April in Wonderland
On April 17th, 2016 we hosted a celebration of the anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. We had a big party in our new studio with many activities and events. We had the Mad Hatter's Un-Birthday Party, a Game of Flamingo Croquet, a Wonderland Costume Contest, Student Drawings and Paintings of Alice Characters, and the World Premiere of our Clay-Animated Film of "Alice in Wonderland!" We hope to make this an annual event and we hope you can join us next year!
College Information Event
It's never too early to think about your future - and that's exactly what participants in our College Information Event did in January 2016. Participants met an admissions representative from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), a representative from Vinik Educational Placement Services, a faculty member at American University, recent graduates, and parents of those attending art school. Participants had their burning questions answered, learned about careers in art and got information on how to prepare for art school and financial options. We hope to host similar events in the future and we want to thank all those who came to this event for making it a success.
The Big Draw International Event
We had a fantastic time during our first annual participation in the Big Draw! The Big Draw is the world's largest international drawing festival - we were proud to partner with them in 2015 during the month of October. We hosted two events to celebrate- one focused on the art of drawing comics and one focused on collaborative drawing.
On Sunday, October 11th, 2015 from 12 noon to 4 pm we had guest artists and cosplayers dressed as fan-favorite comic heroes who inspired participants to create their very own heroes. We covered the wall with our character drawings and showed off our comic-inspired spirit. We also had workshops throughout the day - where we taught participants the basics of pencilling, inking, and composition of comic art.
On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 10 am - 4 pm our regular classes were taken over by the Big Draw! Our regular students worked together on giant collaborative art pieces, from drawing murals to scratch board art to window marker murals. We welcomed anyone and everyone to participate in this event - we had a large turnout, making our collaborative pieces larger than life.
We documented both of these events with photography and on our Facebook pages so check out the photos there and on this page. We hope to make this an annual event, so check back in October 2016 to see what we will be doing during The Big Draw next year!
Geppi's Museum Workshop
On Halloween 2015, Mr. Edmond and Mr. Melvin - our comic book instructors - hosted a table at Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, Maryland where they led a workshop on the art of comic book inking. Working with our partners in crime, Artways Alliance, Stone Branch is dedicating themselves to multiple events in 2015 and 2016 as we expand our knowledge of comic books and the comic book community. Mr. Melvin and Mr. Edmond rubbed shoulders with industry professionals and gave demonstrations on many different inking techniques. Using the nib tip pens proved to be a big hit, with many illustrators who had no experience using them enjoying their time learning about this valuable technique. At our Comic Book Sunday events we often use pen and ink, so if you'd like to learn more about it, come down to our next event at the studio on the second Sunday of every month!
Brain Freeze Release Party
Over the course of the last year, students here at Stone Branch in the Comic Book Composition class have been making their own comic book characters and the beginnings of their own comic book issues. This spring, we compiled all of their work into a print publication that we called "Brain Freeze". It represents the culmination of months of hard work by our students, with each page featuring work by different students. We had a launch event for "Brain Freeze" where students could look over their work and take a few copies, and we still have many copies left, so if you want one, swing on by Stone Branch and pick one up today! The comic is free but quantities are limited.
We had a blast at Sunshine Square on August, 16th 2015 when we hosted our Art and Music Festival and Open House for Stone Branch School of Art and our neighbors, the School of Music! We had free demonstrations, raffles, art workshops, screen-printing, musical performances, face-painting, henna tattoos, and handed out free stuff for everyone involved! This was a great event and it was completely free to the public.
Art & Music
on the Square
One Million Bones Event
On Saturday, June 8th, 2013, one million bones created by students, artists, teachers, and activists were laid out in Washington DC between 3rd and 7th streets as a petition to end genocide and mass atrocities. The event was a success and really had an amazing visual impact - we are proud to have participated in it. Over 1,300 Student Rebuild teams helped to create the bones, and Stone Branch was one of those teams, creating nearly 200 bones with 30 participants.