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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.

  • Three Ways to Make Art From Rubbish With Nigel Poor

    Nigel Poor is a photographer who spends time documenting everyday existence, exploring the meaning of the traces of ourselves that we leave behind. She focuses on ordinary objects and materials, researching what makes an object “worthy of preservation,” in her words. This KQED Art School video was created in collaboration with SFMOMA, who commissioned art-making activity ideas from Nigel Poor for their Open Studio project.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | Art School

    In the latest episode of Art School, Jocquese breaks down the five elements of Vogue and discusses how the dance form became a lifestyle. Learn the basics from this master known as Sir JoQ, and recognize that, when it comes to Vogue, it’s all about sass and attitude. Jocquese Whitfield is a Vogue legend in San Francisco, a choreographer and performer who teaches the popular “Vogue and Tone” class at Dance Mission Theater. He has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and is also a judge for dance and drag competitions 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Evah Fan, Folksy Wordplay Artist, What’s Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Artist Evah Fan makes drawings, zines and more in a style that is influenced by wordplay and folk art techniques. She tells visual stories through her interpretation of words she finds tantalizing with their multiple meanings. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Those Blobs Have Legs!: Brendan Monroe Sculptures at Heath Ceramics | KQED Art School

    Brendan Monroe is known for drawings, paintings and sculptures of organic landscapes and otherworldly creatures. Art School visited with the artist during a transitional moment when he’d just completed a new body of work in collaboration with Heath Ceramics.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Chad Hasegawa: How a Fine Artist Uses House Paint: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Chad Hasegawa paints portraits of bears and notable artists, and his style is influenced heavily by the Abstract Expressionist movement, and a thrifty approach to materials. He has created murals throughout San Francisco and shown his paintings and sculptures in galleries. His work balances between abstract and figurative art, with dense, wild brushstrokes that are often pieced together to create recognizable forms.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Art of Collaboration with KeFe | KQED Art School

    Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are artists who focus on character design and development, creating a rotating cast of surreal cartoon figures inspired by visual culture, including fashion, skateboarding, Japanese regalia and folklore.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor Builds Shantytown Fairytale Creatures: What’s Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor creates poignant, larger-than-life figures that are seemingly cobbled together with reused scrap materials including wood, textiles and newspaper. 

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Ben Venom is a Punk Rock Quilter: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Find out how San Francisco’s Ben Venom developed his signature style. Venom creates punk quilts. Use this video to tap into personal interests that can define artistic style.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Abstracting with Everyday Objects: David Huffman | Art School

    Artist David Huffman provides the inspiration for a fun art project. Choose your favorite object and find different ways to abstract it to explore its symbolism. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • From Basketballs to Astronauts: David Huffman's Painted Universe | KQED Art School

    David Huffman is a Bay Area artist who focuses on the symbology of basketball and the space program in his artwork that addresses identity and cultural trauma. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • 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+

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