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2019 Art at Brite

Brite Public Artist Workshops!

Every year dozens of artists come together to make Brite Winter happen, including professional artists, hobbyists, partner artists from groups like the Cleveland Museum of Art and Ingenuity Cleveland . . . and, of course, YOU!

At these public workshops, we’ll work together to bring to life the theme for the celebration of our 10th year — Brite 10: Onward! Large-scale immersive environments across the festival site will hearken back to the golden age of travel, taking visitors across time and space by land, sea and air.


Thursday 6 pm – 9 pm January 24th: Marine Mobiles with Andrew K

Learn how to upcycle materials into chandeliers and dangling Deep Sea installations inspired by glass fishing floats, kelp, and glittering ghostly baubles washed beneath the waves. Builders help construct a bar, benches, and sunken ship DJ booth.

Saturday 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm January 26th: Keep on Rolling with Eugene Z, Leslie S, and Bob B

Build out and decorate a series of train cars trundling through the ages, and learn about different key artistic styles like Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Populuxe. Plenty of drawing, cutting, measuring, base painting and detail work.

Thursday 6 pm – 9 pm January 31st: Super-Coral-Fragile-Artistic with Andrew K

Even though the sound of it may be atrocious, you’ll find these tricks for creating sculptural corals out of spray foam and recycled materials absolutely enchanting. Plus prep other watery props with our partners from the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Saturday 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm February 2nd: You're such a character (actor)! Improv & Play with Fire & Light Performing Arts & Friends Practice playing to help bring Brite to life! This fun performance-based workshop teaches techniques in basic improv, audience interaction, putting together a festive thematic costume, and more. We’ll come up with fun ways to keep Brite’s audience on their toes. Participants who sign up for a shift during the event get a custom-made costume to keep!

  Thursday 6 pm – 9 pm February 7th: Don’t Hate the Playa, Love the Game with Spontaneously Combustible Games Learn the basics of board game design with Amanda and Michael, and help create a large-scale interactive board game that will take Brite-goers on a train ride thru the ages, solving mysteries and saving damsels in distress!

Saturday 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm February 9th: Get Your Wings with Melissa M and Minh V

This is our Family Day! Join youth and young adult art educator Melissa Moon in the creation of a giant paper plane-based art installation that incorporates techniques in folding and dying . . . including a super fun and kid-friend approach to paper marbling using fun-to-touch shaving cream! Plus assemble whimsical plane-themed art . . . just remember to put your own oxygen mask on first!

All workshops are free and open to the public, held at IngenuityLabs at 5401 Hamilton Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44114. Sessions are geared toward participants at a range of skill levels, and always include additional activities like carpentry, painting, sewing, and assembly. We provide drinks and snacks, but feel free to bring something to share! Dress in warm, layered clothing that you can get dirty, and bring your tools if you have them! Young ‘uns during Family Day, only, please!

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“Brite Winter is a big bridge that connects us all. No matter what your art discipline, the message is clear: below zero temperatures will not stop you from having fun outdoors.”

—Hector Castellanos-Lara