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Stories, Statements, and Stuff

Monday, August 2nd | 5:00pm-8:00pm | Stories, Statements, and Stuff


There are a variety of ways to make a statement and share our stories. We can write a personal essay, draw a picture, share photos, use a blow horn, or show up at a protest. All of these are valid and important endeavors, but Mixed Media/Found Object art is another fantastic way to share thoughts, feelings and stories, while simultaneously stretching our imaginations. Take a look at some of the random items you have lying around the house and try viewing them a little differently.  Maybe turn your Covid experience into a visual memory?

Here’s an opportunity to create a story or statement of your own. Gather up some odds and ends you have and let’s play!  Some suggested items are listed below to help  get your creative ideas flowing.

This is an exploratory workshop, open to anyone, at any level of artistic ability. This workshop will provide an opportunity to play with various materials, to learn together, and most importantly, to have some fun. Allison will be a guide - someone to bounce ideas off of - and  will share a variety of things  learned about working with mixed materials. Mixed Media/Found Object art is an internal journey. We never know what we might create until we’re in the moment with it. If you have a specific concept of something you want to create, that’s great too!  We will  help you make that concept a reality.  

Some ideas about household things to bring and build with in class:
- Small favorite rocks/pebbles/shells
- Miniatures of anything
- Small wooden shapes and flowers
- Interesting buttons
- Tiny light bulbs/small balls
- Doll parts/broken toys
- Boxes of any kind
- Beads/jewelry parts
- Skewers/chopsticks, kabob (metal or wood )
- Dowels (variety of sizes but mostly small)
- Any other meaningful items .The sky's the limit!
Most of all ,  bring your sense of humor and exploratory attitude. 

Please note: Tools, adhesives, and interesting items provided. Please bring a pair of safety glasses or purchase from the studio ($5).


This class is appropriate for ages 18+.

This class will take place indoors at Studio 34 Creative Arts Learning Center, located at 34 Elton St, Rochester, NY 14607. The studio is located on the second floor of the largest of the three brick buildings on Elton St. Please use the entrance on the right side of the building. Additional parking is located at the corner of Atlantic and Elton.

Live subtitles will be available upon request during this class. If you prefer a sign language interpreter, please fill out our contact form. Please also let us know if you have any preferences (seating, vision access, etc).

About the teacher:
Allison Roberts is co-founder of Impact Interactive, a theatre-based training company. She is also a visual artist, actor, and writer. She is the founder and producer of the comedy troupe, EstroFest, and she performs in local theater, TV commercials and film. Her visual art works include murals, found object art, theater sets, painting, and illustration. Her writing background includes poetry, short stories, scripts, essays and articles. Publishing credits: Rochester Magazine, City Newspaper, RocParent, Democrat & Chronicle.

Studio 34 Creative Arts Center is known for their small classes.

For details on our COVID-19 policies, class cancellation policy, parking, and more please visit our FAQs.