Julia's Studio: Creative Workshops for Teens

What is Julia's Studio?

In July 2019, BPL will offer a free series of creative workshops at the library! Every Wednesday, we'll have an exciting creative program for teens. All sessions revolve around this year's theme: Express Yourself. Each workshop is designed to be inclusive, expressive, and fun, and all levels of artistic ability are welcome.

These workshops are offered in memory of our former teen librarian, Julia Nelson, who inspired us all with her vivacity and courage.

All five workshops will be held in the 1st floor program room at the Bob Prittie Metrotown Branch, 6100 Willingdon Avenue:

Wednesday, July 3 (1:30pm – 3:30pm): Comic Stories, Part 1 of 2

Join teaching artist Janice Liu of Young Artists' Place for a two-part workshop on creating your own short comic stories. In part one, we'll brainstorm our own stories using a provided prompt, talk about how to outline a story, and write a script. Participants will get to work on a standalone one- or two-page comic story, and get help and feedback from a working artist in the process. It's a great way to kick-start your imagination, and provide you with some of the skills and tools for creating longer comic stories. Be sure to register for both parts!

Sign up (Registration opens on Friday, June 14th)

Wednesday, July 10 (1:30pm – 3:30pm): Comic Stories, Part 2 of 2 (Teens must first attend the prior workshop, Part 1, on July 3)

In part two of this workshop series, we'll create thumbnails for our stories, and learn tips and tricks for creating artwork for comics. At the end, you'll have a finished one- or two-page standalone comic to show your friends!

To participate in this workshop you must attend part 1 first! Sign up for part 1 (Registration opens on Friday, June 14th)

Wednesday, July 17 (1:30pm – 3:30pm): Drawing Experiments

Experiment with different drawing materials and learn new mark-making techniques, with artist sophia bartholomew. Together we will follow a series of playful drawing exercises, exploring improvised words, shapes and images to create a new work of art. At the end of the workshop, everyone will take home their own poster-sized artwork, created through a process that combines drawing and collage.

sophia bartholomew (they/them) is a trans non-binary femme, working with text and textiles, photography and performance, ceramics and video. Drawing experiments have long-been the foundation of their interdisciplinary art practice, and in 2018 they published “Screen Ecologies” a book of ink drawings co-created with Emma Hicks and Erica Wilk. Check out their work here, here, and here.

Sign up (Registration opens on Friday, June 14th)

Wednesday, July 24 (1:30pm – 3:30pm): Book Binding

Learn the basics of bookbinding by sewing your own notebook with beautiful Japanese papers. You will be introduced to bookbinding tools and materials, and other techniques. Basic bookbinding can be learned by everyone, especially if you want to DIY your own notebook for journaling, sketching, or your next school project! If you are a stationery lover, don't miss out on this opportunity. The workshop will be led by Chanel Ly, a book artist based in Vancouver. You can check out her work on Instagram: @bittermelonbindery.

Sign up (Registration opens on Friday, June 14th)

Wednesday, July 31 (1:30pm – 3:30pm): Personal Narratives - Where Space and Poetry Intersect

In this workshop, we will be looking at the various forms of poetry that intertwine with storytelling. How do we express ourselves through poetry? How do we draw inspiration and respond to a world that is progressively changing? Students will have a chance to look at different poems by contemporary poets, as well as video demonstrations showing how poetry can be illustrated, visualized, and otherwise interpreted. A series of hands-on writing exercises will encourage students to tell stories by engaging with different poems, different objects, as well as experiment with writing of their own. A fun arts and crafts project will be to follow, where students will be able to turn what they’ve written into a chapbook to take home.

At 18, Isabella Wang's is the author of On Forgetting a Language, her debut poetry chapbook (Baseline Press in 2019). She is a two-time finalist and the youngest writer shortlisted for The New Quarterly's Edna Staebler Essay Contest. Her poetry and prose have appeared in over twenty literary journals including CV2, Geez Magazine, The Puritan, and carte blanche, and she holds a Pushcart Prize nomination for poetry. She is studying English and World Literature at SFU, working is an assistant editor with Room Magazine, volunteering as the youth advocate for the Federation of BC Writers, and co-ordinating the bi-weekly Dead Poets Reading Series.

Sign up (Registration opens on Friday, June 14th)

Teens entering Grades 8-12 can attend more than one workshop. Registration is required for each workshop. Registration opens on Friday, June 14th.

Questions? Contact the Teen Services Librarian at myles.wolfe@bpl.bc.ca, or call or text 604-314-2480.