Adult Classes + Workshops

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Program Description

We invite students of all ages and abilities to explore our workshops at Indie Grits Labs. We offer a diverse range of classes in a collaborative and supportive educational environment. Learn the basics to advanced skills with our accomplished teaching artists and filmmakers. Call to register or come visit us in person.

Download a registration form
or call 803.254.8234
or email [email protected]

Don’t see the class you want? Comments welcome! Please tell us know what you want to learn–email [email protected].

Want to teach a class? Submit a class proposal! Send your resume to [email protected].

Registration Policy:

Advance registration is required. Registration is not secured until payment is received. There are no refunds on classes, but we will happily give you credit for a class if there is proper notice, should you need to cancel your registration for any reason.

-Full credit up to one week before the class
-Half credit if you cancel the week before class begins
-No credit if you cancel day of the first class or after

Schedule

Jun 20, 6:00pm

Intro to Screenwriting

When: Wednesdays / June 20, 27, July 11, 18 / 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Ron Hagell
Cost: Nick Member $90 / Non-Member $120

Description: This is an introductory course in the techniques for writing narrative screenplays.  The course techniques and guidance can be applied to the writing of many other film forms such as documentary, industrial, commercial, on-line applications and short narrative films. The class will include a study of the screenplay form, structure and writing, including developing stories that will provide a foundation for continued work. Beginning with the creation of compelling characters then setting them in cinematic action in proper industry formatted scenes leading to a completed screenplay. Students will write at least one expository (first act) scene along with character descriptions and a complete story synopsis.

Materials: Students will need to be IT literate as class materials will be delivered via an on-line forum and you will be asked to use either CELTX screenwriting software (www.celtx.com) or another freely accessible similar software. Please download the software prior to the first class. Please arrive prepared to take notes and ready to discuss your work in-progress or goals for the course. You will be required to sign a copyright privacy agreement prior to the start of this course to protect the intellectual property of all attendees.

Jul 07, 6:00pm

Cameraless Photography

When: Saturdays / July 7, 14, 21, and 28 / 10:00am-12:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Steffi Brink and Brennan Booker
Cost: Nick Member $90 / Non-Member $120

The workshop will use a variety of analog materials to explore foundational forms of photography without a camera. Experimenting with techniques like cyanotype and lumen printing, students will have the opportunity to create stunning photographic prints, experience a slower, more hands-on approach to capturing light and shadow, and ultimately compile prints from the class into their own handmade booklet.

Materials Included.

Jul 08, 6:00pm

Intro to Adobe InDesign

When: Sundays / July 8, 15, 22, and 29 / 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Savannah Taylor
Cost: Nick Member $90 / Non-Member $120

Adobe InDesign has something for everyone. This program provides the opportunity to design and create layouts for both print and digital spaces with very few restrictions unlike other basic programs. In this hands-on introductory course, Nickelodeon and Indie Grits Labs Designer Savannah Taylor will walk you to InDesign, and start from the very basics like how to create and set up your first document, place text and images, using grids and guidelines, to packaging and exporting your final project.

Supplies: A Mac or PC Laptop running Adobe Indesign is required. There will be a few extra computers on hand to borrow during class time. Prior knowledge of digital image files, word processing software, or other design softwares encouraged.

Jul 09, 6:00pm

The Essay Film

When: Mondays / July 9, 16, 23, 30 / 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Lillian Burke
Cost: Nick Member $90 / Non-Member $120

Experience the freedom to explore your voice while delving into a story of your choice.  Students will create their own essay film using a variety of found footage and original material. The essay film is an experimental style of filmmaking that showcases the personal and subjective experience while incorporating traditional elements of documentary.  Students will learn the basics of shooting video, recording audio and voice-overs, and video editing in premiere pro. Led by award-winning filmmaker Lillian Burke. No prior experience with video is necessary, however access to either archival materials or a DSLR/video camera will be helpful.

Jul 10, 6:00pm

Intro to Film Photography

When: Tuesday / July 10, 17, 24, 31 / 6:00-8:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Richard Voltz
Cost: Nick Member $105 / Non-Member $135*

Interested in the art of film photography? Pick up a camera and start shooting with us in Intro to Film Photography. This class will primarily focus on basic 35mm film photography and how to master your analog SLR camera. We will cover everything from aperture to shutter speed, even how to properly process color film by hand! If you have a 35mm film camera and would like to know more about its functions, or if you are interested in learning photographic techniques to make your photographs look and feel even better, we will cover that and more. The class will be designed to accommodate all photographers from hobbyists, newcomers, and seasoned veterans. 

Materials Required: 35mm camera
2 rolls of film
2 or more negative sleeves (for negative storage)
*Includes cost of chemicals for hand development.

Jul 12, 6:00pm

Make Your Own Orgone Pyramid

When: Thursdays / July 12, 19 / 6:00-9:00pm
Where: Indie Grits Labs / 1013 Duke Ave
Instructor: Curtis Heru
Cost: Nick Member $45 + Materials Fee / Non-Member $60 + Materials Fee

Orgonite is a special substance used to make all kinds of shapes and sculptures. Usually paired with polyster resin and combined with specific materials, such as gold flakes and crystals, the final result is an entirely unique sculpture. There are many spiritual aspects to your creation based on what you decide to put in your sculpture. Class instructor Curtis Heru will lead you through what this means for spiritual sovereignty, and after the course, you will come home with a significant piece of art that is entirely unique to you and your energy.

Words from the instructor:
"Orgone Architecture is very special process that enables you to control the Energy Flow of your environment. The phrase "Good Vibes" is perfectly applicable. Orgone sculptures consist of crystals, metals, synthetic or plant-based resin and memorable objects and/or patterns that are specifically placed then bound together in harmony to generate positive energy. Orgones are chi boosters and emit vibrations that protect against levels of EMF Radiation, they aid in focus, and the optimization of the meridians and chakra centers within the body. Today's societies are over-saturated with unnatural frequencies that our bodies are subjected to every day-- from cell phones, cell phone towers, televisions, computers, and even foods. Orgone Energy is one way you can balance those negative vibrations and take back control of your space."