Graphics for the Commons: Collaborative Graphic Design for Movement Building

Western Colorado Center for the Arts - The Art Center

Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501

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What's Included

Whether on flyers, websites, or the street, graphics are a crucial element of any successful campaign. In this hands-on, participatory workshop, Emily will share strategies for educating and organizing with images. These art-based tools are useful for collective analysis and collaborative design, and also enable participants to build connections between activists who use words and those who speak in pictures. Students will take brainstorming to a new level through web mapping and drawing exercises that can be used with any group to generate relevant and strategic images. The format for this workshop originated with the Beehive Design Collective, a New England-based group of artists. The BDC has evolved a unique approach to “cross-pollinating the grassroots” by building campaigns around its graphics and using them to engage diverse audiences. Participants will be introduced to an array of tactics for collaborative image design. We’ll also explore methods for those who don’t feel comfortable drawing – like teaming up artists with organizers or using web based image research.

About This Organizer

The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions and the acquisition, care and display of a permanent art collection.


Inspiring educational classes and a commitment to providing access to art for all people have been at the heart of The Art Center's mission since for over 60 years. "Participatory," "experiential," and "artist-driven" are words that describe the variety of programming from traditional to contemporary offered year round. Everyone can take the creative plunge through educational activities that are free and open to the public or provided at low tuition rates thanks to generous donors and sponsors. You can even apply for one of our need-based scholarship. Everyone should be a part of this vibrant creative community, and now there is no reason not to pick up a brush, a dirty piece of charcoal or even throw a bowl on the potter's wheel. Welcome to The Art Center, where creativity is life altering.

There is a class request list if you do not find what you, your child or teen are looking for. The Art Center holds five class sessions every year in painting, drawing, bookmaking, photography, glass and much more. Our programs seek to inspire individuals of all ages to explore, develop and celebrate their creativity.


Organizer Info

  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts

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