TO DO kicks off a summer of FREE workshops centered around acts of mending and repair at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. All events/workshops take place at the Danah Fayman Gallery, 1001 Kettner Blvd. San Diego. Register @ https://www.mcasd.org/events/upcoming-events.
Fridays 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9, 8/23, 9/6, 9/20 11am-3pm
Bring in your torn, moth eaten, well-loved, clean clothes to the Fayman Gallery at MCASD's 1001 Kettner building. You can sit with us while we mend your items, or we can teach you how to do some patching and darning, visible and invisible mending techniques.
Sat Jun 22, 11am
Everything you ever wanted to know about glue but were afraid to ask! Bill Feeney will lead an informational workshop about a wide range of glues and adhesives, their properties and applications.
Su Jun 23 11am
Akiko leads participants in creating found text poetry based collages with materials from books, magazines, and other printed materials.
Sun Jun 23 2pm
A short, simple, healthy-back yoga routine to begin and end your day. This “bed series” of asana (yoga postures) helps ease you and your hard working back into and out of the day. Participants should not eat for two hours prior to the workshop. Wear loose clothing and if possible, bring a mat. Workshop will run 1.5 hours.
Fri Jun 28 12pm
Learn the basics of knitting including casting on, basic stitches, and binding off, and make a small dishcloth to take home with you. Yarn and needles will be supplied. All ages are welcome!
Sat Jun 29 11am
Originally created in 1966, Yoko Ono’s Mend Piece invites the audience to participate in the creation of the artwork. Participants are asked to creatively mend fragments of broken cups and plates. “As you mend the cup, mending that is needed elsewhere in the Universe gets done as well. Be aware of it as you mend.” - Yoko Ono
Sat Jun 29 2pm
Reading Together Alone is a silent group reading experience. Bring your own reading material and enjoy a quiet 90 minutes away from daily distractions.
Sun Jun 30 11am
Learn to use your Smartphone as a storytelling tool and produce a short documentary film. Note: Participants should bring their own Smartphone device. Rizzhel will email you a list of necessary apps to have on your phone.
Sun Jun 30 2pm
“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” Scott Adams During this workshop, participants will explore their unconscious imagery in a group environment. Participants are asked to embrace intuitive mark making and deep looking using watercolor and ink techniques demonstrated throughout the class. What happens when we shut off our own critical voice that prevents us from taking creative risks? Embrace failure as part of the artistic process.
TO DO workshops offerings for the month of July.
Fri Jul 10 12pm
Geared toward teens and tweens, Michelle will teach the basics of machine sewing. Each participant will make a small item to take home.
Sat Jul 13 11am
Learn to make homemade pasta. Each participant will be making their own delicious pasta to take home
Sat Jul 13 2pm
Ferment your food waste to create a mini food forest and yard to table meals. Learn about bokashi, an anaerobic composting system that allows people to compost almost all of their organic waste in a small sealed container. These systems integrate very well into backyards but they can also be used in apartments when people have access to an outdoor area to make bountiful soil.
Sun Jul 14 11am
Xuchi demonstrates simple folded book/zine assembly. Zines are a great way to publish your art, poems, musings and anything else you'd like to express.
Sun Jul 14 2pm
Mending is reconstruction, rag-making is deconstruction. Bring used clothing, underwear, towels, and sheets that are “too far gone to mend” you will create attractive and useful rectangular shapes. Leave some rags behind for others and take some from the stockpile.
Fri Jul 26 12pm
Anna O’Cain will teach how to make a healthy alternative to sports drinks using all natural juices and ingredients. Participants should bring a quart jar to store their concoctions.
Sat Jul 27 11am
Rediscover mailing handwritten thoughts. Participants will make postcards using collage.
SAT Jul 27 2pm
Shisha (mirror) embroidery is widespread in the Indian sub-continent, combining traditional motifs and designs with ideas of self reflection. Used in a doorway hanging, it is rumored to ward off the evil eye. Learn the process of attaching a circular mirror to shimmer your mending/embroidery projects.
Sun Jul 28 11am
Max will demonstrate how to patch and repair holes, dents and cracks on surfboards.
Sun Jul 28 2pm
Participants will build simple coiled clay planters. After the pots are built, we will have colored slips and underglazes that will be used to illustrate the vessels. These Story Pots will made in a collaborative manner – multiple individuals contribute to each pot with one picking up where the other left off so that participants can fluidly jump back and forth between building and illustrating.
To Do workshops offerings for the month of August
Fri Aug 9 12pm
Interested in making the transition from a studio art practice to public art? Gain insights into the field from members of the Public Art Coalition of Southern California (PACSOCAL), and learn about finding public art opportunities, crafting a successful application, contracting, community engagement, and resources to help you make the leap.
Sat Aug 10 11am
McKenzie will bring her extensive toolbox and guide you in simple jewelry repairs. Bring in your broken jewelry and wear it again!
Sat Aug 10 2pm
Learn the ins and outs of grass roots political activism with organizers Clare Crawford and David Lagstein, then speak your truth one inch at a time in a fun button making workshop led by Kara West.
Sun Aug 11 11am
Get creative with personalized seed bombs that can be left in a space to add wildflowers and soil enhancing plants.
Sun Aug 11 2pm
Learn to make herbal tonics to enhance health and well being with artist Lynn Susholtz.
Sat Aug 24 11am
Chris Padilla teaches accessible at home leather repair and maintenance. Participants will also be invited to make small wallets and keychains to take home.
Sat Aug 24 2pm
Rosa will be making and teaching two different tasty salsa recipes.
Sun Aug 25 11am
Mend your fears about music making improvisational loops, beats and melodies with Jessica.
Sun Aug 25 2pm
Workshop designed especially for, but not limited to teens and tweens. Katie will teach you how to make weavings on cardboard looms.
To Do workshops offerings for the month of September
Sat Sep 7 11am
Everyone needs boxes to hold small precious items. Carol Kiyan will demonstrate how to knit, crochet, weave and fold boxes from found materials.
Sat Sep 7 2pm
Chris will lead a group in experiencing Pauline Oliveros' Tuning Meditation, a legendary vocal improvisation piece in which the entire audience collaborates to create an ephemeral sonic event.
Sun Sep 8 11am
Introduction to sound studies and listening. Join artist Kristine Diekman in a soundwalk around the local neighborhood. Please dress comfortably!
Sun Sep 8 2pm
The artist team of Brian and Ryan will bring their sizable collection of erasers to share during this workshop. Visitors will be invited to help erase large-scale drawings and engage the artist in conversations around this subtractive process as both an aesthetic and meditative process.