Artist Development Programs
at the Ohio Craft Museum

Ohio Designer Craftsmen offers professional development classes for artists of all levels. Previous classes include photography for artists, gallery representation, branding 101 and introduction to social media. To be added to our mailing list for upcoming programs, please scroll below to submit your email address.

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Art + Mindfulness

creating art with meaning

The Ohio Craft Museum is offering a three month series suitable for the beginner to the professional artist or educator. Take one or all three workshops in the series for inspiration in creating art with meaning. All three artists will offer insight into their creative strategies and guide participants in their mindful meditative process. The workshops are a combination of demonstration and hands on application.
Fee: $40 per workshop, includes all materials. Save by taking all three workshops for $105. Saturday afternoons, 1-4pm.

Re-create with Leah Wong
January 13   SESSION FULL

Work alongside Leah Wong to learn her technique of thoughtful re-creation in making paper cutouts and installations. Recycling colorful images from children’s picture books or posters, participants will design playful cut-out artworks. Encouraging free thinking and playfulness in the process of re-creating structures from a starting image, Leah will lead participants in completing at least one piece, preferably multiple pieces, that can be played with in a group setting. Bring a picture book or poster suitable for altering or use what will be available.

Leah Wong received a BFA in painting from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, China, and her MFA in painting from Ohio University in Athens. Her paper cutouts and installations explore volume, void, and light and shadow in transformation, to create a dialogue between cultures and concepts. Wong has participated in numerous exhibitions, and her work can be found in many public and private collections. She received the Ohio Arts Council 2017 Individual Excellent Artist Award and was selected as the summer artist-in-residence at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown.

Turn the Page with Jeff Nilan
February 10  SESSION FULL

Work with Delaware artist Jeff Nilan to create your own artist’s book using a coptic binding. Because all parts of the binding are visible in the final product, designers must be mindful of the materials and techniques used in the construction of each book. Emphasis is placed on the selection of archival papers, covers and images, as well as the care and attention to detail. Participants are asked to bring an image, special paper (approximately 8”x10”), etc., to incorporate into the book they’ll design and complete in class.

Jeff Nilan received his MFA in photography from Indiana University. A professor of art at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Nilan’s work has been shown throughout the United States and is housed in multiple collections of artists’ books. His art is influenced by his roots and upbringing in Nebraska, as well as the landscape and culture of the Midwest.


Visual Storytelling with Evangelia Philippidis
March 10

Columbus illustrator Evangelia Philippidis will share the story of her Greek heritage and explain how she incorporates it into her art. She’ll offer storytelling strategies to guide participants in creating their own scratchboard art. This class will focus on sketching out a story and transferring it to the board. Students will learn basic scratchboard printmaking techniques, with results similar to a woodcut. Projects may need to be completed at home. Come with your own images and photos as references, all other supplies will be provided.

Grove City graphic designer Evangelia Philippidis uses the scratchboard technique to create black-and-white and full-color designs. An award-winning illustrator for The Columbus Dispatch for 22 years, Philippidis’s work is influenced by the mythology, art and architecture of Greece, where she was born and lived until the age of 9.

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