Artweek 2017, with the theme of “Manakartala”, held 5 art-themed workshops from 22nd until 26th of May 2017. Not only to develop the art skills of Prasetiya Mulya students, the participants of this workshops could also use the skills given to create or enhance their own businesses. The workshops were about Seamless Pattern Drawing, Flower Box Arranging, Coffee and Latte Art, Digital Music Producing, and 3D Pen.
The first workshop held was about Seamless Pattern Drawing, taught by the famous and talented illustrator, Diela Maharani. Seamless Pattern Drawing is one of the techniques to create a pattern where we simply need to draw the illustration of the pattern we want without having to draw it repetitively. Seamless
pattern is a kind of pattern that could be repeated over and over again because it doesn’t have an edge. The regular technique for making pattern is where we need to draw the whole space (paper) and draw an illustration or shape repetitively. But, with Seamless Pattern Drawing technique, we simply need to draw just one illustra
tion or shape on the paper, split it in half, reverse the position of the two parts, and then draw one or more illustrations in the empty spaces between the reversed parts of the paper. With this technique, we don’t have to draw the illustration manually in repeat. This kind
of technique could be applied in making fabrics or any other kind of products, or as Diela would say as “from art to merchandise”.
The second workshop that was held is Flower Box Arranging with Pola Studio. Pola Studio is a floristry business that recently just opened their creative studio classes. In this workshop, not only the participants learned about how to arrange flowers, but also the types of flowers and how to take care them.
The first thing that the participants are asked to do is to cut the floral foam int
o a half, and then cut it into the shape of a circle as the shape of the box is round. The box that they will use is already stuffed with old newspapers covered with plastic and then topped with the round-shaped floral foam. The next step was to mark the center point of the foam
, the spot to put in the main flower. The function of the main flower is to determine the height of the flower arrangement. After placing the main flower, they need to put 4 flowers on the edges of the foam as the benchmarks of the shape of the arrangement. After putting flowers at the center and edges, fill in the rest of the area with secondary flowers with different heights and place them at an angle, as the desired shape of the arrangement is semi-sphere. Secondary flowers are the smaller flowers that have contrast colors compared to the main flower. After they finished placing the flowers, the participants added a few little flow
ers to make the arrangement looks more interesting. All of the participants looked very serious yet excited when making the flower arrangement.
Even, Agatha Pricilla, one of the participants said that she really enjoyed the workshop although she felt nervous at first but eventually realized that it is not that hard, she said that it needs time and process to make
a flower arrangement.
On Wednesday 24th of May 2017, the Digital Music Production was held. The instructor of this workshop was Double Deer Music, a musical collective group business that records, provides digital music production courses, and produces audio posts. This workshop teaches how to make or produce music without having to play
any music instruments, only by using the Ableton Live application. Ableton Live is a software that is designed to be an instrument and also as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing, and mastering music.
In this workshop, the participants learned the basics of how to make music using the Ableton live and also the tools needed. By learning th
e basics, the participants could explore more on how to produce digital music. The first thing to create is the beat. The beat itself consists of three categories which are kick (the base), snare, and hi/hat. The participants were asked to make a few beat pattern variations. The second step is to create the bass. After creating the beat and bass, they could start arranging the beats and bass into a song that consists of into, body, and outro. The participants were also taught how to create key chords in the app. And from the sk
ills given this workshop, participants could open their own audio production house that produces music, film scores, advertisement, and much more.
On the same day, the Latte Art workshop was also held. In this workshop, the participants
were taught about the appreciation of coffee and latte art, what is coffee, how to make espresso, latte art, and what coffee baristas do. In this workshop, I personally learned that coffee is like an equation, where a lot of factors and variables matters. All this time, I saw coffee as a finished good without knowing its parts like crema, art, body, and many other things that a barista should know and find the perfect balance in an espresso. Turns out, making a cup of espresso is not that simple, even the slightest pressure matters to the taste. Another interesting thing I learned is with one b
ean we could explore a lot of taste by playing with its different variables. From what they learned from this workshop, there is a chance that the participants could be inspired to open their own coffee shop someday. They are also expected to know that there is not a thing in this world is useless, and also they could appreciate coffee baristas more especially their work.
The fifth workshop that was held is the 3D Pen workshop. This workshop is held by Eliketronics, a company that provides innovative electronic devices, including the 3D pen. The 3D pen is similar to
the well-known 3D printer but instead of using a computer and a fixed design, this device uses your creativity and hand. You could create 3D things as simple as drawing on a piece of paper. Using a 3D pen is like using a glue gun, heated filament is used as the “ink”, and then we could draw anything we want out of a 3D pen. The participants are taught how to use the 3D pen for the first time, inserting and removing filament, maintenance, also how to create things using a 3D pen.
ey learn the basics like how to draw a line, square, triangle, cube. Second, they learned how to draw in the “air” or drawing vertically. And the last part is free drawing, where all of the participants were asked to draw any 3D object that is useful. The objects were assessed, and for the makers of the most interesting 3D art won a 3D pen worth of IDR 750.000 each. The 3 lucky winners that got the 3D pen created a basket-shaped to put stationaries, phone stand, and a tree-shaped pen holder.
Words By: Antonia Wahyudi