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Exploring the Magic of Set Design: IAC's Creative Workshops for Young Minds

On February 22, 2024, the Immersive Art Collective hosted a workshop on scenic design as part of its Creative Kiddos program at their home venue, the Count’s Den in Downtown Los Angeles.

In this workshop, a group of children – along with some parents – were taught how to create faux brick walls, using various paints as “weather elements” to distress and texturize the set pieces. The blank walls themselves were provided by Recycled Movie Sets, who have graciously provided IAC and the Count's Den with many set pieces over the years.

But this was more than just a way for kids to have fun with paint outdoors – they learned that, with the right tools, some guidance, and their imaginations, they can create anything. IAC proved to these kiddos that they are more than capable of creating detailed and elaborate sets typically seen in film, TV, and theatre, making the realm of professional artistry a little more accessible.

The class was taught by L.A.-based multidisciplinary artist, Francesca Bifulco. In addition to her impressive resume – which includes having her work featured in numerous galleries and shows around the globe – Francesca has lent her expertise to numerous IAC projects, including last fall’s production of “Medea Unleashed,” and is a member of its Board of Directors.

She was joined by her husband and IAC’s Technical Director, Alex Schetter; and Venues Manager, Mary Elkhoury.

However, this workshop couldn’t have been possible without the help of storyteller, musician, and performer Karen Golden, as all of the participating children were enrolled in her Creative Learning Place homeschool learning center.

“Everyone worked together, which was beautiful to see,” Karen said of the workshop. “A workshop like this creates community. I learned that with the proper instruction, everyone can be a visual artist and feel successful, even the smallest of children and parents who are intimidated to try something new and get dirty. This activity was a win-win for everyone.”

As experienced as Karen is as an artist, even she discovered some new wisdom from diving into a new medium:

“I learned that set design is a process and requires a certain set of very well thought out skills and materials. IAC provided the tools needed including rollers, brushes, paint, washing stations, texture and even plastic aprons so the participants would not get their clothes dirty. I learned that all of this is necessary for a positive outcome.”

The Immersive Art Collective is gearing up for its Creative Bend Summer Camp, in which children will learn a wide variety of life skills through immersive art and play. Your support will help keep this program free those who enroll. Click here to donate!


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