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CrankieShop: Big Crankie Series

w/ Artists Katherine Fahey and Dan Van Allen

Thu, Jan 11th 6:30 pm in the Creativity Center Classroom One


Registration price is for all 3 classes in the series.

Members Registration

Registration price is for all 3 classes in the series.

Roots of Creativity

Discover the wonders of crankies* by making a box  into a storytelling machine! Explore the art of crankie making from concept to creation. Get creative, choosing a subject, storyboarding, and playing to your strengths. Experiment with timing and transitions as you learn the ins and outs of this unique art form. Learn about its origins and modern-day renaissance. This workshop will also feature crankie performances by teachers Katherine Fahey and Dan Van Allen. Come prepared with a simple story or song to base your crankie on. Participants will be given the option to work on paper or buy Tyvek and will have the option to commission a crankie box from wood worker Dan Van Allen for only $50. Artists will be invited to share at an open crank night in the Marquee Lounge.

*Crankies are the original moving pictures; a form of visual performance, involving a cranked scroll of artwork in a box.

Where: Creativity Center, 3137 Eastern Ave. Baltimore MD 21224
When: Thursdays | Jan 11-25 | 6:30–8:30PM
Age Range: 16+ (with accompanying adult)
Cost: $90 standard, $83 members
Materials: All supplies provided w/ option to buy Tyvek and/or commission crankie box

Instructor Bio
Katherine Fahey, award winning puppeteer, is one of the pioneers reviving the art form of crankies, a form of visual storytelling involving a scroll of artwork in a box. Her pieces are based on stories and songs as far reaching as legends of northernmost Quebec and the swamps of Louisiana to her hometown streets of Baltimore. She has been teaching crankie making and performing nationwide since 2010. Accompanying her will be woodworker, puppeteer, and foley artist Daniel Van Allen.

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