My Voice Media Center is a collaboration between the Arts Consortium and Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency – Mental Health Branch to provide art instruction for adults and their support base who have lived experience with mental illness. My Voice Media Center provides digital and traditional media in order to tell their stories and achieve their artistic aspirations.
Accomplished professional artists facilitate the creative ambitions of participants, offering weekly courses in photography, videography, drawing, poetry, audio engineering and recording, and much more. The facilitators act as guides, empowering artists to use digital tools to realize their own creative visions.
To learn more about the program, contact the Arts Consortium’s My Voice Media Center during our regular business hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 3 PM at 300 E. Oak Ave. Visalia CA 93291
*Calendar subject to change. Please call ahead for class availability.
Provides a basic understanding of the technical skills needed in digital photography. Both the beginning and advanced portions of this section are designed to build confidence in creating avenues of expressions through photography. Participants will learn how to operate a digital camera and will get a basic understanding of the design skills needed to express their thoughts. In addition, participants will become familiar with transferring photos from their camera onto a Mac or PC.
Explore the basic photography and videography skills needed to capture still and moving images with an easy to use a digital camera. Participants will view images and videos to identify best in quality. They will have the opportunity to edit, transform, or modify their digital photographs and video using the software Final Cut Pro X. Participants can develop a portfolio of images and video taken.
Rebecca’s session is dedicated to developing images through the use of pastel painting techniques. An important part of this session is the guided critique every week, during which participants have the opportunity to share constructive comments and opinions with each other. This critique is meant to encourage thoughtful analysis of artwork and to build the sense of camaraderie.
Olivia uses techniques she acquired at UCLA’s 2017 Arts and Healing Conference to lead participants through a wide variety of short-term art exercises. This session is designed to encourage visualization and planning in color, texture, and materials. Participants are also asked to fulfill a short writing requirement after each project, explaining the reasons which led to their final product.
Learn techniques for creating original prints. Work primarily in relief printmaking — a process in which the matrix is prepared by removing a portion of the surface. Ink is applied to the undisturbed areas and pressed onto paper to create an impression. The matrix is MDF wood, a rubber block or a linoleum block. A common example of a relief print is a rubber stamp.
Basics of audio engineering. Instruction on recording music and voices and blending together the elements to make a professional recording in a studio environment.
A session devoted to the techniques of acrylic painting and drawing. Paint using basic shapes and values based on a value greyscale. Learn the techniques of color theory and painting using a full and limited palette. You will complete several projects including a still life, landscape and self-portrait.
James (Jim) Willwerth
Instruction at all levels of literary writing, from poetry and novels to short stories, nonfiction and memoirs. Participants read from their original work in class and are given notes on structure, characterization and form to craft the best material possible. Jim also helps participants make sense of the feelings that go with their stories.
More visiting artists to be announced.
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