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Workshops & Panels


Previous Year Workshops & Panels

creating a strong online presence for success

Lead By Mark Kalajainen, Pier5

Saturday, May 19th, 11:00 AM –  JIRANI MAIN STAGE

Many artists and entrepreneurs would love to leave their day job to pursue art full time, but don't have the stability or revenue to do so. The most commonly missing piece is a strong online presence, which can bring rapid exponential growth. Many small business owners are great at their craft, but simply don't have the time to set up a website, post on social media, or maintain a blog. This talk will highlight the essentials to establishing a strong online presence, focusing on free tools that you can leverage to grow your brand. 


Making It: Life as a Poster Artist

Lead By Tracie Ching

Saturday, May 19th, 3:00 pM –  JIRANI MAIN STAGE

An in-depth look into how digital illustrator, Tracie Ching, went from unemployed to self-employed as an internationally recognized full-time freelancer.

Pursuing a Heroic Ending


Saturday, May 19th, 4:00 pM –  JIRANI MAIN STAGE

In a culture so focused on achieving success and chasing the "Hollywood happy ending", is there an alternative, something else worth embracing? Though an understanding of heroic characters from across geek culture, as well as stories of real-life experience, this talk presents the idea of "the heroic ending", pursuing a path focused less on self and more on others because "that's what heroes do".



Failure is part of Success

LEAD BY Kim B Miller

Friday, May 18th, 6:00 pM –  JIRANI Bean Box

This discussion will focus on how perfection is not part of greatness. Successful people have failed and are still labeled successful. Don't let failure define you.

Paper Filigree: Ancient Art of Quills and Coils

LEAD BY Stephanie McGee

Friday, May 18th, 7:00 pM –  JIRANI Bean Box

Stephanie McGee will introduce the history and mechanics of Paper Filigree or Quilling.  From books to hats to wall art, paper filigree has traveled the world. Tools and techniques will be shown using examples during this demonstration.

Doodle Your Way Through: Healing w. Art

LEAD BY Kimberly Faulkner, BlueMonarch Creative, LLC

Saturday, May 19th, 10:00 aM –  JIRANI Bean Box

Are you looking to have a more healing outlook on the way you view and make art? Interested in melting away tension in a matter of moments? Join Kimberly Faulkner, of BlueMonarch Creative, LLC for this one-time, experiential and interactive workshop. Enjoy making art while you learn tips to promote relaxation and reduces stress along with other mindfulness-art techniques. Ideal for all levels (adults and children 10+); no artistic background required.

AFSP Talk SaveS Lives

Saturday, May 19th, 11:30 aM & 4:00 pM –  JIRANI Bean Box

A community base presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention, and what people can do to fight suicide.


Indigo 101

LEAD BY Amber Pointer-Ayala, Nayomi

Saturday, May 19th, 3:00 PM –  JIRANI Bean Box

It would touch on taking care of your mental health/metaphysics while being a creative. And managing a nine-to-five. Self-care would be the theme here.

AFSP More than Sad (Teen)

Sunday, May 20th, 1:000 pM –  JIRANI Bean Box

This program teaches teens to recognize the signs of depression in themselves and others, challenges the stigma surrounding depression, and demystifies the treatment process.



Living & Loving Recovery

Recovery Groups

Sunday, May 20th, 2:30 PM –  JIRANI Bean Box

Presentation of recovery literature such as books, brochures, phamplets and meeting lists in the City of Manassas and Prince William County. We are available to answer questions about meetings and the different recovery programs. Catalogs are available for ordering literature and DVDs.

Create Without Pain: Feeling Good w. Diet

Led by Sally Norton, My Food Matters, LLC

Sunday, May 20th, 11:00 aM –  Centerfuse

Hands, feet, or back hurt? Learn how you can throw your next pot, create and play music, dance, and sing – all without pain. Discover an essentially “free” therapy that is highly effective in the prevention and treatment of chronic joint and muscle pain, kidney stones, and other nasty disorders.

The Art of Digital Photo-Painting

Led by Peter Smolens, P.B.S. Studios

Sunday, May 20th, 12:00 PM –  Centerfuse

My class describes what is art (Traditional vs Digital). The benefits of Digital Painting, The different types of Digital Painting. How digital painting can emulate traditional painting. How I emulating Traditional Painting by creating digital painting. I show how i use understanding layers, how I use the Adobe Photoshop Mixer Brush to create Digital Photo-Painting. Once the painting is complete, I show how I will displaying your art both online and through prints.

AFSP More than Sad (Parents)

Sunday, May 20th, 1:00 pM –  Centerfuse

The program teaches parents how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation about mental health with their child, and get help.

Understanding and Using Your Digital SLR Camera

Led by Don Flory

SAturday, May 19th, 1:00 pM –  Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/PWC

Do you own Digital SLR camera but feel you aren’t taking advantage of its capabilities? This class will help you understand what this camera has to offer. We’ll cover issues that are not unique to digital cameras, such as basic camera operations, exposure, light metering, depth of field, ISO settings, as well as issues that are unique to digital cameras such as navigating, jpeg versus raw, setting white balance, color correction, understanding the histogram and more. All brands of DSLR camera are welcome.




Led by Lydia Bratton

SAturday, May 19th, 1:30 pM –  Center for the Arts of Greater Manassas/PWC

Improve your photography skills, and learn how to artistically transform your images - in “digitography”, creative possibilities are endless! We’ll start the session using Historic Manassas as a photo-shoot location, then we will manipulate our digital files with Adobe Photoshop in the Center’s computer lab. Using pictures taken during class or from home we will translate raw photos into compelling works of art. Phone & tablet cameras welcome. This introductory class is suitable for ages 10 to adults. Enrollment limited to 8 students.  Tuition includes $15.00 supply fee.

Cake Decorating!

Led by Cakes By Happy Eatery

Sunday, May 20th, 2:30pm - Centerfuse 

Learn how to decorate cakes like an expert with Cakes By Happy Eatery