Instructor Katy Riley is a multidisciplinary artist who focuses on using traditional craft techniques to create contemporary imagery. She likes to have fun creating iconography of everyday objects and scenes with fine craft skills.
The VISITING ARTIST PROGRAM at ArtReach invites local artists into the studio to share their love of what they do through classes and workshops. These creative opportunities give students hands-on experience of creating with a professional, working artist, reinforcing that art, and creative projects, are an important and empowering part of our community. Students will have the chance to discuss and express their own ideas throughout multi-week classes, creating work in a hands-on, process over finished product, environment.
Perri is an artist and entrepreneur who loves to follow her own path in life! When she's not thinking about and making jewelry, she can be found telling her cat, Saturn, how much she loves him, appreciating the beauty of trees, and studying the stars as a way to make sense of it all! She loves mixing mediums and exploring new realms of art and creation.
Sign Making and Self Expression
Instructor: Hank Von Hellion
Age Range: 13+
December 1st and 8th; 3:30-5:30
Our two-day sign building workshop is a means to teach self-expression and introspection using art as the vehicle. We’ll learn the process of building small cartoon style wooden signs onto which students will be encouraged to design and create representational depictions of the ideals, experiences, and cultural influences that they find most powerful.
Intro to Bundle Dye
ArtReach is a creative based non-profit organization dedicated to providing affordable, equitable, and accessible opportunities for ALL Worcester area community members to experience the Arts, with a focus on youth and communities who may be at-risk or underserved. It is our belief that by connecting artists and educators with students from all sectors of our community, we are providing a platform for observation, discovery, self-expression, and a greater understanding of who we are as a diverse collective of people.
Join us for this two hour all ages textiles project. Bundle dyeing with plants is a fun way to create tie dye-like surface designs using natural materials and steam. We will be bundling veggies found at most grocery stores - beets, turmeric, berries - into bandanas and unravelling beautifully unique and wearable art!
John Vo is a working artist that paints to connect to people. They are part of the Vietnamese diaspora, and use stories to explore connections between home and culture. They draw from Vietnamese culture and family history as offerings and support to engaging different backgrounds and communities in the facilitation of place. John is a former Fulbright scholar and believes art has the ability to transform lives.
Copper Ring Making
Instructor: Perri Sylvester
Age Range: 13+
December 3rd and 10th; 3:30-5:30
In this two day workshop students will explore the properties of copper metal through ring making. We will start by covering the foundations for making your own rings, such as; finding your ring size, different uses for different gauge wire, cold connection exploration, and how to wield the tools of a metalsmith! Just in time for the holidays, students will be able to fabricate multiple rings for themselves or loved ones. During this workshop we will explore; wire design techniques, wire wrapping, work hardening and transmutation with hammers, and how to make your own patina with natural ingredients. Find a rock outside or bring in a tiny treasure and learn how to turn it into a wearable ring! All other materials and tools are covered in the cost of tuition
Hank has worked and lived in Worcester County for nearly a decade. He is a multimedia artist. His most recent show, Bad Advice Club can be seen at the Worcester Art Museum until November 27th. He is the Managing Director of the Worcester PopUp at the JMAC. He has previously served on the boards of the Worcester Arts Council, Main Idea, Pow!Wow! Worcester, and the Public Artist Working Group. He currently serves as a board member of Guardians of Traditions and as Corporator for the Worcester Art Museum.
Instructor Katy Riley
December 15th 3:30-5:30PM
Upcycled Wearable Art
Instructor: John Vo
Age Range: 12+
December 2nd and 9th; 3:30-5:30
Express your unique aesthetic through wearable art! In this two-day, 4-hour workshop, students will learn to customize their own denim jacket or jean pants. Students will learn how to distress denim, deconstructing the weft and warp to create interesting one of a kind handmade textures. We’ll then explore light embroidery or patchwork to add further interest to your creation. Next, students will extend their design to incorporate painted works on the fabric. Students are invited to create allegorical artwear that speaks to their individuality. Students should bring a piece of clothing to be customized. All other supplies are included in the cost of tuition. If you have a passion for textiles, art and design, this is the class for you!
This program runs on two Thursdays, December 2nd and 9th.