Get creative with a hands-on workshop led by local, professional artists who will demonstrate their techniques and showcase their art.
Explore both traditional and modern West African/Caribbean dance techniques and historical perspectives with Ms. Marie, Program Director of African Roots Culture. As a special guest artist, Marie will guide us through the history of her organization and the shared classes that she teaches in African Art, Culture, African and Caribbean Dance and Drum techniques.
Design a tropical pencil case with special guest artist, Natasha Tomchin by sponge painting neighborhood Florida leaves. Tomchin is an artist, designer, and coder who shares a fascination with natural phenomena. Born in Belarus and raised in Nebraska, she’s called Miami home for the last ten years. Inspired by the clouds and lush flora, her art draws directly from her surroundings in an effort to connect more deeply with nature.
Create a one-of-kind Jamaican inspired, mixed media mask using found objects and natural materials with YAA CEO and special guest artist, Marie Berlin. With long-standing experience in the museum and non-profit field, Berlin specializes in arts and educational endeavors. Born in Jamaica and raised in South Florida, she has served at YAA for thirteen years.
Build a circus shadow puppet with special guest artist, David Goboff! He grew up on Long Island in New York, moving to Florida in 1996 with Debbie and two kids, Tanya and Bill. He now lives in Weston with his lovely wife, and his youngest daughter, Lauren. Goboff earned a BFA in Theater and has his own puppet company called, Simply Puppets. The business came into existence as a platform for performing with his family.
Explore non-traditional block printing with special guest artist, Lisa Rockford, and incorporate textures and museum objects! Raised in Palm Beach County, FL, Lisa earned her BFA in Painting and BS in Art Therapy from Bowling Green State University in 1999, and a Master of Fine Arts in 2001 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Rockford is an established artist, curator, and educator. She currently holds rank as a tenured Assistant Professor in the Fine Arts department at Broward College.
Create a character with special guest artist, Manuel Aguilera. He is a full-time illustrator and character designer who also designs mascots and T-shirts.
String together your own banner statement series with special guest artist, Laura Marsh. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art and BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and is the Curator of Cultural Development at YAA. As a textile artist, Marsh is fascinated by banners and flags that declare world views, and she pairs historical role models and humanitarian texts with colorful fabric.
Create your own watercolor painting with special guest artist, Bunny Sheffield. She specializes in nature and still life by combining interesting plays of light and shadow with color. Bunny has studied with internationally acclaimed artists Soon Y. Warren and Cheng Khee Chee, as well as nationally recognized artists Ann Pember, Margaret M. Martin, and Anne Abgott. She is a Signature member and Co-President of the Gold Coast Watercolor Society.
Build a Yayoi Kusama-inspired spotted bagel with special guest artist and YAA Co-Founder Founder, Mindy Shrago. Her ceramic work explores the alteration of subject matter; images are removed from their natural state and redefined by integrating imagery. Shrago redefines objects and space, creating a sense of freedom and an escape from reality. She has exhibited her work throughout the country including recent exhibitions at The Art and Culture Center (Hollywood), Wayfarers (New York City), The Projects (FAT Village, Ft. Lauderdale).