Skilling It: The Art of the Workshop
Cultural Studies Micro-Course

July 6, 13, 20, 12–4pm
Summer 2022
In-person at Union Gallery

Instructors: Carina Magazzeni and Abby Nowakowski

Using the gallery space as an alternative classroom, the instructors will lead various workshops and activities that provide teaching strategies and insight into how to design, coordinate and instruct a workshop. While workshops will have roots in the arts, course material is not exclusive to artists or arts workers.

Workshops will have an environmental focus, cover sustainable approaches towards workshop design and explore different textile techniques, including solar dyeing, eco-printing, upcycling fabrics and slow stitching.


Image: Abby Nowakowski teaching a printmaking workshop at the Art Gallery of Guelph

Carina Magazzeni

Carina Magazzeni is a femme settler of Italian-Scottish descent, born and raised in Onguiaahra-Niagara, Ontario, situated on Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory. She holds an MA in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University, a Graduate Diploma in Event Management from Niagara College, and a BA Honours in History of Art and Visual Culture with a Concentration in Curatorial Studies from Brock University. Carina maintains an independent curatorial and artistic practice rooted in critical collaboration. Her projects to date have emphasized curating as an act of care, valued relationships, and have been informed by methods of slowing down processes of witnessing. Her work is driven by queer, feminist and decolonial politics and strategies within and beyond gallery spaces. Carina is a co-founding member of various artist collectives, including Small Potatoes Press, think tank, and The Hysterics Collective.

Abby Nowakowski

Abby Nowakowski is a queer art facilitator and interdisciplinary artist who is driven by curiosity and community. Overtly passionate about the arts, they have been teaching, creating and working to spread advocacy for care, share stories, and make space for radical softness. Their practice extends into art facilitation with a range of collaborations including workshops, performances, and community weaving opportunities. They currently live and work as an uninvited guest on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek.

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Image: Heather Leier teaching a Rice Pasting workshop at Union Gallery | Photo credit: Jung-Ah Kim

Cultural Studies Courses 2021-2022

The course is open to all Queen’s graduate students. Cultural Studies students can simply be enrolled electronically through the Cultural Studies Office /; students from other departments require permission of the instructors, their supervisors, and their department graduate coordinator.

Queen's University Cultural Studies MA and PhD students must take "CUST 802/902 Cultural Studies Colloquium" plus four other courses. Students are required to complete at least two courses in CUST, one of which must be CUST 803 (Cultural Studies Past & Present). Remaining courses may be chosen from CUST or selected from elective courses offered by other departments. All courses are generally completed during the first year of study.

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