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Workshops @ The Workshop: BFX: Using Blender to make a simple VFX Shot

Description

The Workshop hosts a series of interactive workshops about various creative technologies that can support your personal and academic projects.

To receive a link to join the sessions, please register using the links below. For questions or accommodations, please contact Multimedia Teaching and Learning Librarian Oscar Keyes at keyesok@vcu.edu.

Fall 2022 Session: 

Adobe Premiere for Artists 
Wednesday, September 14⋅12:30 – 1:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link 
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop

Description: We will be doing a basic overview of Adobe Premiere, with a focus on the parts of the software that can be the most useful for creative expression. This will be in conversation with The Workshop's resource Adobe Premiere Exercises - Maya Deren Remix Series, which was designed for Art Foundation students and faculty but is open to everyone.

Adobe Premiere for Artists
Thursday, September 15⋅12:30 – 1:30pm

Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop 

Description: We will be doing a basic overview of Adobe Premiere, with a focus on the parts of the software that can be the most useful for creative expression. This will be in conversation with The Workshop's resource Adobe Premiere Exercises - Maya Deren Remix Series, which was designed for Art Foundation students and faculty but is open to everyone. 

Video Editing for Social Media (YouTube, Tiktok, Instagram, etc.)
Friday September 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Richard Quarshie, University College - Interdisciplinary Studies
YouTube Channel: Globally Engaged

Description: Learn the basic building blocks for creating, editing, and sharing videos for social media. This interactive workshop provides a toolbox for making video content to be shared across popular platforms like YouTube, Tiktok, and Instagram.

Videos, Podcasts, Infographics, oh my! – Getting Started with Creative Digital Projects
Tuesday, September 20⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop in partnership with the FILL

Description: Have you been assigned a creative project involving digital technologies and don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide you with an overview of the different tools available and how to get started with making digital creative works and research projects. 

Ableton Live 101
Date: Wed Sept 21, 1:30-2:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: (Eli)zabeth Owens, VCU alum and Education Director at Grimalkin Records

Description:  Interested in music production but not quite sure where to start? This introductory, interactive workshop will cover the basics of recording and mixing in Ableton Live, a popular software for live musical performance. 

Editing and Recording with Your Smartphone
Thursday, September 223:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop in partnership with the FILL

Description: Learn how to unlock the full potential of your smartphone for video and audio recording and editing. We’ll cover techniques, equipment, and apps that can help you get the most out of these powerful personal devices we carry in our pockets everyday! 

Data, Design, and Dissemination: A research communications workshop series

Research communication is important - As professional and general audiences get information from an increasingly diverse set of sources, researchers benefit from an understanding of approaches that take advantage of the multimedia world we’re in.  This series will equip you with tools and know-how to communicate your research effectively through visual communication and thoughtful decisions about ways to reach your audience.

  • Data: Monday, October 3⋅12:00 – 12:45pm (Eric Johnson) - Registration Link
    Learn the simple principles of data visualization that help you present effective charts and graphs so your audience can better understand your quantitative information. We will cover ways you can draw viewer attention to the point you want to make, choices you can make to declutter your visualization, discuss tool options, and more.

  • Design: Monday, October 10⋅12:00 – 12:45pm (Oscar Keyes) - Registration Link
    Participants will learn how to create their own figures through design principles and accessibility guidelines in this interactive workshop. We demonstrate a few different tools and leave time for participants to create their own simple figures.

  • Dissemination: Monday, October 17⋅12:00 – 12:45pm (Hillary Miller) - Registration Link
    Participants will learn about the art of disseminating their research to maximize impact in their fields. We will cover where and how to share your research in order to meaningfully connect with audiences and access scholarly networking. 

BFX: Using Blender to make a simple VFX Shot
Wednesday, October 12, 1-2pm
Facilitator: Patrick Nugent, Freelance VFX Artist
Location: Online - Registration Link

Description: Dive into the very basics of camera matchmoving with Blender (free!) to 3d models into footage from a moving camera. Free-to-use footage and elements will be provided to follow along.

Crafting Simple Lip Balm
Friday, October 14⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: The Workshop (in-person) - Registration Link
Facilitator: Eden Neifeld, The Workshop

Description: Learn to make a simple vegan lip balm, no experience necessary. You will be able to take home your lip balm at the end of this workshop.

Videos, Podcasts, Infographics, oh my! – Getting Started with Creative Digital Projects
Tuesday, October 25⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop in partnership with the FILL

Description: Have you been assigned a creative project involving digital technologies and don’t know where to start? This workshop will provide you with an overview of the different tools available and how to get started with making digital creative works and research projects. 

Editing and Recording with Your Smartphone
Thursday, October 27⋅3:30 – 4:30pm
Location: Online - Registration Link
Facilitator: Oscar Keyes, The Workshop in partnership with the FILL

Description: Learn how to unlock the full potential of your smartphone for video and audio recording and editing. We’ll cover techniques, equipment, and apps that can help you get the most out of these powerful personal devices we carry in our pockets everyday! 

Adobe Creative Jam Week - Oct 31 - Nov 2

In partnership with the DaVinci Center

  • Adobe Express (for Faculty) - Tuesday, November 1⋅12:00 – 1:00pm
    Location: Online - Registration Link
    Description: This hands-on workshop covers the basics of designing and assigning creative digital projects using the Adobe Express tools, such as podcasts, infographics, and video projects.

  • Adobe Rush (for Students) - Tuesday, November 1⋅5:00 – 6:00pm
    Location: Online - Registration Link
    Description: Participants will learn the basics of creating their own simple video in Adobe Rush. This editor is excellent for resizing and sharing materials across multiple social media platforms.

  • First-time Comic Creator Workshop - Tuesday, November 1⋅6:00 – 7:00pm
    Location: Online - Registration Link 
    Facilitator: Leah Bonanni, The Workshop 
    Description: This interactive workshop is for beginner-level comic creators, both artists and non-artists, alike. Participants will make their own simple comic layouts using Adobe Express with stock images or simple drawings. This workshop is in partnership with the Jurgen Comics Contest at VCU Libraries.
  • Adobe Rush (for Faculty) - Wednesday, November 2⋅12:00 – 1:00pm
    Location: Online - Registration Link
    Description: This interactive workshop will walk faculty through creating a simple video in Adobe Rush, an easy-to-use video editor. This could be useful for creating online instructional content or for assigning video projects. 

  • Inclusive Teaching with the Adobe Creative Cloud - Wednesday, November 2⋅3:00 – 4:30pm
    Location: Online - Registration Link
    Description: This seminar provides approaches for addressing some of the equity and accessibility issues that can arise when designing or assigning digital media projects. By the end of this session, participants will be able to scaffold these creative projects into their courses that set their students up for success despite any technological challenges they might face. 

Coming soon!

  • Sewing Workshop
  • Podcast Workshop

Previous Sessions: 

Podcast Scripting for All Levels
Feb. 9, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Alexis Stratton, Rebel Girls Podcast

This workshop is an approachable look at the professional side of podcast production from the writer’s perspective. So whether you’re still getting your idea together or looking to take your podcast to the next level, this session is for you. 

3D Collage with Blender
Feb. 16, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Patrick Nugent, VFX Generalist

Blender can be overwhelming to learn, especially in the span of an hour. This workshop will skip (most of) the theory and head straight for the playing. Using free images and models from the internet, we’ll mix and mash things together in 3D space. Then add some lights, cameras, and learn a few things from all the action.

Let’s Make a Video Game!
Feb. 23, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Oscar Keyes, VCU Libraries 

Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, but game development remains one of the most gatekeeper-y of creative industries. This workshop breaks down those barriers by demonstrating a handful of free and approachable tools and resources for making video games, ranging from pixel-based adventures to 3D virtual worlds.  

Composing with Code
March 2, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Kate Sicchio, Kinetic Imaging + Dance Departments

Do you love live music and are curious about coding? Well, then this workshop is for you! This session will cover the basics of Sonic Pi, an approachable code-based music creation and performance tool, which will allow you to generate live visuals and sounds. 


Design 101 for STEM Research
March 23, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Oscar Keyes + Stacey Wahl, VCU Libraries

TIFF, JPG, and EPS files, oh my! Communicating scientific and mathematical ideas in clear ways can be aided by visual representations like conceptual maps, figures, and diagrams but sometimes getting your images ready for publication can be more than a little cumbersome. This interactive workshop will cover design basics that are most useful for STEM-related fields. 

Making Maps Magical (and Meaningful) 
March 30, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.
Eric Johnson, VCU Libraries

Are you interested in creating maps in support of your research or for a personal project? This session will help you think about the plan for your map and focus on the basic principles of cartographic design: how to choose the elements, layout, colors, and typography that make your map most meaningful for your audience.

Animating with After Effects
April 6, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Adam Dabbs + Cate Duckwall 

From motion graphics to augmented reality, After Effects is one of the most powerful tools in the Adobe Suite. However, the interface can be a little overwhelming upon first glance. This interactive workshop will equip you with the basics for creating your own simple animation and build your confidence for interacting with this software in the future. 

Music Production Basics with Ableton 
April 13, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
(Eli)zabeth Owens, Grimalkin Records

Are you ready to produce your next album? Or maybe you’re just looking to make your first quality recording? This session will guide you through the basics of assembling a track in Ableton, an industry standard software for music production. 

Sewing 101: Making a Tote Bag
April 20, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. 
Carla-Mae Crookendale, VCU Libraries 

Celebrate Earth Day by making a reusable shopping bag! This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of using the sewing machine and the serger. You will go home with some useful new skills and a tote to help you use less plastic in your future retailing adventures.