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Liotchev – Thursdays, Mar 11-25, 4-5 pm (Youth Online)


Grades 3-8


You Can’t Spell EARTH Without ART: 

A FREE interactive global art project on climate change


Join artist Ivan Liotchev in a FREE series of online workshops to create exciting and important art about climate change!

Are you interested in saving our planet through art? Want to make a connection with young artists from around the globe? This 3-part workshop is the perfect way for young artists to learn about climate change, connect with an art expert, and create collaborative community artwork with students from Eastern Europe – all from the comfort of home!

As we all should know by now, the climate is changing faster than ever before, often in dangerous ways that may threaten our future survival. This may sound scary, but did you know that there are many ways each and every one of us can do our part to avoid such disaster and change the climate for the better?

For this workshop series, we will read parts of an easy-to-read book called Hugo’s History by Sabira Stahlberg. The book will teach us important lessons about how we can help stabilize the climate. We will then create drawings in response to what we learn from the book and our feelings towards it. Your drawings will be incorporated into a new series of artworks Ivan is making about climate change, as well as featured on the project’s website!

This is a series of 3 one-hour workshops, offered free of charge on a first-come first-served basis. Limited to 10 students, grades 3-8. The book Hugo’s History will be distributed as a PDF upon signing up.


Materials: Pencil, eraser, pens (ballpoint and/or ultra thin Sharpie type), markers for coloring, white drawing paper (8 1/2 x 11 in. copy paper is fine), scissors, clear tape


About the Instructor:

Ivan Liotchev is an artist based in Durham, North Carolina and London, UK. He earned his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Arts, UCL, London (2011) and BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2004). Splitting his practice between painting and social-engagement, in 2010 he founded the International Collaborative Drawing Project (ICDP), a participatory initiative which uses drawing as a starting point for cooperative creation. Originating within a working-class community in South London, UK, the project now works with diverse worldwide communities ranging from Hopi Native Americans to Geneva bankers, developing drawing events, exhibitions, residencies, public art and multi-media explorations. www.icdpdraw.com


The project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Durham Arts Council, local grants administrator, and The ArtsCenter.









This class is conducted online! A computer with audio, video, and internet functionality is required. Students will receive Zoom login information the day before the class starts. Student gives permission for The ArtsCenter and for instructor to use their image and comments in class recordings for promotional non-commercial purposes. Refunds and exchanges are not offered for online classes.