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REGISTER I Spring 2023 Course Schedule

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Pictured here are young people creating artwork throughout Marwen's studios.


Marwen’s free programs exist for young artists in Chicago who want to explore visual arts, can commit to a multi-week art class, are in 6th-12th grades during the 2022/23 school year, and do not have access to arts programming due to financial and systemic barriers. Learn more about our values and how we invest in the power of young artists.


  • New to Marwen? Sign-up for New Student Orientation, please note attendance is mandatory if you've never taken classes at Marwen.

  • For returning students, to register for classes please login to your account at www.marwen.org/registration.

  • Registration is open January 18 to February 5.

  • Spring session runs February 22 - May 6, 2023. There are no classes the week of April 3.

  • Fall term includes 25 in-person courses, including 1 application-based programs.

  • Click here to read Marwen Eligibility Requirements

  • Covid-19 vaccination is required for ALL in-person programming, no exemptions .

  • Each course meets 1 day a week and runs for 10 weeks:

  • Wednesdays from 5-7:30 pm

  • Thursdays from 5-7:30 pm

  • Saturday mornings from 10 am-12:30 pm

  • Saturday afternoons from 1:30 - 4 pm


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

 

SPRING 2023 COURSES


 

COURSE #1

CUT IT UP: VIDEO COLLAGE

Taught by Joelle Mercedes (they/elle)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

In the course, create imaginative videos using collage. Start by collecting, cutting, and gluing images to make two-dimensional mixed-media artworks. Then learn about filming, cutting, and editing digital video. Experiment with collecting found video from the internet. Explore your identity through collage and talking about your personal histories.


COURSE #2

3D PRINTED CITIES

Taught by Nathan Knize (he/him)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Dream, design, and create your own imagined city. Explore architecture and urban planning while using Tinkercad, a 3D modeling program to create a miniature city with people, animals, or magical beings – the possibilities are endless. Learn about historical and contemporary examples of buildings around the world and how structures meet different needs.


COURSE #3

MINI MURALISMO: GRAFFITI PAINTING

Taught by Jazmin Dua

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Learn graffiti lettering, painting, drawing, and spray painting techniques while learning the importance of creating an identity specific to you. Explore tagging as a language to develop and create when you’re designing a mural.


COURSE #4

SHRINKY DINKS: DIY JEWELRY COLLECTION

Taught by Nina Wilson

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Explore your own creativity through jewelry making using materials like shrinky dinks and polymer clay. Shrinky dinks are shrinkable pieces of plastic that can turn your handmade designs into earrings, necklaces, keychains, and more. Learn basic jewelry making skills and create your own signature drawing style to create your own collection of jewelry.


COURSE #5

BE THE GLITCH! DIGITAL SELF PORTRAITS

Taught by Kat Jarvinen

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Learn the basics of digital art, digital photography, video, writing, and sound. Then learn how to break all the rules! Some say errors, failures, or imperfections, but we say GLITCH ART! Fail on purpose and experiment with new and unusual ways to create self-portraits with technology. See yourself in a new light, embrace what makes you unique, and be the glitch.


COURSE #6

GET IN LINE: INTRO TO DRAWING

Taught by Liz Brent

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Do you wanna draw, but don’t know where to start? Learn techniques to develop your portrait and figure drawings skills and practice creating realistic images. Explore perspective, value, observational, and grid drawing. Whether you are new to drawing or already draw a lot, grow your skills and learn new techniques to take your drawings to the next level.


COURSE #7

MAKE IT FUNCTIONAL: CERAMICS

Taught by Janiece Maddox

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Create functional ceramic objects that liven up your living space. Just because something serves a purpose doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Explore handbuilding, glazing, and clay construction techniques that fit your personal aesthetic. Consider the relationship between form (the way an object looks) and function (what the object does) and how that can help us make useful, beautiful objects.


COURSE #8

DRAWN TO FIBERS: FIBER ART EXPLORATION

Taught by Faviola Anaya Esquivel (she/her)

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Explore drawing with fibers and fabric embellishment techniques. Learn a variety of fiber processes such as screen printing, fabric dyeing, hand sewing, beading, embroidery, and punch needling. Create your own one-of-a-kind art piece that will be a part of a collective installation, and discover new ways to create patterns and design to bring your ideas and drawings to cloth.


COURSE #9

BIPOC LENSES: DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY

Taught by Grace Tenneh Kromah (she/her)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Practice fundamental photography skills and be inspired by Black and POC portraiture photographers. Learn the basics of lighting, composition, and darkroom photography processes and develop your unique eye through portraiture!


COURSE #10

SUPER DUPER: CHARACTER ILLUSTRATION

Taught by Olivia Comai (she/her)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

If you were a superhero, what color spandex would you wear? Develop and design a character with their own signature looks and super powers. Learn the basics of figure drawing techniques, digital illustration, and color theory in mediums ranging from pens, pencils, to Procreate on an ipad. Join us as we dive into the world of creative costuming!



COURSE #11

FANTASTIC CLAY: SCULPTURAL CERAMICS

Taught by Emma Lu (all pronouns)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

How can clay as a medium keep us in touch with ourselves, our environments, and the people around us? Collaborate as a class to build functional ceramic pieces and sculptures, develop your individual style, and experiment with clay to co-create tools for yourself and each other. Explore the limits of your imagination through playing games and working in teams to create clay sculptures.


COURSE #12

SEW MUCH FUN: FASHION DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

Taught by Rachel Dohner (she/her)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 6-8/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Design your own clothes! Sketch, pattern, and construct your own custom garments in this interdisciplinary fashion course. Look at designers who break the norms of the fashion industry and incorporate a variety of different construction techniques. If you are passionate about your personal style and want to learn about fashion construction, this class is for you!



COURSE #1

DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY EXPLORATIONS

Taught by Kristie Kahns (she/her)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Explore the magic of old-school, analog photographic processes by learning to photograph with 35mm film cameras, process black-and-white film, and make prints in the darkroom. Experiment with plastic cameras, pinhole photography, and double exposure techniques. Experience Chicago’s photo community and the endless possibilities with film photography through class discussions and field trips to museums.



COURSE #2

MIXED MEDIA PORTFOLIO CLASS

Taught by Alexandria Valentine (she/her)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Want to strengthen your personal artistic style while developing your ability to write creatively and talk about your art? Learn to create in a variety of mediums, including painting, drawing, and collage to create new artwork. Strengthen your individual art practice and build a portfolio for yourself, art schools, and/or scholarship applications. Develop a body of work that explores personal ideas, concepts, and styles. Artists working in any 2D media are welcome.


COURSE #3

RITUAL PRACTICES WITH CLAY

Taught by Janani Nathan (they/them)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

What daily practices bring moments of joy to your life? In this ceramics course, reflect on and create a functional artwork to support your daily rituals. Learn how to use wheel throwing and hand-building techniques to create pieces crafted intentionally to fit your hands, home, and body. All experience levels welcome.


COURSE #4

QUEER STORIES: PRINTS ‘N ZINES

Taught by Sarita Hernandez (they/them)

Wednesdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Explore your rage, joy, love, blues and the many other feelings we embody as we PRINT! IT! OUT! Create artist books, posters, and patches through printmaking techniques such as screen-printing, block-printing, zine-making and more. Learn how to package and sell your artwork and find tabling and selling opportunities. Explore stories on queerness and issues you’re passionate about.


COURSE #5

CINEMATOGRAPHY 101: BEHIND THE CAMERA

Taught by Estrella Vargas (she/her)

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Cinematography is the art of photography and visual storytelling for movies and television. Gain experience in storyboarding, screenwriting, directing, and editing while exploring on-screen visual elements, including lighting, framing, composition and color. Give your moving images meaning and value that help tell a visual story. We will discuss and analyze your favorite movies and work together as a production team to create our own.


COURSE #6

ADJUST YOUR FOCUS: DIGITAL PHOTO

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Taught by Joselyn Corona (she/they)

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Develop an eye for portrait photography by learning how to capture the personality of a person or group. Learn how to create a photoshoot from the ground up using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses to capture decisive moments. Create remarkable scenes through editing software, such as lightroom and Photoshop.



COURSE #7

CERAMICS IS LIT: CLAY LIGHT SCULPTURES

Taught by Liel Dolev (he/him)

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Learn how to use clay as a foundation for light-making objects, such as lamps, candles, and light sculptures. Often we think of clay as the start and finish of an object like a mug, bowl, or vase. But our ceramic pieces can have more than one function. Learn handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques to make imaginative sculptures out of clay. Create light sculptures through an assortment of clay, glaze, and surface decoration techniques that shine a light on who we are.


COURSE #8

STORY QUILTS

Taught by Isra Rene (they/them)

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Do you love storytelling and sewing? Combine these two interests through story quilts using little to no words! Sketch, design, and create a story or scene from your memory, imagined or real. Learn essential sewing and quilting techniques to construct and assemble a quilt block portraying your story, using fabric and embellishments.


COURSE #9

RENDER IN BLENDER

Taught by Roosevelt Pittman (he/him)

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Do you love 3D video games and animated films? Learn how to be both artist and designer with 3D software Blender. Use your drawing skills to create a concept for a story based on your own. Then take your 2D drawing and learn how to create a 3D model of it on a computer like film and game artists do. Learn basic introductions to digital sculpting and 3D animation.


COURSE #10

PAINT AND SCULPT!

Taught by Lauren Flaaen (she/her)

Saturdays, 10am-12:30pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Do you like to build, construct, and paint? Explore the art of soft sculpture and learn foundational acrylic painting techniques around the theme rasquachismo. Embrace rasquache aesthetics, a term adapted from Chicano art and Mexican art movements which is “making the most from the least,” using discarded and recycled materials, even fragments, to create a new aesthetic.



COURSE #11

CHICAGO CHARACTERS: PAINTING + DRAWING

Taught by Vanessa Garza “Nez” (she/her)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Develop your own unique and soon-to-be-recognized character through drawing and painting! As Chicago locals, we've grown up surrounded by well-known street artists who have adapted original characters into beautiful murals and have spread positivity and impact with their larger-than-life paintings. In this class, you will learn how to develop your own original character and transform it for galleries and public spaces through drawing and acrylic painting. Explore the Chicago street art scene, talk about how to make your mark, learn to scale and transfer drawings to canvas and board, and build your foundational acrylic-painting skills. Begin with a crash course on local Chicago character-based murals and work up to a large-scale collaborative painting based on the message that’s important to you.


COURSE #12

SELFIES, SHRINES, AND SOUNDS

Taught by Jada-Amina (all pronouns)

Saturdays, 1:30 - 4pm

Grades 9-12/ Register: New Student / Returning Student

Learn how to photograph, edit, and recycle images and sounds to make mini experimental documentary artworks. Combine media from the internet, your phone, and original footage to create your own unique style of visual storytelling. Celebrate yourself, culture, community, and collage.


COURSE #13

DESIGN TO PRINT (APPLICATION BASED PROGRAM)

Teaching Artist: Aileen Castro (she/her)

Thursdays, 5-7:30 pm

Ages 16-18 / For full eligibility requirements and application, CLICK HERE.

Design to Print is an exciting opportunity for young people (ages 16-18) to be hired as commissioned artists to design one-of-a-kind artwork for Marwen’s greeting card line. Young artists will add to their digital illustration skills through creating a design while learning what it means to be commissioned artist and follow a creative career path. Young artists will receive a $300 stipend at the end of the course for their design. Intermediate graphic design skills are preferred.

Click HERE to apply!

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