“Put It On Paper”
A Workshop featuring Lloyd Winter, Megabolt, and Scout Books for Friendtorship
I’m very proud to announce this three-part workshop that began yesterday at Portland State University. Put It On Paper is a workshop inspired by the people of Ambrose, an after school art club in Holland, MI. Ambrose features weekly hands-on projects, guest artists, designers, and companies that help develop critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and creative problem solving skills.
The Friendtorship course at Portland State has a similar goal. Last year, PSU senior Matti Johnson wanted to reach out to high schools to educate students about graphic design, both as a discipline and as a viable career option. A mentorship course was developed with Centennial Learning Center (CLC), where at-risk youth would visit PSU once a week. CLC students work together with PSU graphic design students on art literacy projects, developing skills within the concepts of social change, community, and design.
Over a year later, the relationship between the two schools continues, and has developed into the “Friendtorship” program, where our bonds can be described as friends + mentors rather than just mentors. I was a part of this course during fall of 2011, and was inspired to help sustain the program because I too, was an at-risk youth during my high school years. If it weren’t for a few influential people in my life at the time, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Through design and art education, I want to be able to inspire someone else, to give them the opportunity to make a change for the better, to bring someone to happiness because of projects like these.
After learning about Ambrose through my own Friendtor, Lloyd Winter, I was inspired to make a workshop with the Ambrose business model here in Portland. I see this as an amazing opportunity to bring the creative community together for a great cause, from organizations both inside and outside of our classroom.
Since then, I’ve reached out to Ambrose, Lloyd, Megabolt, Scout Books, and Open Engagement to help make this workshop possible. Together, we’ve planned a two-day workshop that will result in custom Scout Books featuring a design by Lloyd Winter, with screen printing supplies generously provided by Megabolt. This workshop will educate the students about the creative process of putting ideas on paper, as well as the art of screen-printing. Each student will walk away from this workshop with their own notebook which they helped make.
On Sunday, May 20th at 3PM, Put It On Paper will host a discussion at Open Engagement about the workshop, the importance of collaboration, and art education. We hope that you can join us!
Special thanks to Ambrose, Lloyd Winter, Megabolt, Scout Books, Lis Charman, Conrad Schumacher, Kate Bingaman Burt, and Jason Sturgill in making this workshop possible.
These Scout Books will be available for sale shortly online, each signed with love from Lloyd and the student that helped make them. The proceeds will help benefit the Friendtorship program at Portland State. More information about this soon!
Thank you kindly,
All of the photos above were from Part 1 of the workshop, where students learned the basics of screen printing and created stencils to emulate that process.