Spring Adult and Youth Programs at Artlink


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News release from Artlink:

Spring Adult and Youth Programs at Artlink

Artlink is pleased to announce the spring 2016 education program schedule. This spring we have a range of youth, adult, and creative business development classes. Kids can enjoy Spring Break at Artlink with our week long art camp or take a class that encourages creativity with LEGO bricks. Artists can join others setting goals and discussing artwork donation. As always, we have on going nude figure drawing and peer to peer critique groups.



Art Dialogue Donating Artwork Roundtable
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Artists are often asked to donate their artwork to causes, non-profit organizations, and fundraisers. And just as often, artists are told giving their work away for free is “good exposure.” But when is enough, enough? Join us for a community discussion around donating artwork. Together and in small groups, we will discuss giving away artwork for free, if and what you should ask for in return for your donation, best practices, how to know if you’re a victim of donation abuse, and more.

Cost: FREE Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS Grads, $5 General Public
Facilitators: Bill Shewman, Julie Wall Toles, and George Morrison


Thursdays, March 3, 10, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
CO.STARTERS is a nine-week program that helps artists and other creatives turn their passions into businesses. It meets once a week for three hours. Throughout the course, participants identify and test their ideas through customer interactions, develop a functioning business model, learn valuable management and marketing skills, and receive constructive feedback from advisers, peers, and former grads. Facilitators are experienced entrepreneurs who are well connected in the business community. Guest speakers share the challenges they faced while starting and growing businesses, and business professionals from leading accounting and law firms offer their support to program participants. At the end, you’ll have the tools, framework, and momentum needed to make your vision a reality-the best part is you won’t be in it alone. Cost: $250 Artlink Members, $275 General Public

Facilitator: Steve Franks


Art Dialogue Social Media for Artists
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
There is a lot of talk about the power of social media and marketing, but how can an artist or other creative business harness this energy? Learn from local social media experts how to manage your social media presence for free or on a budget. Self-employed ceramics artist Sarah Thompson used social media to turn her hobby into a viable business. Social media professional Jasmine Bejar manages accounts at Arts United, Artlink, Living Fort Wayne, and YLNI. Both will present best practices and tips on how to make Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter work for you.

Cost: $5 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS Grads, $10 General Public
Facilitators: Sarah Thompson and Jasmine Bejar


Art Dialogue Simple Business Maps for Artists
Wednesday, April 20, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Get started or give your artistic or creative business a boost. Using an abbreviated version of the lean canvas, create a clear picture of where you want to go and how to get there. Spend a couple hours with your peer creatives and entrepreneurial coach Steve Franks thinking about your customers, your product, and how you’ll make money.

Cost: $5 Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS Grads, $10 General Public
Facilitators: Steve Franks


Art Dialogue Teaching Artist Roundtable
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us in discussing the role of the teaching artist in our community. Meet other teaching artists, learn what they are doing, and let us know what you need to be the best teaching artist you can be. Even if you’ve never taught as an artist but are interested in doing it, please attend. We will be discussing teaching artist training, community opportunities, the pros and cons of teaching, and more.

Cost: FREE Artlink Members & CO.STARTERS Grads, $5 General Public
Facilitators: TBA


Figure Drawing Sessions
Monday & Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, Drop In
Artlink offers drop-in drawing sessions with a nude model. Sessions are offered on a continual basis throughout the year.

Cost: $3.00 an hour
Facilitator: Artlink staff


Peer to Peer Critique Sessions
Last Saturday of Each Month, 1 to 3 pm, Drop In
Artists may bring in 1-2 pieces of their own artwork. The participating artists constructively critique each other’s work. This is similar to a critique in a university setting. The critique sessions are free of charge and meet on the last Saturday of each month (but usually on the preceding Saturday on Holiday weekends).
Facilitator: Artlink Artist Members



Early Art Exploration
Saturday, January 16, 10 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, February 20, 10 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, April 30, 10 am – 11:30 am
Saturday, June 4, 10 am – 11:30 am

Early Art Exploration gives preschool children and their significant adults a chance to discover a variety of art forms & techniques. Age appropriate art projects are available for children to explore by trying numerous art stations set up in Artlink. Parents are able to enjoy creative time with their children without having to worry about the cleanup. They will also learn about various developmental milestones in their children’s lives and how art plays a role in physical and cognitive growth. Each session presents different activities for children to experiment and learn. Appropriate for children ages 2 – 5.

Cost 2 adults/1 child per session: $10 Artlink Members / $15 Public


Creative Construction with LEGO
Six Tuesdays, February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6 – 7:30 pm
Artlink, Design Collaborative, and AIA present Creative Construction with LEGO, a class for kids who want to learn about creative design and construction using LEGO bricks. Design Collaborative architect, Ron Dick, will take kids on an architectural learning experience. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks; kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home. Students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of student LEGO creations. Appropriate for ages 9 – 13.

Cost: $75 Artlink Members / $85 Public
Teacher: Ron Dick, AIA, Principal Registered Architect with Design Collaborative.


LEGO Exploration Junior
Four Tuesdays, April 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 6 – 7 pm
Join other kids and do awesome LEGO projects! Collaborate with other kids and learn new stuff about LEGO bricks. Artlink will provide LEGO bricks; kids will not be able to take LEGO bricks home. Students will receive a 10-postcard pack with images of LEGO creations. Appropriate for ages 5 – 8.

Cost: $50 Artlink Members / $60 Public
Teacher: Paul Demaree, artist


Spring Break Art Camp
Monday, April 4 through Friday, April 8, 9 am – 4 pm
Spend a week exploring art with Artlink! Kids will explore a variety of art forms and other activities. Daily schedule consists of a morning visual arts project session, lunch, different planned mid-day activities, and an afternoon visual arts project session. Planned mid-day activities include kid yoga, LEGO free-play, and a trip to the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Kids must bring their own sack lunch; afternoon snack of cut fruit and crackers will be provided. All supplies provided. Appropriate for grades K – 5 (Classes divided into Kindergarten-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th grade, though they may be combined if needed).

Teacher: TBA
Cost: $125 Members & $130 General Public
Supplies: All supplies provided


About Artlink
Artlink’s gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Auer Center is currently under construction and parking is available free across the street behind the Fort Wayne Museum of Art. Parking meters are free after hours and on weekends.

Artlink is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery whose mission is to showcase artwork of the highest quality by diverse visual artists and to provide educational programming for artists and the community. Artlink is a funded partner of Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne. To learn more about Artlink, go to www.artlinkfw.com which also connects to their Facebook page and Twitter feed.


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