The St. Claude Lab will be a storefront educational space on the corner of Independence Street and St. Claude Avenue that bridges the classroom with professional designers and the community. Working with local elementary schools, art galleries, and creative organizations, the Lab will provide educational workshops that address local issues through design, research, and technology. Students will engage in practical, interdisciplinary problem-solving projects that draw upon the resources of New Orleans’s creative community.
Alexios is a career educator with seventeen years of teaching, curriculum design, and program management experience. Inspired by his own experience of educational inequality, Alexios began teaching English Language Arts at El Puente Academy for Peace and Justice, the first non-profit, public school partnership in New York City. He went on to teach, develop curriculum and manage arts education and college preparatory programs with organization like Teachers and Writer’s Collaborative, Children’s Aid Society, Scholars for Educational Opportunity, the Center for the Urban Environment, and The New Teacher Project. His work experience includes arts and design education, composition and literacy, college preparation, dual-enrollment, and teacher training. As an undergraduate instructor, he has taught composition, literature, and interdisciplinary arts courses with College of New Rochelle, Eugene Lang College, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Bard Early College in New Orleans.
Alita Edgar is a project manager and fundraiser for nonprofits and large-scale art projects. She holds degrees in Clinical Psychology and Urban Planning/Historic Preservation. She has worked with many cultural institutions and collectives such as Coney Island USA, the Flux Factory, and the Madagascar Institute. She believes in bringing people together, matchmaking dogs and dog owners, and going to the beach.
The goal is to teach participants the basic concepts necessary for successful use of the computer as a graphic tool, including paint and drawing software fundamentals, basic microcomputer operation, the care of systems and familiarity with a variety of computer operating systems. Participants will complete a portfolio as a final course product.
Participants explore the creative process of making images that can move ideas and information to an audience, whether for commercial or creative goals. The general principles in this course are the foundation of creative thinking and successful solutions for graphic design, illustration, and advertising communication problems. Participants will complete a portfolio as a final course product.
How do we honor and preserve the stories and wisdom that come from the people around us? This course will delve into the process of finding, interviewing, and editing digital stories about the people we love. Over six sessions, we will explore existing documentary video portraits, discuss different approaches to video portraiture, learn basic technical film and audio procedures, select and interview individuals, and edit our own stories to share at a community screening.
Designers today developing their own books, writing their own blogs, and contributing to the cultural conversation in design journals. In this class participants will explore the overlap between writing and design, and learn to create strong, focused content that effectively communicates their ideas. Participants will complete a portfolio as a final course product.
This course will challenge students to generate creative solutions through clear and compelling written, as well as visual, concepts. The focus of the class will be on the elements of composition, breaking down successful advertising and activist campaigns and crafting impactful messages through copywriting. Participants will design their own campaign as a final course product.
Participants are introduced to the primary concepts of computer graphics and the basic set-up and operation of a computer graphics system. Classes are geared towards the completion of a graphic design portfolio or participants may choose to focus on a single project.
This course introduces the concepts and structures of online communications, and employing interactive digital media. Lessons will be geared towards moving participants towards the completion of a specific project. A variety of digital tools and procedures will be studied, including scripting, text editing, graphics processing, Web browsing, file transmission and Web page design.
Students will be introduced to the design process by identifying community issues and developing proposals for possible design solutions. Students will be introduced to basic research tools and methods, and consider the relationship between communities and institutions in resolving social and economic issues.
This course introduces the concepts and structures of online communications, and employing interactive digital media. Lessons will be geared towards moving students towards the completion of a specific project. A variety of digital tools and procedures will be studied, including scripting, text editing, graphics processing, Web browsing, file transmission and Web page design.
Travel into the depths of your favorite personal or fictional story and explore ways to share it meaningfully to a wider audience. This course will explore the basics of storytelling, the process of creating images for narrative, material approaches, and online tools that can contribute to the creation of beautiful story-sharing. Over ten sessions, students will write and develop their own stories, collect and produce visual content, edit, critique, and prepare to share their final works at a community screening.
This course will explore and communicate the local history of the community through digital storytelling. Students will interview residents in order to develop oral histories and communicate those narratives through multiple digital media. The class will culminate in the development of a website that serves as a library of community narratives.
Students are introduced to the primary concepts of computer graphics and the basic set-up and operation of a computer graphics system. Classes are geared towards the completion of a graphic design portfolio.
We’ve already secured grants from ArtPlace and St. Claude Main Street, Cox Communications and the Jazz & Heritage Foundation. Now we ask for your support to get the Lab off the ground! Please support our Kickstarter campaign.