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!

Sample a workshop for FREE!

CREATIVE JOURNALING

Five one-hour sessions with Amelia J. Moore

Register for a free workshop.

UPCOMING LIVE WORKSHOPS

Thresholds

Thresholds with Shabrae Jackson, Vivian Nix-Early, and Mylinda Bates

This workshop will be September 23, 30 & October 7 at 6:00 PM CDT

The threshold represents those places we come to that lie between the life we have known and the life ahead of us. It is often defined by transience, thus pausing to reflect and create at the threshold helps us name what we’re leaving behind and choose how we will live into the unknowns awaiting us. Our stories and backgrounds that we bring can be represented through color, lines, movement, rhythms, and sounds – helping us to layer and name our present hurts, wounds, unfulfilled wishes, surprises and future hopes.
 
 
Whether you are on a personal threshold – a change in roles or relationship, an awakening to new realities around you– or the shared thresholds we are all crossing as a global community, it is something to be named and honored, a first step that helps us to move towards wholeness.  In this 3-week workshop we will explore the arts as a resource in moments of Threshold.  This facilitated process will move us metaphorically through and past thresholds allowing us to focus on the future.

BASIC MATERIALS:

Please note that if there is something on this list that you cannot access, please feel free to bring an alternative resource or material of your choice.  Whatever you have is enough for creative exploration and we will gladly receive it and work together with you.

    • The art component will be appropriate for any level of experience. 
      • A few sheets of plain white paper
      • 12 x 16 watercolor pad 
      • Watercolor paints (tubes, pans or liquid) or water based markers
      • Paint brush
      • Container for water
      • Charcoal or black markers
      • Tissue Paper (a variety of colors or what you have on hand)
      • Scissors
      • Masking Tape
      • Glue
      • String

Register for Thresholds for Free

RECORDED WORKSHOPS IN OUR LIBRARY
Available as a single purchase or with the Athentikos Exchange Membership 

Thresholds

Shabrae Jackson, MA, is an expressive-arts facilitator that enjoys creating spaces for communities to engage in peacebuilding and healing.  She is co-founder of UMBRAL offering arts-based psychosocial interventions in Mexico City and at the border with migrants & refugees and Collective Tapestry, a space that explores the intersection of the arts, play and transformation.  She enjoys reading good books, and connecting with friends over food and conversation.

Dr. Vivian Nix-Early has over 40 years of experience as a clinical psychologist, educator, and board certified creative arts therapist.  In 1998, she co-founded BuildaBridge International, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that engages the transformative power of art-making to bring hope, healing and resilience to children and communities around the world in greatest need.

Rev. Mylinda Baits, PhD(c) is lingering in online liminal spaces as she waits to resume international travel as a Global Consultant for Training with the Restorative Arts with International Ministries. Between research, writing and Zoom workshops, she enjoys playing with paints, poetry, Pickleball and her pup Pinto. 

The threshold represents those places we come to that lie between the life we have known and the life ahead of us. It is often defined by transience, thus pausing to reflect and create at the threshold helps us name what we’re leaving behind and choose how we will live into the unknowns awaiting us. Our stories and backgrounds that we bring can be represented through color, lines, movement, rhythms, and sounds – helping us to layer and name our present hurts, wounds, unfulfilled wishes, surprises and future hopes.
Whether you are on a personal threshold – a change in roles or relationship, an awakening to new realities around you– or the shared thresholds we are all crossing as a global community, it is something to be named and honored, a first step that helps us to move towards wholeness.   In this 3-week workshop we will explore the arts as a resource in moments of Threshold.  This facilitated process will move us metaphorically through and past thresholds allowing us to focus on the future.

 

Art Modalities for the workshop

  • Rhythm
  • Music
  • Poetry and Prose
  • Body-based Movement
  • Symbolic imagery
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpting

Please note that if there is something on this list that you cannot access, please feel free to bring an alternative resource or material of your choice.  Whatever you have is enough for creative exploration and we will gladly receive it and work together with you.

    • The art component will be appropriate for any level of experience.
      • A few sheets of plain white paper
      • 12 x 16 watercolor pad
      • Watercolor paints (tubes, pans or liquid) or water based markers
      • Paint brush
      • Container for water
      • Charcoal or black markers
      • Tissue Paper (a variety of colors or what you have on hand)
      • Scissors
      • Masking Tape
      • Glue
      • String
Macrame

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.

Macramé is a type of art that uses different types of knots and braids using threads or ropes of different materials and sizes, with decorative purposes especially in interiors.  In this macramé workshop you will learn to manually make some basic knots and braids that exist, likewise, it will be explained step by step and with the easiest techniques to learn and at the end you will make a project where you will combine the different knots and braids that you learned, with these techniques you can create and customize your macramé.

  • One square stick (2 ft. -0.5×0.5 in. or round 2 ft. -0.75 in. in diameter).
  • 2 rolls of macrame yarn (240 yards, 4 or 5 mm diameter)
    • It can be any other type of thread but it must be 4 or 5 mm in diameter.
  • A Tape Measure
  •  A Ruler
  • Pencil and Permanent Marker.
Easter Lunch Baking

Blair and Michael are a married pair of “makers” – constantly refinishing furniture, making podcasts, building surfboards, and handpainting wallpaper. They got engaged at the end of their first Athentikos trip together in 2018 and were married shortly after. Since then, Blair has been teaching Michael the art of dessert decorating while Michael has introduced Blair to the cooking techniques of his Argentinian ancestors.

Learn how to turn your own homemade french bread into a delicious baked argentine lunch dish, followed by homemade cake turned cake balls, decorated for Easter with fondant techniques.

You can view the recipe and equipment list by clicking here!

Digital Art Month - April 2021

Mario Delgado is a film director, a 3D animator and visual effects artist with more than 10 years of experience in the film and entertainment industry. He is the founder of the international film and VFX studio called “Phoenix Films Pictures.” Mario’s experience includes working at Studio C Guatemala (Guatemalan creative studio responsible of VFX for films such as: The Chronicles of Narnia, Fast & Furious 3, The Chronicles of Riddick, etc.), as the assistant of the creative director and lead digital animator for Carlos Arguello. Arguello known for having worked for over 30 years in the Hollywood industry. Mario has also worked on a variety of  local and international projects with Punk Riot Productions, Twenty-four Productions, Yellow Star Studios, and many others.  Many of his projects can be seen on HBO, HBO GO for streaming and film festivals around the world. 

Shelby Murphy is a four year lifestyle photographer. Originally sparking an interest in visual arts early on, she later took up photography as a hobby. Shelby slowly developed a small business that specializes serving families, individuals & groups locally & internationally. She is currently living in Guatemala serving alongside other creatives for storytelling with ministries & nonprofits while attending full time Spanish school.

Morena Tereco is an illustrator and lover of experimental art; she has dedicated her life to observation and the search for beauty in all possible techniques of expression, Guatemalan, curious and determined to never stop learning. Morena also teaches the Clay Modeling Workshop found in the Athentikos Exchange Library.

During the month of April, we will be offering a three week workshop that explores all different types of digital art!  These classes include Photography, Digital Illustration, and Stop Motion!

This workshop is in our Artist Demonstration series and does not require any materials to join.  You will be inspired as you watch these professional artists create. However, if you have a camera, access to photoshop, or have modeling clay; all of these will be used by the artists and you may desire to apply their creative techniques in your own art making journey.

The Out of My Mind Journaling Workshop

Rachel Mercedes Beihl is the founder of Life Beyond the Vines – a healing community to help others grow through oppressive narratives. Her purpose for this platform was driven by her close connection to mental illness and social inequality. “There was a time when I would allow these labels to define me but in learning to challenge my system of beliefs, I’ve reconstructed the story of my life- a story that’s much more empowering and effective.” Rachel serves as an Intern Therapist in Nashville and will graduate with her M.A. in Mental Health and Wellness Counseling from NYU this May of 2021. She intends to continue building Life Beyond the Vines after she graduates and hopes to continue serving as a social agent of change.

The Out of My Mind (OOMM) workshop will help you take the first steps towards intentional healing – the active process of exploring one’s internal state for the purpose of deepening their awareness of self and others. The workshop will teach you how to create a space for healing, find your creative flow, and learn how to identify where your feelings come from. The goal is to help you find what works best for you! Expressing emotions is not always easy. This workshop will support your journey in getting your thoughts out of your mind and learning to work through them.

Download The OOMM workbook here:

Workbook Link

Examples of what pages to print will be uploaded below. If one cannot print, materials needed will be either blank sheets of paper or a journal, something to write with, and color pencils, crayons, or markers.

Leather Painting

Cristha Fuentes is a footwear designer in Guatemala. She started in the world of leather at the age of 13, entering as an apprentice to a local artisan where she gradually learned to work in leather and footwear. 

She studied fashion design and industrial design at the university and currently has her own brand of handcrafted footwear in Guatemala City.

In this workshop we will learn how to make a simple, seamless, but very useful leather product: a case for your sunglasses.  

We will also talk a bit about the basics of working in leather, we will have a demonstration of a painting on leather and then everyone will be able to create their own piece!

  • 2 feet of thin leather (no more than 5mm thick) in the color you like best
  • If you want to add contrast to your product you can add 1 foot of leather in a different color.
  • Knife 
  • Thick cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Super glue LOCTITE brand (We will use this one because it is the one that sticks better to leather) 
  • Small round-tipped brushes (in all sizes you can get) 

     

  • Normal acrylic paint 
  • Optional: Clear lacquer
  • Optional: If you have a domestic sewing machine we can add details with the machine to reinforce the piece. 
Vision Boarding

Tina Breede serves children and adults by teaching yoga, mindfulness, and meditation in a FUN and meaningful way.

February 25 and March 4 from 6:00 PM CST – 7:30 PM CST

The past year has been a year of unexpected fear, trauma, challenges, anxiety, shifting, connection, slowing down, grief, sorting through, creativity, innovation, and possibly even, numbness, confusion, and just plain feeling stuck. As we approach the one-year mark of the initial quarantine of 2020, you’re invited to start bravely taking a look back to consider what you’re ready to let go of and what you’d like to hold on to.

Vision boards can be used to connect with our intuition to identify what sparks and speaks to us. Using visual prompts, they can remind us of what fills us with joy and what we intend to cultivate. Vision boards are reminders of where we’d like our attention to focus.

Our workshop will begin with a centering exercise followed by gentle movement to clear the mind and release tension from the body before we sift through our visual prompts to narrow down what we desire most in our lives.

This workshop is a two 90-minute segments.

Ideal for ages 11 and up.

  • 14×22 Poster board (I just cut ½ of a full-sized poster board from my stash)
  • Multiple magazines (lifestyle, faith-based, sports, special interest)
  • Scissors, pencil, glue, Sharpies, embellishments (optional)
  • Scrap paper for notes
  • Mat or towel to use for centering/stretching
Paper Making

Jennifer Galvin 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. Find her on instagram here. https://www.instagram.com/wildoaksstudio/

Thursday, January 21 & 28
6:00-7:30 CST/ 7:00-8:30 EST

This workshop will focus on the artistic process of papermaking and include basic instructions on how to create your own paper. During the bulk of this workshop, Jen will demonstrate her process of creating paper and pulp paintings from recycled materials. She will then give instruction on creating your own paper. You can follow along or continue to watch to be inspired to use recycled art in your own creation process. During the second workshop, the participants will then share their creations and process.

BASIC MATERIALS

  • A blender
  • A “splatter screen”
  • A wash pan or something to put the pulp in (big enough to dip your splatter screen in)
  • parchment paper, or acrylic/formica to dry paper on
  • a sponge
  • a towel
  • A cookie cutter and some craft foam sheets to play around with
  • Optional: flower petals, glitter, etc.
  • Optional: additional recycled materials
Poetry & Pressed Foliage | Rhythm of Remembering

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

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

 

Click Here for Class Resources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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