Creative Rhythms + Drawing Comics

7/2-7/6 (no class 7/4)
9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Ages 6 – 11
Gage Capitol Hill


Eduardo Mendonça  (menDONsa) has played, composed, and directed various genres of Brazilian popular music in the US, Canada, Nepal and Brazil since 1974.  A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo has shared international stages with legendary Brazilian musicians Geraldo Azevedo, Alcione, and Jorge Ben Jor.  Eduardo has performed for many notable personalities, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, and former South Africa President Nelson Mandela, and he was featured in the PBS American Masters documentary, Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time.

In May 2016, Eduardo performed as guest artist with the jointly sponsored Seattle Symphony-Carnegie Hall project “Link Up: The Orchestra Moves,” with his composition “Criançando” exploring the creative process of this passionate composer through melody and motif.

A naturalized US citizen, this multi-talented performer graduated in Arts Education and former K-12 High School principal in Brazil, Eduardo is a much sought after artist-in-residence and master class instructor recommended by the Washington State Arts Commission for lectures, workshops, and school assemblies.  In addition to providing a pleasurable musical experience, his performances never fail to enlighten and entertain multi-generational audiences about music theory, history, and investigation.

In 2009, Eduardo was the winner of “Spirit of Liberty”; award received from the Congressman Jim McDermott for an immigrant who has made outstanding contribution to his adopted country, the U.S.A. while maintaining his ethnic heritage.

Preserving his administration skills, Eduardo currently is Co-Director for Brazil Arts & Education, DBA: show Brazil!; and Director of Creative Youth Development for Arts Corps.   

Eduardo Mendonça traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mamabeka (“prophet of the royal court”), as documented by the Instituto Geográfico e Histórico da Bahia. 

Benjamin Wills is an artist and educator who earned his Bachelors of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently returned from a residency at the Arteles Creative center in Hämeenkyrö, Finland. He works to cultivate benevolent creative spaces and believes that creative problem solving and critical discussion are key to better understanding our shared human experience, that learning how to actively see the world is akin to actively listening.

Students will create their own rhythms in an intuitive, spontaneous way. Learn to play traditional and contemporary Brazilian grooves like Samba, Baião and Samba-Reggae.

Engage in all aspects of comic making, including narrative, sequence, layout, composition, and the dynamics of style. We will work on developing characters, creating a narrative, and making comic strips and short stories.