge injustice, and craft futures where we all thrive.


Healing Forms: Rest & Resilience Through Making

Mel Cook & Salim Moore & Alyha Khalil

Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm


Throughout time, artists have been tasked with creating from whatever is at hand. Explore how art has been utilized as a tool for healing. Engage in a variety of mediums from drawing, jewelry making, sculpture, and zine making and explore how to harness the power of your creativity to create spaces of rest, resilience, and justice for yourself and your community.


Science Fiction and Afro-Futurism: Drawing Our World Transformed

Allen Moore & Gabriela Escovar & Isaiah Robinson

Thursdays 4-5:30 pm


What does being an artist have to do with designing the future? Inspired by the imagination and beauty of Black people, Science Fiction, and Afro-Futurism, this observational drawing course will build your drawing skills. Explore illustration, painting, and 2D mixed media by utilizing pencil, paper, markers, watercolor, acrylic paints, found objects, and scrap materials. Artists in this course will draw together and share ideas that reimagine our worlds, beginning with your own communities.


Roots & Sprouts: Gardens and Textiles that Connect Us

Sarita Garcia & Janet López & Ash Vasquez

Fridays 1-3 pm


Welcome to the garden of knowledge! In this experimental lab for artistic growth, environmental justice, and food justice, you will combine the powerful art of gardening with art making. Span the realms of composting, harvesting, natural dyeing, mapmaking, and bookmaking to create your own home garden and bind a book of botanicals. No outside garden space required.


Powerful Personas: Portraits as Storytelling

Ally Almore & Victoria Williamson & Esperanza Rivera

Mondays 5-7 pm


What is the role of the photographer during this historic and complex time? Reflect on the role that portraits have in shifting and shaping history. Explore the power of framing a subject, and investigate how point of view can be used as a powerful tool. Create self portraits and/or portraits of family members through digital photography to express experiences and frame personal narratives and stories.


Queer Plushie: Reimagining Gender through Character Design

Mikey Anderson & Angel Heard & Gabriela Minueza

Tuesdays 6-7:30 pm


Have you ever played with gender expression through art making? Celebrate all genders while making original plushie characters! Create a variety of soft 3D characters using fabric, embellishments, and basic sewing. No previous sewing experience needed. Interpret your world through cute, complex, and squishy character creation.

We can't wait to see you soon!

Psst...did you know Marwen has 7 FREE online Pre-College Workshops happening this summer, too? Click here to learn more.

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