Learn an Old Form of Storytelling with a Modern Twist: The Crankie Workshop

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Have you ever wanted to create your own moving panorama of images and stories? If so, you might be interested in learning how to make a crankie at the Atlanta Printmakers Studio.

A crankie is a handmade device that displays a scrolling scene of images, usually accompanied by a story or a song. They are an old form of storytelling that originated in the 19th century and were popular in theaters, fairs, and homes. Crankies are also known as moving panoramascrank boxes, or scrolling boxes.

The Atlanta Printmakers Studio is offering a workshop on how to make your own crankie on Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13, 2023 from 10am to 4pm each day. The workshop will be taught by Jessica C. White, an artist and professor who specializes in narrative relief prints, wood engravings, letterpress printing, and crankies.

This is a unique opportunity to learn a fun and creative art form that combines visual and verbal storytelling. You will also get to meet other like-minded people who share your interest in crankies. You can use your crankie to entertain your friends and family, or even perform it at public events.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop click here.

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