Theater Co-op in Slow Motion

March 27, 2014

This is a time-lapse video made by the Theatre co-op. The purpose of making this video was to concentrate on our movement. Because it’s a time-lapse video, the camera took a picture every two seconds, and then put them together in a film that was only about (x) seconds. We concentrated on each movement we made and anticipated the movements of each other without talking. We title our video “Battlefield!:Resurrection.” We do SLO-MO NINJA to gain the ability to anticipate each others actions non-verbally. In a similar way to improv, we didn’t completely plan the order and action in this video before doing it, so we were able to rely on each others actions and anticipate how the scene would progress forward.


Positive Vibes in Recording Arts Technology Co-op

March 18, 2014

Positive Vibes in Recording Arts Technology Co-op

The Recording Arts and Technology Co-op, also known as R.A.T, is where the beats are mixed and tracks are made. The students there create their own music—adding soundtracks, mixing vocals and sometimes just going a cappella. There are three studios in which they work, each blasting with their latest creation.
The positive vibe makes working with everyone easier and more fun. The Co-op also requires a lot of focus and dedication to your piece. It’s easy to get sidetracked, but a well worker knows that time is of the essence. Working on a song includes many parts—recording, adding music and professionalizing the sound, it’s hard to get everything done in a reasonable amount of time if you’re goofing off.
The R.A.T Co-op is unique just like all the others. They express themselves through music and collaborate with one another to constructively citizen each piece of work. Everyone works together to make sure another person’s art is done and done well. That is just one of the other things that make the R.A.T Co-op so special. Artwork’s Recording Arts and Technology Co-op is a job that mixes with pleasure.

Behind the Lens: Spring ArtWorks Photography

March 11, 2014

Hello, Photo ArtWorkians and their families! We hope you kept safe and warm during the (many) winter storms that have kept us all in.

IMG_0367Things at ArtWorks are heating up, even if the weather’s not. Shutters are clicking away and beautiful portraits are being taken. We are helping to make the Theatre Co-op portfolios show-ready by providing professional pictures for them to use for their future auditions. We were also able to take three fantastic field trips to the ICA, the Cleveland Print Room and Transformer Station. The Cleveland Print Room featured an exhibit on Vivian Maier, “Marry Poppins with a Camera”, who took over 100,000 pictures during her life time. We were also able to view a documentary about her life and saw a few of her photos on display. They were all very personal, as they exposed the people behind the city of Chicago. On February 13th, we were able to also go to the ICA, an organization that is dedicated to restoring damaged art. We saw an artist working on a mural that had been damaged by the weather. IMG_0392It almost looked like new! After that, we saw another exhibit on Hank Willis Thomas. He is a photographer that loves to stretch the boundaries of what a picture should be. All of his subjects are regularly put into various odd positions that make a statement. The show was very provocative, as we got to really examine how pictures influence culture. We now click away even more enthusiastically, as we are inspired by great photographers. Keep clicking ArtWorkians!

Art. Family. Success.

May 22, 2013

Family Mural at Marin

Augusto Bordelois is a Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio Professional Teaching Artist. He worked with the students at Luis Munoz Marin to create a mural that celebrates and honors the nationalities of all of the school’s students, encouraging them to embrace their heritage and support the rich diversity in their community.

Family Mural at Marin_5

First, the students all took surveys about their nationalities. Students then researched their national animal, flower, and bird. Initially, Augusto was going to incorporate all 3 items into the mural, but this school is so rich with diversity that he decided to take a little more of an abstract approach (see photos).


As mentioned in a previous post, murals can teach collaboration, teamwork and show students how important it is to maintain the discipline to start and finish a project with dedication. This particular mural not only involved the Marin students and their caregivers, it helped to beautify the school and will continually remind everyone that individuality should be celebrated.

Happy Earth Day!

April 22, 2013

Why celebrate Earth Day on just one day of the year? Incorporate the arts to celebrate our planet all year long.

Here’s how:

7 Mile Isle

7 Mile Isle

Engage a trio of musicians from the acclaimed 7 Miles Isle to perform a concert of music from instruments made entirely from recycled materials. Students will create music and learn that re-purposing items from a junkyard can help save the planet.

Hal Walker

Hal Walker

Invite Hal Walker to your school. Hal uses everyday materials to shape sound and experience how sound travels. Students experiment with making music out of just about anything, as they’re challenged to become scientists out of sound.
Recycled materials also benefit the world of visual arts.

Bring Wendy Mahon or Kristen Cliffel, for example,  to your school so students can utilize recycled materials to create stunning works of art. Create masks, ceramic pieces, and murals, made all the more beautiful due to the unique materials students use to create them.

Beautify your school with a mural!

Beautify your school with a mural!

And speaking of murals…students of all ages can work to design and create a mural to beautify any space!  The design and images for the mural may be based on whatever classroom connection you’d like to emphasize, and utilizing recycled materials from the community can help your mural become even more meaningful.

How do you celebrate Earth Day all year long? We’d love to hear from you!

Magna Studios—ArtWorks’ Animation Co-Op

April 16, 2013

Magna StudiosHere in Magna Studios, ArtWorks’ Animation Co-Op, we have made a traditional-to-digital transition. We started making hand-drawn storyboards, where each intern drew out a sequence of frames to create one scene without using words. These storyboards were the first step to any animation process. We put our storyboards in motion using flip books. We then used light boxes to trace frames and make small transitions between each frame. By taking a photo of each frame, uploading it to a computer and using Adobe After Effects to compile the images, our finished result was a scene in motion. We are currently working on collaboration with all the co-ops in ArtWorks to create a commercial for our Shoe Design Co-Op, Thunder 11.

There are many teams that bring a project to life, such as the art director, script writers, storyboard artists, animators and video producers. With Allison Dykes as the Art Director, she makes sure that all of her coworkers are responsible for certain roles and deliver in a timely manner. Script Writers Michelle Allen and Shakayla Core create the dialog and put select scenes in order. Terah McGowan and Gabby Calabrese, the Storyboard Artists, create the frames for certain scenes. These frames should flow smoothly enough for the Animators, Aristide Smith and Briana Barnes, to take the storyboards and transition them into motion graphics. Doneisha King and Marcus Billingsley are the Video Producers, who take the necessary video footage and composite the scenes together.

Magna Studios

Thunder 11 finally meets Magna Studios! Magna Studios, the Animation Co-Op of ArtWorks 2013 was tasked with creating a one minute advertisement for Thunder 11’s artistic sneakers. Fortunately, Magna Studios was not alone in their process. Recently, the Script Artists, Shakayla Core and Michelle Allen, and the Creative Director, Allison Dykes, of Magna Studios held open auditions for the voiceover position for the script they had created. The script was a one minute read of a compilation piece consisting of lines from every poet’s poem on a chosen shoe. The auditions were a success and two star voices were found, Gabrielle Calabrese (Animation) and Chukwuka Okoro (Recording Arts). Next, Magna Studios received the edgy beat for the ad created by the Recording Arts Co-Op. Now the Animation Co-Op is working on the actual animations, based off of the storyboards hand-drawn by each animator. The animation is supposed to reflect the idea or theme behind each shoe rather than the just the shoe itself. Although each shoe is completely different and follows a different theme, the overall idea revolves around Cleveland. The nine animators, Michelle Allen, Briana Barnes, Marcus Billingsley, Gabby Calabrese, Shakayla Core, Allison Dykes, Doneisha King, Terah McGraw and Aristide Smith, continue to work diligently.  Everyone anticipates the final outcome of the collaboration!

By Shakayla Core, Michelle Allen and Allison Dykes

Bring a Field Trip To You!

March 22, 2013

With ever increasing demands on a school’s schedule and budget, it may be harder for schools to find the time or funds to plan field trips. Even a “free admission” to an outside venue can be costly once you add in factors such as transportation and outside snacks.

Teaching Artist Jimmie Woody brings a novel to life in reader's theater.

Teaching Artist Jimmie Woody brings a novel to life in reader’s theater.

Let Young Audiences bring the field trip to you. Our 120 master teaching artists can engage your students in any and all art-forms, including programs that teach fitness, tie into physics, and promote healthy character development…just to name a few!

Avoid the hassle of getting transportation and finding parent volunteers to help coordinate the excursion.

Teaching Artist Wendy Mahon helping students brainstorm their visual art design.

Teaching Artist Wendy Mahon helping students brainstorm their visual art design.

Instead, students can stay in their own classrooms to work with professional teaching artists or they can meander on over to the gym to take part in an interactive assembly.

All of our programs can be customized to focus on whatever you are teaching in your classroom or community center.

The arts can help your kids dream even bigger by helping them know what’s out there. We’re here to help.

Email or call us at 216-561-5005 to get started.