Fun and educational pop culture-themed workshops taking place at our headquarters in Denver and throughout the metro area!

Fall 2019 Schedule

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September

Taming the Demogorgon: Dungeons and Dragons
Wednesday, September 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

You’ve heard all about it, you have friends that play it, but you’ve never really quite understood Dungeons and Dragons… until today! Come learn how to play the game that has been engaging gamers since the 1970s and is still thriving in 2019. Learn how to create a character and the basics of game mechanics, and experience your first Dungeons and Dragons adventure!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will exercise their critical and creative literacy skills while creating a character and considering how to navigate their adventure.
  • Students will leave with the basic knowledge needed to play Dungeons and Dragons with others.
  • The workshop will promote positive social interaction and collaboration with peers.

Drawing for Comics 101
Monday, September 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Ages8 and Up$10

In this workshop, join professional comic artists and discover how comics go from thumbnails, to sketches, to inks, to colors, all the way to final production. Come learn drawing skills specific to drawing for comics, and prepare yourself for a future as a comic creator!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will learn and demonstrate drawing skills specific to storytelling in comics and graphic novels.
  • Students will think critically about how storytelling through images differs from storytelling through prose.
  • Students will develop graphic literacy skills.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

Nerd Out Night: Into The Spiderverse
Friday, September 13, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Come join PCC as we enter the Spider-Verse! From comics to tv shows to movies, Spidey has been everywhere, including in the hearts of children and adults alike. Let’s celebrate our favorite friendly neighborhood Spiderman with a viewing of Into the Spider-Verse, rich discussion, and some arts, crafts, and games!

 

Professional Development: Engaging Students in Critical Thinking and the Arts Through Pop Culture
Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m-12:30 p.m.


$10

Hey Teachers! We get it: It can be difficult to engage today’s students using the same ol’ lesson plans from years before. Pop Culture Classroom is here to help you spice up your classroom learning by engaging students in critical thinking exercises centered around the media that they already love! Additionally, we’ll help you develop ways that you can engage students in the arts and transform them from passive consumers to creators. Studies show that tapping into students’ creative side can help with overall learning, so what are you waiting for!

In this professional development session, you’ll meet and learn with like-minded teachers who are ready to use pop culture to engage their students. You will receive hands-on experience with multiple pop-culture literacies, and will receive and develop plenty of lesson ideas!

Who is this Professional Development for? All educators in all grade levels, especially those who teach literacy or are involved in the arts.

Out of the Box: Creating and Publishing Board Games
Wednesday, September 18, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

So you have a great idea for a new board game… now what? How do you turn that idea into a real, functioning board game? Come join Pop Culture Classroom as we discuss prototyping, playtesting, and even publishing your board game ideas, and give you resources for how to do so! Don’t settle with letting that idea sit in your head, and let Pop Culture Classroom help you make that idea a reality!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain project management skills as they learn the steps necessary to bring their idea to fruition.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.
  • Students will learn the steps they can take to create and publish their own board game.
  • Students will gain critical thinking skills as they consider who the audience is and the appeal of their game.

Halloween Costume Design
Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Halloween might seem far away, but this is the year that you will blow everyone away with your best costume yet! That means that the time to start planning is now, and we’re here to help. Come hang out with our costuming experts who will help you conduct research, design and sketch your costume, and plan and budget for construction! You will leave this workshop with a solid plan of how to make your design a reality in time for Halloween.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop project management skills as they plan out the process for creating their costume from conception to completion.
  • Students will develop critical thinking skills as they think about how they will turn their idea into reality.
  • Students will develop financial literacy skills as they create a budget for their costume.
  • Students will develop research skills as they find visual references for their costumes and research techniques for how to create different parts.
  • Students will develop costuming skills.

Creating Compelling Characters
Monday, September 23, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

One of the elements of story that can draw a reader in is the characters, whether they are kind and relatable, weird and wacky, evil and sinister, or anything in-between. Come join Pop Culture Classroom as we give you tips on how to create unique characters that grab the readers’ attention and set your work apart! You’ll even get practice creating unique characters with assistance from professional comic book creators.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will think critically and use their analytical skills to create appealing characters.
  • Students will learn basic phycological concepts behind character design.
  • Students will develop drawing skills
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression
  • Students will gain an understanding of literary constructs around character design, such as archetypes and character arc.

Family Game Night
Friday, September 27, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Looking for something FREE for you and your family on a Friday night? Drop by Pop Culture Classroom, and you can enjoy our curated collection of board and video games! Learn how to play a new game or two, or bust out an old favorite, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

October

Weaving a Tale: Creating Interactive Stores in Twine
Wednesday, October 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

There is something special about a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story. From novels, to experiences such as Bandersnatch on Netflix, to choice-based videogames such as Life is Strange or anything produced by Telltale Games, choose your own adventure stories with branching story paths have proven that they are here to stay! Twine makes it easy to craft your own choice-based tale and have others interact with your story in their own way. Come learn the basics of how to use Twine, and begin crafting your very own choose your own adventure style story!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will increase their creative thinking skills as they come up with new branching paths for their story.
  • Students will increase their problem solving skills as they come up with new narrative solutions for branching paths.
  • Students will gain literacy skills as they construct a branching narrative.
  • Students will gain basic knowledge of HTML scripting.
  • Students will develop 21st century Media Literacy Skills.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

Nerd Out Night: Zombies!
Friday, October 11, 5-8p.m.

Ages 17 and Up (under 17 must be accompanied by an adult)
FREE

Zombies, Walkers, Infected, Biters, THINGS. Whatever you call them, they’re gross, they’re dead, and they want to eat your brains! Join PCC for a night all about zombies and celebrating the release of Zombieland 2! We’ll watch clips from classic zombie films, talk about zombie and horror tropes, and even watch the original Zombieland. PLEASE NOTE: Any participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. PCC will be showing R-rated clips with graphic violence and strong language.

Podcasting 101
Wednesday, October 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

We get it. You love games. You eat, sleep, and breath games, and love spreading the word about the latest and greatest! Or maybe you like talking about more niche subjects in the gaming world… so you need to start a podcast! Join Pop Culture Classroom as we discuss what makes a quality podcast, different podcasting styles, necessary materials, and even get practice creating and getting feedback on your very first podcast using PCC’s podcasting equipment!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.
  • Students will build their communication and speaking skills.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the technological requirements needed to create content.
  • Students will learn how to plan content with an intended audience in mind.

Zombie Makeup Tutorial
Saturday, October 19, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Halloween is just around the corner, and the cinemas are full of scary flicks, including the long-anticipated Zombieland 2! Come in to PCC and learn how to turn yourself or a friend into a fun and friendly zombie, or a scary and gruesome zombie! All materials are provided, and we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Educational Takeaways

  • Learn stage-makeup fundamentals, such as highlight and shadow, and common tools that are used.
  • Learn how to take a makeup from a sketch/concept to a fully realized product.
  • Create a fun and friendly zombie makeup, or a gruesome zombie makeup.

Learning Financial Literacy Through Pop Culture: Session 1
Monday, October 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Family Game Night
Friday, October 25, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Looking for something FREE for you and your family on a Friday night? Drop by Pop Culture Classroom, and you can enjoy our curated collection of board and video games! Learn how to play a new game or two, or bust out an old favorite, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

Creating Fantastic Fan Art
Monday, October 28, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Everyone is nerdy about something, so come show off your fandom with pride! Pop Culture Classroom teachers will guide you through how to create a stunning piece of fan art, incorporating your favorite characters into settings familiar and new. Come exercise your creativity and art skills, all while celebrating your very favorite things!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will be able to recognize elements that make an art piece compelling.
  • Students will be able to recognize and discuss historical examples of art.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

November

Learning Financial Literacy Through Pop Culture: Session 2
Monday, November 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Creating Mini Figures for Tabletop RPGs
Wednesday, November 6, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

While having mini-figures for your RPG adventures can certainly enhance your experience, they can often take time, money, patience, and significant effort to customize to your liking. In this workshop, Pop Culture Classroom’s RPG experts will guide you through how to acquire your preferred figurines, what tools and skills you’ll need to customize them, and how to customize them, including tools and ways to begin making your own character home or with friends. PCC will provide all the tools so you need to begin customizing your own monster miniatures or terrain!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression through practicing and experimenting with different tools for miniature making.
  • Students will learn what tools they need to create custom mini-figures and customize them.
  • Students will learn how they can transfer unique aspects of their imagination to build terrain or creatures.
  • Students will learn different methods of acquiring mini figures, such as in-store purchasing, online purchasing, and 3D printing.

Patterns and Sewing 101
Saturday, November 9, 10-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

What’s a pattern, you say? Or maybe you’ve been cosplaying for a while and still don’t know which way is up on a sewing pattern? Join a master cosplayer in reviewing the basics of pattern reading and pinning, then add new tools to your skill set like personalized sizing, weights, and rotary cutting.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will increase their making knowledge base with professional sewing terminology and techniques.
  • Students will gain literacy and problem solving skills as they follow numbered instructions.
  • Students will gain a new perspective on geometry and measuring
    Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

Nerd Out Night: Frozen
Friday, November 15, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Brrrr! Can you feel that? There’s a chill in the air! It could be because winter is coming… or it could be because Frozen 2 is releasing soon! Let’s nerd out together by watching theoriginal Frozen, having a disucssion about the movie, and participating in Frozen and winter themed crafts.

VR Night!
Wednesday, November 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Virtual Reality! Need we say more? Although VR technology is in its infancy, we know that it is here to stay! From gaming to art to communication, the possibilities with virtual reality are almost endless. Come hang out with the coolest nerds in town and check out multiple VR devices and experiences, and learn more about the technology’s history and where it’s headed!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will learn about and experience modern technology.
  • Students will learn about the creative possibilities presented by virtual reality.
  • Students will build community as they meet others with similar interests.
  • Students will learn what types of VR devices are accessible to them at different price levels.

Family Game Night
Friday, November 22, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Looking for something FREE for you and your family on a Friday night? Drop by Pop Culture Classroom, and you can enjoy our curated collection of board and video games! Learn how to play a new game or two, or bust out an old favorite, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

Transforming Ideas into Published Comics
Monday, November 25, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

So you have an idea for a great new comic book… but how do you actually turn that idea into a published product? Come join Pop Culture Classroom and professional comic book creators as we walk you through the steps and teach you about the differences between different methods of publishing. By the end, you too will be able to create and publish your very own comic book!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.
  • Students will learn how real-life comic creators get their work published, and how they can also get their work published.
  • Students will learn the struggles of comic publishing and learn how to navigate those struggles practically and emotionally.
  • Students will gain project management skills as they are talked through the creation process from brainstorming to publishing.

December

Writing and Publishing RPG Adventures
Monday, December 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Playing pre-written modules and campaigns can be an amazing experience, but for some, being the author of the adventure is an even more rewarding feat! In this workshop hosted by Pop Culture Classroom’s RPG experts, learn how to write and publish your own adventures for others to play, and even offer them up for purchase!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain critical thinking skills as they think about the audience and appeal of their campaign.
  • Students will build community as they collaborate with others to flesh out their campaign.
  • Students will gain knowledge of the RPG industry and fanbase.
  • Students will improve their communication and literacy skills as they convey their ideas to others and prepare them for publishing.
  • Students will expand their creative writing skills as they learn all the components that go into creating an RPG campaign. 

Learning Animation Through Comics
Monday, December 9, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Comics can teach us a lot about animation, from framing to storyboarding to colors and more! In this workshop, you’ll learn how you can take concepts from comics and apply them to the basic principles of animation, and even get started making your very own animations!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will learn basic animation concepts.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.
  • Students will learn art composition skills.
  • Students will learn about the animation profession and struggles that animators might go through.
  • Students will gain project management skills as they learn how to bring an idea to life.

Nerd Out Night: A Star Wars Christmas Special
Friday, December 13, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

The Holidays are upon us, which means it’s time to bust out the holiday classic: The Star Wars Christmas Special! Come enjoy a special screening of the movie, and participate in Star Wars themed holiday crafts. 

We strive for every student who wants to attend our summer camps to have the opportunity to do so! We offer full and partial scholarships for students who meet the criteria detailed in our scholarship forms. Please submit the form at least three weeks (21 business days) before the start of camp. All forms will be reviewed by our staff and applicants will be notified within 5-7 business days (before the start of camp).

¡Queremos que todos los estudiantes que quieran asistir a nuestros campamentos de verano tengan la oportunidad de hacerlo! Ofrecemos becas completas y parciales para los estudiantes que cumplen con los criterios detallados en la forma para las becas. Envíe la forma al menos con tres semanas (21 días hábiles) antes del inicio del campamento. Todas las formas serán revisadas por nuestro personal y los solicitantes serán notificados dentro de los 5-7 días hábiles (antes del inicio del campamento).