One Giant Try It! An interactive open house

March 20, 2016 — 12:00 PM
Member:FREE | Non-Member:FREE

The Arts Center of the Capital Region is proud to present the 2nd annual One Giant Try It! on Sunday, March 20, 12-2 PM. An interactive event where visitors can make, create, and observe the vast array of art media we have to offer. Bring your family and friends to this free event!

On the day of the event, there will be 10% off all classes and a chance to win a free week of summer arts education camp!

Come explore photography, culinary, mixed media, dance, performance art, and much, much more!


Check out all of the exciting, hands-on activities that will be happening throughout the building during our One Giant Try It!

Instructor: Jillian Naveh

Medium: Culinary

Location: Kitchen

Activity: Cooking demonstrations

Jillian will provide cooking demos for participants to create delicious, healthy, and unique cuisine.


Instructor: Madison Lavelle

Medium: Sculpture

Location: Drawing Studio

Activity: Mold Making

Madison will be instructing participants in the art of mold making.  Each participant will go home with a fun and unique piece of art made with their own two hands.


Instructor: Andrea Cunliffe

Medium: Performance Art

Location: Black Box Theater

Activity: “Try It” Acting workshop

A Famous Shakespeare speech

A modern day encounter scene  from a Broadway hit!

A new piece of writing

or A film script scene

How about a comedy sketch?

Venture into the world of theatre for the afternoon

You pick the scene and have a ‘play’


Instructor: David Aloka y Nana Allende

Medium: Dance

Location: Dance Studio

Activity: “On-One” Salsa

Participants will have a chance to try the art of “On-One” salsa. It is heavily influenced by the salsa scene in Hollywood and Los Angeles, CA, and is also commonly called “LA” style salsa. Part of “on-one” salsa’s popularity both there and in many other states is due to how easy it is to pick up, while still offering challenging moves and combinations for intermediate and advanced salsa dancers. As a result, it is a style that is most commonly danced at social events, so join co-instuctors david aloka y Nana Allende and come prepared to be social and have fun!


Instructors: John Visser & Nancy Steckel

Medium: Pottery

Location: Pottery Workshops

Activity: Wheel throwing

Time to get your hands dirty! Dive into the art of pottery/ceramics in an interactive workshop that will allow participants to throw on the wheel with a master potter and learn what our beautiful pottery studio as to offer.


Instructor: Troy Cloth and Paper

Medium: Silkscreen

Location: Wallace Gallery

Activity: Screenprinting

The folks at Troy Cloth & Paper are making an exclusive screen print design for this event! Utilizing their DIY portable printing station participants will have the chance to learn the art of screenprinting. You will be able to pull your own professional prints or bring your own article of clothing to be printed on.

**Bring your own t-shirt!


Instructor: Jamey Stevenson of TVGS

Medium: Digital Arts

Location: Digital Arts Studio

Activity: Computer Game Design

Ever wonder how computer games are made? Join the Tech Valley Game Space in an interactive workshop that will teach you the basic skills of the creation of your own game. And get a sample of all of the creative possibilities computer gaming has to offer.


Instructor: Victoria Rodriguez

Medium: Chalk/Pastel

Location: Painting Studio

Activity: Sidewalk chalk drawings

Ever wonder how those fun and unique chalk drawings are created during our annual Side Walk Chalk Painting event?  Join one of our advanced chalk artists to learn the basic skills of how to create unique piece of art!


Instructor: Jeremy Chapline of the Foundry Press

“Foundry Press is an adventurous publishing collective of writers, fine artists, designers, printmakers, and creative entrepreneurs. We provide letterpress printing and bookmaking services, classes and workshops, open studios and tours with the goal of furthering the craft of traditional printing and book arts.”

Medium: Printmaking

Location: Printmaking Studio

Activity: Letterpress

We will be introducing people to the world of letterpress through a hands-on demonstration of typesetting and printing! Guests will be able to run a print or two, of a pre-typeset poster, on our Vandercook SP-15 letterpress.


Instructor: Devesh Chandra

Medium: Indian Music Caravan

Location: Main Gallery

Activity: Performance for Open House: 12pm-12:45pm

The Indian Music Caravan is a series of concerts throughout the Capital District, featuring Veena Chandra on sitar and Devesh Chandra on tabla. These performances take audiences on a journey through classical and folk music of India. Audiences experience both Indian music and the culture inherent to it. The Indian Music Caravan is a part of the Community Arts Project of Veena & Devesh Chandra and is supported by NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts) and the Arts Center of the Capital Region as well as the Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District.