Here at theCO, we have a lot of hobbies.
But what's the fun of keeping a hobby to yourself?

We want to give you an opportunity to join in on the fun with our workshops designed to help you learn that thing you’ve always talked about getting into: from social media to screen printing, indigo to 3D printing, photography to coding. We have something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
 

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If you have a workshop you'd like to see us offer, or even one you'd like to lead, please fill out the form below.

 
 

 

May 2018

 
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Beginner Web Development | $50
Saturday, May 5 | Ages 18+: 9am - 12pm // Ages 12-17: 1pm - 4pm

Geared for those with no prior coding experience, this workshop will introduce you to basic programming concepts. You'll learn website development by building a web page about a topic that interests you. We’ll start with an overview of HTML and CSS and then move to an introduction to Bootstrap. We’ll then build the webpage in Codepen and post it to Github for all the world to see!

*If possible, attendees should bring a laptop but we will have some extras on hand as well.

About Chance: Chance Smith is a web developer and project manager. In other words, he enjoys solving problems and impressing customers. Most of the websites and apps he builds are for startups in San Francisco and DC area. He has also worked on some fascinating projects with Chick-fil-A, Vanderbilt Health, and POPVOX.

 
 
 
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“Instagram-Worthy”: An Intro to Phone Photography | $40
Saturday, May 19 | 9am - 12pm

“Everyone is a photographer.” At least that’s what they say now that most of us have access to digital cameras every day via our smartphones—but how can our low-budget pics compare with professional photography? In this two-hour workshop, Our Jackson Home Editor-in-Chief Katie Howerton shares her insider tips on how to make the most of your smartphone to create professional and creative imagery with the equipment you have. This class will focus specifically on Instagram, exploring photography basics and the app’s editing capabilities, along with tips for best marketing your product or service visually.

*Workshop for ages 16+. All participants should bring their phones (fully charged) and an example of a product they might photograph for their brand.

About Katie: With a background in photography and BFA in graphic design, Union University graduate Katie Howerton operates as Communications Manager for theCO and Editor-in-Chief for Our Jackson Home. Her daily job consists primarily of designing print and digital materials, editing articles, operating the #OJHshop, planning events, and managing social media.

 
 
 
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Indigo Resist Dye | $75
Saturday, May 26 | 9am - 12pm

“Made for the love of indigo.” That’s how Lisa describes her work—the whole dyeing process is enchanting and you’ll love it too! We’ll start from a blank slate (AKA all-natural cotton napkins and tea towels in this case) and create a pattern with two different resist dyeing techniques. We’ll cover the basics of shibori (binding/folding/clamping) and rice paste resists in this three hour workshop.

All levels of experience are welcome (min age 12)—hand dyeing is a fun and curious process, so all you need is a willingness to experiment. All supplies for the workshop will be provided. Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting dye on. You’ll leave with: 4 cotton napkins and 1 cotton tea towel that you will have dyed with the methods/patterns of your choice

About Lisa: Lisa Garner has been dyeing with indigo for the past four years—always experimenting with new resist techniques to get interesting patterns on cotton, silk, and wood, meaning her hands pretty much always have a slight hue of blue.

 
 

 

June 2018

 
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Design Basics 101 | $50
Saturday, June 2 | 9am - 12pm

Learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and design your very own patch/badge design that can be used as a logo, t-shirt design, or just for fun. This will be a very beginner course and no experience is required. Just bring your laptop with Adobe Illustrator downloaded, your favorite sketchbook, and drawing tools. We will go over what makes a good badge design, how to create it, and how to prepare that file for use. So bring an idea and leave with something you've created!

About Katie: Katie Cooper is a creative director running her own freelance business, Real Tenacious, in Memphis, TN. The majority of her career has been spent designing and screen printing apparel. She has worked with a number of organizations across the country ranging from schools, businesses, to non-profits. For her, screen printing all started in the back of a small office kitchen. If you catch yourself in Memphis, you're highly likely to see one of her shirts floating around.

 
 
 
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Screen Printing 101 | $75
Saturday, June 9 | 9am - 12pm

Whether you have a specific project in mind or you just want to add another skill to your DIY repertoire this workshop is your starting place. You'll learn how to transfer your design to a silk screen and then make a print with your custom screen. You'll leave with a ready-to-print screen with the one color design of your choice (that can be used to print over and and over again), a t-shirt with your design printed on it and mostly the skills to take future screen printing projects from start to finish.

*If you want to print your own design you need to be sure to send us your black and white image as a high quality jpeg by Wednesday, May 9. You are welcome to bring additional items to print. We'll provide you with one t-shirt, but feel free to bring additional 100% cotton materials to print on.

**We have two student spots for ages 15-22 at a $50 rate.

About Katie: Katie Cooper is a creative director running her own freelance business, Real Tenacious, in Memphis, TN. The majority of her career has been spent designing and screen printing apparel. She has worked with a number of organizations across the country ranging from schools, businesses, to non-profits. For her, screen printing all started in the back of a small office kitchen. If you catch yourself in Memphis, you're highly likely to see one of her shirts floating around.

 
 
 
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Inkscape 101: Vector Design for Laser Cutting | $20
Saturday, June 23 | 1pm - 3pm

This workshop will walk you through the basics of the free, online design program, Inkscape. We will cover installation, basic functions, troubleshooting, and tips. Come with an image or text design idea in mind, and we will go through the process of making your design cuttable on a laser cutter, as well as simple vector design work.

*Workshop for ages 14+. All participants should bring their personal laptops and chargers.

About Dan: Dan Drogosh functions as theCO’s Operations Manager, and he has likely assembled any tool/machine you’d want to use at theCO from sound system to 3D printer. He’s an optimistic goofball who is detail-driven and gives the best tours of our space.

 
 
 
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Heirloom Photography in the Digital Age | $40
Saturday, June 30 | 10am - 12pm

These days, most of us record precious photographs and videos on our phone cameras. While the quality is markedly better than the VHS tapes of our parents' generations, we're losing the lasting legacy of tangible media. In the digital realm, we often have to scroll through thousands of photos to find one that marks a specific moment or a season.

This workshop will explore ways that we can create lasting heirloom images and videos in the digital age that can be passed down through the generations. We will touch on digital photo organization, photo printing, memory books, and iPhone photography for busy families. Attendees will walk away with an idea of how to create better photos of their families and ensure that those images can stand the test of time.

*All participants should bring their phones (fully charged) and, if available, a personal laptop.

About Cari: Cari Griffith is a wedding and family portrait photographer with a decade of experience in the portrait world. She began pursuing photography in large part because of her love for my dad's old printed photographs. Being able to hold a memory in her hands and learn more about her heritage has carried her into a lifetime of storytelling.

 
 

 

July 2018

 
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Building Electronic Games | $65
Saturday, July 21 | 1pm - 4pm

Have you ever wondered how video games and electronic toys are made? Join us as we explore the world of electronics, soldering irons, buttons, and prototypes. Each workshop attendee will build their own electronic Simon Says game which will be theirs to keep.

*Minimum attendee age is 15 yrs.

About Ben: Ben Lawrence is an Instructor of Industrial Technology at Jackson State Community College. He holds degrees in biology and electrical engineering while currently working on a masters degree in engineering technology. When not sharing his couch with five cats and two dogs, Ben spends his free time completing woodworking and electronics projects.

 
 

 

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