Halloween Photo Booths
October 30 & 31, 2017

We had a great time today at the Robinson Theater Community Arts Center's fall festival. We gave away Halloween costumes that we'd collected during our costume drive, and we had a green screen photo booth. The next day at Oakwood Arts we set up another photo booth complete with accessories and props—and, of course, treats! Check out some of the fantastic costumes! 

Camera Obscura / Pinhole Workshop
September 30, Sponsored by Candela Gallery

In this two-hour community workshop kids and their parents learned how a camera works. They got to walk into a giant camera (camera obscura), which we'd constructed on-site. They also learned how to make their own pinhole cameras, then played outside taking photos with premade versions. We processed their images right then and there so participants could take them home that day. 

 

Cyanotype Workshop
August 26,  Sponsored by Candela Gallery

Kids ages 6 to 11 learned how to make cyanotypes (sun prints) using flowers and found objects. After practicing on small pieces of fabric, they joined forces to create a cyanotype mural, lying in the sun for five long minutes on the Oakwood Arts lawn. Check out the results! 


Oakwood Arts Block Party & Illumination
July 27, 2017

We hosted our first event at Oakwood Arts—a block party complete with art, music, hot dogs, and ice cream. It was wonderful to meet so many of our neighbors and to share the work created by the young artists who participated in our workshops. A big thank-you to all who came out and to those who graciously donated their time and/or money to make the night happen! (Photos by Brian Palmer and Shannon Castleman) 

Digital Photographic Collage Workshop at the Robinson Theater
July 10, 13, 17, 20, and 24, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Participants worked one on one with VCU photography students and recent graduates. They learned how to use DSLR cameras, how to import their images and manipulate them on the computer using Photoshop. To cap off the workshop, each student created a large digital photo collage that we are printing on transparent material; we will be illuminating the collages by hanging them in the windows of the Oakwood Arts space on 35th and P Streets.  All equipment was provided.


Film Production Career Presentation
May 5, 2017

We hosted our very first event at Armstrong High School. A stellar group of film industry professionals—from the rigging grip on Turn, Mercy Street, and Loving to the director of the new movie Juanita—talked to art students at Armstrong High School about their positions and how they got where they are today. Part of our mission is to help make careers in creative fields accessible to all, and this was a first successful step in that direction.