Upcoming Events

Dean at Open Hours drawing

Here is a quick reference for all the workshops I will be leading or moderating over the next six months. A couple of these are re-mounts of popular events. A couple will be led by guest-artists. If you see something you want to do, sign up now! There is limited seating for each event. I hope to see you in class!

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DIY Accordion Books with Jessie Whitehead
Saturday, June 27, 1:00 – 3:00pm. Ticket price: $15

DIY Accordion BooksImagine unfurling a book and displaying every page at the same time. The picture you have in your mind is a lot like an accordion book. Whether you are an artist or a writer, you will learn how accordion books can function as pieces of visual art or display your literary expression.

More information and registration here.

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6 Origami in 60 Minutes: Paper Flowers
Tuesday, July 7, 1:00 – 2:00pm. Ticket price: $10

6 Origami Paper Flowers flyerEveryone loves paper flowers! They’re fun for grown-ups and kids alike. For a unique summer vacation activity that everyone will enjoy, come to 6 Origami in 60 Minutes! We’ll teach you to make six beautiful flower origami, and you’ll receive printed instructions to take home.

More information and registration here.

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Linocut 101: Reduction Prints
Saturday, July 25, 6:00 – 9:00pm. Ticket price: $50

Reduction Prints flyerOne disadvantage of printmaking is you’re limited to one color of ink, right? Not anymore! The Reduction method lets you use more than one ink for the same design. Artist Dean Johnson teaches you this method step-by-step.

More information and registration here.

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Drawing Techniques: Pen & Ink
Friday, August 14, 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Ticket price: $20

Drawing Techniques FallIt takes so much time to get comfortable with a drawing medium. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone would just show you what works? Artist Dean Johnson cuts through all the trial-and-error and reveals his trusty pen & ink techniques. From brush-inking to cross-hatching, he’ll show you how it’s done!

More information and registration here.

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The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Portrait Illustration with Rachal Duggan
Saturday, August 15, 7:00 – 9:00pm. Ticket price: $20

GBUpromo2015_2Drawing people isn’t easy, but it sure is fun! Students will learn illustration exercises and play drawing games in judgment-free setting. All skill levels welcome. BYOB. (Rachal Duggan is an Illustrator whose clients include the Chicago Reader, The Pitchfork Review and Tom Tom Magazine.)

More information and registration here.

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My Favorite Comics Presents: Wizard World Redux
Monday, August 24, 6:00 – 9:00pm. $5 suggested donation

Wizard World Redux flyerIt’s the Wizard World after-party! We’ll be showing pictures from the convention, talking about panels we attended and celebrities we met, and showing off the comics we picked up. $5 donation at the door gets you a chance to win mystery prizes…. Excelsior!

No pre-registration necessary. More info here.

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Figure Drawing with New Mediums
Saturday, September 26, 6:00 – 8:00pm. Ticket price: $30

Fig Drawing with New MediumsWhat’s missing from art classes is the freedom to play. Well, we’re bringing play back to art! Each artist will rotate from chair to chair, using whatever medium is available at that seat. A live nude model will give us poses. Various drawing tools will be provided. Come play with us!

More information and registration here.

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My Favorite Comics Presents: Tim Burton’s Batman
Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 – 10:00pm. Ticket price: $10

MFC Presents Tim Burton's BatmanMy Favorite Comics presents one of the most unique and iconic versions of Batman to ever hit Gotham’s streets. We’ll be screening Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns. Plus, there will be trivia, games and prizes! BYOB: Bring Your Own Bats. JK, you can bring beer.

More information and registration here.

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Figure Drawing: Multiple Figures
Saturday, November 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm. Ticket price: $35

Figure Drawing Multiple Figures Nov 6Why draw one person when you can draw two? We’re bringing together two (clothed) models to give us dramatic poses. We’ll be pulling scenes from a hat for them to create, and you’ll get to add ideas to the hat! Bring any paper and drawing tools you like. All styles and skill levels welcome!

More information and registration here.

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