Get your creative juices flowing at one of our many online art workshops.

Building on ten years of experience leading art camps in Guatemala with over 2,500 children and adults, the Athentikos team is now offering online workshop experiences. The live, interactive workshops are led by professional international artists encouraging personal growth through creativity. Take a single class or access all of them through the I AM ART Exchange Membership.

New online workshops are added each month.

Register for an upcoming live workshop below. By registering, you’ll receive the online link and be able to access a recording of the workshop. Single Workshop attendees can access the recording the week of the workshop; Exchange Members have access to all of the online workshops recordings. All workshops are great opportunities for kids 9+ years old and adults!

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CREATIVE JOURNALING

Five one-hour sessions with Amelia J. Moore

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OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER WORKSHOPS

Poetry & Pressed Foliage | Rhythm of Remembering

Lament, the Poetry of Truth Telling

WORKSHOP DETAILS & SCHEDULE

Poetry & Pressed Foliage | Rhythm of Remembering
Available in Exchange Library

Bekah Jane Pogue is the founder of Pasture Experience, where she offers a safe space to slow
down, listen, and experience intimacy with yourself, God, and fellow sojourners through
Spiritual Direction (in-person + virtually), Retreats, and Posies: Poems & Prayers. She lives in
Nashville, TN with her hubby, their two spunky boys, and their Goldendoodle, Mercy Moe!

Create a daily practice of remembering through poetry & pressed foliage! In this workshop, we’ll share about the value of offering our daily presence through reflecting, writing, and gathering nature elements. Consider one simple moment from the day where you experienced inspiration, growth, intimacy with the Divine, grief, or connection with humanity, and begin the healing rhythm of writing a poem and adding a memorable nature element to mark the beauty of the day.

  • Journal + pen + an reflective heart
  • Heavy books (dictionaries work great)
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Typewriter or Computer + cardstock paper
  • Thin flowers/ foliage
  • Glue
  • Frames/ Clipboards
Lament, The Poetry of Truth Telling
Available in Exchange Library

Joel Van Dyke has lived and served in Guatemala City since 2003. He is the founder of the Center for Transforming Mission Guatemala, serving as the Executive Director up until 2014. Currently Joel serves as the Director of Training Hub Formation for an Urban Training Collaborative (UTC) that exists as a strategic partnership between Street PsalmsResonate Global Mission and Leadership Foundations. The UTC is a dynamic global training collaborative linking cities with the vital task of equipping urban community leaders, organizations and churches who seek the social and spiritual renewal of cities.  Joel serves as a career missionary as a leadership developer with Resonate Global Mission.

Prior to moving to Central America, Joel pastored for 15 years in Philadelphia, co-founded the Philadelphia Project for Youth Ministry and served in urban ministries in Chicago including psychiatric care, counseling and church planting. Joel obtained a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Social Work, a M.Div. with concentration in Urban Mission from Westminster Theological Seminary and then a Doctorate of Ministry in Transformational Leadership for the Global City from the Bakke Graduate University. He is a published author; his most recent of which is entitled “Geography of Grace: Doing Theology from Below” which has several chapters dedicated to Lament as the poverty of truth-telling. Joel is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament with the Christian Reformed Church and an ordained and founding member of Street Psalms: A Community of the Incarnation. Joel was a key contact for Athentikos during its formative years, assisting in the production of the films and playing a role in launching the I AM ART project as well as serving several years on the Board.

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Shabrae is a trained expressive arts educator working in communities impacted by crisis.  Shabrae has extensive international experience working in grassroots development including community organizing, sports for development and children & youth leadership programs. She is co-founder of UMBRAL  a Mexican-based organization engaged in psychosocial trauma and healing work, currently exploring the intersection of the arts, sports, and peace-building with LudArtem. She also serves as the Director of Learning & Collaboration with Servant Partners, an international organization based in California but serving with teams in 15 cities around the world.  Shabrae co-edited the book, “Voices Rising: Women of Color Finding & Restoring Hope in the City” and currently lives in Mexico City.

This online workshop is a five week workshop that will meet on Thursdays at 11:00 AM – 12:30 AM EST and from 7:00 PM EST – 8:30 PM EST. We will explore the theme of Lament as the poetry of truth-telling through an interactive arts-based workshop encouraging artists and creatives to understand their prophetic voice in the current reality of our world and engage the mystery of how artistic expression awakens our hearts to God. Each session will have five components:

1) Teaching, Reflection & Discernment

2) Presentation by a visiting artist

3) Group Interaction With Fellow Creatives

4) Art-making with Various Basic Art Forms

5) Creative Prompts for “between session” Studio Time

 

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Click Here to View the Lament Art Gallery containing art curated from the participants of the class.

 

  •  Paper or Canvas or You Can Use the Ground
  •  Markers or Charcoal or Pastels or Colored Pencils
Watercolor Pet Portraits
Available in Exchange Library

Kathlyn has spent the last seven years living and serving as a missionary in Guatemala. Ever since she can remember she has enjoyed any form of art/creativity. Struggling with perfectionism in the arts always had her discouraged but as she matured into adulthood she found ink and watercolors to be mediums that challenged that perfectionism. They offered opportunity to let go and embrace the process of growth and personal acceptance. Both mediums are not as forgiving as others and therefore have pushed her to accept the outcome and be grateful for the journey. Kathlyn is also a talented photographer and enjoys capturing stories of people and cultures.

Over the course of this three 90-minute session workshop, participants will learn some basic sketching techniques to aid in the drawing of a puppy. They will also learn how to use watercolors to bring their sketches to life. This is geared toward beginners however those who are practiced artists will enjoy the opportunity to create fun furry friends as well!

String Art
Available in Exchange Library

Noé Chan is a physical therapist by profession who enjoys different types of artistic activities including charcoal drawing, hand crafts and string art. Since childhood he has learned to use threads in artistic ways creating different types of woven patterns from the region. Noé is native Guatemalan, originally from Chichicastenango, Guatemala; a place rich in art and culture.

During this course participants will learn how to create basic geometrical designs or abstract concepts using the technique of string art. String art is a technique that consists of a combination of colors and the weaving of string among nails. This art form helps aid in concentration, provides a relaxing activity for the artist as well as a fun way to create symmetrical and asymmetrical designs for the purpose of decorating. This is an art form for the enjoyment of men and women alike.

  • 1- 16.5” x 20” x 3/4” wood slab (plywood is ok too) with dark varnish
  • 1 – 12” x 12” x 3/4” wood slab with dark varnish
  • 1 dozen threads/string of different bright colors
  • 200 – 1” Nails
  • Hammer
  • Compass
  • Ruler
  • Printed worksheets (attachments in email sent prior to class)
  • Pencil
  • Pen
  • Old pen that doesn’t work
  • Scissors
Chalk Pastel Portraits
Available in the Exchange Library

Karinda deBoom is a high school art teacher at a private Christian high school in northwest Iowa. She has been teaching art for 18 years. Throughout her teaching career she has taught elementary through high school students in both public and private schools. Her love and passion for art also has her leading art programs at the local library and a Fine Arts Club at the Christian elementary school where she lives. Karinda has been on two IAA Camps with Athentikos, Magdalena and Opal House.

During this workshop participants will be learning the techniques to draw realistic portraits through the study of individual facial features. Proper proportion and placement of those features on the face will bring the portrait to completion. Finally, chalk pastels will be used to add color and life to the portraits.

  • Drawing paper/sketchbook
  • Drawing pencils & eraser
  • Mirror
  • Pictures of people, can be from magazines, online or personal
  • Chalk pastels
  • Fine line paint brush
  • Tissues
  • Q-tips
  • Damp cloth
  • Fixative spray
  • Cup
  • Water
Piñata & Basket Weaving
Available in Exchange Library

Laura is from a small town in Mississippi, but has lived in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and now currently resides in Minnesota. She spends her time teaching, creating, experimenting, and with her incredible family. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Nathan, and they have two awesome kiddos, Alice and Elijah. When not creating art or with her family, Laura enjoys naps, anime, anything Disney, video games, eating food that’s really bad for you, and daydreaming fantastic adventures that will never happen in real life. Laura has joyously been serving with Athentikos since 2015. Join this self- proclaimed weirdo today!

This fun workshop will have you making a pinata with paper-mache with a surprise twist! After creating individual pinatas, you’ll fill the pinata and of course hit and break it. Here’s the twist… you’ll then recycle the torn pieces into a beautful basket-weaving project! This workshop is a pre-recorded instructional workshop which is divided into 5 segments. Each segment is 5-10 minutes of instructions. Then you can lead your family through the project. We recommend not telling your kids about the twist so you can talk about their reactions to each segment. This is the perfect workshop to do for a week with your kiddos, so plan to spend about 30-60 minutes each day working on the projects. Take photos at each step and share them on social media! This project allows for you to talk about themes like identity, brokeness or sadness, recreating something beautiful from “trash” and confidence in our creation abilities! Enjoy!

  • Flour
  • Strips of Newsprint or Paper
  • Warm Water
  • Balloons
  • Tarps – Prep for a Mess!
  • Place to hang balloons to dry – rope, etc.
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Water Cup
  • Paper Towels
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Candy (to fill Piñata)
  • Packing Tape
  • Large Sewing Needle
  • Fishing Wire
  • Long stick or broom (to hit the Piñata)
  • Bags to collect candy and broken project
  • Hot Glue & Gun
  • Two Round identical pieces of cardboard
  • Pony tail holder or rubber band
  • Candy from Piñata
Sketching & Watercolor Animals
Available in Exchange Library

Kathlyn has spent the last seven years living and serving as a missionary in Guatemala. Ever since she can remember she has enjoyed any form of art/creativity. Struggling with perfectionism in the arts always had her discouraged but as she matured into adulthood she found ink and watercolors to be mediums that challenged that perfectionism. They offered opportunity to let go and embrace the process of growth and personal acceptance. Both mediums are not as forgiving as others and therefore have pushed her to accept the outcome and be grateful for the journey. Kathlyn is also a talented photographer and enjoys capturing stories of people and cultures.

Over the course of this two 90-minute session workshop, participants will learn some basic sketching techniques to aid in the drawing of cartoon and/or realistic animals. They will also learn how to use watercolors to bring their sketches to life. This is geared toward beginners however those who are practiced artists will enjoy the opportunity to create fun furry friends as well!

Origami and Illusions
Available in Exchange Library

Laura is from a small town in Mississippi, but has lived in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and now currently resides in Minnesota. She spends her time teaching, creating, experimenting, and with her incredible family. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Nathan, and they have two awesome kiddos, Alice and Elijah. When not creating art or with her family, Laura enjoys naps, anime, anything Disney, video games, eating food that’s really bad for you, and daydreaming fantastic adventures that will never happen in real life. Laura has joyously been serving with Athentikos since 2015. Join this self- proclaimed weirdo today!

This two 90-minute segment we will learn how to make several origami art: optical illusion, swan, butterfly, origami ball. Origami is folding paper in various ways which is calming and helps with focus. In addition to the folding, we will also color and learn some zentangle. This workshop is great for all ages. Smaller children make need some help following the folding instructions.

  • Paper: 3 pieces of 8×11 Card Stock (white or any color) If you have white, you’ll color it which is a lot of fun. You only need these three sheets, however … you can experiment with other paper like Origami paper, regular printer paper and post-it notes. Thinner paper is easier to fold, but you do need card stock for the Origami Balls. Additional paper will allow you to make multiples of the various pieces as well.
  • Markers or Sharpies – various colors
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue (optional)
  • Hole Puncher (optional)
Mindfulness & Creative Journaling
Available in Exchange Library

Amelia is a co-founder of Athentikos and a professional photographer. www.ameliajmoore.com Tina serves children and adults by teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in a FUN and meaningful way. https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/yogi/tina

Amelia Moore of Athentikos teams up with Tina Breede to bring you a unique approach to Creative Journaling by incorporating movement practices to inspire creative expression. During this weekly workshop they are teaming up to inspire a mindful journal response centered around simple stretching poses anyone can do. Each workshop will begin with simple stretches to get our mind and body open to creativity. Then we explore simple watercolor techniques, brushes for those techniques and the ink techniques of Line Patterns, Fun Zendoodle and Stippling to give you some great resources to express yourself and relieve stress!

Clay Modeling
Available in Exchange Library

Morena is a vibrant Guatemalan artist, graphic designer and enthusiastic of experimental art. She has been teaching model clay since 2016 at universities, kids events, and several exhibitions. Morena has published two beautiful children’s books. She likes to share the art of using modeling clay as a way of art for all ages and professions to engage in art and understand the power of creativity. Morena has been serving with Athentikos since 2019.

In this workshop we will learn different techniques to create new colors, textures, and characters using modeling clay, it would be a great chance to take your imagination to 3D. You’ll love interacting with the clay, creating details and beautiful shapes that express your own story. While clay is something all kids love, we encourage adults to join this hands on workshop as well.

Painting
Available in Exchange Library

Laura is from a small town in Mississippi, but has lived in Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and now currently resides in Minnesota. She spends her time teaching, creating, experimenting, and with her incredible family. She’s married to her wonderful husband, Nathan, and they have two awesome kiddos, Alice and Elijah. When not creating art or with her family, Laura enjoys naps, anime, anything Disney, video games, eating food that’s really bad for you, and daydreaming fantastic adventures that will never happen in real life. Laura has joyously been serving with Athentikos since 2015. Join this self- proclaimed weirdo today!

In this workshop we will discover how the simplicity of one meaningful color can become an incredible work of art through monochromatic painting. We will also experiment with light and dark themes around what it means in relation to our environment through choosing a spirit animal. Using unique acrylic painting methods, we can realize how even though we may be in the dark, we still shine as God’s masterpieces. I might not be Bob Ross, but I can walk you through this painting in a way that will make you proud of what you have created! Join me, your “hot mess host” as we paint our way to understanding more about being in the dark, and why it can sometimes be a good thing!

Printmaking
Available in Exchange Library

This workshop will be taught by Jennifer Galvin. She has a degree in art, with an emphasis in graphic design, but her current portfolio is primarily composed of pulp paintings. The pulp paintings are created out of recycled materials such as recycled jeans, t-shirts, mat board, and plant fiber. Jennifer loves to take what is being discarded, what other people consider trash, and turn it into something beautiful. She loves the hope that comes from making something new out of something that people see as used up—seeing beauty in the broken, hope where there is hopelessness. Recycling is very much a part of the art process for her. Jennifer Galvin is a member of: The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts and The International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). She has volunteered with Athentikos since 2016. You can find her art online at www.jennifergalvin.com.

Printmaking is an amazing media that is full of exciting possibilities. During this workshop, we will explore color and mixing inks. We’ll also explore several different types of printmaking, including block printing. We’ll make some beautiful prints and learn lots of techniques that you can use alone or add to your mixed media process and your creative journals! We will make a collagraph from cardboard that will feature our initials and focus on how we are all uniquely made. This technique uses a board with collage materials glued onto it to form a relief surface with a variety of textures. We will also explore some mixed media techniques which will symbolize how there is hope in the broken and how we are all uniquely made. This workshop will focus on printmaking, finding hope in our art and our world, and enjoying the art making process!

  • 10 brown bags flat bags for each student (6×9)  Other option: brown lunch bags (but the above bags are preferred) 
  •   Paper (just printer paper, various colors)
  •   Black Cardstock (optional)
  •   Paper Plates (or you can use a regular plate and wash it)
  •   Brayers (or you can use a large paintbrush)
  •   Water based printing ink (or acrylic paint if you don’t have ink, but it dries faster, so it might be harder to print), various colors (preferably Dick Blick)
  •   Cut pieces of Cardboard 8×10
  •   Other Cardboard 
  •   String
  •   Styrofoam Plates
  •   Paintbrushes
  •   Wooden spoon
  •   Foam printing material for block printing (either bought or very clean meat trays)
  •   Wax paper
  •   Tablecloths/drop cloths to protect floors or table
  •   glue sticks
  •   scissors
Lettering
Available in Exchange Library

Alejandra Barillas is a Guatemalan graphic designer. She is also a professor, lover of letters and of everything hand made. She has managed to merge her two passions, design and typography to be able to translate them into different products. She loves to teach and share what she has learned in these years of practice.

In this workshop we will learn the basic principles of lettering, with different styles, construction of letters, words and compositions. We will do it step by step so you can enjoy this fascinating world of letters. Little by little you will see how you develop the skill and how you will start making your own creations.

 

Paper Bead Making
Available in Exchange Library

Chrissy was born and raised in Virginia. She has always enjoyed being creative, challenged, and trying new forms of art. She was first introduced to paper bead making by her aunt when she was 8 years old. She started learning by using old magazines to create these beads. Since then, she has experimented using many types of paper – magazines, maps, construction paper, and cardstock – her personal favorite type of paper to use. She is a jewelry lover and this type of art marries two of her favorite things together – creativity and jewelry! She is very excited to get to share and teach this workshop with others so they too can enjoy making paper beads as well.

This is a fun 2-day workshop for people who want to learn the basics of making paper bead jewelry. In this workshop we’ll cover the process of making your own paper beads out of cardstock paper and then use the beads to make your own unique pieces. By the end of the workshop you will understand what tools, techniques, and materials are needed to make paper beads to turn into gorgeous pieces of jewelry.

  • 5 pieces of 12 x 12 inch cardstock paper (any colors you prefer)
  • White liquid glue (Elmer’s craft bond tacky glue is what I use)
  • Toothpicks
  • 8×10 inch painting canvas (optional) or a foam paper plate as your drying rack
  • Craft Paint Brush to glaze your beads
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Glaze (I use Triple Thick Gloss Glaze, but you can use mod podge or clear nail polish)
  • An Exacto Knife
  • Cutting board or self sealing cutting mat
  • Thin string for necklaces (If you want a necklace)
  • Stretch magic cord for bracelets (If you want a bracelet)
  • Sewing or beading needle
  • Seed beads (any color(s) you like)
  • 5/64 inch quiling tool or paper bead roller (optional)
Creative Journaling
Free Workshop

Amelia Moore has a formal background in art and graphic design, and from these creative fields, she discovered a love of photography in 2003. She’s now a full-time award-winning photographer working in events and portraits and has been featured in People Magazine, OK! Magazine and numerous websites. You can see examples of her work at ameliajmoore.com. Amelia and her husband, Scott founded the non-profit, Athentikos after the adoption of their two sons. They desired to invest in the beautiful country that gave them their sons and started doing what they knew best – through the transformative power of art. The Athentikos leadership team is now applying what they have learned through ten years of leading art workshops in Guatemala in these online art experiences!

During the workshop, you will learn basic art techniques to incorporate in your creative journal including simple self-portraits, various watercolor techniques, printing and collage making with found objects and pigments. Each day, you’ll include a personal response related to the daily theme including identity, struggles, and gratitude. Creative Journaling is expressing yourself through art rather than words. You do not need a lot of art experience because it’s about connecting your thoughts to the creative process. Creative Journaling helps clear your mind, relieve stress, meditate and have fun!

Most of the materials you can find around your house.

REGISTRATION OPTIONS

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FAQs

I am part of the I AM ART Exchange, do I need to register for the workshops?

Yes! Register for the workshops you plan to attend. We will send you daily workshop emails during the course.

What is the format of the workshops?

Each workshop is a live, interactive session offered at various times. Some workshops will be multiple days. Check the schedule above for specific details.

What materials will be required for the online workshops?

Each workshop leader will provide a specific materials list. We recommend that you register for a workshop at least a week prior for time to collect or purchase the materials. The intention of the workshop will give you skills and inspiration to continue art making after the workshop so the materials will be used well after the workshop! 

Who can participate in the online workshops?

All artists and aspiring artists can participate. Adults and children nine-years old and above are welcome to join! Yes, adults this is for you too!!

What if I can’t make the live workshop?

If you have the I AM ART Exchange Membership you can have access any workshop at your convenience. Single Workshop attendees will have access to the recording during the week of the workshop. 

When will you post the next set of Live Workshops?

The Workshop schedule will be announced at the end of each month. 

Can families participate in the online workshops together?

Yes! Join the monthly I AM ART Exchange or register for a single class for your family to participate. The sessions will be interactive and are open to children nine-years-old and above. We believe all participants will be inspired through a very meaningful shared experience. 

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