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


Thunder 11

April 5, 2013

Thunder 11 is an ArtWorks Spring sneaker design company (one of the student apprentice Co-Ops) that designs shoes for everyone and anyone. At the time of this post, Thunder 11 has 10 designed (and nearly finished) sneakers. They wanted to share the stories behind these amazing shoes!

Dream shoe, designed by Charlotte Christian

Dream shoe, designed by Charlotte Christian

The is the Dream shoe, designed by Charlotte Christian. The word Dream is written in large white letters surrounded by the colors teal, blue and red on a white converse shoe, which is then surrounded by ‘rays’ of yellow shaded with orange. The idea for the shoe came from the idea of following your dreams, how many people from Cleveland have had their dreams come true and not letting adversity (or anything else) tear them down.

The Cleveland State University shoe, designed by Adaisjah Strother is not pictured. But we wanted to share with you that the shoe is in the colors CSU (dark green, light green and grey) with studs on the heel, the viking logo on one heel and the CSU  logo on the other heel.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shoe, designed by Kiara Brown

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shoe, designed by Kiara Brown

This is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shoe, designed by Kiara Brown. On the inside of the shoe it has a stylized Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On one side of the outside it has the American flag and on the other it has a portrait of Bruce Springsteen – 1999 inductee.  On the blue toe are the names of many of the songs he wrote.

Cleveland Indians shoe, designed by Shanna Hurst

Cleveland Indians shoe, designed by Shanna Hurst

This is the Cleveland Indians shoe, designed by Shanna Hurst. The outside panels have the Indians logo. The heel, middle panel and toe all have what looks like impossible to do wood-like look painted by Shana.



Baby shoes, designed by Yanna Morgan

Baby shoes, designed by Yanna Morgan

These are baby shoes with a neon theme with tribal print, designed by Yanna Morgan. Designed to stand out these shoes have neon orange, pink and green on a white background with black tribal print designs over the neon green.

The Cleveland Browns shoe is also not pictured, but it’s designed by Damarcus Lett. On the outside panel is the brown b signature of the Brown’s across a white background.


Kanye West shoe, designed by Darrin Moore

Kanye West shoe, designed by Darrin Moore

This is the Kanye West shoe, designed by Darrin Moore. The different designs and colors are taken from Kanye’s albums and then incorporated into the shoe by Darrin.

Sherwin-Williams shoe, designed by Tahzane Jackson.

Sherwin-Williams shoe, designed by Tahzane Jackson.

This is the Sherwin-Williams shoe, designed by Tahzane Jackson. The idea is taken from the paint spilling onto the world in their logo.

There are two more Cleveland Browns shoes, one designed by Nate Mendel. Nathan’s has the a football shaped white area with the Brown’s B in the center on the outside of one shoe and the Brown’s Elf on the outside of the other shoe. The other Browns shoe is designed by Jermaine Willis. On the outside of one shoe is has the Brown’s Elf and on the other it has the Brown’s B.

They’re even better in person, so mark your calendars for Spring’s Culminating Event on April 30th at the Halle Building from 5-7 PM!

Listen Up! ArtWorks Slam Poetry Apprentices

March 14, 2013

The Slam Poetry Co-Op at ArtWorks this Spring has been busy. Check out what they’ve been up to thus far, and watch two of the Apprentices in action.  Want to see the rest of the crew? Come to the ArtWorks Open House TODAY (March 14) at the Halle Building from 5-7 PM.


At this point in our co-op, we are learning many things from our MTA (Master Teaching Artist), Carla. Things such as performing our poetry, playing with words to make our poetry sound better, and body language in poetry. These are all things that will help us preform better for our upcoming competition during open house on March 14th.

Although we do a lot of work, we still have fun. For example, we previously went to the art museum, which was amazing. Everyone had an nice time viewing the beautiful art work.  There was a little work, but it was fun. We all had to pick one fine art and write an poem on it. It was so nice because everyone had poems on different pieces of art

Another place we visited was Playhouse Square. Their we worked on performance and movement with a lovely lady named Paige. We did an incredible workshop with her for Slam U! She gave us very good and useful tips on writing and performing our poetry. We are working on competing to be on the Cleveland team for the Brave New Voices national youth poetry slam in April.

-Shanautica Devine, Slam Poetry Apprentice

Slam Poetry

Hear Brandon Peck in action!

Hear Nandi's take on a pair of custom designed baby sneakers.

Hear Nandi’s take on a pair of custom designed baby sneakers.

ArtWorks Sound Bites: Photography Co-Op

December 11, 2012

Apprenticeship for Fall ArtWorks AfterSchool work with Mark Yasenchak to learn all about photography. But perhaps most importantly, they also learn about collaboration. When speaking to both LiNa and Nathan (Photography Apprentices) about their experience thus far, both of them spoke about partnership…with other Apprentices or with the community at large.

Photography Apprentices LiNa captures Dance Apprentices in action.

As well as documenting Poetry Apprentices during ArtWorks’ Open House, LiNa also captured Dance Apprentices in action.

LiNa Grob, Photography Apprentice:

On the night of Thursday, November 8th, 2012, “Young Audiences’ Artworks” held an open house for it’s after school Fall program. It was there, where we visited the Poetry Co-op to capture pictures of the evening’s events. When we arrived, the poets were in an assigned reading where they presented aloud their pieces in front of visitors. A serene atmosphere could be felt within every inch of the room and I felt a sense of inspiration washing over me. The Poetry Co-op’s performance was extraordinary and I recommend anyone with an interest in creative writing to experience this event.

Photography Apprentice Nathan captures Issue 107 Advocates (to save Cleveland schools!)

Photography Apprentice Nathan captures Issue 107 Advocates (to save Cleveland schools!)

Nathan Mendel, Photography Apprentice:

A couple of weeks ago, I visited a campaign headquarters for the Cleveland School System levy issue 107. While families were making posters promoting Issue 107 and being interviewed by the apprentices in the Poetry Co-op, I took candid pictures of anything that seemed interesting to me. I got pictures in all kinds of angles and shots such as wide, close up, extreme close up of people and objects in the room that tell the story of the reason people were there. The building was able to give me a huge variety of options to choose from and since the building had two floors, I was able to get shots from above. This collection of photographs of the posters, people and apprentices begins to tell the story of the levy and my role as an apprentice with Young Audiences. After editing the best photos, I found out which of them really show off the design of the posters, and the people making the posters. I hope to go again and get some more photographs one day.

You can see these amazing teens in action on December 18th at 6 PM at the Halle Building. Photography Apprentices will exhibit their work, as well as capture the entire evening.

ArtWorks Sound Bites: Digital Game Design Co-Op

December 7, 2012

Check out the adventures from ArtWorks Digital Game Design Apprentices!

From left to right: Jordan Davis, Marcus Billingsley, Darius Daniels, Malik Long, Aliyah Beechuk, Aristide Smith, Yanna Morgan, Anthony Piazza, Kennyth Bolton. Missing: Shana Hurst

Amidst the chaos in the little white room and the ongoing hubbub of the latest anime episodes, the Artworks apprentices of Game Design settled into a meditative phase of work and random outbursts. Weeks ago, the apprentices were playing icebreaker games like Monopoly, Apples To Apples and Pictionary, while all the apprentices from the other co-ops were wistfully staring and pawing at the glass windows. After a few weeks into the production of their game boards, we were told we had to move into an even smaller room. Having to downsize the space did not particularly help the work environment; the apprentices needed their own “personal” space apparently. Soon the little paper cutouts scattered across the floor became a sea of white in the little room, and wading through the mess became an adventure. Now that all the apprentices were finished with their game boards, they looked at the sea of disorder and realized that something had to be done. Flexibility and responsibility, 21st century skills anyone? Bueller…Bueller?

Now that the Game Design MTA guided the apprentices through the first ordeal, it was their turn to motivate themselves to create something new as a team using GameMaker. It certainly was not easy at first; there were arguments about taking sides and teams. Seven apprentices wanted to work on the art side whereas there were only three on the programming side; some had to make sacrifices for the benefit of the team.

As for the apprentices, the daunting tasks that lie ahead falls upon Yanna and Marcus, who are the programming and art leads. It’s their job to assign roles to their teammates and work together in their harmonious love-hate relationship. The game they are currently working on features a futuristic time traveler in search of his stolen time belt. He must stop the evil mastermind and restore time to normal. Can they do it? Stay tuned!


ArtWorks Sound Bites: Poetry Co-Op

December 6, 2012

The Poetry ArtWorks Co-Op has certainly been busy. Hear from Yixuan, a Poetry Artworks Apprentice, about what they’ve been up to!

Cleveland WorkingThings have been going quite well in the land of the poetry co-op; our main project this session has been a compilation of poems based on interviews of ordinary working Clevelanders. This undertaking is, fittingly enough, called Cleveland Working, and so far we’ve interviewed quite a number of people already, comprising a full range of occupations from cupcake-bakery owner to security guard. We’ve based it all on the assumption that everyone has a story to tell, and so far they have yet to disappoint.

poetryco-op zane 029The poetry, in a variety of styles, will be featured in our co-op’s chapbook (along with photos helpfully provided by the photography co-op) as well as the culminating performance on December 18th.

Lately, though, we’ve taken a bit of a break from career interviews and writing new works in order to polish our existing poetry so that they’ll be ready for the publishing and performance. The one major exception to this is a new project, which is a collaboration with the dance co-op set for 14 December at the Cleveland Museum of Art. We’re hoping to successfully combine physical movement with the spoken word to create a sense of unity; the idea right now is to interview various members of the dance co-op, in a similar fashion to what we’ve been doing already, and telling their own stories while they dance. The poetry will also most likely feature a group component, where certain phrases or lines will be repeated to further emphasize the unity. The project is still in relatively early stages as of right now, but we’re very excited to see where it’ll go.

Poetry Apprentice

Yixuan, Poetry ArtWorks Apprentice, sharing her words

-Yixuan, Poetry ArtWorks Apprentice

ArtWorks Sound Bites: Dance Co-Op

December 5, 2012
The apprentices from the Dance Co-Op of Fall ArtWorks took class and rehearsal with the dancers of the Performance Ensemble from the School of Dancing Wheels. The two groups will be working together for the remainder of the semester and will culminate their relationship with a dual performance on December 14th at the Cleveland Museum of Art at 7pm. The dance company/ co op Unveil, as they named themselves, has shared some of their thoughts about working with Dancing Wheels:

My experience with Dancing Wheels was great. I learned that it’s people first. It was nice to meet and dance with students and people with disabilities. They weren’t as different as anyone else. It was fun to see and learn how it feels to be in a wheelchair and having to use all of your upper body strength. I can’t wait to go back and dance with Dancing Wheels again! – Najeder

I enjoyed moving with the dancers with disabilities,and I was inspired by how they and the whole company don’t let their disabilities hold them back! I really learned not to be discouraged or let something hold me back in


Olivia, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

dance or in life. I loved everybody’s positive attitudes and learning how to ride and move in the wheels chairs! -Olivia

As I walked into the Dancing Wheels studio, I was hesitant, nervous for new experience and excited for new friends. Once I saw Motion teaching hip-hop, I thought it was all over. I have no rhythm. Hip-hop is not my favorite style of dance, but Motion helped me understand how to move. Once we started to interact with the dancers with disabilities, I was amazed. They were keeping up with all standing dancers phenomenally. Some could retain better then I could. Then we tried getting in their shoes, or I should say chairs. The experience was eye opening and extremely fun. I am ecstatic I have that memory and anticipating the next visit to be just as great – Samantha

Sami, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

Samantha, Dance ArtWorks Apprentice (photo taken by Photography Apprentices)

So, please SAVE THE DATE! On December 14th at 7 PM, you can see the Dance Co-Op LIVE with Dancing Wheels at the Cleveland Museum of Art! It’s a performance that is not to be missed.