Nov 8, 2014 Saturday
Chez Arroyo
211 S Ave 57
Los Angeles US

This class is a design thinking crash course ( with ideas of social consciousness and gift culture floating just under the surface. Design thinking methodology can be very useful in tackling any problems, formalizing what is essentially a very intuitive approach. We use parts of design thinking in our daily lives all the time. The core of the class will be a slightly modified version of the Gift-Giving Project (more on this @ Institute of Design at Stanford -, followed by a community leadership building exercise. You will walk away from the class inspired, reminded not to exclude yourself from the community, and having heard that "everything is interconnected" at least a couple of times! ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: If handy (not required): various "craft workshop" materials and tools to share , such as: color paper, tape, glue, stickers, Popsicle sticks, wire, thread, fabric, scissors, markers, etc. ///// Location Accessibility: This classroom is located on the second floor but does not have a ramp or escalator/elevator.

Bring one of the following:
a used book that you've read and would recommend!
surprise me!
a small to medium size (and no more that ~5-7lbs) object that you have sitting at home, not useful to you now, but hesitant to throw away because you think someone else might find it useful
a way to jump-start learning to swim as an adult
ideas for renting a cheap RV, and RV road trip tips

About the teacher, Hayk Makhmuryan

Hayk Makhmuryan is an advocate for building community through arts and creativity, coordinating a community arts studio in the Skid Row community for over 6 years. He is keenly aware of his constant use of the word "community", but is yet to find a better word. We learn best by practicing and sharing the knowledge with others. As he's learning more about design thinking, he'd like to share the ideas with others to better understand it himself (also because the ideas are worth sharing!). A self-described everythingian.

Nov 9, 2014 Sunday
Pop-Hop Books and Print
5002 York Blvd
Los Angeles US

Using the idea of design as a way of thinking and problem solving, this workshop will help artists and creative professionals put together materials for job and grant applications. Emphasis will be on using graphic design skills and larger design principles and strategies to effectively communicate the artist’s intentions in portfolios, resumes, artist statements and grant applications. We'll attack the portfolio/application in terms of such design terms as user need, UX, branding, hierarchy and the grid to think about how to put together materials in a way to show off work in the best light. ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: Computers with software you are designing application in. InDesign preferred, but the ideas can be applied to any program. ///// Location Accessibility: This location is accessible by walker & wheelchair

Bring one of the following:
coconut butter
coconut flakes
half hour massage
organic meat
organic vegetables
written testimonial about the course written after class

About the teacher, Betsy Medvedovsky

Betsy Medvedovsky is an Echo Park-based graphic designer who's applied for a million jobs, residencies and other opportunities, at least some of the time successfully. She never knew how to do a portfolio when she was coming up and likes teaching this class as a gift to her younger self.

Nov 14, 2014 Friday

Figure Drawing 101

8:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
Teacher's Home in Echo Park
1505 1/2 Allesandro St 90026
Los Angeles US

Get an overview of figure drawing techniques, an intro to some of the masters, and lots of practice sketching a live model. Class will cover basic instruction and techniques, followed by plenty of practice with a live model. Either clothed or nude subjects (depending on who will work for free) with timed poses ranging from 1-30 minute poses. Possibly would use participants as models (clothed, of course). ///// SUPPLIES You'll Need to Bring: A large sketch pad, at least 18x24 inches (larger is better). Vine charcoal, graphite pencils, pens, markers, pastels, crayons, oil pastels, colored pencils, paints (and brushes, if you promise not to make a mess). Easel if you want, but otherwise we will be seated around the room. Some might like a large clip board to work on, but make sure that you at least have a sturdy sketch pad or other surface to draw on. ///// Location Accesibility: This location is accessible by walker but is not equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Bring one of the following:
A book that you’ve read and liked (or that has really great illustrations in it)
A unique/weird coffee mug, like a Goodwill or garage sale gem
Bag of coffee
Christmas lights
Something you made (food or craft)
Surprise Me!

About the teacher, Karen Stasevich

I grew up in rural Michigan with all sorts of animals around. I'm not a professional artist, but I sure do like trying and I enjoy hosting twice-monthly figure drawing sessions (Happy Drawing Times at Echo Park on Facebook).

Nov 15, 2014 Saturday

Introversion Explained

11:00a.m. to 12:30p.m.
Chez Arroyo
211 S Ave 57
Los Angeles US

So, you’ve taken an online test and learned that you’re an introvert. You’re not entirely sure what that means, but you suspect you’re now doomed to die alone with 15 cats and one parakeet. There’s an amazing number of misconceptions about introverts out there, and I’ll be helping you to sort through these half-truths and well-meaning myths. In this class we’ll talk about the definition of introversion (no, it doesn’t mean shy), and what science is telling us about our temperament. We’ll also talk about an introvert’s strengths and weaknesses, and then examine how to use this label to understand ourselves without being confined by it. Although this class is geared toward introverts, respectful extroverts who want to learn more about introversion are welcome too. // Format: class will be formatted * We start off with students taking a common introvert/extrovert quiz. We then discuss the results. The remainder of the class is a lecture, with plenty of opportunities for questions. Towards the end students will get a chance to reflect on how they can use this knowledge in their everyday lives. ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: A pen. ///// Location Accessibility: This location has stairs but no ramp or elevator/escalator access.

Bring one of the following:
A Facebook Like (
A home grown fruit or veggie
A surprise
A Twitter Follow (
Nice stationery
One hour worth of digital illustrations
One hour worth of research

About the teacher, Thea Orozco

Thea runs a website for introverts called Introvertology. She coaches people to work with their introversion instead of against. When she’s not ranting about how introversion is not the same as shy, she can be found nestled in a corner, reading non-fiction books that most people would find boring.


Beginning Ballet/Jazz

2:00p.m. to 3:30p.m.
Teacher's Backyard
1666 Westmoreland Blvd (not Avenue, there is one near by)
Los Angeles US

We will cover some of basics of jazz and ballet. We will go through some technique, performance quality and vocab. Class will begin with an introduction of ballet and jazz. We will begin with a warm-up, across the floor and center. ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: Flexible shoes if possible or ballet/jazz shoes. No sandals. Comfortable clothing that you can move in. No jeans. ///// Location Accessibility: This location is accessible by walker & wheelchair

Bring one of the following:
Clean Garden Soil
Indoor Plant
A good used book
An accordion lesson
ANY kind of art piece
Mixed CD Bag repair service
Organic Seeds
Pocket knife
Vegan food or baked good

About the teacher, Ashley Towne

Ashley Towne - moved to LA from Flagstaff, Arizona. In Arizona she established and participated in multiple performing dance companies while receiving her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Northern Arizona University. Through out time she has used dance as a tool for connecting to individuals, the environment and her community. She has worked with choreographers such as Dante7, Andre Fuentes, Lisa Eardly, Sheri Godfrey and more. She has been teaching dance and performing in the United States, Asia and Europe for over 10 years.

Nov 16, 2014 Sunday

Neighborhood Microbiome!

11:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Gallery of Art Center South Campus
950 S. Raymond
Los Angeles US

The Human Microbiome is an environment of beneficial microorganisms that live on and in your body. Having a healthy and diverse microbiome is increasingly seen as an important method for better health. The class will explore what a healthy microbiome means and what are ways to ensure a healthy microbiome for ourselves and our community. By exploring together we will uncover our hidden bacterial neighborhood and how to move past the"icky" of bacteria. The class will be formatted as following: Introductions! 1. What is the microbiome? intro + information packets 2. What are ways to work with your microbiome? info 3. class forum/ talking, questions and suggestions by class 4. make kim chi (a natural probiotic) 5. prep table 6. mapping kit distribution/ students are given a kit to map their neighborhood microbiome ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: Teacher will provide all materials ///// Location Accessibility: This location is accessible by walker & wheelchairs.

Bring one of the following:
a pack of pens (for the class to write notes)
paper towels (to help clean up the class)
sample of your microbiome
snacks to share

About the teacher, Kristina L. Ortega

Kristina L. Ortega is a designer currently enrolled in Graduate Media Design Practices at Art Center College of Design. Kristina is interested in systems and how individuals exist, benefit and tactically operate within them. Kristina perviously worked in the fashion industry.

3110 N. Broadway
Lincoln Heights US

When you project your radiance you become magnetic. Through yoga and meditation the aura is strengthened, and it glitters and sparkles with golden hues, giving you a radiance. When we are radiant in a pure, subtle, sophisticated manner, others are unconsciously drawn to us; therefore, we become prosperous. This workshop style Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class will work with the current Astrology to assist students in navigating these intense times of rapid and profound transformation. Students will learn basic mantras, meditations and exercises that will assist with releasing karmic blocks that hinder us on our path to greatness. Astrology is our roadmap; our birth chart is a navigational tool. When we learn to recognize the signs, and follow the signs, listening to our heart / soul, we truly come into balance... and balance is the key to happiness. ///// SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED TO BRING: Open mind / heart; Yoga mat or blanket; Water to stay hydrated ///// Location Accessibility: This location is accessible by walker but is not equipped with a ramp for wheelchairs.

Bring one of the following:
champagne / chablis / sancerre
crystals / minerals
jewelry making / soldering lesson
massage / healing session / tarot, astro, numerology reading
vintage china teacups & saucers

About the teacher, Erica Marie Liscano

Erica Marie Liscano is a certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher, who works with astrology, crystals and dream-state to provide students with positive and profound results. Her focus as a teacher and healer is on sexuality and spirituality. She also holds degrees in Gender, Feminist and Comparative Religious Studies.