All About Natural Dyes: Online Class
Curious about natural dyeing? Come learn what works, what doesn’t (and why!)
Instructor Lesley Darling will demonstrate in the September 26 10am class how to dye with what you already have lying about the kitchen and garden. This class is an excellent choice for beginners or those trying to make sense of information they’ve seen online, incorporating traditional dye history, basic science, and practical at-home solutions.
Instructor Lesley Darling is a Midwest-based fiber artist with international experience and 7+ years of textile practice.
Creating Videos, Start to Finish: Online Class
Have you ever wanted to make a video? Whether it’s an educational film, a short narrative film, or even just a chance to reach your clients through a YouTube channel, the thought can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be!
Join us for an online 4-part course, Oct. 3-24, 10am to noon Central Time, designed to teach you how to create video content using your video-capable smartphone and the iMovie editing program.
Held each Saturday for four weeks, these 2-hour classes will cover all the basic skills you need to turn your ideas into a full-fledged, sharable video:
Week 1, Oct. 3 – Pre-Production: Planning Your Shoot and Basic Technical Skills.
Week 2, Oct. 10 – Production: Shooting Your Video Footage.
Week 3, Oct. 17 – Post-Production #1 – Understanding Concepts of Editing and Using iMovie.
Week 4, Oct. 24 – Post-Production #2 – Finalizing Your Edit and Sharing Your Finished Video.
Each class will consist of approximately 90 minutes of course work followed by 30 minutes of optional “Community Time,” when participants may ask specific questions or share personal ideas or projects.
Participants will need to have access to a video-capable smartphone and the iMovie application (either on a smartphone or on a computer). Participants will be given handouts and suggested material for further study between classes, if they so choose.
As we move into Post-Production (Weeks 3 & 4), video footage will be made available for download so that all participants can actively learn iMovie during the class. However, if participants have personal footage they would prefer to use, that’s great too!
The classes are designed to build upon the previous week, culminating in a completed video project – concept to distribution.
Instructor, Maggie Techner-Werning, was raised on a small acreage in Iowa. After having spent almost 10 years working in the film industry in Los Angeles, she is excited to share with you her personal bag of movie-making tricks. View Maggie’s IMDb page.
Swander Woman Productions
Online and in-person touring schedule. Very little in-person touring currently due to safety guidelines related to covid 19. For a presentation for your virtual event, contact touringSWP@gmail.com.
- Monday, October 26, 2020, 6:00-7:30pm: National Conference for Growing Community Foundations: Online Conference on Sustainable Community for All. Map of my Kingdom will be presented, featuring actor Cora Vander Broek, followed by a talkback and interactive discussion led by Mary Swander. On Tuesday, October 27, Mary Swander will be available from 2:00-3:00pm for pre-scheduled meetings with attendees. Hosted by the Kansas Association for Community Foundations. Conference buzz: “This is the most comprehensive conference for CFs that I am aware of.” “This is, full stop, one of the most important events of the year.” For more information, click here.
- POSTPONED: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 7:30pm: Brush, Colorado. Brush High School Auditorium, 400 West Street, Brush CO. FREE and open to the public. Sponsored by Morgan Community College and Brush Area Chamber of Commerce, with support from Downtown Colorado, Inc.
- POSTPONED: Thursday, June 4, 2020: Springdale, Arkansas. Northwest Arkansas Land Trust. The Jones Center, Springdale AR. Erika Kuhn, actor. Mary Swander, playwright.
- Sun, September 22, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00pm: Sharon Center, Iowa. Sharon Center’s historic Fellowship Lodge, 2765 500th Street SW, Iowa City IA. Lindsay Bauer and Jordan Dornbierer, actors; Mary Swander, playwright. Light refreshments will be served. Free, but donations appreciated.
- Sun, November 10, 2019 at 2:00pm: Maquoketa, Iowa. A Harvest of Memories and Hope. Maquoketa Art Experience, 124 South Main, Maquoketa IA. Open to the public. Suggested donation $5. Rip Russell, storytelling coach, and Mary Swander, talkback. Storytellers include Heather Moore, Lori Schnoor, Skott Gent, Cale Gent, Roger Stewart and Steven Tubbs. Plus food from local vendors and music by the Black Velvet Band. For more info, click here.
Wed, January 29, 2020 at 12:30pm: Muscatine, Iowa. FuFu and Other International Culinary Delights: Weird foods I’ve eaten. Theatre in Strahan Hall, Muscatine Community College, 152 Colorado Street, Muscatine, IA. Free and open to the public. Mary Swander, storytelling coach. Storytellers are MCC international students with roots in China, Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, Sicily, Côte d’Ivoire, Ukraine, Brazil, Togo, Cameroon and the Netherlands. They’ve eaten rattlesnake and earthworms… and armadillos! Plus international music.
- Sat, February 22, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00pm: Grinnell, Iowa. Food and farming stories from around the world, Grinnell College, Humanities and Social Studies Complex, N1164, Grinnell, IA. The public is invited for stories, music and international food. Sponsor: Center for Prairie Studies. Mary Swander, emcee; storytellers from Storm Lake and Muscatine communities. For more information, contact Prof. Jonathan Andelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of Center for Prairie Studies.
Imagine that you are an alligator, visiting a deserted mall!
The annual AgArts Field Day will be held Sunday, August 30 at the Land Alliance Folk School and Geyer farm at 1259 Rohret Rd SW, Oxford, Iowa, west of Iowa City. The program will begin promptly at 7:00pm.
Advance registration is required. The fee is $10 per car. REGISTER HERE.
The field day is a drive-in event this year, featuring Eulenspiegel Puppets performing Shenanigans: Animals in Charge! It’s a new show based on true stories of animal antics during a pandemic, “with a lot of imagination thrown in,” said Eulenspiegel director Monica Leo. The show will be entertaining for all ages.
Mary Swander will give a concise talk about AgArts, which imagines and promotes healthy food systems through the arts.
In addition, Anna Geyer will tell briefly about the Land Alliance Folk School, located on her family’s diverse farm which includes a food forest, cutting garden and wood-fired pizza oven.
Jean Graham, artist from Austin, Texas, participated in an AgArts Farm-to-Artist Residency at the Geyer farm last summer, and created a graphic zine about her experience. A few of Graham’s images will be shown before and after the puppet show.
Ice cream bars will be provided to all guests.
Sound will be available through FM car radios and through smart phones. Attendees are to remain in their vehicles and stay for the entire program, 7:00-8:15pm.
Attendees must register and pay $10 per car by August 29.
Rain date is Monday, August 31 at 7:00pm. Check AgArts or Land Alliance Folk School on Facebook for rain-related announcements.
The AgArts Field Day is a Friend-of-Practical-Farmers-of-Iowa event.
For more information, see AgArts.org, contact Mary Swander at 319.936.0187, email@example.com or contact Anna Geyer at 319.325.6609, firstname.lastname@example.org.