2022 Workshops

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Plein Air Workshops

Monday, September 6th, 11:30AM-1:30 PM
Saturday, October 1st, 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Locations: TBD
Plein air is the act of painting outdoors. Come explore the charms and frustrations of live painting outside! Learn specific skills and materials that can lend toward success in this challenging practice.
The workshop is appropriate for all skill levels and artists over 14 years old. Oil painting materials will be provided. Experienced painters are encouraged to bring their own materials. The workshop will focus on Oil Paint, but any medium is welcome. Beginner artists will be encouraged to draw in charcoal.

Workshop Coordinator
Dustin Hardgrove
IG @hardgrove_d

The workshop is free but registration is required, limit of 12 people per session. 
This workshop is intended to be a for participants of the Plein Air Painting Competition, however you are not required to participate in the competition if you join the workshop. 

Poetry Workshop

Thursday, October 6th
11:30AM-1:30 PM
Location: The MARC (111 E 100 N)
This workshop is intended to be a precursor to the Poetry Reading on Sunday Evening. 
The workshop coordinator, Shari Zollinger, will explore the theme, and facilitate exercises to spark creativity. 
*Attendees are welcome to join the workshop even if they do not want to attend the reading, and those who would like to read are not required to attend the workshop.

Songwriting Workshop:
Lyrical Localisms

Thursday, October 6th
Time TBD
Location: TBD
Join Brian Laidlaw of The Family Trade as he leads a workshop to write a song to be performed at the Street Fest on Saturday, October 8th. 
Songs often originate from nothing more than a tiny ripple of language: a surprising image, an unfamiliar idiom, a slip of the tongue. In his travels as a folksinger and site-specific artist, Brian Laidlaw has found that every single place has its own rich trove of "localisms," everyday sayings that exist only in that particular community and landscape. (For example in Duluth, Minnesota, some locals say "the hawk is out" when the wind off Lake Superior is blowing especially cold and hard.) As it turns out, these sayings can provide ideal starting-points for writing songs of place; in this workshop we'll do some brainstorming of "lyrical localisms" from our own home-places, and then work through the process of building an entire song out of a single phrase.  
Brian Laidlaw is an author-songwriter who, after completing a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Denver, now makes his home in Moab, Utah. His previous releases include the poetry collections The Stuntman and The Mirrormaker (Milkweed Editions) and the new vinyl LP This Aster (Fonograf Editions.) Brian is also a co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, an organization offering creative writing mentorship to neurodivergent poets and songwriters. He continues to tour nationally with his band The Family Trade, and moonlights - often literally - as a rock climber.

Pottery Workshop

Friday, October 7th
Open House from 3PM - 6PM
Location: Desert Sun Ceramics (1320 US_HWY 191)
Join us for a family friendly pottery making open house.  Choose from a variety of hand building projects.  Projects are designed for ages 3 to adult!  Projects will take 15 minutes to 45 minutes to complete.  Wear your messy clothes and bring your fun attitude!  Children under 12 must have an adult accompany them. This workshop will be led by potter Liz Ford.
*Pottery cannot be taken home the day of, it will need to be fired at Desert Sun and will be available for pick up at the MARC after October 12th.

Paper Mache Mask Making Workshops

Part 1: Saturday, October 8th from 10 AM - 2 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 9th from 1-4 PM
Location: Side Yard at the MARC
More information coming soon!