Our Core Curriculum consists of regularly offered workshops covering usage of key resources and equipment. These workshops have standardized outlines so students in any section gain the same baseline understanding and can effectively navigate our studio spaces. As our pedagogy values experience based learning and strive to make our offerings accessible financially we design our workshops be as short-form as possible with intimate class sizes of 3 to 6 students.
INTRODUCTIONS - Our Introductions workshops focus on becoming familiar with the space and resources available at the Community Studios while a learning medium specific process. Introductions are designed to offer the general public an educational opportunity and open the pathway to membership as well as give current members a chance to further their artistic development and add to their skill set. These workshops are the starting point for becoming certified to use equipment.
FOUNDATIONS - These workshops approach education by combining theory and practice. Students are meant to learn both basic skills as well as foundational concepts specific to the medium/subject area. While similar to Introductions workshops, Foundation series workshops are less process oriented and more directed toward exploratory and concept driven learning.
SOFTWARE BASICS - Learn the basic tools and uses of Adobe software. These workshops will walk you through Adobe’s layout, terminology, menu items, toolbars, file setups and types. Software Basics get students comfortable with the basic tools and give a taste of what the software’s capabilities are.
SKILL UP - Skill Up workshops are either longer in form and/or tackle pieces of equipment that have a higher learning curve. Not all Skill Up workshops have a prerequisite, but generally some familiarity with related mediums/fields is advised. These workshops will challenge students to get trained up and certified on our most sophisticated equipment.
Woah. Special Topics workshops are, well, special. These might be seasonal activities, workshops that offer a chance to learn a special niche medium/process offered by a guest instructor, or workshops which highlight unique approaches to making that crosses over two vastly different areas of the studio. Cool.
CROSSOVER - Crossover workshops combine two types of art making processes or part of the studio to highlight new and creative usages of our resources.
SEASONAL - Holiday card pressing, costume-making, summer fun outdoor art making activities, you name it. Fun workshops offered when the time is right.
EXTRA SPECIAL - Guest instructors, interactive presentations, artist talks, partner offerings, and once in a lifetime opportunities!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Expand your professional skills and build your resume. Apply what you learn directly to your workplace or business. While all of our workshops may be considered professional development depending on your industry and role, this series highlights our educational offering that can be easily applied to the workplace.
ORIENTATIONS - All members are required to attend a general orientation about the space, community and culture of the Industries. Once you have completed the general orientation, you’re given permission to use the equipment which you have been cleared to use by an instructor, shop lead or staff. We also offer space/equipment specific orientations which either supplement our workshop offerings or are required for access depending on the resource.
CERTIFICATIONS - Members can be cleared to use equipment either through a workshops (by the instructor) or by a separately scheduled certification session. Members coming with beginner level or no previous experience should become cleared on core curriculum equipment through workshops. Members coming with intermediate/advanced knowledge may be cleared through a certification session (led by a shop lead or staff). Certifications are an assessment of process proficiency, knowledge of safe practices, and ability to work independently. If you are not able to demonstrate all of the aforementioned requirements, then you will be asked to take a workshop to gain clearance. Certifications are scheduled regularly for equipment on which there are not regularly offered workshops.
GLOSSARY OF TERMS
Workshops - We refer to our educational offerings as workshops. Our focus is on providing experience based learning as professional and artistic development opportunities for adults over 18 years of age. We are a community space working to foster relationships, creating connections between people to share expertise and build our collective knowledge. Workshops are generally short-form and intimate with 3 to 6 students per group.
Instructors - AS220 Community Studios employs instructors as independent contractors paid in accordance with AS220’s equal pay rate of $19/hr. Instructors for our Core Curriculum are recruited on an ongoing basis as needed from our membership, AS220’s residents, youth program alumni, as well as the wider artistic community in Rhode Island. Special Topics workshops can be pitched for staff and education committee review during planning weeks, which take place three times throughout the year. Open calls will be announced on our website and in our newsletter.
Resources - Resources may refer to our equipment, tools, supplies, consumables, software, hardware, facilities and funding. Our most valuable resource, however, is our community. The knowledge, expertise, creativity, friendship, compassion, and support our community members have to offer one another drives the work that we do. As staff, we do our best to leverage all of our resources to provide meaningful experiences and opportunities for personal, professional and artistic development.
Please note that our Industries Workshops are learning opportunities for adults over the age of 18. It is important to us that we are a family friendly space and strive to be welcoming to parents and children. For the safety and security of people, space, equipment it is our policy that all minors be accompanied by a legal guardian at all times and do not interact with equipment. If you are looking for youth-oriented programming check out our free Youth Program which serves young people ages 14 to 21. Visit youth.as220.org for more details.
Be respectful of the short format in which you and the other participants have to learn. If you arrive more than half an hour late, your instructor will not be able to teach you.
To cancel your reservation and receive a full refund, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks in advance. If you wish to cancel or have purchased a workshop less than two weeks in advance of the start date, we cannot guarantee a refund. Please understand we have a commitment to our instructors, and issuing refunds on late notice jeopardizes their payment.
If a workshop has not met enrollment minimums, or in cases of emergency and weather, we may opt to cancel. If your workshop is cancelled we will give first choice to enroll in future workshops or a full refund. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible, thank you for your understanding.