ArtWorks Week 2: Game Design Co-Op

July 18, 2013

*Post by Team What Lies Ahead: Kyle Jordan, Andrew Tabanji, Ashley Phillips-Watts, Keisha Berkley and Terrell Osborn

20130621_154644 In the second week we began to take action in creating our games. We learned how to use multiple computer programs, such as Blender, Photoshop, Unity and Illustrator.  Blender is a 3D Modeling program. Photoshop is a photo-editing software that we found came to good use for us. 20130620_101711 Unity is a program that is used to create 3D Terrain, used for level design. Illustrator is a program that creates images using vector art.  Basically what Unity does is help to design levels for your game. You go through a process of picking your terrain texture and deciding whether or not you want mountains or a flat surface. If you want to build models you can use cinema 4D or Blender, which are basic modeling software used to create, build and edit objects. When models are done you simply import into unity to put level together.  Then we came up with the ideas for our game and presented them in brief presentations 20130703_132738 called pitches. Afterwards we set out to create our own games.


ArtWorks Week 1: Game Design Co-Op

July 18, 2013

*Post written by Team Elemental: Darius Daniels, Che Thrash, Brianna Cotton, and Alexis Simuel

During the first week of this program, we created outdoor social games and board games in order to introduce us to the process of game making. We were given time to brainstorm and present our games, and we played our games. The next day, we began to create our board games. We utilized the strategies and critiques that we received on our outdoor games to make our board games entertaining, 20130621_113812 challenging, and all together engaging games that incorporated obstacles, strategy, and chance. We also played one another’s board games to obtain feedback and to further improve them. Both of these activities were meant to prepare us to create our digital games. These exercises taught us the basic components of a digital game, which are rules, goals, and environment. Next, we voted on the types of games that we wanted to create by each of us pitching ideas of our ideal game. We chose the top three and divided into groups, and began the process of learning the programs necessary for our final game.

OhSnap Theater Group: ArtWorks Theater Co-op 2013

July 5, 2013

* Post written and photographs taken by the 2013 ArtWorks Theatre Co-op:  Aaron, Andre, Bryan, Ian, Jazmin, Naija, Rosalyn, Sharia, Sydney and Toi.

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio’s ArtWorks Theatre Co-Op, AKA OhSnap Theatre Group, shares about some of their recent professional enrichment activities…on and off-campus.

Theater Apprentices_1Tri-C Light Tour

In the initial week of our program we had the privilege to have a very inclusive tour of the Tri-C theaters. Josh, a theater technician at Tri-C, graciously took time out of his day to give our co-op a very informative tour, which included visits to the control room, the ropes, the black box and thrust theater, prop workshop, and dressing rooms. The tour taught us as a co-op some of the other aspects of theatre… other than being on stage and taking on the part of an actor.

Theater ApprenticesTalespinner & CPT

Our co-op was clearly in full swing in the first week because on the third day we went on our first excursion and went out into the field, traveling to the Talespinner Children’s Theatre. Before walking over to Talespinner, we were given a tour of Cleveland Public Theater and learned much of the history behind it. After leaving the Cleveland Public Theater we walked to Talespinner where we were given jobs “in front of house” which are the duties of the people outside of the auditorium: box office, greeters, ushers, etc.  After completing our duties in front of house we were then allowed to watch the current play, The Emperor’s Ears, which was a very interactive adaptation of a Serbian folktale. This was a learning experience because we were able to see yet another perspective of theatre and because of our talk with the actors in a more intimate environment.

IMG_0225Playhouse Square and Ideastream

In our second week of operations we were once again geared up for another excursion. We, along with the recording arts co-op, were given a tour of all of the theaters in Playhouse Square: State, Ohio, Allen, and Palace theatre. We were given great historical context about the theaters. After the tour of the theaters we returned to the Idea Center where we began and had the privilege of watching a live broadcast of a news show. We heard from a great band, heard about the food scene in cleveland, and saw some new technological advances, including a 3D printer and a small Quad copter. This was a very interesting and unique experience that was rich in information.

A Week in the Life: Recording Arts Co-Op

July 2, 2013

*Post written and photographs taken by Samantha Boggs, ArtWorks Summer 2013 apprentice

Last week in ArtWorks‘ Recording Arts Co-Op, we did a number of exciting things. All of the apprentices in the program got to attend the Cleveland Arts Prize! This was an honor for the apprentices because the Arts Prize is a very big event. “The Cleveland Arts Prize was awesome because it was such a unique experience,” says Paul Coulter. “We saw many different kinds of artists. It was really cool.”

Recording Arts apprentice at work!

Recording Arts apprentice at work!


The apprentices also got to take a tour of Playhouse Square! “We saw all of the theaters and stages. The building is really cool and it has a vintage style to it. I loved seeing all of the ceilings too, the art is amazing!” says Sarah Bailey. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the old theaters and the renovations that have been done.

After seeing Playhouse Square’s theaters, the apprentices got to sit in on a live radio recording where a Cleveland Indie band, The Lighthouse and the Whaler, performed. “Sitting in the live audience was really fun. Seeing the band perform was one of my favorite things we have done so far! They were really good live and the talk show was also entertaining. I hope to have more experiences like this! I loved it,” says Samantha Boggs.

Everyone is very excited for the experiences we have to look forward to during the rest of the summer, especially the Open House! See you on July 10 from 6-8 PM at Tri-C Metro Campus!


*Editor’s note: There are two Open Houses. CO-ops at the Halle Building have an Open House on July 2, from 6-8 PM. Co-ops at Tri-C have an Open House on July 10, from 6-8 PM. 

Week 1 ArtWorks Recap :: Halle Building

June 24, 2013

*Post written and photographs taken by the ArtWorks Summer 2013 Photography Co-op

Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio’s ArtWorks Apprentices at the Halle Site started a week before their counterparts on the Tri-C campus. Only a week out of school and these apprentices are already back to work. The work force is on full power and everything is going according to plan.

Poetry Co-op

Poetry ArtWorks apprentices

Poetry ArtWorks apprentices

 Day two of work, and these apprentices and their Master Teaching Artist (MTA) are already working diligently on their individual poems at the poetry co-op. Ray, the poetry MTA, conducts group bonding exercises such as playing his guitar, which entertains and unites the apprentices to his melodious tunes. Their first project was to use three things: a color, a thing, and a prepositional phrase, and use them to create a poem. Ray has been a spectacular MTA; being as magnificent as he can be, the apprentices will have no problem working with him.

Sneaker Design Co-op 

Sneaker Design ArtWorks apprentices

Sneaker Design ArtWorks apprentices

As we take our time observing the sneaker design, co-op, we interviewed a gentleman by the name of Aaron and he shared his experiences to us. The sneaker design co-op works together to design one sneaker. The sneakers were meant to portray a mission statement. Beside the work, the group has also bonded especially well. Van, the MTA, starts every day off with a quote to inspire the apprentices. Focused and relaxed, everyone is looking forward to the next six weeks.

Photography ArtWorks apprentices

Photography ArtWorks apprentices


Today the Photography co-op interviewed and took pictures of the other co-ops for the blog. Laura, the MTA, and Sydney, the Assistant Teaching Artist (ATA), have conducted multiple group bonding exercises and we have gotten to know each other. The apprentices are eager to go out and take pictures, and they know the opportunity is just around the corner.

Architecture ArtWorks apprentices

Architecture ArtWorks apprentices

Architect Co-op 

The architect co-op has been working on creative designs for their storyboard projects. Within these designs, they have to create a world from their imagination using two words given to them by their MTA. Such as “Tropical fish and the Moon.” This teaches the apprentices about exploring their imaginations and how two brains are better than one.

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!