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Print Works – Screen Printing

The Print Works studio teaches youth participants all the skills required to produce professional-quality, hand printed, screen printing for apparel, posters, and signs. These skills include artistic concepts like design, color separation and image manipulation, craft-oriented techniques like screen preparation, selecting the proper ink and proper printing, and technical knowledge of screen resolutions and screen exposure.

Youth design and print garments and other items for clients, for the Riverzedge line of clothing and merchandise called Storehouse, and sometimes for themselves. The majority of the studio’s time is spent fulfilling orders from the many clients they service.

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Green Design Lab – Sustainable Design & Products

The Green Design Lab is a diverse and challenging studio, where participants execute a wide variety of both physical and conceptual projects. Saying that we study the STEAM elements (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) doesn’t come close. Sociology, history, language arts and all aspects of entrepreneurship inform our product development and marketing work, and good, old-fashioned physical labor keeps us down-to-earth.

Literally, everything falls within our field of study. “Green” means natural, that is, everything that’s not made by humans. “Design” means human-made, that is, everything that’s not from nature. “Lab” means a place of work, study and experimentation. Put it all together, and the GDL is a place where we study everything in the world, whether it comes from nature or is made by humans.

We also manufacture eco-friendly products, so participants become familiar with manufacturing processes and methods. We are obsessive about quality in our products, and that means being obsessive about our process. Many first-time “Greensters” are amazed at how difficult it is to manufacture a top-quality product.

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Public Art Lab – Commissioned Art

The Public Art Lab is a multidisciplinary art and design fabrication studio where there is no “box”. Youth artists work on a myriad of projects including client commissions, large-scale public art works, exhibition design, custom awards and studio designed, high-end products. The PAL’s high-end products include hand crafted, custom adorned corn hole sets, custom painted Adirondack chairs and a line of modern birdhouses. The PAL has worked with numerous clients to complete highly innovative, imaginative and impactful projects. Some of these clients include The National Park Service, The City of Woonsocket, Roger Williams National Memorial, The United Way of RI, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, and The Woonsocket Police Department, among many others.

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Design Works – Graphic Design

The Design Works youth participants become expert in basic and advanced graphic design skills, and they use these skills to produce work for client projects as well as for themselves. Much of the work relies on the Adobe® Creative Suite® of software tools, with a primary emphasis on Illustrator®, Photoshop® and InDesign®.

Not all skills are computer-based. Participants learn core graphic design concepts of layout, color composition, typography, information-oriented graphics and more. As they work on client projects, they also learn about visual branding and marketing as they seek to express each client’s unique qualities through their output.

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Media Works – Photo & Video

Media Works trains participants in all skills required to produce professional photographs and videos. Participants learn all aspects of pre and post video and photography production and apply these skills to commercial art.

Media Works provides the full scope of professional in-house and off site photography and videography services. Clients benefit from the unique perspective that the adult/ youth collaboration brings to Digital Media production. Wedding video and photography, in-house portraiture and product photography, and event photography are just a few of the services Media Works provides. Media Works’s talented and creative team of artists are able to accommodate a broad list of digital media needs and work with clients to make their ideas a reality.

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