Creative Community One Day

  • Venture Christian Church 16845 Hicks Road Los Gatos, CA, 95032 United States

Wednesdays at 7pm
Sept 28  |  Oct 19  |  Nov 16  |  Dec 7

Creative Community One-Days are a series of free creative workshops for those who desire to grow deeper in their gifts and stronger with one another. 

Every month from September to December, we’re offering unique workshops designed to develop your creative abilities while building community with fellow believers who have a passion for the arts. We look forward to seeing you there, no matter where you are on your creative journey. Come learn, interact, share and grow.

All workshops are FREE (and childcare is provided), so take a look at the workshop descriptions and register by clicking below!

 

WORKSHOPS

October 19

WORSHIP BAND

The band workshop is for current instrumentalists on the Venture Worship Team, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team. In it, we will cover band dynamics, free worship, signals and cues, playing together as a band, as well as the number chart system.

Teacher Bio

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

Shep Gibson is a singer, songwriter, and composer from Western North Carolina who currently co-leads worship right here at Venture Christian Church. He graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a bachelor’s degree in composition and has been a part of many performing vocal ensembles. He enjoys traveling, being with friends, and acting goofy.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

Interested in feeding your passion for photography? This class will give you the tips you need to start taking better, more dynamic photographs. We’ll cover tips and tricks that apply to all styles of photography, then dive into event photography, as well as some studio photography and lighting basics.

For this class, a DSLR and a basic working knowledge of that camera (and it’s functions) is preferred.

Teacher Bio

Gordon Kelly has received the prestigious Kodak Gallery Elite Award and has also been named Photographer of the Year in consecutive years by the Professional Photographers of Santa Clara Valley. HIs images have appeared on magazine covers, books, brochures and music CDs. Gordon’s work has been displayed at The Epcot Center in Orlando.

 

LIVE VIDEO DIRECTING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of live video production for worship. Learn to set up camera shots, manage the team, and direct video for worship services. No experience needed. Join us!

Teacher Bios

Gary Poole is the Production Arts Pastor of Venture Christian Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gary has twenty years of professional performing arts experience, including Broadway credits like Spring Awakening and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including Go, Diego, Go! and Blue’s Clues Live, and serving in the Production arts ministries at churches in Louisville, Savannah, and Atlanta. Gary strives to utilize his knowledge and experience in technical production to enhance worship services and to inspire others to grow in their Christian life through service in production ministry.

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

 

November 16

VOCAL LEADING TECHNIQUES

This workshop will focus on 'The Ford Technique' singing techniques and how they can be applied to worship and popular styles. Jessica will discuss and demonstrate how to develop a personal, confident, and healthy vocal technique, as well as how to perform effectively alone and in groups or with worship teams on stage. Everyone will learn a piece of a worship song and at the end of the series, students will have the opportunity to perform some of the material learned in the workshop.

Teacher Bio

Recording Artists from all over the world seek out Jessica's technique "The Ford Technique" along with her very unique ability to bring out 'the Artist Voice' helping singers with their own "unique vocal sound or recording artist voice". Jessica is also known for her top notch Performance Coaching and groundbreaking approach to working with individuals, group singers and bands alike. Whether it's producing vocals, arranging harmonies or arrangements and styling Jessica is a Master at every commercial genre. Jessica's students have appeared on David Letterman, American Idol, The Voice, Nickelodeon, CMT's Can You Duet, CMT, Disney, GAC, Nashville Spotlight, Bobby Jones Gospel TV, and Music City Gospel Review.

 

GUITAR

This workshop is for current electric guitarists on the Venture Worship Team - as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team - seeking to improve their tone and modality. We will go over tones, pedals, and tips and tricks to working out parts.

Teacher Bios

For 35 years, Dave DeMaria has played all genres of music, primarily as a contract musician performing at shows, working with bands, and recording on local musician’s projects. With a passion for jazz and blues, Dave plays regularly in the jazz guitar duo Double Play Jazz along with serving in our worship band. 

Jack Roan has played  guitar in corporate worship settings for more than 20 years. Today he mostly plays electric guitar, covering a varaiety of styles. Jack majored in engineering and quickly began combining his knowledge of circuits and systems with his musical interests. He founded Noble Amplifier Company and has been awarded three patents

 

INTRO TO AUDIO MIXING

An introduction to the essential concepts and practices of effective live audio and sound reinforcement for worship. Learn the components of an audio system and how to establish a good mix of instruments and vocalists. This is a great way to become an active listener. Join us!

Teacher Bios

Gary Poole is the Production Arts Pastor of Venture Christian Church. A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Gary has twenty years of professional performing arts experience, including Broadway credits like Spring Awakening and The Wedding Singer, family-oriented shows including Go, Diego, Go! and Blue’s Clues Live, and serving in the Production arts ministries at churches in Louisville, Savannah, and Atlanta. Gary strives to utilize his knowledge and experience in technical production to enhance worship services and to inspire others to grow in their Christian life through service in production ministry.

Ben White started doing live production for church when he was in junior high and has been involved ever since. He's been working in A/V for over ten years and at Venture for the past four. In his free time he spends time with his family and likes to play music, go biking, and skiing.

 

BIBLE ART JOURNALING

Come join a class focused on how to worship the Lord through scripture and art. You don’t need to be an artist to enjoy this class. We will show you techniques to turn a scripture into a beautiful picture, help you remember where your favorite verses are found in the Bible, and, most importantly, spend time with the Lord. As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we will be focusing on meaningful verses that inspire us to give thanks to our one and only Creator and heavenly Father. It is not always easy to give thanks especially when we are going through tough times. We hope that this class will help you to remember that God has a plan and while it may not always be what we expected, His plan is always best and we are to be thankful even when we don’t understand it.

Materials needed: Pencil, eraser, black pen, ruler, Bible, colored pencils (the rest will be provided).

Teacher Bio

Merlynn Bianco, Janet Fritz, and Allie Fritz are three generations of Christian women who are quite crafty and have a love for scrapbooking. We took an exciting plunge into Bible journaling with artistic techniques about two years ago and we haven’t looked back. After attending a workshop with Shanna Noel, the founder of Illustrated Faith in January of 2016, we knew we had to share our love of Bible art journaling.

 

December 7

WORSHIP LEADING

In this class we will discover the heart of worship, as well as learn the practical, hands on skills you'll need to lead worship in small groups and large environments. This class is open to current worship leaders at Venture, as well as those with a serious interest in joining the team.

Teacher Bios

Lucas is an Aussie from Sydney, Australia who began writing and recording music at age 16. He moved to the USA in mid-2002 after meeting his wife, Jody, on a mission trip in India. His passion for worship has taken him across the globe to over 30 countries with songs recorded on CD projects by worship leaders, country bands and solo artists. He has also had the privilege of leading award-winning creative teams producing short films, concert productions, web technology and more.

Shep Gibson is a singer, songwriter, and composer from Western North Carolina who currently co-leads worship right here at Venture Christian Church. He graduated from Furman University (Greenville, SC) with a bachelor’s degree in composition and has been a part of many performing vocal ensembles. He enjoys traveling, being with friends, and acting goofy.

Lexi Hausmann was born and raised in the Silicon Valley, and has been leading worship since age 16. Leading worship is both a calling and a passion of hers, and she seeks to help others connect with the Lord in a new way through worship and expression. She enjoys songwriting and playing guitar, belting Carrie Underwood hits in the car, and roaming the aisles of Barnes and Noble. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Everyone’s Posting or Blogging, Should I? Almost everyone is using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+ to broadcast their latest experiences. But how can it be used to promote your business, church, service, or point-of-view? This class will be an interactive session designed to identify the best approach for your type of message. Whether you are a business person, supporting your church activities, or someone with an important message, you can use social media to advance your cause. There are right ways, questionable ways, and wrong ways to use it. We’ll start with three common social media platforms, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and dive into other platforms as well.

Teacher Bios

Nancy is the Community Manager at Intacct where she leads various customer success initiatives including regional meetups (#IntacctMeetup) and the online community with 7,000+ users. Her background includes more than 15 years of professional experience and prior to Intacct, Nancy led several initiatives and programs at both Cisco and Nortel Networks.

Cindy Nowicki is the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing and Content Strategy with R2 Integrated Silicon Valley, a full service national marketing agency specializing in brand development, demand generation, marketing, content strategy social media and beyond.