Public Art Workshops

​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Here you will find information on Professional Development workshops and opportunities related to Public Art. Check back here often for updates and future workshop opportunities!​​

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's Public Art Digital Classroom continues in October with five new workshops will feature artists and curators taking you behind the scenes of public art projects, studio practices, and opportunities. Register and join us every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. for these live online workshops that include presentations by the artists and ample time for your questions! Can't make the live workshop? Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a workshop!  The LIVE lessons will be recorded posted permanently for continued viewing on the Office of Arts and Culture’s YouTube Page​. ​

  • October 1 – Haley Hinds - The Phoenix Airport Museum Collection, Temporary Shows and Programs
  • October 8 – Mary Lucking - Approaching Design: Identifying and Solving Problems in Public Art
  • October 15 – Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt (R & R Studios): Thinking and Making for Public Places
  • October 22 – Brad J. Goldberg – History, Landscape and Structure: The Pueblo Grande Museum Entrance Public Art Project
  • October 29 – Joe Willie Smith – Practice and Performance: A Virtual Studio Visit
     
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​Past Workshops

Did you miss the Public Art 101 online workshops? You may now view them on the Office of Arts and Culture's YouTube Page
 

Public Art 101

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These webinars will discuss how to apply for and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project. They will offer a step-by-step overview of the application, contracting, design and fabrication process.
 

Navigating Digital Files for Public Art
Artist Led Workshop with Bill Dambrova

 

These online workshops showed how to handle digital files and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions were geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project or would like to brush up on basic software tools. The step-by-step overviews focused on the graphic editing and 3D modeling software commonly used to design and fabricate a wide range of public art projects. ​

Navigating Digital Files for Public Art
Artist Led Workshop with Bill Dambrova

Join these free online workshops to learn how to handle digital files and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project or would like to brush up on basic software tools. The step-by-step overviews will focus on the graphic editing and 3D modeling software commonly used to design and fabricate a wide range of public art projects. ​


 

Thursdays in September

September 3   – Lesson 1:  Navigating Photoshop

September 10 – Lesson 2:  Navigating Illustrator

September 17 – Lesson 3:  Navigating SketchUp

September 24 – Lesson 4: Navigating Vectorworks

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The events will be live, featuring a presentation and time for questions and answers. Each workshop will be limited to 20 participants. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the sessions!  The LIVE lessons will be recorded and posted permanently for continued viewing on the Office of Arts and Culture’s YouTube Page.

This event is open to the public - but you must register. Once registered, you will receive log-in information to attend your event(s). Each event will have a unique log-in.

Thursday, September 3rd at 10am
Lesson 1 – Navigating Photoshop

Would you like to improve the artwork photos you take to submit for competitions and exhibitions? This workshop provides an overview of ways that Adobe Photoshop can be used to edit and make your photos look their best. It includes demonstrations to make the techniques easier to understand and use.

Thursday September 10th at 10am
Lesson 2 – Navigating Illustrator 

Ever wonder what the difference is between raster and vector graphic files? This lesson will demystify that by walking you through the process of turning photos of your artwork into file types that can be used by fabricators. 

Thursday September 17th at 10am
Lesson 3 – Navigating SketchUp

One of the greatest challenges for public artists is showing how a design concept and its surroundings will look when a project is done. Digital tools can play an important role in that. This workshop will demonstrate how to use SketchUp to create 3D models of artworks and their sites.

Thursday September 24th at 10am
Lesson 4 – Navigating Vectorworks

Ever see great public and wonder how it was made? This lesson will demonstrate how studio artists can convert their design files into the shop drawings used by fabricators.

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​Public Art 101​

Join these free online workshops to learn how to apply for and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project. They will offer a step-by-step overview of the application, contracting, design and fabrication process.

The events will be live, featuring a 20-minute presentation and 30 minutes for questions and answers.

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This event is open to the public - but you must register. Once registered, you will receive log-in information to attend your event(s). 

Register Today

Thursday August 6th at 10am
Lesson 1 – Applications and Selection Process.

Have you ever wanted to apply for a public art project, but don’t know how?  This lesson will cover how to respond to Calls to Artists with the City of Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture. We will include lots of tips such has how to read an RFQ (Request for Qualifications), Photograph tips, and the CaFE application system.  

Thursday August 13th at 10am
Lesson 2 – Contracts

Entering into a City contract can be daunting.  This lesson will help to demystify the process by walking through the different types of city public art contracts and covering important things to consider.  This lesson will not offer legal advice, but we will provide resources for artists!

Thursday August 20th at 10am
Lesson 3 – Design Phase

Unlike studio work, public art projects are not solo acts. They can take many forms, involving many people and needs. This session will walk artists through a typical design development process.  We will discuss the types of design projects and team, and what to consider in developing a successful design.

Thursday August 27th at 10am
Lesson 4 – Fabrication/Construction

Join this lesson to take a general look at how public art projects are built – both by artists and by contractors or subcontractors. We will talk about these two different approaches, and how to determine which is best for a project. ​​

Have thoughts on future workshop topics? Contact us with your ideas at arts.culture@phoenix.gov.

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