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Artist Books: From Idea to Form – Workshop by Ken Botnick

How does a book reflect a distinct way of thinking about a subject? How does the page become a dynamic landscape of visual and conceptual ideas? What does thinking through a subject in sequential format look like? In this workshop we will explore these questions and a few more. We will take a simple approach … Continued


Guerilla Arts Takes Over

My, what a busy week we have planned! Students in our 1st-2nd Grade and 3rd-5th Grade Guerilla Art camp will be busy making all sorts of ephemeral art to share with the community.  A few spots are still available if you’d like to join! We have planned all new activities to really refresh Lawrence in the spirit of spring. … Continued


An Approach to Acting for Adults

An Approach to Acting for Adults has taken various forms in different iterations of the class. Sometimes based on story telling and other times based on explore basic acting principles, this class is partially shaped by the interests of the students in the class. For the spring session, this class will focus particularly on digging … Continued


Yes, Let’s! …enroll in Intro to Improv

Yes, Let’s! was one of the many games turned into performance that students in the winter session of Intro to Improv presented last Thursday. A game where an actor in the troupe makes a suggestion such as “Let’s jump in circles” and all the actors follow that direction, “Yes, Let’s” helps students practice following each other’s lead … Continued


Guerilla Arts is Back!

Each year during Spring Break, the Arts Center runs Guerilla Arts Camp for elementary students. This week-long camp is filled with art making in both the studios and the community where results can be experienced by all of Lawrence.  We aim to get to the core of Guerilla Artistry, finding a socially engaging message and … Continued


Class Collaborations featured in Benefit Art Auction

This year’s Art Auction features some amazing art and includes collaborative works created in some of our adult education classes! The “Poetry in Print” class was co-taught this winter by Tonja Torgerson and Mary Wharff, a printmaker and a writer, respectively. This class created a hand bound book filled with student generated poetry. Each student hand … Continued


Lawrence Ballet Theatre to Attend RDA National Festival in Phoenix

This month, the Lawrence Ballet Theatre will attend and perform at the Regional Dance America National Festival in Phoenix, AZ.  For only the fourth time in it’s sixty year history, Regional Dance America will be gathering on a national level for one, five day dance festival. The five regions of the United States – Northeast, … Continued


Story Slam – the Perfect Friday Night Plan

Looking for something to do this Friday night? Come to Story Slam, our monthly event where people share stories based on a theme. This month’s theme is Cut Loose. There are all types of stories, and any story is welcome. Some people plan stories beforehand. People share impromptu stories, short stories, and longer stories. The storytellers are a … Continued


Full STEAM Ahead: Why Arts Are Essential in a STEM Education

“If we are teaching STEM, we are also inherently teaching the arts. For those students who may not be motivated by the math, the science, or even the technology, it may be the creative piece that gives them the spark they need to truly engage. As educators — and, indeed, as a society — we … Continued


Meet Our Teachers: Monika Ivy

Meet jazz and musical theatre dance teacher Monika Ivy. While she teaches many classes in the School of Dance, including modern and ballet, she also works with the School of Theatre & Music to teach students to effectively incorporate movement into their theatrical performances. What is your goal as a teacher? I think that it’s good to … Continued