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Brand: SPARK-grayscale


Contributor: KQED-grayscale

Spark documents visual and performing contemporary artists, from well-known painters, to ethnic dance companies, to artists working with new technologies. In short video pieces that are under fifteen minutes, Spark takes you backstage at performances and into artists' studios to witness the creative process firsthand. Accompanying many Spark videos are robust educator guides highlighting historical and cultural context for artists or arts organizations, plus lesson plan ideas, vocab lists, and additional resources. Spark makes it easy to bring contemporary artists into your classroom to inspire creative careers and engage your students in the arts.

Adam5100:  Visual Arts (Graffiti and Stencil Art)


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Adam5100: Visual Arts (Graffiti and Stencil Art)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, learn the art of layering with Adam5100, who has become a leading stencil artist.

  • Grades: 6-12
  • Views: 206
  • Favorites: 20
David Choe: Graffiti Art


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David Choe: Graffiti Art

In this Spark video from KQED, explore the early art of David Choe, whose work bridge two worlds and mindsets -- the street and the gallery.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 25
  • Favorites: 3
Nathan Oliviera: Painting


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Nathan Oliviera: Painting

Remember Nathan Oliveira and his lifelong fascination with the painted surface in this Spark video from KQED.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 31
  • Favorites: 1
Michael Arcega: Visual Arts


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Michael Arcega: Visual Arts

In this Spark video produced by KQED, exchange puns with Filipino American artist Michael Arcega as he comments wryly on history.

  • Grades: 5-13+
  • Views: 104
  • Favorites: 8
Ruth Asawa: Visual Arts (Sculpture)


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Ruth Asawa: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

In this video from Spark produced by KQED, visit Ruth Asawa as she and her family assemble an expansive retrospective for the reopening of Golden Gate Park's de Young Museum in October 2005.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 383
  • Favorites: 29
Robert Bechtle: Visual Arts (Painting)


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Robert Bechtle: Visual Arts (Painting)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, discover the painstaking method behind Robert Bechtle's extraordinary photorealist works.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 91
  • Favorites: 9
Garry Knox Bennett: Visual Arts (Handcrafted Furniture)


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Garry Knox Bennett: Visual Arts (Handcrafted Furniture)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Garry Knox Bennett, who for more than three decades, has been at the vanguard of furniture making with his unusual tables, desks, chairs, clocks and lamps.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 41
  • Favorites: 6
Sandow Birk: Visual Arts (Painting and Film)


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Sandow Birk: Visual Arts (Painting and Film)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow along with Sandow Birk as he and his crew finish production on the artist's contemporary take on Dante's 14th century epic The Divine Comedy-- set in 21st century San Francisco.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 59
  • Favorites: 7
Christopher Brown: Visual Arts (Painting)


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Christopher Brown: Visual Arts (Painting)

Christopher Brown obsessively works and reworks his images, painting over large areas of his canvases to redefine colors, objects and distances. In this Spark video produced by KQED, catch Brown in his studio, hard at work on a large painting.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 241
  • Favorites: 39
Thai Bui: Visual Arts


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Thai Bui: Visual Arts

In this Spark video produced by KQED, visit with Vietnamese born Thai Bui as he creates works that reflect the pressures of working as an artist in a foreign culture.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 804
  • Favorites: 6
Victor Cartagena: Visual Arts


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Victor Cartagena: Visual Arts

In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how Victor Cartagena draws on memories of the Salvadoran Civil War to create a haunting body of work.

  • Grades: K-12
  • Views: 65
  • Favorites: 3
Enrique Chagoya: Visual Arts (Print Making)


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Enrique Chagoya: Visual Arts (Print Making)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, explore the methods and history of print and political satire as vehicles for creative expression and social change though the art of Enrique Chagoya.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 205
  • Favorites: 28
Julie Chen: Visual Arts (Book Art)


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Julie Chen: Visual Arts (Book Art)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch Julie Chen stretch the definition of bookmaking with her awe-inspiring paper sculptures.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 283
  • Favorites: 48
Conservators of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Visual Arts


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Conservators of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco: Visual Arts

In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet two conservation staff members using a combination of art and science to restore two works of art.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 70
  • Favorites: 7
Jim Denevan: Visual Arts (Earth Works)


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Jim Denevan: Visual Arts (Earth Works)

Jim Denevan performs drawings -- making temporary sculptures on the sandy beaches. In this Spark video produced by KQED, tail Denevan as he composes two sand works and talks about his meditations and his process.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 192
  • Favorites: 26
Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)


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Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, climb a tree with Chris Drury whose installations mimic the underlying patterns of the natural world.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 148
  • Favorites: 14
Ala Ebtekar: Visual Arts (Line Drawing)


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Ala Ebtekar: Visual Arts (Line Drawing)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Ala Ebtekar, a visual artist whose large-scale line drawings explore the contrasts and similarities between contemporary hip hop culture and traditional Iranian culture.

  • Grades: 6-13+
  • Views: 607
  • Favorites: 40
Mitra Fabian: Visual Arts (Sculpture)


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Mitra Fabian: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how sculptor Mitra Fabian explores the abnormal using mundane materials.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 147
  • Favorites: 17
Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Visual Arts (Painting)


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Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Visual Arts (Painting)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet the Lawrence Ferlinghetti you didn't know -- you might already know him as a poet, but did you also know that he is a painter too? 

  • Grades: 5-13+
  • Views: 321
  • Favorites: 16
Viola Frey: Visual Arts (Sculpture)


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Viola Frey: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

In this Spark video produced by KQED, remember sculptor Viola Frey and her dedication in creating monumental ceramic figures.

  • Grades: K-13+
  • Views: 176
  • Favorites: 20