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Summer 2022 Workshop Schedule

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

We're SO EXCITED to announce our Summer 2022 FREE, in-person artmaking workshops led by Chicago-based artists! This is a great opportunity for young people, who are Chicago residents in grades 6-12, to get to know Marwen and learn about the resources available for them.

What to know before you register:

  • Register for all workshops through THIS FORM.

  • Registration is open June 18 - July 6, first come first serve.

  • Workshop selections will be confirmed via email within 3-5 business days.

  • There are 4 unique workshops. Each workshop meets in person.

  • Workshops take place for 2 hours on Fridays, from 5-7 PM, July 8 - 29. Please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

  • We encourage young people to register themselves plus one family member, friend, or neighbor. You can also be on your own and make a new friend!

  • For the safety of our community participants are required to be vaccinated against covid-19. Please have participants' vaccine card(s) when checking in.

If you need to cancel at any time, please notify staff as soon as possible. This allows us to fulfill our waitlist more efficiently.

Have questions? Reach out to Rachelle at or call at 312.374.2966.




Mask Making: Alebrijes Inspired

When: July 29, 5-7 PM

Where: 833 N. Orleans St.

Led by Cecilia Beaven, curated by Olivia Villanueva


In this workshop, you’ll create masks inspired by “Alebrijes”, Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures. Using aspects of your own identity, you’ll build, collage, paint, and design your own Spirit Guide animals.


Cecilia Beaven (she/her) is a visual artist and art instructor from Mexico City based in Chicago. Cecilia’s multidisciplinary artwork has been shown in solo shows in Mexico City, Houston, and Chicago, as well as in group exhibitions in Mexico, the US, Colombia, Sweden, Italy, and Japan. Cecilia questions who gets to tell stories and establish the official cultural narratives. The artist affirms her creative agency by modifying existing tales and mythology and seamlessly adding fiction and personal anecdotes. Through this analytical and ludic experimentation, Cecilia brings a unique perspective on Mexican identity that goes beyond folklore and mainstream ideas of Mexico.


Olivia Villanueva (he/they/she) is the Studio Programs Art@Work intern who curated, planned and selected this workshop for the summer. They are a self-taught artist who works on surreal acrylic paintings with mixed media elements, illustration, photography, and jewelry making. Their work is a combination of bubbly, colorful children’s cartoons and the disconcerting nature of horror movies, driven entirely by their love for both mediums.


The Art of Indigo Dyeing

When: July 8, 5-7 PM

Where: 833 N. Orleans St.

Led by Cindy L. Lys


Learn the magic of Indigo and the art of Shibori in this fiber arts workshop. Explore the variety of Shibori (the Japanese art of folding, knotting and tying to create patterns on textiles) design techniques by creating your own fabric samples. Learn how to dye your Shibori samples for one-of-kind, beautiful textiles and design your own beautiful silk handkerchief.


Cindy L. Lys (she/her/hers) is a Haitian-American fiber and mixed media artist ​​using textile design, indigo, Japanese Shibori, collage, stamping, painting, ink, sculpture and graphic design. She is a teaching artist at Hyde Park Art Center and has taught indigo and shibori classes for over 6 years. Cindy is also the founder of the new Lys Arts gallery and shop on the Southside of Chicago opening to the public this fall.


Pulp Please! Handmade Paper Explorations

When: July 15, 5-7 PM

Where: 833 N. Orleans St.

Led by Aidan Frierson


This workshop, which is an introduction to handmade paper making, encourages you to play with your ideas by physically creating through color choice, placement, and texture. Handmade paper is a strong and lightweight material with an array of possibilities – it can be utilized to create 2-D works using inclusions, pulp painting and drawing, layering, stenciling, printing, pattern, and collaging. Handmade paper making calls you to immerse yourself into, with, and alongside water and plant fiber. You will create your very own homemade paper to later draw, paint, or print on. The possibilities are endless!


Aidan Nadia Anne Frierson (they/them) is a Black Trans Non-Binary Papermaker from Chicago, Illinois. They graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in Studio, focusing in Fiber & Material Studies with heavy emphasis in Handmade Papermaking. Papermaking is a soulful, sustainable art form through which they have learned about layers regarding environmental and material histories, heritage, and culture. More specifically, papermaking has introduced them to sustainable farming practices that they envision can act as a resource and connect practice with not only their ancestors but within their own community someday.


Leave your Mark: Graffiti Design

When: July 22, 5-7 PM

Where: 833 N. Orleans St.

Led by Kane One (Miguel Aguilar)


Create your own graffiti! Learn about the history of graffiti and street art to develop your own graffiti style. Draft unique designs through lettering, drawing, and spray painting techniques and use your new-found skills to design your own t-shirt and tote-bag!


Kane One a.k.a. Miguel Aguilar (he/him/his) works as an artist, curator, educator, and athlete. His projects aim to kindle possibilities for individual and communal reflection. He is one of the nation’s premier muralists, has emerged at the top of the street art and graffiti art movement that has taken marketing, private collectors and education by storm. Born and raised in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, Kane has created massive installations and artwork throughout Chicago and the nation with messages of cultural heritage, education, beauty and a plethora of other themes.

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