In addition to our Group Classes and Private Lessons, we’re excited to offer several short-term workshops for Spring 2022. These shorter workshops have been designed for those wanting to gain new skill sets and knowledge in an interactive and supportive environment.
See our workshop offerings for Spring 2022 below
Spring Break April Fools Camp
April 18 – 22, 10 AM – 1 PM
April 23 (Sat) 2 – 4 PM
Ages 7 – 11
No School is coming to Abrons Arts Center during Spring Break to create April Fools Camp. A week of projects looking at the history of tricksters, pranks, jesters, optical illusions, jokers, trick photography, riddles, and general clowning around. No School projects employ creative problem solving, mindful experimentation, collaboration, and ecological sustainability to promote social-emotional skills as well as a broad sense of wonder, joy, and possibility. We’re going to be doing sculpture, collage, clown, poetry, music, comedy, photography, printmaking, and we may even have some more tricks up our sleeves.
Saturday, April 23 students will show their Foolery in a 2 PM public presentation at Abrons Arts Center.
Fana Fraser: LABYRINTH (LAB)
April 22, 6 – 8 PM
LABYRINTH (LAB) is a creative workshop period to sense the intricacies of your body. LABYRINTH (LAB) is a philosophy that honors intuition and erotic agency. (LAB) is a lingering moment for curious minds to imagine, play, pattern, and repattern. (LAB) makes space for doubt and compassion, for festering shedding, for stillness, silliness, rebirth. (LAB) lives and cares for wild new madness. During (LAB) time I will offer sonic, visual, and written prompts designed to support mindfulness, body awareness, and spirited presence. Participants can expect that a generous space will be cultivated to dream, to dance, to sing, to analyze, to journal, to choose to do some or any of these things; to choose to do nothing.
LABYRINTH (LAB) currently holds Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown, Pedagogies of Crossing: Meditations on Feminism, Sexual Politics, Memory, and the Sacred by M. Jacqui Alexander, and Mud Madness by 3 Canal as core texts. (LAB) is guided in part by my understanding from teachings by Samita Sinha, Lama Rod Owens, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.
This workshop is presented as part of MINDSEX, a solo dance performance by Fana Fraser, premiering April 28-30. Learn more about this upcoming event and how to purchase tickets.
Pressless – Blockprinting and Bookmaking Workshop
April 2, 1 – 3 PM
$20 Suggested Donation / RSVP Required
Print an image without a press, bind a book without a factory! In this workshop co-facilitated by River Torres and Chang Yuchen, participants will exercise the complete workflow of making a block-printed book. The principles of relief printing without a press and the skills of making a book with a single sheet of paper will be shared. With limited materials and unlimited creativity, every table can be a print shop, everyone is a publisher. Materials will be provided.
Wednesdays, 4 – 5:30 PM
March 2 – May 18
Ages 8 – 10
Free with a $25 non-refundable registration fee
Funny Girls is a program for all students who identify as girls!
Whether you consider yourself shy or outgoing, Funny Girls will help YOU become a stronger leader. We’re all leaders in our own ways. We will use improv to practice leadership skills to take with us wherever we go in life. In each class, we’ll play fun improv games that will help us understand leadership, and learn what makes us leaders in our own community.
Instructor: Liz Livingston
Lunar New Year Workshop
Saturday, January 15 at 12 PM
Instructor: Sarula Bao + Singha Hon
Sarula Bao leads a workshop inspired by traditional Chinese paper cutting or ‘jian zhi.’ We will be collaborating on a large paper cut out of a tiger to bring in the new year. Presented as part of From Chinatown, With Love in collaboration with The W.O.W. Project.
To honor the coming Lunar New Year, Singha Hon will be leading a lunar calendar-making workshop. Participants will be provided with the materials to make and decorate their own one-page paper lunar year calendar and set their intentions and dreams for the coming new year.
This workshop is free and open to all to attend. No RSVP is required.
Sarula Bao is a queer Chinese-American illustrator and graphic novelist based in Brooklyn. She graduated from RISD in 2016, published a graphic novel in 2017 and has since worked as a freelance illustrator. Her personal work explores aspects of Chinese culture, aesthetics, and narrative through a second-generation American experience.
Singha Hon is a Chinese American artist, illustrator, and designer from New York City. Her work explores identity, complex emotions, interpersonal relationships, and small precious moments of everyday life through the lens of folklore, mythology, and animal archetypes. She holds a dual BA degree in Visual Arts and in Theater from Bates College. She joined Womanly Magazine as one of the founding artists to create accessible health information for women and non-binary people through visual art. She was also the 4th Artist in Residence at the W.O.W. Project in NYC’s Chinatown.
Make Your Own Events Flyer
Tuesday, January 18 at 5:30 PM
Cost: $10 / Free for NYCHA Arts Initiative-eligible students
In this hands-on workshop, multi-instrumentalist duendita shares how to use illustration and collage to create standout flyers for all kinds of events. Materials will be provided. Presented as part of Open House.
duendita is an artist from Queens, New York. They write and produce their own music, imbuing it with a reverence for their ancestry and faith. With their achy, bass-coated tones and mix of jazz, piano, soul and R&B, duendita’s music is evocative of the complexities and sentimentality of the human experience.
Special thanks to MIKE for the curatorial ideation of this program.