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Gowanus ArtLab Workshops

Location: Whole Foods Esplanade, SW Corner, 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215
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ArtLab Gowanus is a popup structure on the Whole Foods Esplanade that hosts monthly site-specific FREE art workshops, taught by local artists.

The “lab” is a steel-framed pop-up structure that provides flexible workspace for groups and individuals. There are built-in work surfaces, as well as storage for smaller drawing boards that participants can borrow for use in the nearby bench seating or around the neighborhood.

Sedums inhabit the green roof, capturing and retaining rainwater before it makes its way into the canal. The structure thus becomes an educational opportunity itself while it hosts other workshops.

By offering a space along the canal for site-specific art-making, this structure places value on different ways of seeing an often maligned water body and its surrounding neighborhood. It acts as a new lens along the Gowanus Canal, opening up opportunities for discovery through art and stewardship.

Please join us for a series of FREE workshops, below:

GOWANUS ART LAB WORKSHOP DATES
All events are located on the Whole Foods Promenade, SW Corner (near the water), 214 3rd St, Brooklyn 11215. [Click here for exact location]

NOVEMBER
The Canal Abstracted w/ Andrei Petrov
Saturday, November 5, 11:00am - 1:00pm
RSVP FOR THE CANAL ABSTRACTED HERE
Participants will observe the canal's surface & depths and its multilayered surrounding landscape by breaking it down into abstracted forms, colors, and textures. Using acrylic paint participants will explore painting techniques by experimenting with loose washes, rich glazes, and thick opaque strokes on canvas. Andrei Petrov is an abstract painter working in oils and acrylics who's work is inspired by organic patterns and movements in nature, shifting geology, and, most recently, global migration, and climate change.  

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Past Events:

APRIL
Reimagining The Gowanus Landscape w/ Jessica Dalrymple
Saturday, April 30 11:00am - 1:00pm
In this family friendly workshop participants will view depictions of the Gowanus landscape from centuries ago, observe its present day form, and then reimagine the surrounding landscape by sketching, painting, collaging, cutting, and pasting on a recycled surface. Paint, drawing implements, photographs, and magazine clippings will be at your finger tips to create a fresh new vision of the Gowanus landscape. Jessica is a local artist who's work focuses on nature coexisting with the urban landscape.

Reimagining The Gowanus Landscape w/ Jessica Dalrymple
Saturday, April 30 11:00am - 1:00pm
In this family friendly workshop participants will view depictions of the Gowanus landscape from centuries ago, observe its present day form, and then reimagine the surrounding landscape by sketching, painting, collaging, cutting, and pasting on a recycled surface. Paint, drawing implements, photographs, and magazine clippings will be at your finger tips to create a fresh new vision of the Gowanus landscape. Jessica is a local artist who's work focuses on nature coexisting with the urban landscape.

Gowanus Imagined w/ Christina Kelly & Amy Sohn
Saturday, May 14 11:00am - 1:00pm
In this workshop visual artist Christina Kelly and novelist Amy Sohn (Prospect Park West) will share their research and projects related to the canal. They will encourage participants to use their imaginations as a way of experiencing and rethinking the Gowanus Canal. Assorted artifacts, social history, texts, old newspaper articles and photos will serve as a point of departure for conjuring the lives, loves, domestic dramas, crime and eccentricities that played out around the banks of the canal and the surrounding industrial landscape in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Shadowing Our Waterways w/ Alexandra Zevin (Participant must attend all workshops)
Shadowing Our Waterways is an intercultural project facilitated by But a Shadow of Myself. In Workshop 2: Gowanus/Gowanus Canal, community members will read about the Gowanus Canal and take a walking tour led by the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Participants will collect their data and collaborate to make shadow puppets and texts based on their research. Members will then videoconference and draw collaboratively with participants in Cairo, Egypt (who have already researched the Nile and made puppets, poems and an animated video).
Dates: 
Sunday, May 1, 1-4pm
Sunday, May 15, 11am-12pm
Sunday, May 22, 1-5pm
Saturday, May 28, 1-4pm
Sunday, June 5, 1-3:30pm
For this series, please RSVP by April 29 at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) using the subject line Workshop 2: Gowanus/Gowanus Canal (Please mention if you have ties to Greenpoint or Gowanus).

Canoe + Photography Trip with Melissa Staiger
Saturday, June 25 11:00am - 1:00pm
Limited Seating for 1 hour excursion on the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site on a canoe accommodated by the Gowanus Dredgers.  Come and photograph or video your experience.  Bring your cameras! We will meet at the Art Lab at the Whole Foods Promenade and end our session sharing photo's and video's we just took.  #SOMUCHFUN Must be 16 years or older and only 2 person's per canoe.
The best of your work will be curated and shown at Trestle Projects located at 400 Third Ave, Brooklyn 2nd Floor during the third weekend in October for Open Studio's and coincide with an art exhibition.

The Joy of the Gowanus w/ Julie Combal
Saturday, July 30 11:00am - 1:00pm
Participants will create their own landscape painting of the Gowanus taught by Ms. Combal in the step-by-step manner of instructional painting TV programs. Ms. Combal is an artist and art therapist working and living in New York City.  She is intrigued by art’s ability to illuminate nature’s relationship to pollution. 

Dyeing with Weeds w/ Christine Facella
Saturday, August 27 11:00am - 1:00pm
Learn about some of our most common weeds, in a fun, creative way! We’ll dye handmade paper and cotton gardening gloves in batches of prepared natural dyes, made from plants in the neighborhood.You’ll learn the process, and and will leave with a pair of funky gloves. Come prepared to take notes (and get slightly dirty!)

The Lines of the Landscape w/ Charlotte Corini
Saturday, September 24 11:00am - 1:00pm
Participants will be looking at the canal and its environment, and looking for lines thorough the whole of the space, not just creating the forms. Participants will be looking at the intersection of the space to create forms, and will be using pen and ink to create lines, washes, and marks.

Photo Poetry: Finding Inspiration in the Urban Environment w/ Miska Draskoczy
Saturday, October 22, 11:00am - 1:00pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29, 11AM-1PM DUE TO FORECASTED HIGH WINDS
Learn how photography and poetry can combine to explore the rich fabric of our urban environment. Part neighborhood photo walk, part writing workshop, no prior experience is necessary, just an openness to experimentation, play and collaboration. Miska Draskoczy is a photographer and writer whose forthcoming photo book, Gowanus Wild, examines nature and wilderness in the industrial environment.

This project was made possible through a partnership with Arts Gowanus and the Old Stone House & Washington Park and a generous grant by New York City Councilmember Brad Lander.

Thank you to Artist & Craftsman who are generously donating supplies for all our workshops.