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Art School is a KQED web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. Empower folks of all ages to engage with contemporary art, and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.

  • Collapsing Colonialism with Ranu Mukherjee

    Ranu Mukherjee creates "Hybrid films" using layers of video, paintings and collage to create moving images. In the latest episode of Art School, Mukherjee unpacks the narrative and details behind her newest piece, Home and the World, which examines cultural hybridity, the aftermath of colonialism, and feminist questions. Inspired by a scene from a film by Satyajit Ray, as well as the composition of traditional Indian lithographs, Mukherjee combined these influences with her own visual culture to create a subtle but complex moving image.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Art + Activism with Sanaz Mazinani

    Sanaz Mazinani is an artist with a background in political activism who uses art to inspire dialogue about perceptions of cultural identity. In the latest episode of Art School, she describes her current art practice. Using online media focusing on world news and pop culture as her source material, she creates symmetrical photo collages and videos that abstract familiar images and invite viewers to reconsider visual culture and its meaning and influence on public opinion and social justice.

    In the second video Mazinani expands on the intention of traditional of Islamic ornamentation. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Documentary Photography with Paccarik Orue

    In this episode of Art School we visit Paccarik in the studios of Rayko Photo Center where he is currently an Artist-In-Residence. We also tag along as he makes photographs in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond, California. From 2009-2011, Orue photographed residents and structures there for his book titled, There Is Nothing Beautiful Around Here.

    Orue also introduces us to his latest body of work which is centered in the city of Cerro de Pasco in his home country of Peru. Cerro de Pasco is one of the highest cities in the world, perched atop the Andean Mountains. Even though he has returned to his homeland, Orue feels like an outsider.

    In the second video, Orue demonstrates how to scan, clean and color-correct medium format film, showing the necessary steps for digitizing color film negatives.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Mining the Internet with Jenny Odell

    In this episode of Art School, we hang out with Odell in her apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District and get a glimpse of her process of gathering images and crafting them into grids and other forms. Odell describes her process in the first video. Odell shows how to make a garbage selfie in the second video, Garbage Selfie. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Five Elements of Dance

    In this video learn the five elements that all forms of dance and creative movement have in common. How fluent are you in the language of dance? Follow along with us as we detail the five elements. Being able to identify and understand these core characteristics can help you when talking about a dance performance or can help you get your own messages across through movement.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Collaborative Art with Amy Franceschini | KQED Art School

    San Francisco artist Amy Franceschini stages collaborative art projects all over the world. Learn about Futurefarmers,the international collective of artists, bakers, architects, and other builders that she cofounded in 1994, and watch as she guides you through the process of designing your own superhero, from brainstorming a logo, costume, and backstory to ensuring that your superhero works for the good of the community.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Color | KQED Art School

    By considering the vital, vibrant work of the Color Field painters of the 1950s and '60s, learn how color is a worthy subject for an artwork all on its own.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Value | KQED Art School

    Explore how artists are able to create the illusion of light through a wide variety of color and tonal values.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Space | KQED Art School

    Dive deep into the complex role that space plays in the visual arts. Using site-specific art as a starting point, learn about the specific techniques artists use to control and manipulate space in their work.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Texture

    In this fourth installment of our Elements of Art series, we look at the how visual artists try to engage our sense of touch.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Neo-Folk Art with Kristin Farr

    Inspired by traditional art forms and neon colors of the ’80s, artist Kristin Farr explores a legacy of folk art infused with her own contemporary viewpoint. Then Farr shows you how she creates one of her signature paintings: the Magic Hecksagon. Follow along as she measures and designs a hexagon pattern, then add your own magic colors to it!

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Printmaking with Favianna Rodriguez

    Visual artist Favianna Rodriguez has become a national figure in the fight for immigration reform. Visit her West Oakland studio and listen in as she talks about her mix of art and activism. Rodriguez then guides us through two printing processes central to her work: linocuts and monotypes.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Form

    Study up on the different ways visual artists create Form. Through the eye-fooling genre of Trompe L'oeil, we look at techniques artists use to transform shapes into forms.

     

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • The Art of the Skratch: DJs Celskiii + Deeandroid

    Meet hip-hop DJs Celskiii + Deeandroid in their Vallejo studio. They discuss their Bay Area influences, the importance of the audience, and why vinyl LPs still reign supreme. Then, learn four beginning skratches that all aspiring turntablists should know. DJ Celskiii and DJ Deeandroid guide you through the basic movements and techniques to get you started mixing and skratching.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Shape

    Shape is one of the seven basic building blocks of art. Using still life paintings of fruit, we look into how artists create their individual style and develop a unique approach to making shapes.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Multimedia Performance with Lenora Lee

    In this episode of Art School, tag along as Lenora and her dancers prepare for a series of performances at Asia Society in New York City. Hear about the genesis of her current multimedia performances and the impact the local Chinese community has had on her artistic practice. Then follow Lenora Lee as she leads you through some of the choreography from her performance The Escape. She developed this series of movements in collaboration with her dancers.

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    Grades: 7-13+
  • App Art with Franky Aguilar

    Oakland’s Franky Aguilar is the artist behind the wildly popular mobile art apps CatWang, Snoopify, Ima Unicorn, and GifYogurt, to name a few. Inspired by street culture, candy colors, and Internet iconography like cats and pizza, Aguilar works with artists to create a user experience that is equally fun and creative.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Elements of Art: Line

    Line is one of the seven basic elements of art along with Shape, Form, Texture, Value, Space and Color. These are the building blocks of all art and are a good place to start when making, looking at or analyzing works of art. Brush up on your visual literacy as we breakdown the wide variety of lines that artists use. Through the lens of the self-portrait, we look at how line is a way for artists to express their individual style and also a tool to control the messages they wish to communicate.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Know Your Graffiti Vocab

    For new initiates to graffiti, it is important to distinguish between different styles. We asked graffiti artist Neon to describe the five different types of graff on the streets. Knowing these terms can help you evaluate, critique, and appreciate these giant murals.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Days

    Learn about the pioneers of Bay Area graffiti, the most popular places to paint, and different styles of graffiti. Also learn about the PBS film Style Wars, which had a big impact on artists around the country.

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    Grades: 6-13+

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