Lecture and design workshop on July 8th
Reading, PA – On Saturday, July 8th, from 12-3:30pm, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, with visiting artist, AlyssaBeth Archambault, will offer Art+Activism: Protest Signs, a lecture and workshop on the design and production of an effective protest sign, banner, poster, or flag.
Open to all, regardless of age, artistic talent, or political view, the day begins with a 45-minute lecture and slideshow on the history and nature and the protest sign, followed by professional design tips on how to make your sign stand out. Topics covered will include how to share your message effectively, methods and materials for construction and display, and design strategies (for example, graphics versus no graphics). It will conclude with a group critique of example signs. Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held from 12-1pm in the Boscov Film Theatre.
In the design workshop, from 1:30-3:30pm, Archambault will lead students through the creation of their very own sign. Advanced registration is required for $25 per person (GoggleWorks members receive a 50% discount) and includes all materials and supplies. Students are asked to bring their ideas, short slogans, words, or sketches and will leave with a completed sign.
Raised in Long Beach, California, Archambault recently graduated from the highly regarded Sign Graphics program at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College – the only remaining sign-painting program of its kind. She has led several workshops on sign-painting in the Los Angeles area, and for many years has worked and played in the creative worlds of theater, music, and painting. She runs Bee’s Knees Sign Co., a Los Angeles enterprise focusing on one-of-a-kind, handmade commercial and personal signs, like storefronts, A-frames, chalkboards, and banners.
Archambault is currently completing a 10-week summer residency at GoggleWorks, where she will be working on wayfinding and hand-painted signage throughout the campus. A free artist talk is scheduled on the evening of July 7th, during GoggleWorks’ free, monthly Spotlight Night event. Additionally, she will be teaching Introduction to Sign Painting, a two-day intensive workshop for ages 18 and over, on August 12 and 13th. For more information and to register for either workshops, visit goggleworks.org.