Past Workshops

experimental cyanotype workshop with Kate Lain

Experimental Cyanotypes on Fabric and Paper - SOLD OUT!
Instructor: Kate Lain
April 18th, 2021 11-1:30pm PST and April 25th, 2021 11am-1pm PST
Meeting via live video

Cyanotype is a blue-and-white photographic process dating back to the 1840s. In this at-a-distance introductory workshop, we will explore creating cyanotypes on both paper and cotton fabric using sunlight, water, plant matter, and found objects. You’ll get a kit in the mail containing pre-treated paper and fabric, along with some other goodies, and artist Kate Lain will walk you through the process of exposing and developing cyanotypes via Zoom. The emphasis of the workshop will be on experimentation and playing with materials, rather than on precision.

found sound with Cheryl Leonard

Found Sound
Instructor: Cheryl Leonard
March 14th, 2021 1-4pm PST and March 21st, 2021 2-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Explore techniques for making and recording unusual sounds in this two-day workshop led by composer/instrument-builder/field recordist Cheryl E. Leonard. On Day One participants will learn about different types of microphones, and conventional and unconventional ways to use them. Next, we’ll experiment with producing sounds from natural and manmade found objects. Together we’ll investigate a range of playing techniques, use microphones to access sounds that are normally inaudible, and consider strategies for playing materials in situ and assembling objects into “instruments.” The day concludes with a discussion of field recording tips and techniques, and a Q&A session. Participants are encouraged to continue their sonic explorations between classes and return with something to share on Day Two. We’ll also have time then to discuss specific challenges, concerns, and eureka moments that participants encountered.

collage by Faith Arazi

Cut & Paste: Collage As a Means of Experimentation & Play
Instructor: Faith Arazi
Sunday, February 7, 2021
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Collage is a simple creative act that anyone can learn to do easily, and the possibilities it provides are endless! In this one-day workshop, led by Faith Arazi, participants will be introduced to a variety of tools, mediums and styles to discover and develop their own unique voice and aesthetic. Together we will: discuss various sources for finding materials; talk about design motifs and ideas in collage theory; approach digital, analog, and hybrid processes; determine applications outside the standard frame; and look at the integration of collage into different genres, including animation and found footage filmmaking; all while practicing our mantra — play, play, play!

phytogram

Back by popular demand!
Nontoxic Cameraless Filmmaking: Phytograms and Other Interventions
Instructor: Greta Snider
Sunday, December 6, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

There was so much interest in this workshop, that we are bringing it back! Filmmaker and educator Greta Snider, will lead us as we experiment with plants and other materials printed directly onto film, in a relatively uncomplicated, daylight process using nontoxic developer and fixer, 35mm film and re-usable gloves.

Eco Brew Workshop

Eco-Brew: Hand-Processing with Beer and Other Natural Materials
Instructors: Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo
Sunday, November 29, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

Why use toxic chemistry to develop your Super 8, 8mm, 16mm or 35mm film when you can get fantastic results with ingredients from your own garden and kitchen?

In this one-day workshop, led by Lisa Marr and Paolo Davanzo of Echo Park Film Center, participants will learn how to use beer, coffee, flowers and other organic materials to make their own eco-friendly developers for photographic and motion-picture film. A companion workshop to Kitchen Pot Alchemy: Beer-making for Filmmakers, this workshop includes a brief discussion on the history and chemistry of eco-processing, helpful hints for setting up a processing lab at home, and step-by-step instructions on your own tasty organic cinematic brews. DIY Echo Eco textbook included!

kitchen pot alchemy

Kitchen Pot Alchemy: Beer-making for Filmmakers
Instructor: Gilbert Guerrero
Saturday, November 21, 2020
1-4pm PST
Meeting via live video

In this one-day workshop, led by Shapeshifters Co-director and owner of Temescal Homebrewing Gilbert Guerrero, participants will learn how to brew a one-gallon batch of beer using simple ingredients and equipment found in their own kitchens. This workshop includes a brief discussion on the history and chemistry of beer brewing and step-by-step instructions on mashing, sparging, boiling, cooling, and pitching the yeast to make your own beer. The end product will be a seasonal beer that can either be consumed or used as an alternative film processing solution (in a second workshop: Eco-Brew, see below!).

phytogram by Greta Snider

Nontoxic Cameraless Filmmaking: Phytograms and Other Interventions
Instructor: Greta Snider
Sunday, October 25, 2020
1:00-4:00pm
Meeting via live video

In this workshop led by filmmaker and educator Greta Snider, we will experiment with plants and other materials printed directly onto film, in a relatively uncomplicated, daylight process using nontoxic developer and fixer, 35mm film and re-usable gloves.

Cato postcards

Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour with Kristin Cato
Saturday, October 3, 2020
4:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join us for our second Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour led by artist and activist Kristin Cato where we will learn a bit about the history of mail art, then apply some aesthetic efforts toward swinging and swaying voters with our own collective action!

still by Ellie Vanderlip

Virtual Material Cinema Happy Hour with Ellie Vanderlip
Saturday, September 26, 2020
3:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join filmmaker Ellie Vanderlip and Shapeshifters Cinema for a Virtual Material Cinema Happy Hour! This 3-hour workshop will cover a plethora of techniques for physically manipulating 16mm film, from bleaching to scratch animation. Attendees will be provided with a small packet of special tools and 16mm found footage clippings to play with.

Cato postcards

Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour with Kristin Cato
Saturday, August 22, 2020
4:00-6:00pm
Meeting via live video

Join us for the Art + Action Postcard Writing Happy Hour led by artist and activist Kristin Cato where we will learn a bit about the history of mail art, then apply some aesthetic efforts toward swinging and swaying voters with our own collective action!


Hallucinations

Experimental Animation Workshop with Lydia Greer
August 1, 2 & 29, 2020
1:00-3:30pm, each day
Meeting via live video

This 2-day on-line workshop (with an optional 3rd day), led by experimental animator and educator Lydia Greer, is an introductory overview of experimental animation, including the history, methods, and techniques used by artists working with non-linear and experimental animation methods. Resources will be provided so that you can get started on your own research and inquiry.