WORKSHOP- Phil Noto: Process of a Painting

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Join exhibiting artist Phil Noto for a live painting demonstration, starting from a pencil drawing to a finished acrylic piece! There will be an ongoing Q&A session during the process so that attendees can discuss process, method, and technique with the artist.

The workshop will take place at Stranger Factory. To RSVP, please call (505) 508-3049 or email

Sunday, July 7th
3 PM – 6 PM
All supplies provided

RECAP: ‘The Shape of Art: How Not To Be Square’ Workshop

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One of the best things about opening weekends at Stranger Factory (besides awesome art, delicious doughnuts, and the grinning faces of the Stranger Factory crew) are the fantastic art workshops offered every month. This month, a sculpting and lecture workshop – The Shape of Art: How Not To Be Square – by Valency and Tim Lee, was no exception.

During the workshop, both Valency and Tim discussed their process with developing and working with three dimensional platforms – Valency with her taxidermy mounts, and Tim with his hand cut wood shapes.

Lots of tips and tricks were shared, as well as lots of bad jokes and cookies. In the image below, Katie, the new Stranger Factory assistant, is to the left, sculpting a pretty lacey texture. The lower half of Tim Lee is in the background, discussing his process. Mikee is Mikee.


Read on for some photographs of the workshop, and to check out our student works!
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WORKSHOP: The Shape of Art: How Not To Be Square

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Creating flat artwork onto square or rectangle panels is a little tedious, but breaking out of symmetric geometric monotony can be a little intimidating…
Stranger Factory is excited to present “The Shape of Art: How Not To Be Square,” a workshop from artists Tim Lee and Valency Genis that will help to open new worlds in working on innovative and unusual-shaped surfaces, and expanding your art to a new dimension.
Sunday, June 9th
12:30-3:30 pm
$80 (all supplies are provided)

To RSVP, please call (505) 508-3049 or email


May’s Workshop “UNDER TACTILE TEXTURES” with J. Lynn Johnson

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Workshop3The workshops at Stranger Factory have been a huge success, and we have another one right around the corner. The weather is warming up, so it is a perfect time to get out and about.

Ever feel like your paintings are just a little flat? Wondering how to bring a little pop to your panels? Local artist & art instructor J. Lynn Johnson will be revealing her vast knowledge on creating low and high relief textures to add a whole new dimension to your art! Please join us on Sunday, May 5th from 2-5 pm at Stranger Factory for this fun and fabulous workshop – Price is $50 and includes all supplies, including paint, panel, and all necessary tools. As always, workshop space is limited.

To RSVP, please call (505) 508-3049 or email


April’s Workshop : “THE FINE ART OF CHARACTER DESIGN” by Kathie Olivas and Brandt Peters

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THE FINE ART OF CHARACTER DESIGN is a beginner’s class based on ideas and tips for building and designing effective, expressive and memorable character designs. We will be focusing on specific fundamental processes and theories, such as R&D (research & development), visual impact, shape breakdowns, defining styles, character story, color theory, space and volume, and caricature. We will also be discussing creating character turnarounds, conveying personality and finally – polish and presentation.

The class will be two hours long with an additional hour held over for Peters and Olivas to review and critique your in-class drawings and designs.

Only 20 spots are available for this unique workshop and will be just one in a series of planned character design workshops from Peters and Olivas(together and individually).



This class will be taught by internationally recognized fine artists and award winning toy designers: Brandt Peters and Kathie Olivas. Originally development artists and designers for film and animation, as well as the theme park industries, their combined past character design experience includes working for such film and animation company greats such as Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox and Spyglass Entertainment (MGM), as well as industry leading toy companies such as Kidrobot and 2013 Academy Award nominated Director David Silverman(longtime Simpsons’ director and producer). Both artists have designed for feature film, feature animation, television animation (3D and traditional), comic books, video games (platform and arcade) and even have crossed over into self-producing their own character based projects.

Date: 4/7/13 (Sunday) / 2 – 4 PM (review and critique until 5pm)


DURATION: 2 hours (+ 1 hour for critique and review)


SUPPLIES: Students should bring their own sketchbooks and/or notepads, and personal drawing tools. Stranger Factory will also have newsprint sketchbooks and drawing supply sets on hand… Please let the staff know in advance if you will need supplies.

To reserve your spot, please contact as soon as possible.

Distressed Dolls from Amanda’s Workshop “The Patina of Time”

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ALSworkshopThe workshops at Stranger Factory have become a huge hit! The ability to be part of a small lecture or hands on class with amazing high-caliber artists is still uncommon, and we got to experience one first hand this weekend with Amanda Louise Spayd.

Amanda’s workshop “The Patina of Time” focused on antiquing fabric to give it that nice “old world” or just old feel to it. Small blank dolls were provided for every participant to work with as a base and from there they had a full arsenal of paints, fabrics, buttons, thread, tools, and even sandpaper at their disposal.

Amanda gave an in-depth overview on how to make the magic of patina happen with her own blank doll examples and then let the participants jump in head first into their creations to be supplemented with her hands-on tutelage.

ALSworkshopteachAbove, Amanda is guiding the way to a perfect patina.

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March Workshops with Amanda Louise Spayd and Chris Ryniak!

Oh boy, you’re in for a treat.

In March, Stranger Factory will be hosting TWO workshops, with exhibiting artists Chris Ryniak and Amanda Louise Spayd.

First, on Saturday, March 2, we are happy to present, The Patina of Time, an Antiquing and Distressing workshop with Amanda Louise Spayd.


Turn new into old and create instant antiques in this interactive workshop. Learn distressing and antiquing tricks and techniques on paper, wood, and fabric, and get your hands dirty making an “antique” rag doll to take home. Great for artists, dollmakers, toy customizers, or anyone who wants to create a rustic, vintage aesthetic.

The Patina of Time, an Antiquing and Distressing workshop with Amanda Louise Spayd.
Date: March 2, 2013(Saturday)
Price: $65
Time: 3-5pm

To reserve your spot, please contact as soon as possible.

Then, on Sunday, March 3, we’ll have Creating Expressive Characters: a drawing workshop with Chris Ryniak!


Explore the possibilities of emotion and expression to breathe new life into your character drawings. Chris shares techniques and strategies for enhancing the depth and range of emotion and feelings on paper. Learn new ways of capturing emotion using shape, posture, line, as well as your own internal library of feelings and experiences.

Creating Expressive Characters: a drawing workshop with Chris Ryniak!
Date: March 3, 2013(Sunday)
Price: $60
Time: 3-5pm

To reserve your spot, please contact as soon as possible. All workshops are located at Stranger Factory, at 109 Carlisle Blvd NE.

If you can’t wait a whole month for Stranger Factory workshop action, there are still a few spaces left in our Magic Sculpt Workshop with Valency Genis, Kathie Olivas, DrilOne and Leecifer this weekend!

More Magic with Magic Sculpt

The magic is returning to Stranger Factory – Magic Sculpt, that is!

On Sunday, February 3rd , from  2pm to 5pm, we will be hosting a Magic Sculpt workshop lead by Kathie Olivas and Valency Genis, along with special guests and exhibiting artists DrilOne and Leecifer.



All skill levels are welcome – we will be giving complete foundation instruction for the use of Magic Sculpt, along with advanced techniques and an emphasis on customizing vinyl toys.

All supplies are provided, including one Kidrobot Mini Munny, clay, armatures, gloves, and basic tools. Price is $80, and class size will be strictly limited to 12 participants (reserve your spot early!). To RSVP, contact the gallery at (505) 508-3049 or email:

Stranger Factory Presents: Jimmy Palmiotti’s “The Art of Narrative” Comic Arts Exhibition + Workshop, 1.4

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Calling all comic book nerds, Stranger Factory is kicking off 2013 with a bif! whap! pow! and BANG with The Art of Narrative, a comic arts exhibition curated by industry giant Jimmy Palmiotti (Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Jonah Hex, Punisher, Painkiller Jane). Showcasing narrative-based art and illustration from an amazing group of critically-acclaimed comic book and fine artists, The Art of Narrative celebrates a cross-section of artists and illustrators in the industry who are not only masters of storytelling, but elevate comic art beyond its commercial graphics roots and into a higher form of artistry.

The exhibition will present original works by Gilbert Hernandez (Love and Rockets), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Geoff Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy), Dave Taylor (Judge Dredd), Bill Ward (Torchy), Mike Mignola (Hellboy), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Brad Walker (Guardians of the Galaxy), John Buscema (Conan The Barbarian), Klaus Janson (Batman), Sanjulian (Devlin’s Luck), Raffa Garres (Wolverine), J.G. Jones (Wanted), Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong) and Eduardo Risso (100 Bullets), among others.
The Art of Narrative opens Friday, Jan. 4th with a reception from 6pm to 9pm.  Jimmy Palmiotti and his partner in crime, Amanda Conner, will be in attendance.And it doesn’t stop there: in conjunction with this exhibit, Stranger Factory will host a special 2-hour writing workshop with Jimmy Palmiotti on Sunday, Jan. 6th. The workshop will discuss creating your own characters and intellectual property and how to sell it beyond the printed page. With Palmiotti’s wide range of experience in writing and creating for comics, video games, television and films, attendees will have a chance to gain first-hand industry knowledge to help with their own careers. Palmiotti has worked with a number of the top publishers and intellectual property holders in the world, and during this workshop will offer artists valuable information and coaching on creating, protecting, and monetizing their work.

Tickets are $50 per person, and space is very limited. To reserve your tickets, please contact the gallery at  or (505) 508-3049 as soon as possible! 

Making Magic with Magic Sculpt: Sculpture Workshop @ Stranger Factory 11.11

In conjunction with Subterrane in November, Stranger Factory is proud to host Making Magic with Magic Sculpt, a sculpture workshop that will reveal all the ins and outs of working with epoxy clay. If you’re weary of firing up your oven or kiln, want an alternative to paper clay or are just plain curious about sculpting, then this is the workshop for you!

Instructed by the the gallery’s own Kathie Olivas and Valency Genis, the three-hour workshop will demonstrate how to make a basic sculpt with two-part epoxy clay, along with the interior aluminum armatures. Participants will be supplied with clay, armature, foil, gloves, base and sculpting tools. Additional clay will also be available for purchase.

The workshop will take place on the Sun., Nov. 11th from 2pm to 5pm. Price is $75. Space is limited!  To RSVP, contact the gallery at (505) 508-3049 or email