Events Archive: 2021-22

Workshops @ The Workshop: Sewing 101: Making a Tote Bag


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

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Podcast Scripting for All Levels

Feb. 9, 2022, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m.

Alexis Stratton, Rebel Girls Podcast

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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

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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 

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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

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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 

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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.