SHOP CLASS: It's about how


PAST CLASSES

2012 CLASSES

09.13.12 SESSION 1 - SHOP CLASS: NO STRINGS ATTACHED featuring HEIDI RUGG
headshot We have many fond childhood memories of Muppets, Sesame Street, and the like, but there’s a world of puppet artistry that goes well beyond Bert and Ernie. Explore this secret world of puppetry in this evening with puppeteer and puppet-builder Heidi Rugg, founder and director of Richmond-based touring company Barefoot Puppet Theatre.Using masking tape, cardboard tubes, newspaper, rope, and other easily-obtained materials, we’ll work together to create forms and develop short, movement-based vignettes. Can tape and cardboard tubes be transformed to convey powerful emotions? Can we go beyond words and dialogue to express meaning? Can we really transcend space and time in a mere two hours? Let’s explore!Your task: Be willing to venture off the beaten path and take a detour down the Rabbit Hole… Bring your sense of humor and your sense of adventure!

September 13, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Marvin Lang Building, 1623 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
>>Directions

headshot
09.27.12 SESSION 2
SHOP CLASS: INKING RVA featuring Ashley Hawkins and Studio Two Three
headshot You know Studio Two Three as the printmaking workspace for #RVA artists looking to make awesome prints and collaborate with other amazing talent. Though perhaps you don’t know Studio 23 at all, in which case you should visit their website and learn more about their awesomeness. And suddenly you’ve got a little bit of knowledge (read: dangerous).Join S23 executive director Ashley Hawkins and the Studio Two Three crew for an evening of collaborative printmaking.Our second Shop Class event of the season happens off-site at Studio Two Three’s West Main Street hub. We’ll learn a bit about Studio Two Three, a lot about the art of printmaking and combine our collective genius in some facilitated design and printing.Your task: Bring energy and ideas. Also, one piece of paper that is weighted with character. Really, just a solid scrap of paper will do. Everyone leaves with something artsy and cool.

September 27, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
**PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS HELD AT STUDIO TWO THREE**
>>Directions

***THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT***
Email info@shopclassrva.com to be added to the waiting list.
 headshot
10.11.12 SESSION 3
SHOP CLASS: CROWDSOURCING KINDNESS featuring Patience Salgado
headshot Ding Dong Ditch. Guerilla Goodness. Pennies in Protest. The Magic Wand Project. If there’s an outlandishly simple way to put a smile on a face and make a point about the power of good will, it’s highly likely you’ll find a kindness worker at the heart of it.Patience Salgado, aka Kindness Girl, is #RVA’s conscience and a buoyant reminder that no good deed is ever really unappreciated.Patience is a big fan of random (and deliberate) acts of kindness, and she triggers them around town and around the globe. She’s like a virus of love.Patience and her ever-growing cohort of positive energy have no shortage of good ideas for changing the world, or a neighborhood. But we started to wonder what it would look like if 40 random, loosely connected people collaborated to create a uniquely Richmond act of kindness. And then invested some time and heart into making it real and big.Your task: Think about a community (geographic, social, cultural, esoteric, whatever) in Richmond that deserves a little laughter and joy. Be open to the possibility that there are many communities like this. Come prepared to leave with an assignment that will fill your emotional piggy bank with shiny new metaphorical pennies.

October 11, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Marvin Lang Building, 1623 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
>>Directions

 headshot
11.01.12 SESSION 4
SHOP CLASS: IRON CHEF MEETS WEST BY GOD VIRGINIA featuring Kendra Bailey Morris
headshot We’re going to take a little bit country and sauté it with a little bit locavore for a bit of a redux on one of our most popular Shop Class ideas. It’s simple: We find someone in #RVA who has an amazing love of and talent for good food, and we throw them together with you, 39 other people and 40 random, local food items (fruits, vegetables, cheese, dry goods, whatev).Kendra Bailey Morris takes cooking seriously, but with a splash of her native West Virginia’s casual disregard for anything that’s too fancy. We caught her midway through the writing (and testing and tasting) of her second down home cookbook, and are eager to put her tired talents to the test. Using whatever you bring to the table, Kendra’s going to entertain and educate us even as she figures out how to cook us some good eats. You won’t leave this Shop Class hungry. We promise.Your task: We want this to be a vegetarian-friendly (and botulism-free) evening, but be warned – Kendra has a proclivity for lard, bacon drippings and things they call “flavor” in her native West Virginia. That said, we’d like you to bring at least one local fruit, vegetable, spice, liqueur or other non-meat/seafood/prepared food item. Au natural, my friends. Be prepared to tell us all a brief, but amazing, story about why you brought this particular item with you. Your offbeat questions about cooking, or West Virginia, are also welcome.

November 1, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Marvin Lang Building, 1623 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
>>Directions

 ***THIS SESSION IS SOLD OUT***
Email info@shopclassrva.com to be added to the waiting list.
11.29.12 SESSION 5
SHOP CLASS: THINK WRONG featuring Marc O’Brien
headshot The human brain tends to think along pre-determined linear thought pathways, which can inhibit true innovation and creative exploration. ‘Thinking wrong’ is about breaking those biases and synaptic pathways to generate a lot of potential solutions before you select and execute one.Futuredeveloped ‘How to Think Wrong’ for those interested in exploring unique methods in creative problem solving. Our creative-minded audience will be exposed to techniques for breaking out of their comfort zone and embrace randomness, chance, and wrong answers to come up with unexpected ideas.Marc O’Brien is a social designer, nomad, optimist, cyclist, and VCU Alum. As part of Future and Project M, he uses his design background to generate and execute projects for the greater good. Along with social entrepreneurship, teaching, and creative collaboration, he facilitates Think Wrong workshops around the world with fellow designers, students, and other engaged individuals. He helps demonstrate different approaches by seeking and solving the new and existing challenges of today.Your task: Bring an open mind and a desire to make something good happen in RVA. With a broad subject provided as a guideline, attendees will be tasked to produce a completed project following class. The goal for the workshop is to address a problem or issue and come up with a product/campaign based on those unexpected ideas. How will you think wrong to do right?

November 29, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 PM
The Marvin Lang Building, 1623 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220
>>Directions

2 Responses to PAST CLASSES
  1. [...] 09.13.12 SESSION 1 – SHOP CLASS: NO STRINGS ATTACHED featuring Heidi Rugg >> LEARN MORE AND ... rvasuperweek.org/shop-class
  2. [...] You can view the 2012 schedule here. [...]... blog.needsupply.com/2012/08/31/shop-class

POST-EVENT SOCIAL
Each SHOP CLASS session will be held from 6:00 until 8:00, but participants are encouraged to migrate next door to The Camel afterwards to continue socializing.