Workshops

Activist Campus: A Walking Tour of Contested Sites On and Near Campus
Ken Salo

Competitive "land grant" universities like Illinois are sustained through rituals of self-promotion including official campus tours that represent the “typical” experience as inclusive and conflict free. This activist tour will privilege the perspectives, histories, and landscapes of those who have been and still are systematically excluded from typical representations of UIUC’s history; students and workers struggling against racial, ethnic, nationalistic, economic, criminalized, and gendered exclusion from culturally appropriate and affordable public education. We will walk and collectively map sites of struggle to reveal the UIUC landscape as a contested space and the product of struggles over and for the power to decide who benefits from the Illinois experience. Pedagogically, as an active, place-based learning strategy, it will offer students an opportunity to explore how knowledge for collective action is produced via dialogue.

Ken Salo teaches and researches problems of environmental racism, law and transnational struggles for urban and social justice.

 

A Cartography of the Senses: Experiments in Mapping and Storytelling
Ryan Griffis

Most of us navigate space using only a couple of our senses; depending on our abilities and experiences, one or a couple of senses dominate our perception of our surroundings at any given time. How might one create a map that guides people by smell? How would you draw a map that shows where you feel more, or less, safe? This workshop will introduce some methods developed by artists, musicians, and geographers to expand sensory experiences of place as well as to produce more complex documentation of the things around us. We’ll start with some no-tech exercises for observing phenomena in our immediate campus environment and discuss strategies for recording them. We will then demo a platform called Siftr (developed for iOS at the University of Wisconsin, Madison), where you will have an opportunity to contribute to a collective map of campus. Smart phones and/or tablets will be useful for this workshop.

Professor Griffis works on documentary media and art projects about landscape, ecology, and social justice. 

 

Behind the Scenes at KAM: Producing an Exhibit
Walter Wilson

We will look at how planning, fabricating, painting, building, and installing are large parts of exhibition design. Participants will be introduced to protocols required to safely and effectively create an exhibition. This workshop will combine discussion with hands-on experiences at Krannert Art Museum.

Walter Wilson is a Design and Installation Specialist at the Krannert Art Museum.

 

Building Future Cities with Legos (two consecutive sessions)
Arnab Chakraborty

The Chicagoland region is expected to add two-and-a-half million new residents in the next 30 years, or grow by roughly 30 percent (CMAP, 2014). Many other cities around the US are expected to grow at comparable or even higher rates. Where will these new residents live and work? How will they travel? How might the new trends in technology, such as self-driving cars and net-zero buildings, affect people’s behavior and choices? And what will these mean for how future cities will grow and change?

Using hands-on tools such as Legos and maps in a simulated participatory "game," participants will consider the above questions and explore different future outcomes or scenarios. The participants will get a sense of how our communities, ongoing trends, and future outcomes are intrinsically linked, and how our plans and policies may influence these relationships. In the follow-up discussion, the participants will consider questions such as which areas are more likely to grow? Which areas should grow? How to encourage development in suitable areas (e.g., business districts), discourage development in unsuitable areas (e.g., environmentally sensitive lands), and how the different players may work together to attain a more desirable future.

Arnab Chakraborty is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and a Dean's Fellow in the College. He specializes in making plans and in evaluating their impact on cities.

 

Chekhov's Folly: Variations on A JOKE (two consecutive sessions)
Valleri Robinson

This workshop will introduce students to Chekhov's narrative strategies, characterization, use of irony, and playfulness through his short story, "A Joke." Students will analyze the story and John Guare's stage adaptation of the story. Using these pieces as a touchstone for creative expression, students will develop their own scenarios for performance variations on "A Joke."

Dr. Valleri Robinson is an Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies who teaches courses in theatrical adaptation, dramaturgy, and dramatic analysis. She has published works on teaching Chekhov, Chekhov in translation, and Chekhov in performance.

 

Copyright Camp
Sara Benson

Join Copyright Librarian Sara Benson for a fun and interactive discussion of how to legally protect your own work and how to ethically build upon the work of others. In this camp, you will eat s’mores, engage in group exercises, and have fun while learning about the contours of copyright in the digital age.

Sara Benson is the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois. Previously, she was a Lecturer of Law at the University of Illinois College of Law for ten years.

 

Composing with Computers (two consecutive sessions)
Sever Tipei

Participants will be introduced to the fields of Computer-assisted (Algorithmic) Composition and Sound Design and will create a short piece of music using DISSCO, software for composition and digital sound synthesis, developed at the Illinois Computer Music Project and Argonne National Laboratory.

Professor Tipei is a composer who teaches Computer Music and Musical Informatics.

 

delight
Suresh Sethi

One of the characteristics of modern society is its life under artificial light. What is light but an interaction, a multisensory interaction? It is cultural; it is emotion and sensation together. Emotions are memory, place, people, light, touch, and aroma all together. We are rooted in the continuity of time, and it is the task of the designer to facilitate this experience. Light is regarded as metaphor of truth. The new lighting should “penetrate the surfaces of popular tastes and values.” The new light should emerge from our memories, imaginations and dreams; it should re-sensitize architecture and invite sensory intimacy. The lighting designer today should sculpt stories with light and build a “new sensibility that can turn the relative immateriality and weightlessness of recent technological innovations into a positive experience of space, place, and meaning.”

Professor Suresh Sethi began his industrial design career as a designer in Philips, India in 1983, and his first project was designing lights. Since then Suresh has lived and worked in many countries, and he believes that it is the story and not the object alone through which we construct meaning. Stories capture the context, capture the emotions. Designs that evoke emotions make a delightful connection!

 

Descriptive Drawing
Steven Hudson

Participants will learn about and practice various approaches to observational drawing. We will work from authentic skull models as visual reference and draw with soft graphite on 18x24 sketch paper. Students will be instructed to make multiple quick studies following different paths of analysis. The specific goal of our drawing inquiry will be to practice drawing as a descriptive response to a specific analysis of the subject, not limited to an optical depiction of the subject. I will show examples and do demonstrations of the following drawing exercises: mark-making, blind contour drawing, cross contour drawing, planar drawing, and general structure. Students will make five or so drawings in response to these specific prompts and become aware of the potential of drawing as a descriptive language.

Steven Hudson is a professional artist and lecturer who teaches drawing for the School of Art and Design.

 

Design for the Nonhuman
Aaron Brakke and Stan Ruecker

Designing for the Nonhuman is a workshop that will engage students by asking them to evaluate the built environment from multiple perspectives. It is common that design problems are framed for a certain demographic and the requirements of a client are carefully considered, analyzed, and investigated before developing a solution. However, designers are rarely asked to lay on the ground, stand on a trash can, or climb a tree to gain insight into their client’s needs. Workshop participants will do all of the above as we try to understand how to provide the proper habitat for a small non-native creature on our campus. A little known historical fact is that University of Illinois President Andrew S. Draper and University Trustees entrusted Professor of Geology Charles W. Rolfe with $250.00 and the significant responsibility of enlivening our campus with squirrels. President Draper, a strong supporter of the mission of Land Grant Institutions, stated, “If successful, the influence upon University life, and upon the feelings of students, would be considerable, and students would carry that influence to all parts of the State.” While difficult to assess the direct impact of these creatures, the contributions of professors and students has been quite tremendous ever since. Despite the academic and intellectual prosperity, our furry friends have been neglected any recognition. Moreover, the 21st century ancestors of this species have been observed to be malnourished and feeding off trash. How might this be remedied? Workshop participants will be faced with this question and provided materials to help create a built environment that responds to the needs of a very important coinhabitant on our campus.

Aaron Brakke is an Assistant Professor in the Illinois School of Architecture and Founder and Principal of Whiteknee Architecture.

Stan Ruecker is currently the Anthony J. Petullo Professor in Graphic Design, as well as a member of the Design Research Fellows.

 

Design Thinking
David Weightman

This workshop will serve as an introduction to Design thinking, defined as “A human-centered approach to design and innovation which considers all aspects of the relationship between people and the products and services they encounter.” Whilst this may be similar to the kind of design you practice in your program in FAA, there are some significant differences which may be beneficial for you to consider. This workshop will also be a prototype for workshops and courses to be offered in the new Siebel Center for Design (SC4D), and we hope to have some students from other colleges in the university to spice up the mix for the team-based projects which will be the basis for the course.

David Weightman is a Professor in the Industrial Design program in School of Art + Design and one of the Faculty Fellows in SC4D.

Course not available for students majoring in Industrial Design.

 

Devising Theatre that Matters Now
Lisa Fay

Learn cutting edge devising techniques to create powerful theatre pieces that incorporate spoken word, movement and other media. We'll uncover ways to generate provocative new performance work relevant in this current social climate. Learn how contemporary, challenging political theatre work gets put together. Be ready to move and write and work with others.

Lisa Fay is a movement-based theatre artist whose works have been presented around the world, and here at the University of Illinois, she is the Ensemble Director for INNER VOICES Social Issues Theatre.

 

Digital Illustrating Made Easy
Stacey Robinson

Here I will explain in simplest terms my process for creating multi-layered, graphic novel illustrations. Starting from rough drawings to inking to shading to coloring. You can do this too, with technology most of us have access to in our pockets.

Graphic Novelist Stacey Robinson is an assistant professor in the School of Art + Design. His digital art examine Black culture and the Black body as a technology.

 

Discovering the Diverse Historical and Technological Legacies of America's Musical Past
Scott Schwartz

To commemorate Henry Fillmore’s contributions to America’s band movement and trombone repertoire, this special guided, hands-on tour of several of the Sousa Archives’ new exhibits and many historic music instruments will highlight the legacy of Henry Fillmore and the development of trombone technologies in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This tour will also provide students with an opportunity to play several of the Center for American Music’s unique instruments and listen to early sound recording technologies from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Scott Schwartz is the director of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. He is a professional musician, historian, educator, and archivist dedicated to the preservation of America's musical past.

 

Hip Hop Performance
Rudolf Haken

Hip Hop can be performed on all instruments and by anyone of any musical background. In this workshop professional instrumentalists, rappers, hip hop artists, and dancers from the University of Illinois Hip Hop Collective will work with participants to put on an impromptu hip hop performance. Participants should bring any musical instruments they play, or suitable clothes if they want to learn some hip hop dance. Aspiring rappers/vocalists welcome. Depending on background, instrumental participants will be provided audio instruction, tablature, or sight-readable sheet music. Open to participants at all skill levels; no prior hip hop experience or instrumental/vocal/dancing skills required.

Rudolf Haken, Viola Professor and Director of University of Illinois Hip Hop Collective.

 

How an upside down idea becomes a firm reality: Generating new work in art

Olga Maslova

Performing arts often push the creative envelope; but, how do you successfully produce original, unique, unconventional ideas in the field? In this workshop, Olga Maslova will talk about artistic drive to explore new angles of creating collaborative performing art, and the reinvention of the artistic persona. She will also touch up on practical aspects of looking for funding and creating artistic connections between emerging artists while describing her own ventures into uncharted territories of devise theatre, site-specific performances, fusion design and avant-garde opera. Among these, the performance of the opera Macbeth in the sweltering 90F weather in the 500 year-old ruins in Panama and the opera Golden Cockerel in NYC characterized as “Brighton Beach Russian nightclub meets Diaghilev on LSD in a dark alley”.

Olga Maslova is an assistant professor of costumes in the Department of Theatre, University of Illinois. She is a theatre designer, artist, and dramaturg. The focus of her research is on new frontiers of the performing art and creation of alternative types of theatre and opera. Olga is also a writer, and parts of her new futuristic opera Black Square will be performed at the University of Illinois in December 2017 and March 2018.

 

Introduction to the Alexander Technique: The Art of Using Ourselves (two consecutive sessions)
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Philip Johnston

As artists, we spend hours each day practicing and perfecting our work. But how much thought goes into how we use our bodies? The Alexander Technique, used worldwide for over 100 years, is a method that teaches you about your movement patterns and provides tools for enhancing coordination, efficiency of movement, skill, and poise. It’s a technique that lies underneath all other techniques, and it gives you a framework for understanding how to function at your best at tasks ranging from everyday activities to refined skills such as acting, dancing, playing an instrument, drawing, and working at a computer. In this workshop, you’ll learn some basic principles of the Alexander Technique through simple movement explorations, observing and collaborating with partners, and hands-on work from the instructors

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is a Professor of Dance and has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 27 years. She is the co-author of Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link. Philip Johnston trained in the Alexander Technique with Joan and Alexander Murray in Urbana. He teaches Alexander to actors and dancers at the University of Illinois, maintains a private Alexander practice in Urbana, and continues to teach internationally in Dublin and Belfast.

 

Leadership Games
Jan Erkert

Whether an actor, dancer, architect, musician, visual artist or city planner, creative people work together to make something happen. This workshop is for anyone who is interested in developing collaborative approaches to leadership in order to draw out the best ideas from a group. How do you provide forward direction for a community and at the same time develop collaborative processes that generate creative ideas? How do you motivate everyone to listen and participate and to move together toward the best solution? How do you break down hierarchical notions of leadership and empower a group to make informative, collective decisions?

For generations, artists have developed games, scores and/or methods to enhance collaboration and creative thinking. In this workshop, participants will work in small teams playing a highly structured game, in which they will create “something”….a dance, a story, a visual object, a garden design. Leadership roles will shift often as the group comes up with “something” complete with ideas about the audience, the purpose, and name/title. Workshop participants will pitch/or show their “something” to other participants by the end of the workshop.

Jan Erkert is Head of Dance at Illinois and currently writing a book titled Choreographing Leadership. Ms. Erkert has led numerous collaborative projects including building a sustainable dance studio with the School of Architecture.

 

Leading Creativity: Directing Live Performance in Theatre and Beyond
Tom Mitchell and J.W. Morrissette

This workshop will look closely at the processes of conceiving, planning, shaping, and presenting performances in the theatre. You will engage in mini-activities related to planning and shaping theatre performances that will apply to other art forms, creative projects, teaching, and presentations. You’ll learn a vocabulary and gain a framework for understanding and enhancing your creative leadership. The workshop will address best practices in generating ideas, how to work within collaborative teams, and ways to coordinate complex expressive elements.

Tom Mitchell and J.W/ Morrissette are both directors who have staged productions at Krannert Center and professionally. In the 2017–18 season, Morrissette will direct Assassins and Mitchell will direct All the King's Men and Hansel and Gretel.

 

Making a Great Impression While Talking About What You Do
Julie Rundell

Whether you are at a job interview or trying to explain to you Uncle Joe exactly what you are studying in college, it is important to make a great impression, while clearly and succinctly explaining what you do. In this interactive workshop, you will formulate an elevator pitch that will allow you to quickly market yourself, and you will learn simple steps to look and feel confident while doing so.

As the Assistant Director of Career Services in FAA, Julie strives to give students the skills, tools, and connections needed for success.

 

Not Your Typical Museum Tour
Anne Sautman

Experience Krannert Art Museum like you've never experienced an art museum before: no aimless wandering, no boring lectures, no passive looking. In this workshop, you will engage with the art. Along with your fellow students, you will debate, re-enact, and respond to the art on display. You will be encouraged to connect with art that is old and new as well as art from distant places and nearby. Through these interactions, you will also learn about several artists and cultures and examine how they relate to your own life and experiences.           

As director of education at Krannert Art Museum, Anne Sautman teaches ARTE 260, plans the museum's public programs, and works extensively with local schools. She enjoys making museums not so quiet.

 

The Old New Media: Discovering Printmaking
Emmy Lingscheit and Guen Montgomery

Learn how to turn your ideas into hand-printed art works, posters, and apparel. This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of printmaking, including its historical and contemporary role in visual culture, an overview of basic printing techniques, and a step-by-step presentation of the screen printing process. The workshop will culminate in a hands-on printing activity. Participants are invited to bring a white or light-colored T-shirt to the workshop, on which they will print a prepared two-color image. This printed shirt is theirs to keep.

Emmy Lingscheit is an assistant professor and visual artist who teaches printmaking and drawing in the School of Art + Design. Guen Montgomery is a multi-media artist with a background in printmaking.

 

Recovering from a Disaster
Robert Olshansky

After a large disaster, communities need to rebuild quickly. Planners face immediate challenges to maintain economic functions and provide for temporary housing. But, looking to the longer term, reconstructing the community presents opportunities for improvement—for disaster resilience, environmental sustainability, equity, economic reinvention, efficient infrastructure, or governance reforms. For this workshop, we will use a disaster scenario to explore the actions that planners, designers, and other community members can take both to effectively maintain continuity of community functions and to take maximum advantage of opportunities for future betterment.

Olshansky is an urban planning professor with experience researching community reconstruction after large disasters in the US and nearly a dozen other countries.

 

Scat! What’s that?
Sarah Wigley

Scat singing is vocal improvisation with nonsense words and syllables, combining improvised melodies, motifs and rhythmic patterns using the voice as an instrument. This 60-minute session will explore what to listen for in vocal improvisation, taking students through the basics of scat singing by finding melodic patterns, gibberish syllables, and stylistic variables associated with jazz music. Come play with vocal imitation, call and response, and freestyle improvisation to find each "bah-do-day-skiddle-bee-bop" with freedom, ease, and fun!

Sarah Wigley is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Voice for the Lyric Theatre department within the School of Music, specializing in contemporary voice technique. She instructs Lyric Theatre Studio, Singing in Musical Theatre, and private voice while frequently stage directing.

 

Songwriting with GarageBand
Julie Gunn and Michael Tilley

Songwriting is one of the most personal art forms and is found all over the world. Songs are traditionally accompanied by guitar or piano. In this workshop, students will develop the lyrics and music to their own songs using standard software. Working in pairs, they will come to understand the basic properties of good song lyrics and tunes, and how to develop accompaniments for them. The instructors will work with each pair to refine their ideas and ensure that the setting is suitable for their voices. Finally, they will perform their songs for the class and receive a recording of their work to take home.

Julie Gunn is the Director of Lyric Theatre @ Illinois and an Associate Professor in the School of Music. Michael Tilley is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Music and co-instructs the Lyric Theatre Studio.

 

Surreal Beasts and Exquisite Corpses
Melanie Emerson

Surrealism is an artistic and literary movements, which was founded in the 1920s in Paris. In many ways, it owes its foundation to earlier avant-garde practices, especially Dada. Surrealism was also influential to movements that followed in the 20th century. Artists such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Yves Tanguy, and others associated with Surrealism were interested in exploring the subconscious through experimentation in their writing and art. They often created otherworldly and strange creatures that took shape in their paintings, sculptures, and even book illustrations. Surrealist artists also frequently relied on games of chance to create their art, including Exquisite Corpse—a game in which artists and writers created drawings, collages, or writing in a collaborative manner, yet they were unaware of what the others had drawn or written. The game resulted in unexpected juxtapositions and unusual combinations of elements that were seen as one completed piece of art.

The Ricker Library has several books illustrated by Surrealists. These books will be shown and librarians will provide an overview of Surrealism, Dada, and other avant-garde books in the library's collection; then participants will have a chance to make their own exquisite corpse book filled with Surrealist inspired creatures.

Melanie Emerson is the Head of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art.

 

Sustainable Design Thinking
Bill Bullock and Joyce Thomas

Ever wonder why we have so much stuff only to throw most of it away prematurely? Ever wonder why you keep your old electronics (25+ gadgets on average) instead of recycling them? On the contrary, ever admire products that seem to last forever, and like old friends, become an indispensable a part of your life? This workshop underscores the importance of understanding the needs of the product user as a basis for creating better and more sustainable designs. The workshop involves three parts. First is an awareness exercise designed to sensitize you to the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of others (potential product users). Second is a team based design exercise where your team creates ideas for new and improved designs that solve a real design problem for a specific group of users. Lastly, teams sharing their new design ideas and reflect on lessons learned.

Snacks provided.

William Bullock is Chair of Industrial Design and directs the Product Innovation Research Laboratory (PIRL) linking education and design research in the classroom conducting product research and development studies for corporations.

 

Transformable Polyhedra
Sudarshan Krishnan

Transformable structures have geometries that can be changed from one configuration to another. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make transformable polyhedral shapes. To illustrate the general procedure, a truncated octahedron will be used as an example. The interconnected parts of the polyhedron can be folded and unfolded, thereby allowing the form to contract and expand into a variety of shapes. Call it a toy or a sculpture, there is a thrill in seeing static shapes come to life and breathe. The parts of the polyhedron will be made from templates etched on card stock paper. Scotch-tape will be used for connecting the pieces to form a truncated octahedron. Participants will get to take home their finished models.

Sudarshan Krishnan is an architect, structural engineer and Assistant Professor of Structures in the School of Architecture. His research focuses on lightweight structures and transformable architecture.

 

Truth and Lies of entrepreneurship in the arts
FAA Alumni Panel

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur in the arts? How do you start? What skills are most valuable? Come participate in a conversation with alumni who are active in their field and can speak to their firsthand experiences in the professional world today.

 

Your Art, Yourself
Thom Miller

In this workshop you’ll explore what makes you drawn to certain elements in the art you surround yourself with, but you’ll also explore those elements that you avoid and make you uncomfortable. By looking at the themes and ideas in the art you like and dislike, you can gain a greater understanding of the art you want to create. Although geared more towards writers, this workshop could prove beneficial to an artist in any field. A laptop, tablet, or smartphone that can connect to the internet will be beneficial for the workshop.

Thom Miller has an MFA in Playwriting and teaches for the Department of Theatre.

 

Water from Sand: Garden and Landscape in the Deserts of the Middle East
D. (Dede) Fairchild Ruggles

How can a desert produce gardens?  Where does the water come from and how was it managed historically so as to convert large areas of desert into productive agricultural land, leading to wealth and a flourishing culture in the Middle East. Key to the change were techniques for transporting and storing the precious resource, and then distributing it fairly and making a cost assessment (just like today’s water bill). While the discussion will not provide solutions to the present-day environmental crisis, it will explore how environmental challenges in the first millennium prompted ingenious solutions, perhaps offering hope for similar human ingenuity in our own future.

Professor Ruggles is fascinated by the landscape and architectural history of the Islamic world and has worked extensively in Spain and India. She has written 12 books on these subjects, made films, and this spring will present the annual Islamic art lecture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

 

What Does a Curator Do?
Allyson Purpura, Maureen Warren, Amy Powell, and Katie Koca Polite

We hear a lot about curating these days—chefs “curate” their menus, DJs their playlists. But what exactly is a curator, and what do they do in museums? How do you become a curator? In these two sessions, participants will learn how curators research and interpret artworks and engage with artists to create exhibitions that tell stories, provoke thought, create connections, and inspire new ways of seeing the world.

Session 1 will be held inside the gallery featuring a new exhibition, "World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean,” and will explore the many skills and challenges of making of a major international exhibition and its companion publication.

Session 2 will be held inside the museum’s print room and will be a hands-on focus on prints as complex works of visual, material, and historical research. In both sessions, you will discover how curators use art to cross disciplinary boundaries and contribute to debates on culture and politics that take us well beyond the walls of the museum.

Feel free to join one, or both!

Allyson Purpura is Curator of Global African Art and Senior Curator; Maureen Warren is Curator of European and America Art; Amy Powell is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; and Katie Koca Polite is Publications Specialist and Assistant Curator.