Community Workshop


Expressions in Molten Metal

Experience another aspect of art-making that is not widely available with guidance from Houston-artist Jack Gron.

Experience another aspect of art-making that is not widely available with guidance from Houston-artist Jack Gron. Happening during Second Saturday at Sawyer Yards, Expressions in Molten Metal is an interactive experience that allows the public to create their own design in a resin sand scratch block that will then be turned into a cast aluminum block by Gron’s mobile foundry. Bring your creativity and let it shine!


*Spots are limited to 50 pours on a first come, first served basis. 

When:
May 11, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am
Saturday Time & Price:
Free
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BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP

Join HCCC staff member and former resident artist Tarina Frank to explore the craft of bookbinding.

In this beginner level workshop, participants will learn how to make a book by folding and sewing paper together with waxed thread, using a long-stitch technique. This technique can be used with various paper types and sizes to create sketchbooks, notebooks, and journals. Participants will leave with a completed and customized book.

No experience is necessary. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Fee includes instructor, materials, and administration fees. The class is for adults only (age 18 and over) and requires a minimum of 12 participants to hold.

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When:
May 11, 2019
The class is for adults only (age 18 and over) and requires a minimum of 12 participants to hold. Cancellation PolicyWorkshops are subject to cancellation or change due to low enrollment. Registrants will be notified fourteen (14) days in advance if the workshop is cancelled by HCCC. If registrants need to cancel their reservation, they must do so at least 14 days in advance to receive a full refund. No refunds will be made for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop date. Please notify HCCC immediately of any cancellations so that someone on the waiting list can attend the workshop.
Cost:
$30 for HCCC members $40 for non-members
Time:
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
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HANDS-ON HOUSTON: BAMBOO BEE HOUSES

In May, join HCCC in the Craft Garden to make a bamboo bee house. Invite bees into your garden by using natural materials such as bamboo and dyed hemp to construct a bee house.

Explore the variety of dye plants—such as turmeric, indigo, and madder—growing in HCCC’s Craft Garden, and learn how you can support local bees and how they help our gardens grow.

Join Note: Please allow 25 minutes to complete this activity. The activity will take place outdoors and is on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.



When:
May 4, 2019
HANDS-ON HOUSTON is a free drop-in event held the first Saturday of every month. Each month, a teaching artist demonstrates a craft related to the current exhibitions. Families and children of all ages are welcome to come any time between 11 AM and 3 PM and participate in a 15 – 20-minute activity. Materials are provided. This program supports HCCC’s mission to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. Learn more here.
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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CRAFT SOCIAL: TABLESCAPES

Join HCCC to explore tablescapes, and learn how to style the perfect table for your next dinner party or Instagram post at the spring Craft Social event.

Inspired by the current exhibitions, Tom Loeser: Please Please Please and To Be Of Use: The Functional Ceramics Of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, And East Fork, the evening will explore how contemporary craft artists are challenging audiences to reconsider everyday objects, most notably, the chair and diningware.

Using a variety of found objects, construct your own vessel, such as a candlestick holder, a vase, or a trinket bowl. Then, use your vessel, and learn how to style an Instagram-worthy tablescape with artist and designer Lisa Chow. Learn the basics of food and table styling with Lisa, including tips on taking great photos. Experiment with different objects, backgrounds, and arrangements to create a picture-perfect table.

About Lisa Chow
Born and raised in Houston, Lisa Chow is a self-taught artist who paints and creates from her home studio. Minimalist in design yet maximalist in glitter and shine, her gouache paintings feature candy-colored worlds and feminine iconography. Lisa also loves designing and collaborating with like-minded female creatives and small businesses and is always working on new, unique projects. Learn more at Watercolors & Designs.

Photos: By Lisa Chow, via www.instagram.com/lisachowart/

When:
Apr 18, 2019
About Craft SocialTaking place quarterly throughout the year, Craft Socials are casual evening events designed to emphasize experimentation, curiosity, and innovation. Visitors are encouraged to drop by and participate. All events are free and on a first-come first-served basis. Capacity is limited. Craft beer is generously provided by Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., and materials are sponsored by Art Supply on Main Street.
Cost:
Free
Time:
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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HANDS-ON HOUSTON: PINCH POTS

In April, join HCCC in making pinch pots, inspired by the current exhibition, "To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork".

Explore the variety of styles in the works on view in the exhibition, and discover how design can influence functionality. Using kid-friendly paint, dye your clay, then roll, pinch, and carve your design to create a small pot. Think about what your pot will contain, and consider how this will influence your design.

Note: Please allow 25 minutes to complete this activity. The activity will take place indoors and is on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

HANDS-ON HOUSTON is a free drop-in event held the first Saturday of every month. Each month, a teaching artist demonstrates a craft related to the current exhibitions. Families and children of all ages are welcome to come any time between 11 AM and 3 PM and participate in a 15 – 20-minute activity. Materials are provided. This program supports HCCC’s mission to advance education about the process, product, and history of craft. Learn more here.

When:
Apr 6, 2019
Cost:
Free
Time:
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Yes
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Polymer Clay Workshop

Create a unique piece of jewelry from polymer clay using the Japanese Mokume Gane technique!

Create a unique piece of
jewelry by using the decorative polymer clay technique that mimics traditional
Japanese Mokume Gane metalworking. 

In this all day workshop, instructor Paula Kennedy will teach
the technique and help students create a one of a kind piece to take home!

Mokume Gane technique involves thin layers of colored clay
stacked and distorted, then sliced into patterned sheets.

After learning the basic technique, students will cut their
sheets to make fine art pendants, finishing them by baking, sanding and
attaching a bail for wearing.

No experience necessary!
All materials provided. If students have their own pasta
machines, work surfaces, or basic clay tools they are encouraged to bring them.

When:
May 4, 2019
One day workshop for adults to learn the Mokume Gane technique using polymer clay. Suggested age 15 and up. Beginners welcome!
Cost:
$75 All materials included
Time:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM $75
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The Art & Craft of Directing at Houston Latino Film Festival


The Houston Latino Film Festival presents “The Art and Craft of Directing with Joel Novoa” To capture a perfect moment on film, there must be an extraordinary synergy between director, camera and subject. Director Joel Novoa (CW’s Arrow and God’s Slave) will dive into the process of communicating one’s creative vision amongst collaborators in this 4 hour intensive workshop. This hands on workshop is an excellent opportunity for filmmakers to take their work to the next level by becoming a more effective content creator on set.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 30, 2019
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM

WHERE:
FILMATIC HEADQUARTERS
(Vine Street Studios)
1113 Vine St
Houston, TX 77002

FEE: $40 - Get your badge at: HLFF2019.COM
(*Must purchase All Access Badge - Access to all workshops and film screenings during the 4-day festival. March 28-31)

For more info: https://houstonlatinofilmfestival.org/news/directing-workshop/

ABOUT JOEL NOVOA

Joel is an accomplished Television Director and Producer. He has recently directed for the television hit series, ARROW, for Warner Brothers and has a contract with MGM as a co-executive producer. MGM Television is developing a television series based on Richard Dominguez’s Latino comic book series, EL GATO NEGRO, starring Diego Boneta which Joel Novoa will executive produce.

Joel was born in New York, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a Law Degree and a MFA in Directing from American Film Institute. He is the recipient of the prestigious Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award 2012 for his contributions as a director, the Caucus Foundation Award 2012 and the Deluxe merit for best director 2011. Joel’s slate in film includes directing GOD'S SLAVE. Since its tour of the festival circuit, the film has won 18 international awards and has been included in more than 75 festival official selections. The film received worldwide theatrical release and a Netflix deal. Novoa's projects include, “I.D2: Shadwell Army”, which premiered in 25 screens across U.K and in 2016, “Day of Reckoning” for Universal, being one of the year ́s top gross films for Syfy Channel.

When:
Mar 30, 2019
Cost:
$40
Time:
10:30 am
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Memoir Writers’ Boot Camp Intensive (ONLINE)

Do you have an idea for a book-length memoir and need the time and focus to get your creative juices flowing?

Do you have an idea for a book-length memoir and need the time and focus to get your creative juices flowing? Or perhaps you want the confidence of writing several shorter memoir pieces?

Join the company of other struggling writers to jumpstart your writing practice. In this generative, instructor-led online workshop, we will motivate each other to write 1,000 words per day (that’s only a couple of pages) for ten days. This workshop does include a weekend: Know that you will have the option of either taking a break or catching up over this weekend.

Throughout our time, our instructor will provide personalized feedback, encouragement, and advice to each writer, including two one-page written responses and a final 30 minute one-on-one Skype session at the end of the workshop. Writers will also have the opportunity to seek and provide encouragement and ask questions in the classroom’s online forum. Following the workshop, those who would like to extend their time together for mutual accountability will have that option.

Note about Writespace’s online writers’ boot camp workshops: Participants should plan to commit to writing two pages per day and to giving an additional five hours to receiving instructor feedback and participating in the online classroom. Online workshops offer built-in flexibility and are ideal for writers with busy schedules, as the times participants visit the classroom are determined solely by their own availability, whether they are available at 3 PM or at 3 AM or at any other times on any other days of the week. Participants will be invited to enter the online classroom and will receive instructions the day the workshop begins.

When:
Apr 1, 2019 to Apr 12, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Joyce BoatrightTIME: Ten days from Monday, April 1st - Friday, April 12th, specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.PRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Wednesday, March 27th: $225 members, $255 non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: ONLINE ONLY. Please note: Instructor will contact participants with online classroom invitation and entry instructions the day the workshop begins.LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 12 Writers
Cost:
Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $210 members, $240 non-members. After Wednesday, March 27th: $225 members, $255 non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Tuesday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Wednesday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ spec
Thursday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ spec
Friday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Saturday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Sunday Time & Price:
Specific online times to be determined by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
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Writing Novels for Young Adult Readers (ONLINE)

Writing Novels for Young Adult Readers (ONLINE)

You are so ready to write a young adult novel. Or maybe you’ve already written one, but you’re not quite sure you’ve figured out how to rock this genre. What makes a YA novel YA? How mature can a YA be? (i.e. How much cursing can you get away with? Can characters get hot and heavy on the page, or do you always need to fade to black? What about violence or intense subject matter like rape or drug use?) You might not be sure if you’ve written a YA or a middle grade—perhaps your book feels way less dark than a lot of the stuff you see on the shelves. Have no fear: by the end of this class, you’ll know your way around the YA writers’ world. Together, we’ll be doing a deep dive into the genre, talking about the “rules” and how and when you can break them, what agents and editors (and readers) are looking for when they pick up a YA novel, and what craft elements stand out the most. We’ll touch a bit on trends and we’ll be looking at all the sub-genres within the genre (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi/speculative, horror, etc.). We’ll be reading and analyzing the first chapter of several different YA’s, as well as using Jandy Nelson’s The Sky Is Everywhere to get a good look into how to write, think, and feel teen. In addition to lectures and writing exercises, there will be craft reading selections so that you can put all that you’re learning into practice. You’ll walk away with loads of resources to continue your study of all aspects of the genre long after our class is over.

This course is designed for writers of any level who are eager to learn about the YA genre. Please be prepared to spend at least three hours a week on short reading assignments, your own writing, and online discussion. If you have a first chapter of a YA novel completed, be ready to have the chance to share pages and receive constructive feedback from the instructor and your fellow writers. If you haven’t written a first chapter yet, don’t worry, you will have the opportunity to do so during workshop and also receive constructive feedback. You’ll be part of a supportive, fun, and inspiring community, so don’t be shy to share your work. This is how we figure out how to do this writing thing!

Note about Writespace’s online workshops: Participants should plan to commit three hours per week to reading, posting, and responding to assignments in the online classroom and one to two hours per week to writing outside the classroom. Online workshops offer built-in flexibility and are ideal for writers with busy schedules, as the times participants visit the classroom are determined solely by their own availability, whether they are available at 3 PM or at 3 AM or at any other times on any other days of the week. Participants will be invited to enter the online classroom and will receive instructions the day the workshop begins.


When:
Apr 1, 2019 to Apr 22, 2019
INSTRUCTOR: Heather DemetriosTIME: Starts Monday, April 1st, and ends Monday, April 22nd. Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.PRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $160 for members, $190 for non-members. After Saturday, March 27th: $190 for members, $220 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: ONLINE ONLY. Please note: Instructor will contact participants with online classroom invitation and entry instructions the day the workshop begins.LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 12 Writers
Cost:
Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $160 for members, $190 for non-members. After Saturday, March 27th: $190 for members, $220 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Monday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Tuesday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Wednesday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participa
Thursday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participa
Friday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Saturday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
Sunday Time & Price:
Specific workshop times to be determined solely by participants’ specific schedules and availability.
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How To Be Genuinely Funny in Your Writing

Discover your genuinely funny side in writing.

“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy

That’s a really great first line, but it has very little to do with our upcoming workshop, accurately entitled “How To Be Genuinely Funny in Your Writing.”

And you want to be genuinely funny, do you not, my dear workshop attendee? By that we mean finding what kind of humor most naturally suits you and your readers. Whether it’s high-brow satire, irony, absurdity, or dialogue that would make Woody Allen finally quit making films, you will consider the many types of funny that might work for your work.

YA novelist and self-proclaimed serious poet Adam Holt will provide examples of various types of humor in modern fiction. Expect straight talk about how to be funny on the page. You’ll also write funny things in this workshop, or you will fail miserably and relive all manner of teenage angst. Whether you get funny or die tryin’, we can all agree that a bit of good-tempered humor might be just the thing you, your novel, and our country need to save ourselves from utter catastrophe.

Note: In the event of a catastrophic asteroid strike, this workshop will be rescheduled. Otherwise, it’s on like Cheech & Chong and Donkey Kong.

When:
Apr 1, 2019
NSTRUCTOR: Adam HoltTIME: Monday, April 1st, 6-9 PMPRICE: Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Wednesday, March 27th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.LOCATION: Writespace at Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #208, Houston, TX 77007LEVEL: All LevelsCAP: Limited to 15 Writers
Cost:
Early-Bird until Wednesday, March 27th: $45 for members, $60 for non-members. After Wednesday, March 27th: $55 for members, $70 for non-members. Become a member here. Scholarships available here.
Time:
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location:
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