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Filtering by Tag: Arts Workshops

A Look Back at our Sustainable Arts Seasons

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What began as inspiration from the wonderful #PeoplesClimateMarch back in September (pics below) became a BewilderArts commitment to Sustainable Arts that saw us through the Autumn and Winter of 2014. (*People's Climate Art also offers space for workshops, check them out!) Pictured, our Sign-Making party for the march, and our signs & participants in action.


Halloween Recyco-Lantern Making party using recycled materials and supplies from Green in Brooklyn.

Below: Some of our wonderful crafters at our Recycled-Materials Card-Making Holiday Crafternoon on Saturday, December 6th at La Nacional.


To help sustain the sustainable arts focus, we have some Card-Making tips from our wonderful Holiday Recycled-Material Crafternoon Workshop Leader, Madeline Epstein:

Search through magazines and newspapers for images that appeal to you + large backgrounds with appealing colors and patterns (or images). Funny is good. Animals are good. Bored models are good. Use images that can interact in playful ways. It's helpful to plot out the card before attaching anything. You can't undo glitter*...

I like to start with a pattern background--waves, stripes, ripped newspaper, watercolor hearts--that creates a canvas that's not just the base of the card. Then I add an alternately colored image or two on top (green-ish background, models in pink coats). I like to save my most "precious" image for the top, and allow the remaining images to interact with each other on top. Be sure to save large add-ons (such as bows, ribbons and the like) for the end. 

*On the topic of glitter: fun when added SPARINGLY. The majority of the population does not want to spend half an hour vacuuming glitter after opening your card.

We are excited to announce that Madeline will be partnering with BewilderArts for a Valentine's Crafternoon on February 7th. March your calenders and keep a look out for more information!


Throughout our Green Arts Seasons, we have cast #SustainableSpotlights on some incredible organizations working to reduce waste and maximize creativity (past spotlights include #BroadwayGreenAlliance and local eco-conscious businesses). We would like to round out the year by commending the work of Materials for the Arts,

Materials for the Arts gathers unneeded materials from organizations and individuals, and makes them available to non-profits arts programs (amongst others). Even their warehouse is creative! (as pictured above). MFTA is like a treasure trove of materials that both aides the vision of its users, and sparks imagination at every turn. An amazing resource for sustainably minded organizations, as well as economically minded ones. We thank MFTA for all the hard work they do!

Wonderful August Workshop Day!

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"As a 'newbie' to the field of Teaching Artistry, it was an eye opening experience to learn what the title actually means and to be a student. Not only was it fun mentally and physically, but it led me to become curious about my personality and my interactions with others. I absolutely recommend this workshop to anyone interested in teaching of any kind!" - Lauren Taylor (Magazine Editor and Filmstress)

From left to right: "Devising Under the Clock" presenter  chandra thomas , BewilderArts Director/Founder Joanna Gurin, and some of our first Bewilder Participants!

From left to right: "Devising Under the Clock" presenter chandra thomas, BewilderArts Director/Founder Joanna Gurin, and some of our first Bewilder Participants!

On Sunday, August 3rd, BewilderArts hosted its very first Workshop Day. The session brought together new and experienced artists, arts mentors and teaching artists. We discussed and brainstormed uses for the Workshop Day space as we go forward.

The Workshop Day featured an incredible main skill-share from chandra thomas. The workshop, entitled "Devising Under the Clock," provided skills and exercises for our "Toolbox," facilitated self-exploration and group bonding, and culminated in a short devised piece. 

We are excited to start planning our upcoming September Workshop Day! Check out our Upcoming Workshops page for opportunities to apply to present a Main Skill-Share Presentation, Practice a New Workshop idea, and help us decide what our Monthly Discussion Topic will be.

"Devising Under the Clock" Workshop with chandra thomas (August 3rd)

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We are so thrilled to announce that chandra thomas will be presenting an original workshop, "Devising Under the Clock," as the main workshop for our first free Workshop Day on Sunday, August 3rd. There are only a few spaces available, so register soon! (registration deadline July 28th).*

chandra thomas

chandra thomas

"Devising Under the Clock": In this 60-minute workshop participants will create and present an original, collaborative performance/presentation in an experiential model of devising original work in the participants’ authentic voice. Facilitating artists will explore tools of how to foster a cooperative, creative space for experiential artists, as well as how to ensure the artists’ ownership of their experience.

This workshop is led by chandra thomas. chandra has 18+ years experience as a facilitating (teaching) artist, in youth-arts/education management, professional development, and curriculum/lesson plan development, implementation and assessment; Co-Founder and Director of Programming, viBe Theater Experience (award-winning, non-profit organization empowering teenage girls through the collaborative performing arts) for 11+ years; professional actor-writer-producer.

*While the main workshop is booked for August 3rd, please feel free to submit Skill-Share applications for upcoming Workshop Days (happening monthly). Also, there are still opportunities available to practice new workshop ideas at THIS Workshop Day (all experience levels welcome to submit a proposal for the "Practice Workshop" slots).