New Ways Registration

NEW WAYS is a dynamic collaboration between three Rockford nonprofits: Rockford Area Arts Council, United Way of Rock River Valley, and New Genres Art Space. Led by educators who hold various arts technology and education degrees, from internationally recognized universities, Fairgrounds Boys & Girls Club at 609 Kilburn Avenue and United Way’s Marie Avenue Strong Neighborhood Strong House will offer summer classes in animation, sound art, and 3-D printing.

The pioneering partnership between the Arts Council, News Genres, and United Way will afford its participants their first introduction to digital, time-based, socially-engaged, contemporary experimental art.

Week 1 June 21-24 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

3D Design and Printing

During the first week, students will learn about how to create 3-D abstract self-portraits in 3-D modeling software. These self-portraits will be then 3-D printed with filament made by dirt from Rockford produced by Milad Mozari at the University of Utah.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Steve Nofsigner, Rockford artist

Week 2 June 28-July 1 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Podcasting

Students will learn about the basics of podcasting, digital audio recording, journalism, and story telling with WNIJ report Yvonne Boose!

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Yvonne Boose, Reporter for WNIJ, NPR / Report for America

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Judd, Cofounder of NGAS

Week 3 Jul7 6-8 (T-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

New Media with featured visiting artist, Allen Moore!

Artist, curator and DJ Allen Moore is heavily involved in community engagement in the Chicagoland area where he inspires a call to activism through art and education. Moore wears many administrative hats in the art world, from co-curator at Comfort Station Logan Square to sound series curator at Experimental Sound Studio, facilitator / staff at ACRE Residency and meta-media mentor / educator at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Allen Moore, Artist, Curator, DJ from Chicago

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Judd, Cofounder of NGAS

Week 4 July 12-15 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Creative audio recording

Together with the instructor, Veronica Martinez, students will get to know their neighborhood through the community members’ stories collected during audio-walks.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Veronica Soria Martinez, Artist

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Judd, Cofounder of NGAS

Week 5 July 19-22 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Video

Explore video-making and storytelling with Pablo Korona, found of Our City, Our Story!

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Pablo Korona, Founder of Our City, Our Story

Week 6 July 26-29 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Animation

Explore animation through the exploration of language. Learn the basics of animation through the exploration of proverbs, idioms, and puns found throughout the language.

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Iga Puchalska, Cofounder of NGAS

Week 7 August 2-5 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Open Studio

This week the team will have open studio time for students to wrap up projects from previous weeks in preparation for a showcase!

Week 1 June 21-24 (M-Th)

Only offered at fairground boys & girls club location

Week 2 -4 June 28-July 1 (M-Th); July 6-8 (T-Th); July 12-15 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Group Pixelation Animation

Create a hands-on stop motion animation by developing props and storyline!

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Iga Puchalska, Cofounder of NGAS

INSTRUCTOR: Jason Judd

Week 5 July 19-22 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Video

Explore video making and editing with Kyle Owen

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Kyle Owen, film maker, teacher

Week 6 July 26-29 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3-D / virtual sculpting

Learn how to sculpt heads of monsters, people, and statues out of pixel instead of clay in the fun and easy class with Jason Judd!

LEAD INSTRUCTOR: Jason Judd, Cofounder of NGAS

Week 7 August 2-5 (M-Th) 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Open Studio

This week the team will have open studio time for students to wrap up projects from previous weeks in preparation for a showcase!

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