Fiona Avocado | Visual Arts

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Fiona Avocado | Visual Arts

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As a teaching artist, I strive to offer a safe space for self-exploration, curiosity, and intellectual conversation through creativity.

I am a cartoonist, zinester, illustrator, printmaker, and media maker. My art practice is both individual and collaborative, and is informed by my participation in the comics, zine, and printmaking communities. The subject matter of my work ranges from autobiographical, to silent fiction narratives, to politically and socially engaged comics and graphics. I am also a printmaker who primarily works in screenprint and relief print (linoleum block and woodcuts).

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I am a teaching artist because I enjoy working with people and believe in making visual storytelling and art for social change accessible. My goal as a teaching artist is to encourage people to be confident in creating and sharing their stories, and to stand up for what they believe will create a better planet.

I have been self publishing comics and zines since 2010, and working as a printmaker since 2012. I am a graduate of the Independent Publishing Resource Center’s Comics and Graphic Novels Certificate Program in Portland, Oregon. I have exhibited at comics and zine fests nationally, including L.A. Zine Fest, Chicago Zine Fest, Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo, Short Run Comix and Art Festival, Portland Zine Symposium, and Chicago Alternative Comics Expo. I am one of the core organizers of the Twin Cities Zine Fest and the Twin Cities Print Exchange. I am previously a member of Flight 64 Print Studio in Portland, OR, and The Living Proof Print Collective in Minneapolis. I am currently a Screenprint Studio Monitor at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. Since 2012, my comics, illustration, and print work has been featured in various publications, as well as solo and group shows.

Sample Programs: Customizable To Site’s Needs

Residencies

Self Exploration & Crafting Personal Visual Narrative: Comics, Illustration & Zine making

This program covers the basics of autobiographical comics, zine making, and self publishing. Students will have the opportunity to create individual zines or a comics anthology. Each student will get a copy of the anthology and there will be a community event/gallery show at the end of the residency.

 

Presenting Research through Comics & Zines

Students will learn to present academic research (ELA, History/Social Studies, Sciences) using non-traditional methods to make knowledge, research, and learning more accessible. Students will learn to collect and effectively communicate research using comic art, visual narrative, and graphics. This residency is best for students already working on a research project for an extended amount of time.

 

Political Poster Making/Printmaking

Learn the fundamentals of printmaking (screenprinting and/or relief printing), as well as the history of printmaking as a means for social justice. From our discussions, students will critically look at issues in their communities and how to respond to them through printmaking.

 

Community Arts through Mural Making

This residency gives students the opportunity to discuss issues in their community and to come together to create art about it! Students will design a mural for the school based off of classroom and community discussions. The residency will end with a mural unveiling/reception.

 

Workshops

Self Exploration & Crafting Personal Visual Narrative: Comics, Illustration & Zine Making

This workshop covers the basics of autobiographical comics, zine making, and self publishing. Students will have the opportunity to create short comics that will be compiled into a zine. Each student will get a copy of the zine at the end of the workshop.

 

Political Poster Making/Printmaking

Learn the fundamentals of printmaking (screenprinting and/or relief printing), as well as the history of printmaking as a means for social justice. From our discussions, students will critically look at issues in their communities and how to respond to them through printmaking.