Fostering a Daily Artistic Practice During a Global Crisis

Artist Jonathan Herrera Soto facilitates a group discussion about art making during COVID-19 and its aftermath. In the wake of decimated institutional frameworks, what survival strategies can artists implement immediately and long-term to nurture mental, financial, spiritual, and communal well-being? How can we individually and collectively make room and grieve what we’ve lost? How can artists plan for and navigate deadlines for funding, opportunity, and support in a seemingly time-less time? What is the role of institutions, in collaboration with artists, in the task of unlearning and reorienting to frameworks that no longer are of service to us?
This discussion congregates as a toolkit of resources that Herrera Soto will put together and share afterwards—a folder of pertinent readings, application deadlines, and links to resources.


This free workshop is generously sponsored by Debra Cohen and Craig Fields

Drawing Workshop: Self-Portrait

During this time of uncertainty in the world we are spending more time in our personal spaces. Artist Erin Sandsmark will lead a self portrait workshop that will walk you through drawing techniques to create a portrait that explores both your personal space and mental state while allowing for self reflection. Take this time to focus inward and let your mind become present in this moment, in your space.

Supplies needed:

  • Paper (whatever you have is fine)
  • Drawing materials (pen, pencil, charcoal, etc.)
  • A mirror
  • A photograph of yourself in your shelter at home space, even a selfie works!

This free workshop is generously sponsored by Debra Cohen and Craig Fields

Illustration Workshop: Illuminated Letter Writing and Envelope Addressing

Bring some pep back to letter-writing and explore simple illustration, hand lettering, and composition techniques to create one-of-a-kind messages to stay connected to friends, family, and loved ones. Artist Andi Fink, will demonstrate the basics of envelope addressing and how to make use of materials on hand at home - the materials aren't special, but what you do with them is. This workshop will feature a question and answer, a demonstration of hand lettering and addressing techniques, as well as downloadable curriculum about hand lettering and illustrations that you can use after the course is complete.

Supplies Needed

  • Paper and envelopes (whatever you have!)
  • Pencil
  • Black ink pen (any color can be used, but black is this most versatile)
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Eraser
  • Postage stamp
  • To and from addresses
  • Optional Supplies: Markers; Stickers; Washi/Paper Tape

This free workshop is generously sponsored by Debra Cohen and Craig Fields

Watercolor Workshop: Minnesota Agates

Discover the significance of Minnesota Agates through watercolor painting. In this free online workshop, the instructor, artist Chelsea Novotny, will discuss the formation and collection of agates. Participants will explore line, color, and texture in watercolor painting by observing these rock formations and learning watercolor techniques. Beginners and experienced painters are invited to participate in this workshop.

Supplies needed:

  • Paint brush (large and small round preferred)
  • Watercolor paints and palette
  • Watercolor paper
  • Tape
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Household salt
  • Optional: Hairdryer (not necessary, but might be helpful)

This free workshop is generously sponsored by Debra Cohen and Craig Fields