Pop Culture Classroom Workshops

Our exciting and diverse educational camps and workshops—which harness students’ existing interests in comics, movies, television, video games and other pop culture topics—create one-of-a-kind learning experiences for kids.

Click each image below to see the schedule by topic.

Spring 2019 Schedule

January

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

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

School’s back in session, and Pop Culture Classroom is ready to kick off the spring semester with fun and games! Come in with your family and gain access to PCC’s library of board and video games, and enjoy the company of the community. Don’t worry, this FREE family game night is on us!

Educational Takeaways

Our library of games develop a multitude of skills including:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Puzzle Solving
  • Cooperative Communication
  • Math Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Community Building
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution

Create a Story Idea Journal
Wednesday, January 30, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

The best stories all start as tiny, undeveloped ideas in the brain of the author. But what do we do when we are out of ideas? Or how about when we have an idea at an inopportune moment? Join Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in collaboration with Pop Culture Classroom to learn how to create a useful story idea journal, and keep those ideas from fading away. You’ll leave with a story-idea journal of your very own, ready to be filled with the sparks of imagination. 

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop creative thinking and literacy skills as they learn how to elaborate on small ideas and turn them into fully-fledged stories. 
  • Students will develop problem-solving skills as they think about how to navigate the most common problems of creating stories, such as running out of ideas, or not documenting ideas productively.  
  • This workshop will promote self-awareness and self-expression. 

February

The Greatest Story You’ve Never Told: Discovering Tabletop RPGs
Wednesday, February 6, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Before there was Mass Effect, Skyrim, or Final Fintasy, tabletop roleplaying games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Shadowrun, and Cyberpunk 2020 dominated the story-based game scene. Thankfully, tabletop RPGs are still thriving, and continue to be a unique way to create and experience a story with friends. Come learn about the unique adventures that these games can offer, and craft an experience with other first-timers!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will increase their creative and critical literacy skills as they tell a story in real time with “real” actions and consequences.
  • Students will leave with a knowledge of tabletop roleplaying games available to them, and the base knowledge necessary to feel more comfortable playing them.
  • The workshop will promote positive social interaction and collaboration with peers.

Master Builders, Unite!: A Night with The Lego Movie
Friday, February 8, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Come celebrate the release of The Lego Movie 2 by enjoying a screening of the original, as well as engaging in LEGO themed activities! In addition, kids will engage in a conversation about media literacy, and learn how they can speak intelligently and contextually about things that are considered “fun”.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain an understanding of “media literacy”, and how we can think deeply about entertainment.
  • Students will expand their critical and analytical thinking skills as we dive deep into the story and themes present in The LEGO Movie, and draw parallels to our own lives and the world around us.
  • This workshop will promote healthy conflict resolution, as well as empathy and emotional intelligence.

More Than Superheroes? Exploring Non-Fiction Comics and Graphic Novels
Monday, February 11, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

While superheroes certainly helped create the modern comic book, the medium has evolved to be about so much more! Specifically, non-fiction comics exist to help all kinds of readers learn about real-world history. Come learn all about the world of non-fiction comics and graphic novels and discover your next favorite story from history.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will leave with a knowledge of non-fiction graphic novel literature available to them.
  • Students will gain knowledge of how write about their own life experiences in the style of a comic.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

That’s Sew Rad: Sewing 101
Saturday, February 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

A lot can be accomplished with some hot glue and a dream, but some things need to be handled with good ol’ needle and thread. At this workshop, you can learn the basics of hand-sewing and using a sewing machine in order to create the costume you’ve been dreaming of (or just to replace those darned lost buttons). Our teachers will also give you resources to continue learning the art of sewing on your own.

Educational Resources

  • Students will leave with the basic hand sewing knowledge, and basic knowledge of sewing machines. This will allow them to use their creative literacy skills to build costumes, or repair or design clothing.
  • Students will exercise their creative and critical literacies as they think about how to apply their knowledge of sewing to costume construction.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

Super Smash Smackdown!: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament
Wednesday, February 20, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has arrived on the Nintendo Switch! Come pick your favorite fighter, and see if you have what it takes to beat up the entire Nintendo roster. What better way to blow off some steam after school then to engage in a little friendly competition?

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will leave with the knowledge of many older video games, and how they still influence the video game scene today.
  • Students will leave this friendly competition with bragging rights, or the knowledge that they did their best, and can keep practicing to get better.
  • Students will develop 21st century media literacy skills.
  • The workshop will promote positive social interaction and healthy conflict resolution with peers.

February Family Game Night
Friday, February 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, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

Educational Takeaways

Our library of games develop a multitude of skills including:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Puzzle Solving
  • Cooperative Communication
  • Math Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Community Building
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution

From Pen to Panel: Drawing for Comics
Monday, February 25, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 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.

March

Taming the Demogorgon: Dungeons and Dragons 101
Wednesday, March 6, 4-6 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.

Let the Battle Begin: Fight Choreography for the Comic Movie Enthusiast
Friday, March 8, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Actors and production crews have been making fight scenes entertaining and believable for years, but how do they do it? Join us in a collaboration with Five Points Theatre as we celebrate the release of Captain Marvel! We will analyze fight scenes from different MCU movies, and even get a chance to try out some of their techniques.

Kids 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult for this event.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop critical thinking skills and film literacies as they analyze the fight choreography in movies and think about how the actors performed these realistic looking “fights” without anyone being harmed.
  • Students will develop dramatic literacies as they learn basic stage combat techniques used by professional actors.
  • This workshop will expand student methods of self-expression, and provide positive social interaction with peers.

Not Your Grandpa’s Comics: Exploring Modern Themes in Comics
Monday, March 11, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Gone are the days when comics were universally viewed as “fluff” or “kids’ stuff”. Comics have proven that they can be thoughtful, nuanced, and tackle themes just as complex the best literature. This workshop will cater to comic beginners, aficionados, and creators alike, exploring common themes in contemporary comics as well as how those themes might evolve in the future.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain knowledge of modern themes in published comics, which will help them incorporate these elements in their own comics.
  • Students will gain creative and critical thinking skills, and learn how to add more nuance to their writing.
  • Students will develop graphic literacy skills.

Wigging Out!: All About Wigs
Saturday, March 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Wigs are complicated. Should you get a lace-front wig? How about human hair vs. synthetic? How do you style it? How do you store a wig without damaging it? Come have all of these questions answered and more, and learn how you can have the perfect wig to complete your costume.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain professional knowledge of how to apply and care for wigs, allowing them to be more confident using wigs with their cosplay.
  • Students will exercise their creative and critical literacies as they think about how to use wigs with their costumes.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

I Can Code??? (Yes, You Can!)
Wednesday, March 20, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Coding is a 21st century skill that influences every aspect of our lives, and anyone can learn how to do it! Join us as we demystify the language of computer code, and hook you up with fun, engaging, and accessible tools that will allow you continue learning.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop and expand their critical thinking and problem solving skills while solving puzzles that teach the basics of code.
  • Students will leave with the knowledge of multiple free programs that they can use to continue developing their coding skills.
  • Students will develop 21st century computer literacy skills.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression and design thinking.

Spring Break Kick-Off Game Night
Friday, March 22, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

Spring Break is upon us! Come celebrate with Pop Culture Classroom as we bust open the board games and fire up the controllers. Through board games and video games alike, we’re starting of Spring Break in style with a night of family-friendly fun and competition.

Educational Takeaways

Our library of games develop a multitude of skills including:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Puzzle Solving
  • Cooperative Communication
  • Math Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Community Building
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution

I Like to Live in My Head – World-Building for Fantasy and Science Fiction
Wednesday, March 27, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Middle Earth. Neo Tokyo. Narnia. These worlds help our imaginations to experience their stories and connect with the characters that inhabit them. But with so many details to think about, how do you even begin to create such a fully-realized world? Join Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers in collaboration with Pop Culture Classroom in our workshop all about world-building for fantasy and science fiction. Led by a professional authors, this workshop will help you know where to start, and how to go about realizing the worlds that you see in your imagination. 

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop creative thinking and literacy skills as they learn how to elaborate on small ideas and turn them into full-fledged stories. 
  • Students will leave knowing about some of the skills that professional artists use to add detail to their worlds and bring them to life. 
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

April

Trade, Collect, Conquer: Trading Card Games 101
Wednesday, April 3, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Trading Card Games such as Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering have had a dedicated fan base for years, so much so that TCGs, such as Hearthstone and others, are going digital! Learn all about the landscape of trading card games, which ones might interest you, and experience playing one! All participants will also receive a FREE starter deck for Magic: The Gathering.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop 21st century literacy skills, and gain critical thinking and problem solving skills as they navigate the often complex rules of trading card games in order to win.
  • Students will leave will the knowledge of multiple trading card games that can be played on their own or with others.
  • The workshop will promote positive social interaction and healthy conflict resolution with peers.

Manga Madness: Drawing for Manga
Monday, April 8, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Come join professional comic artists and explore what differentiates Japanese manga from western comic art, and learn the skills you need to draw in a Japanese style!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain critical thinking skills by analyzing the overt and subtle differences between Japanese and western comic styles.
  • Students will learn and demonstrate drawing skills specific to storytelling in Japanese comic art styles.
  • Students will develop graphic literacy skills.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

Marvel Movie Smackdown
Friday, April 12, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

With the release of The Avengers 4, there will be 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! But, only ONE can be the best. Join us in a friendly, intellectual debate as we watch clips from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and create a definitive ranking of the movies included in it.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop film literacies and critical thinking skills as they analyze each of the MCU movies, diving deep into theme, plot, character, entertainment value, what makes one movie “better” than another.
  • Students will gain knowledge of perspective, how the opinions of others are colored by their own experiences, and how this does not elevate the value of one person’s opinions over another’s.
  • This workshop will promote positive social interaction with peers, community building, and healthy conflict resolution.  

What Once was Old: The Journey from Retro Video Games to Indie
Wednesday, April 17, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Over the years, video game design has been iterated on time and time again, but the classics remain so for a reason. The independent game scene has even capitalized on imitating the aesthetic and feel of our retro favorites! Come play a collection of retro and indie stand-outs, and discuss the design elements and themes that link them together.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will expand their critical and analytical thinking skills as we draw parallels between design elements and themes of video games from the past and present.
  • Students will build on their creative thinking skills as they propose ideas for a new video game, or create new levels for an existing game.
  • Students will gain an understanding of “media literacy”, and how we can think deeply about entertainment.

Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk: Level-Up Your Cosplay
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

So you have the costume, but how do you REALLY impress others with your cosplay skills? You have to act the part! In this workshop, we will have actors from Five Points Theatre join us to teach you how to walk the walk, and talk the talk. Its time to level-up your cosplay!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop critical thinking skills as they think about their cosplay from an audience’s perspective.
  • Students will develop their creative thinking skills as they analyze a character and embody the character’s voice and movements.
  • Students will develop dramatic literacies as they build basic skills used by professional actors to portray a character.
  • This workshop will expand student methods of self-awareness and self-expression, as well as empathy and emotional intelligence.

Digital Ink: Drawing in the Digital Age
Monday, April 22, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

In the modern age, tablets are everywhere. Many artists are moving away from paper and ink and transitioning to digital drawing tools. Come learn what tools professional creators use for their digital art, and practice producing digital art on your own!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain knowledge of digital drawing tools and practice using them.
  • Students will develop graphic literacy skills.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

April Family Game Night
Friday, April 26, 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, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

Educational Takeaways

Our library of games develop a multitude of skills including:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Puzzle Solving
  • Cooperative Communication
  • Math Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Community Building
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution

May

Gotta Watch ’em All: 20 Years of Pokemon Movies
Friday, May 10, 5-8 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
FREE

With the release of Detective Pikachu, Pokemon fans are finally getting the live-action Pokemon film that they have been craving for twenty years. To celebrate, we’re watching Pokemon: The First Movie, and discussing the films’ evolution over the past two decades. 

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will gain an understanding of “media literacy”, and how we can think deeply about entertainment.
  • Students will develop critical and analytical thinking skills as they think about how the Pokemon universe and films have changed over time and have reacted to the times and people’s evolving tastes. 
  • This workshop will promote healthy conflict resolution, as well as empathy and emotional intelligence. 

Careers in Comics: Q&A and Workshop with a Professional
Monday, May 13, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Have you ever wanted to create comics, but didn’t know where to start? How do you fund yourself as an artist, or fund a new publication? How do you get inspired to begin a new story? Now is your chance to ask all of these questions and more! Join a professional comic creator at this Q&A session and ask the pros everything you’ve always wanted to know. You may also bring in your own comics to receive feedback on your work!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will leave with the knowledge of how professional comic artists work, and some of the obstacles that they face in their work.
  • Students will leave with tips from the pros about how to be successful creating and publishing comics.
  • Students will leave with ideas and new literacy skills stemming from discussions with a professional creator about how to improve their own work.
  • Students will expand their self-awareness and self-expression.

Play and Stay
Wednesday, May 15, 4-6 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

In many cases, video games can be just as thoughtfully and emotionally stimulating as the very best literature. Just because something is fun doesn’t mean we can’t have thought-provoking conversations about that thing and connect it to our own lives. Come play a short story-based video game with us, and participate in a discussion about its plot, themes, and connections to our own lives, as well as other pop-culture media.

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will expand their critical and analytical thinking skills as we dive deep into the story and themes present in the video game, and draw parallels to our own lives and the world around us.
  • Students will gain an understanding of “media literacy”, and how we can think deeply about entertainment.
  • The workshop will promote empathy and emotional intelligence.

Cheap, not Cheap!: Creating Quality Cosplay on a Budget
Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ages 8 and Up
$10

Just because a costume looks expensive doesn’t mean it has to break the bank! Many professional cosplayers use simple crafting skills to help them achieve that high-quality look on a modest budget. Come learn how to budget your time, skills, and money to create a costume that looks anything but cheap!

Educational Takeaways

  • Students will develop critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem-solving literacies as they think about how to develop impressive costume pieces out of inexpensive materials.
  • Students will leave with a plan to develop a costume piece based on the time and money available to them, and skills they already possess or need to learn.
  • Students will expand their methods of self-expression.

End of School Year Game Night Celebration
Friday, May 24, 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, and build community with us as we celebrate the experience of gaming together.

Educational Takeaways

Our library of games develop a multitude of skills including:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Puzzle Solving
  • Cooperative Communication
  • Math Skills
  • Literacy Skills
  • Community Building
  • Healthy Conflict Resolution

Join the Classroom Clubhouse and get ALL Spring 2019 workshops for $100!

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).