Archive for May, 2012

Upcoming Workshops at Studio 68

The following are our upcoming workshops at Studio68, please check our workshop page for a detailed curriculum: https://vapablog.wordpress.com/workshops/
 
I- Creative Writing   (Courses for Beginners and advanced participants)

This workshop is designed for those who would like to add a creative spark, a burst of creativity to their writings, whether beginners, amateurs or professionals, this workshop will help you bring to the surface what’s been lying dormant inside.

In this workshop you will learn how to improve your writing skills through descriptive exercises, self-exploration, memory retrieval, lively class discussions and games!

When it comes to writing, all of us are often blocked in expressing our thoughts in writing – usually because of learned, preconceived ideas of how we “SHOULD” write, when the truth is there are no rules or limitations to writing!

I – Introduction:-Different genres in Creative Writing-Goals and objectives-II – Creative Writing exercises:-Description -Dialogue Listening-Creating characters-Character mapping-Lateral thinking-III – Creative Writing games:Childhood memories-What if?-Five senses-Using paintings to make up stories-Storytelling games-Writing Prompts-IV – Creative Writing tips- V – Final project.

Date: June 9 till June 14 (6 sessions, 2 hours each)

Fee: 200$

II-Accounting for freelancers

Designed for individuals working in any freelance field. Through this course you will be learn basic accounting skills in order to organize finances and set up monetary plans for your future business. How to correctly assess your financial plan and understand the terms used in the accounting field and understand government based restriction such as tax and documentation needed.

 
Date: Wednesdays starting June 6 (3 sessions from 6-8pm)
Overall charge: 100$

III-Finger Painting and social thinking workshop (shed light on social issues)

Finger-painting isn’t just for children, this workshop is intended for people of ages 15 and over. Its aim is to facilitate the ability of self-expression through the interesting connection between the physical act of touching the paint and connecting with something important inside one’s self. Like yoga, finger-painting is a physical and spiritual opening up that helps you transcend and reach a different place within yourself, …allowing you to explore body, mind and soul. It’s a good activity to fully express yourself!
 
Weekly sessions (Mornings and evenings)
Fee: 35$ per session (Materials are inclusive)
 

IV-Body Language Workshop

Also advanced lesson also available-info sent upon request

Would you like to tell if someone is lying? Are you looking for a way to improve your communication skills? Are you seeking more cooperation and understanding from other people?
This workshop will sensitise you to your own non-verbal signals and will help you read key signs from the people you are dealing with, which will help you reach better deals, make a positive impression, choose well your partners and friends and even boost your self-confidence.
All this in a fun and interactive atmosphere using improvisations, videos, photos, and role-playing games.

Date: June 7 till June 12 (6 sessions, 2 hours each)

Fee: 200$ 

Registration is a must for all workshops. To register please contact us at least 1 week before the workshop starting date on vapaorg@gmail.com / 03 466 764. All workshops will take place at our studio in Ashrafieh Sioufi.
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Typography in Art and Advertising – 4 more seats!

Due to the number of participants, students will be divided into groups opening up for 4 more students!

The typography workshop by Niels Bakkerus, coming from the Netherlands to give his insight and teach you his techniques in creating affective inspiring typography.

https://www.facebook.com/events/233146823458048/

Fee: 220$ per person or if in a group of 3, it’s 200$ per person.

Registration is a must!

To register please contact us at:
Email: vapaorg@gmail.com
Phone: 03 466 764

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Niels Bakkerus (1985)  is a multi-disciplinary artist  working and living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Niels has been creating & studying art since his childhood. After secondary school he studied design & communication at Sint Lucas in Boxtel and graduated as an illustrator in 2010 at AKV Sint Joost in Breda.  He began painting graffiti around 2001 and has been working on realistic portraits and lettering techniques since then. This lead to the creation of numerous murals in public places. In 2007  he made a huge mural in Palestina, this experience is still plays a big role in his life and in his art. Next to graffiti Niels puts his focus on all kinds of  art in public places, this led to his signature streetart style called Papercut. He tries to compose new images in public places, billboards and on canvas by cutting and rearranging posters and flyers.

In almost all projects typography plays a big role, whether it’s graphic design, illustration, graffiti or papercut projects. Niels plays with the aesthetic values of letters, working between communication and typography as image itself.  Trough this wordplay Niels got into the creation of ambigrams and even wrote his thesis about ambigrams in graphic design. Since he is also a graffiti writer the combination of graffiti and ambigrams is more than logical, this style created by Niels is called ambigraffiti. Niels Continues to work and evolve his ambigrams in his own calligraphic style.

For more info and artworks, please visit Niels website:

http://www.bakkerus.nl/wordpress/

Typography Group Discussion in Art & Advertising with Niels Bakkerus @ Studio 68

You can truly be a typographer when you stop viewing words as letters and start seeing them as curves and artistic forms. Then you are able to create pieces of art out of Typography that is able to convey the message on its own.

For this, we bring to you Niels Bakkerus coming from Netherlands to hold group discussions revolving around Typography, its anatomy, its use, how to get inspired, and how to get creative with.

Niels Bakkerus (1985)  is a multi-disciplinary artist  working and living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Niels has been creating & studying art since his childhood. After secondary school he studied design & communication at Sint Lucas in Boxtel and graduated as an illustrator in 2010 at AKV Sint Joost in Breda.  He began painting graffiti around 2001 and has been working on realistic portraits and lettering techniques since then. This lead to the creation of numerous murals in public places. In 2007  he made a huge mural in Palestina, this experience is still plays a big role in his life and in his art. Next to graffiti Niels puts his focus on all kinds of  art in public places, this led to his signature streetart style called Papercut. He tries to compose new images in public places, billboards and on canvas by cutting and rearranging posters and flyers.

In almost all projects typography plays a big role, whether it’s graphic design, illustration, graffiti or papercut projects. Niels plays with the aesthetic values of letters, working between communication and typography as image itself.  Trough this wordplay Niels got into the creation of ambigrams and even wrote his thesis about ambigrams in graphic design. Since he is also a graffiti writer the combination of graffiti and ambigrams is more than logical, this style created by Niels is called ambigraffiti. Niels Continues to work and evolve his ambigrams in his own calligraphic style.

For more info and artworks, please visit Niels website:

http://www.bakkerus.nl/wordpress/

Group Discussions will be held on Monday, May 21 from 6 till 8 – Tuesday, May 22 from 6 till 8 – Saturday, May 26 from 11 till 1 or from 4 till 6.

Fee for a Group Discussion: 30$

Registration is a Must!… Seats are limited.

Niels Bakkerus (Young Gouru of Typograhy) hosting a workshop soon at Studio 68!

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Niels studied graphic design and communication at St. Lucas and illustration at AKV St. Joost. Through graffiti Niels got into typography and created his own style of illustration and typography

Because of his background in graffiti he was well known with lettering itself but got into custom lettering more and more and started to master the art of penmanship and calligraphy as well. His most advanced works where all of these influences are combined are his complex ambigrams. Lettering designs that can be read normally and upside down as well.

Niels works in the fields of illustration and graphic design, but also works an artist on his own personal projects. His vision on how to combine those two will be of big influence in the workshop.

Niels will be coming to Lebanon specially to hold a Typography Workshop in Studio 68 at VAPA!

The workshop will be divided into six sessions on May 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30,

Fee for this workshop is 220$ per person, or 200$ per person if in a group.

A certification will be given upon completion of this workshop.

For more about the workshop, check out this post:

https://vapablog.wordpress.com/2012/05/14/typography-in-art-and-advertising-studio-68-5/

Some of Niels previous works include;

Typography

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Illustration

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Spray-Paint

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Paper-Cut

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For more on Niels, check out his website: http://www.bakkerus.nl/wordpress/?cat=23

Typography in Art and Advertising @ Studio 68

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A typography workshop that is organized for professionals and semiprofessionals working in the fields of art-direction, creative industries & agencies, graphic design, illustration and graffiti art. It is held by Niels Bakkerus who is a young artist and illustrator working and living in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and coming to Lebanon to give this workshop over six sessions starting from May 23.

Fee of the workshops is 220$ per person or if in a group, 200$ per person.

Registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, May 16 due to high demand!

For more info, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/233146823458048/

And also contact us:

Email: vapaorg@gmail.com

Phone: 03 466 764

www.vapablog.wordpress.com

 

Special Thanks to the Romanian Embassy in Lebanon

Special thanks to the Romanian Embassy for recommending VAPA Association for participating at the Euromed Forum on Creative Economy in the MENA region  held in Jordan from the 13th to the 15th of May 2012.

Lebanese civil society and cultural actors take part in the EUNIC Euro-Mediterranean Forum in Jordan

Lebanese civil society and cultural actors will participate, between the 13 and 15 of May 2012, in the Euro-Mediterranean Forum on Creative Industries and Society, organised at the Dead Sea, in Jordan, by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC). The event is the launch pad of a long-term EUNIC Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Project which will address Democratic Empowerment, Cultural Policy and Creative Economy. The aim is to support the creative sector in the MENA region to redefine cultural policies that respond to the changing socio-political context in the region, to demonstrate the potential of the creative industries, to increase and reshape the scope of cultural exchanges and to strengthen of competitiveness of the sector.

One of the main objectives of the Forum is offering the actors of cultural and civil societies in the region a possibility to meet in order to create a cross-border network. The Forum also aims at gathering the expectations of cultural and civil society partners in order to conceptualise the structure of the long-term EUNIC MENA Project. The Forum is organised, logistically, by EUNIC in collaboration with Al-Rai Center for Studies. The EU Delegation to Jordan is financially supporting the project while the EU Delegation to Lebanon supports some of the representatives of the Lebanese NGOs, additional funds are provided by EUNIC Members.

The event will be attended for the first time by more than 250 representatives of the Creative Industries – cultural operators, artists, NGOs, cultural organisations and institutions, public authorities, EU institutions as well as EUNIC members from the MENA region (Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia) and the EU. The participants’ fields of expertise include the whole creative sector: Advertising; Architecture; Crafts; Cultural Heritage; Design; Educational and Leisure Software; Fashion; Film, Video and Audiovisual Production; Literature, Libraries and Publishing; Music; Performing Arts and Entertainment; Television, Radio and Internet Broadcasting; Visual Arts. Creative industries not only contribute significantly to the GDP but also they are growing faster than most sectors of the economy and also generating new jobs twice as fast. The forum aims to help policymakers and creative practitioners understand the creative industries better, to identify the needs and suggest ways in which they might be addressed. It should also encourage politicians in the Arab World to take the sector seriously and to develop policies to push the creative industries agenda forward.

 

The Lebanese delegation, which is led by the President of EUNIC in Lebanon Dr. Dan Stoenescu, First Secretary of the Romanian Embassy and Representative of the Romanian Cultural Institute, will include delegates of the British Council and of the Institut Français du Liban, as well as representatives of civil society and cultural actors such as Maqamat Dance Theatre, Dar Onboz Publishing House, The Visual and Performing Arts Association (VAPA), Youth & Culture Center (YCC) Zouk Mikaël, Safadi Cultural Centre/German Dialogpunkt in Tripoli, Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association, Lebanon Development Union (LDU), Agenda Culturel magazine and Metropolis. The participation of Lebanese NGOs in this event will offer them the opportunity to network and share their know-how and cultural expertise to the emerging civil societies in the region, especially following the “Arab Spring”.

 

Background:

EUNIC, the European Union National Institutes for Culture, aims at establishing partnerships and networks amongst the European cultural institutes in any one country. In Lebanon, the formation of such a network seeks to better coordinate the activities between the European Cultural centres, organise joint initiatives, and respond collectively to European open calls for proposals in order to benefit from additional cultural funding. The members of the Lebanese cluster of EUNIC are – The British Council, the Goethe Institut, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, Instituto Cervantes, the Danish Cultural Institute and the Institut Français du Liban.

 

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