WORKSHOP schedule

Images and recaps of workshops can be found under WORKSHOP RECAPS here: https://alchemyanartistsandwritersinitiative.wordpress.com/category/workshop-recaps/

Tuesday, January 26, 6-8:00

We Find Our Way: Our first meeting will remind us of the depth of The Project’s participants. We will lead into a discussion of alchemy generally and cited passages from Alchemy of Love You will receive these via email within the week. Please come on the 26th having bonded with at least one of the passages, enough to engage in conversation about it.

Place:                      Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s studio

Monday, February 8th, 6-8:30

Chemists are People Too: Steve Bertman will speak to us about the idea that although scientists are often parodied, they are in fact inspired and driven by the beauty and power of nature. Elizabeth Kerlikowske will formulate a writing prompt!

Place:                      Steve Bertman’s home

Saturday, February 20th, 9:30 – 3

Form & Surface: Vicki VanAmeyden, Honore Lee, and Mary Whalen will demonstrate both digital and handwork approaches to manipulate surface and spatial relationships by combining, removing, constructing, and deconstructing. Participants will learn techniques to add text and actual texture to an image: transfer, chine-collé, monoprint, transposition, stitching, etc. Digital media methods using photography, scanning, image manipulation, and printing will be covered as well.

Place:                      Kalamazoo Institute of Art- Print Studio

Tuesday, March 22nd 6:30 – 8:30

The Vocabulary of Short Forms: Elizabeth Kerlikowske will present an overview of short poetic forms, how they are most effective and what they can accomplish.

Place:                      Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s studio

Thursday, April 7th, 6-9

Black Magic Mark Making: A night of drawing and brew-ha with the illustrious Michael Dunn! The equally celebrated Susan Ramsey will concoct the writing prompt!

Place:                      Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s studio

Monday, April 25th , 6-9

Rattling the Alchemy Behind Clay, Story and Fire: Anna Ill will provide us with an evening of culling our stories and finding an image to integrate into our own clay rattle. Robert Post will rig us with a writing prompt!

Place:                      Boatyard Brewery (backroom) è432 E Paterson St, 49009

Saturday, May 14th 10am – 1pm

The Transformative Present with Horses: Kristin DeKam will introduce the basic principles of equine therapy, that is, using horses to deepen our awareness of body, emotional intelligence, and intuition from a non-predatory point of view. Billy Reynolds will charge us with a writing prompt.

Place:                      Kristin’s farm

Wednesday, June 15th, 6:30-8:30 

In Transit: Autumn Brown, metalsmith, will show up to Elizabeth’s with her studio-bus! She will talk to us about the alchemy of CeraMetal, and life as a metalsmith. Bring a small object that contains both ceramic and metal, such as a spark plug, computer part, and any whatsit with an aspect of conductivity! Margaret DeRitter will circulate the writing prompt!

Place:                      Elizabeth Kerlikowske’s studio

Monday, June 27  6:30-8:30ish

ALCHEMY Interest Group: Many of us have discovered fascinating resources about Alchemy, and Elizabeth King suggested that we start a special interest group for those who love to share and discuss Alchemy related topics. For our first meeting we’ll share our resources. Please bring one resource, alchemy related, that you’ve found intriguing, useful or insightful. Possibilities include a book, a website, or an article. You are also welcome to come, listen, and form opinions!

Place:                         Boatyard Brewery (backroom) è432 E Paterson St, 49009

Thursday, July 28, 5:30 for cocktails! or 6-8:30ish 

Begin with a Rattle: Paul Mergen has invited us to his home and studio which is a container filled with a lifetime of artisan collections including rattles and other objects of power. As well, their land is a labor of love and magical. In all, it will be a treat.

Place:                         Paul and Brenda Mergen’s studios

Monday, August 8, 6:30-8:30ish

ALCHEMY Interest Group: After the first meeting on June 27th we will send an email and let everyone know what we will be discussing today.

Place:                         Boatyard Brewery (backroom) è432 E Paterson St, 49009

BB has great hand-crafted drafts, as well as snacks, and they’ve been generous in allowing us to meet in their space. (We can also bring our own eats, but please, no alcohol other than their offerings.)

Saturday, August 13, 4 p.m. for Bread making demo or 5:00-9

Mysticism, ALCHEMY, and Bread: Join us as we look at some of the more mystical aspects of alchemy! Jana Hanka will take us through the shamanistic doorway; Debbie Eisenbise will query the tarot with a question we all agree on; Sydnee will query the IChing with the same. Hedy Habra will fill us in historically and conjure the writing prompt. At 4:00 p.m. Sydnee will share her magically easy recipe for the MOST delicious seedy salt yeast rise bread!

Place:                         Sydnee Peter’s home and studio

Wednesday, September 21 6:30 – 9:30

The play’s the thing. Wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king.” Hamlet, Act II, scene 2, William Shakespeare: Hamlet’s alchemy: using a play as a scheme to expose a murderer, changing drama into a truth-detector. Focusing on dialogue techniques, this workshop has the potential to transform participants’ writing, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, or simple day-to-day communication. Participants will possibly never look at or use dialogue in the same way again.

Place:                                   Arnie and Debby Johnston’s home

Saturday, October 22  11-3 or 11-5 if you want to leave with your charcoal – otherwise you will need to retrieve yours from Sydnee at a later date.

Fire     Wood     Charcoal     Rope: Paul will provide a variety of types of wood but he invites you to bring a wooden object you would like to see transformed into charcoal. The line between firm charcoal and something more fragile is fine so your object should be interesting but not too precious. It should also be dry wood and a maximum of 6-8” on its longest dimension. If we time it right everyone will leave with a transformed object and a bag of charcoal suitable for drawing or grilling. While we wait for our wood to transform into charcoal, Paul Mergen has offered to show us the fine art of rope making and fire breathing!

Place:                                   Paul Nehring and Amelia Hanson’s home and studio’s

Friday, November 11, 10am – 3 or 4pm

ENCAUSTIC MAGIC: In this workshop Linda Rzoska will provide an exploration into the art of painting with encaustic. Elizabeth King will be aiding and abetting! In combination with encaustic – workshop participants will be introduced to embedding elements into wax, incorporating mixed media such as oil pastels and paper as well as a variety of mark making devices and techniques. You will learn about how to manage the medium and materials and safe studio practices. Basic materials for all workshops will be supplied in the studio for an additional fee. Materials fee includes: panels, encaustic medium, clean up medium, oil pastels, some collage materials and the use of tools.

Place:Linda’s studio at Ninth Wave Studio, Second Level, 213 W. Walnut, Kazoo

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