Meet and Greet
Thursday, April 26 @ 6-7p
Elvehjem 170, 800 University Dr

Thinking with Puddles: Watercolor Adventure Workshop by Rob Sato
Friday, April 27 @ 1p

Register for Thinking in Puddles

Talking Story: Drawing Games for Storytelling by Ako Castuera
Friday, April 27 @ 3p

Register for Talking Story

Workshop Location: Image Lab, Wisconsin Institutes of Discovery 1st Floor, 330 N Orchard St, Madison, WI

Rob Sato will first lead a workshop, “Thinking with Puddles”, where he will guide participants in the inventive watercolor and ink techniques for which he is known. Ako Castuera will lead the following workshop, “Talking Story”, where she will share her expertise in developing storytelling techniques through drawing. Participants will also be able to engage in free-drawing and consultation about these techniques with the artists. The workshop is free, but registration is required:

Drawing from familiar, domestic and popular forms such as textiles, toys, strip malls and talismans, Ako Castuera’s work is both accessible and unexpected. A native Angeleno rooted in the rich intangible and material culture of her Okinawan and Mexican background, Ako’s works are in conversation with intersectional subcultures as well as the American mainstream. Her sculptures and paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, and her work can also be seen in the popular animated television show, “Adventure Time,” for which she was a storyboard artist and writer. Ako Castuera’s work can be seen at: and

Rob Sato makes complex, idiosyncratic work that explores diverse themes often related to memory and transformation. He is best known for his unique, often large-scale watercolor paintings and paper sculpture made in an organic style that is both wildly loose and meticulously detailed. An inventive and category-defying artist, he layers autobiographical, historical, and fantastical narratives together to create thought-provoking works that traverse the realms of absurdity, humor, horror and beauty. His work has been featured in Giant Robot Magazine, Hi Fructose, Juxtapoz, and New American Paintings. Rob Sato’s work can be seen at: and

The Applied Comics Kitchen (ACK!) ( is an interdisciplinary collective of graduate students and faculty members at UW-Madison who use comics in their teaching and research.