workshop workshop


Tony Orrico will host at The MAC a two-day workshop for the public.

Please read all registration and refund policies before you register. To ensure enrollment, please register as soon as possible and no later than three business days prior to the start date of the workshop as space is limited.

Public registration begins Wednesday, August 21.
• You may register in person at The MAC or by phone at 214-953-1212 during regular operating hours (Wednesday – Saturday 11am-9pm)
• Payment is due in full upon registration.
• Registration confirmation will be issued to the student via email.
• The following payments are accepted: Cash, Check, Credit/Debit (most major cards are accepted)
• Tuition refunds will be issued 3 business days prior to the first workshop meeting (September 24, 2013), minus a 50% withdrawal fee if notification is given in writing to
• The student must withdraw in writing 3 business days prior to the start of the workshop or class to receive a refund, minus the 50% withdrawal fee.
• No late or partial enrollment will be accepted.
• Refunds and makeup sessions will not be provided.
• 100% of tuition will be refunded for classes cancelled by The MAC.
• Failure to attend classes or verbal notification will be regarded as an official notice of withdrawal.
• Students over the age of 18 years old will be permitted to enroll in this workshop.
• The MAC reserves the right to refuse enrollment or dismiss any student for behavior which is disruptive or unacceptable to the learning environment.

WORKSHOP DATES: Saturday thru Sunday, September 28 – 29, 2013, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

DURATION: Two (2) consecutive five-hour sessions; 10-total hours (bring a sack lunch)

PARTICIPANTS: 30 participants, Students and adults are welcome. Students must be of college age.

TUITION: Adults – $80, Students – $20

Being to Begin investigates the origins of creative energy by using symmetry, voice, stillness and other potential points of entry.  With focus on the preparation of material and the state of readiness, how can a charged vessel and workspace begin to draft undetermined course?   Through facilitated visual and sensorial exercises and practices, our artistic research will evolve from a place of constant invention and dismissal.   In the same moment we isolate and codify our corporeal and cognitive experiences down to the micro sensation, we wipe the slate clean.   This system of labeling allows us to identify and formalize our intentions, as well as become familiar with our current habits inside of approach.  The process of dismissal resets the moment of inception.  Ideas regenerate and deviate from the collapse of previously built structures.  Perhaps we are even closer to understanding of our transient existence, and the essence of our creative initiative.  At the very least, we refine our practices.

Participants may be asked to take part in durations of stillness, spontaneous action, movement and vocalization exercises, journaling through drawing, compositional studies, and improvised performance.


“The act or the intent behind the act is not literally transcribed into the art object, and its essence is not dormant inside of it; it has passed.  As with any skeleton/concept or body/artifact, these are temporary structures that the living can possess, carry and pass.  The real impression is how or what is inspired in the living through the memory (or visual representation) of the action.  This is how the formless essence of the action is immortal, universe bound and traveling through decay so that the living become memories to it.”

– Tony Orrico


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