Collaborative & Holistic Production Practices with Making and Being

Your design practice doesn’t stop with the delivery of the final product.

In this two-part workshop, Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard of Making and Being*, introduce the group to a lifecycle framework that asks artists and designers to consider all phases of the life of their projects holistically, from the way that a project begins, to how resources are transferred, to how a project ends. Each session will begin with an attunement practice to help center the group, and will then move into a focus on one of the stages of the life cycle framework.

Participants will learn new ways to build creative community, and will practice a method of group work called Threeing. Threeing is “a voluntary practice in which three people take turns playing three different roles: initiator, respondent, and mediator.” Working in groups of three, participants will use Threeing to create drawings, texts, and to be in dialog with one another, deepening the socio-emotional intelligence of the group.

Workshop Details:

  • Wednesday, Dec 2, 2pm - 4pm
  • Friday, Dec 4, 2pm-4pm


  • FREE for Rhode Island residents with a design background. A completed Real Jobs Rhode Island Enrollment Package is required—instructions for enrollment provided in your confirmation email.
  • $175 for non-residents or non-designers


Susan Jahoda & Caroline Woolard

Susan Jahoda is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Jahoda is an artist, educator, and organizer whose work includes video, photography, text, performance, installation and research-based collaborative projects. Works have been produced for venues in London, Paris, Basel, New York, Seoul, and Moscow. Jahoda is a core member of BFAMFAPhD and the Pedagogy Group, collectives of socially engaged artists and educators based in New York City.

Caroline Woolard is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hartford, CT and employs sculpture, immersive installation, and online networks to imagine and enact systems of mutual aid and collaboration. Her work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. Woolard is the 2018–20 inaugural Walentas Fellow at Moore College of Art and Design and her work has been commissioned by and exhibited in major national and international museums, including at MoMA, the Whitney Museum, and Creative Time. Woolard is a core member of BFAMFAPhD.

BFAMFAPhD is a collective that formed in 2012 to make art, reports, and teaching tools to advocate for cultural equity in the United States. The work of the collective is to bring people together to analyze and reimagine relationships of power in the arts. More information is online at:

* Making and Being offers a framework for teaching art that emphasizes contemplation, collaboration, and political economy. Authors Susan Jahoda and Caroline Woolard, two visual arts educators and members of the collective BFAMFAPhD, share ideas and teaching strategies that they have adapted to spaces of learning which range widely, from self-organized workshops for professional artists to Foundations BFA and MFA thesis classes. This hands-on guide includes activities, worksheets, and assignments and is a critical resource for artists and art educators today. Making and Being is a book, a series of videos, a deck of cards, and an interactive website with freely downloadable content.