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ABOUT THE ESSEX COUNTY TEEN ARTS FESTIVAL

Workshop Details

  1.  Program Title: A Walk with Nature- Printmaking workshop

Genre: Visual Art

Program Description: Printmaking is one of the oldest forms of visual art.  This workshop will introduce students to the basics of mono printing (printing with one color) using objects from nature, in this case, leaves.  The goal is to have students create two 5X7 inch prints using leaves as the matrix.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by visual artist Mansa K. Mussa of Studio Montclair, https://studiomontclair.online/mansa-k-mussa/

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  1. Program Title: What Goes In A Portfolio?- Artist Portfolio Review Workshop

Genre: Art Careers

Program Description: This workshop will discuss the purpose of an artist portfolio, what should be included, how to write about your work, and how to photograph it.  We’ll also discuss the importance of having a professional artist portfolio for those pursuing a college degree and/or careers in the visual arts.  Attendees will learn how to professionally showcase their work to set the stage for a successful career in the visual arts.

Program Leader: This workshop is being led by Jeanne Brasile, Director of the Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University who is also a professional artist and curator.  https://www.jeannebrasile.com/

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  1. Program Title: Improvisation and Choreography for Dancers

Genre: Dance & Choreography

Program Description: In this workshop, we will begin with guided improvisations that attune and explore movement through various body parts, dynamics, and spatial explorations, before learning tools to individually generate authentic movement material. Students will then experiment with elements introduced and developed throughout the workshop to collaboratively create movement studies within small groups. The culmination will be final sharings and discussion with the full group.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Erin Carlisle Norton, founder of NJ/NYC based dance company The Moving Architects.  https://themovingarchitects.org/

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  1. Program Title: A Journey to L.O.V.E.- A Singer/Songwriter’s Journey to Discovering the Power That Lies Within

Genre: Music

Program Description: An engaging musical conversation blending the demonstration of vocal performance and songwriting techniques with Carl Brister’s life’s journey as a singer/songwriter who comes to understand the power to make an impact on the community and the world through his art.  This session will provide an opportunity for students and educators of voice and growing songwriters to gain additional vocal performance and songwriting insight while being presented with examples of how they can use their musical talents to have a positive impact on the world around them.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Carl Brister, professional musician and founder of Music Village in West Orange.  https://www.musicvillage.live/

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  1. Program Title: Making My World Better: Art for Public Spaces

Genre: Visual Art

Program Description: This workshop is designed to guide the creative process through steps for the conceptualization and proposal of ART for PUBLIC SPACES.  While reflecting culture, Art has the power to create culture.  As an artist, you have the ability to inspire, influence, and shape perceptions.  Public art must be compelling to encounter and enduring to revisit.  In this workshop artists will learn how to discover ideas and finesse the language that will best communicate concepts to enhance community.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by contemporary artist, Maria Mijares. https://mariamijares.com/

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  1. Program Title: Masks, Movement, and Motivation

Genre: Dance/Creative Movement

Program Description: Masks appear in just about every culture on the planet, from ancient to modern, with a multitude of diverse uses. This workshop provides students of theater and dance an opportunity to explore mask-wearing and movement in situations involving non-verbal communication.  After a head-to-toe warm-up, students will work solo, in pairs, and in groups using different scenarios, simple cross-the-floor movement combinations to investigate how to convey emotions when one’s face and voice are not involved. Participants should wear loose-fitting/stretchy/non-restrictive clothing to allow movement and full range of motion as well as soft-soled dance slippers/jazz shoes/sneakers that allow foot movement and articulation.  Individual masks will be provided.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Morgiana Celeste Varricchio, founder of Mosaic Dance Theater, Glen Ridge.  https://www.mosaicdancetheaterco.org/

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  1. Program Title: 21st Century Publishing

Genre: Art Careers

Program Description: So, you want to publish a book?  In this session, we will be covering both indie and traditional publishing options in the fiction world.  There are more publishers out there than Amazon!

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Samantha Hartford.  Under the pen name, Elle Hartford, Samantha writes and publishes award-winning mystery and cozy fantasy.  She also provides coaching for other authors and runs a blog on indie publishing.  Find her online at ellehartford.com

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  1. Program Title: Intro to Business for Professional Artists

Genre: Art Careers

Program Description: This basic talk will demystify things like taxes, motivation, comparable products/pricing, and finding your niche.

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Samantha Hartford.  Under the pen name, Elle Hartford, Samantha writes and publishes award-winning mystery and cozy fantasy.  She also provides coaching for other authors and runs a blog on indie publishing.  Find her online at ellehartford.com

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  1. Program Title: Opera Placeholder

Genre: Music

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Program Leader: This workshop is led by professional opera virtuoso Kevin Maynor, founder of the Trilogy AOC Opera Company.  https://www.trilogyaoc.com/

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  1. Program Title: Cinematography 101

Genre: Film

Program Description: Looking to bring your films to the next level? Learn the art of cinematography to give your films a sleek, professional look. Students will discover how to use the camera to tell their stories through a series of three hands-on exercises that focus on teaching the fundamentals of cinematography. Learn the basics here, then check out Montclair Film’s Summer Academy schedule and join us for more filmmaking fun! (Class size: 7 – 12)

Program Leader: This workshop is led by Axel Ortiz of Montclair Film. Axel is an award-winning Chilean editor & filmmaker with a BFA in filmmaking from Montclair State University. His work includes short narratives, documentaries, commercials and experimental films, which have been screened internationally. He works at Montclair Film as the Education Program Coordinator, where he produces short films & podcasts with teen and adult students. https://montclairfilm.org/