Art School


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.

  • Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Days

    With rarely-seen photos of San Francisco Bay Area graffiti in the 1980s captured by photographer Jim Prigoff, artist Neon describes the styles, spots, and writers that had an early influence on the Bay Area graffiti scene. How has graffiti contributed to Bay Area culture and how much has it shaped us as a society? Find out in this video.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Experimental Animation and Abstraction with Jodie Mack

    Follow along with abstract animator Jodie Mack as she works on a new film inspired by her recent trip to Mexico! Her film features bright Oaxacan fabrics placed within landscapes and domestic scenes. Get an overview of her techniques, past work, and an introduction to pioneers of abstract animation

    Grades: 6-12
  • Olek Covers the World in Crochet

    Olek is an artist who works in the traditional medium of crochet and transforms the soft material into massive-scale art installations around the world. We go behind the scenes with Olek as she installs a piece titled "I Haven’t a Single Explorer on My Planet," and discusses her artistic path, process and intentions.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Americana Music with American Nomad

    American Nomad is a band that keeps Americana music alive by mixing contemporary and traditional approaches. Join them as they share their approach to songwriting, recording, and performing.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

    Meet "Raptivist" Aisha Fukushima, who creates music that promotes social justice and travels the world, collaborating with a global network of hip hop artists. As a young child, she felt the microaggressions that are a result of racism and felt that writing was the only place she was truly free of judgment and limitations. She brought that talent to the stage and hopes that it will inspire social progress.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine

    Meet Bay Area artist Mike Shine, who discusses his carnival-inspired paintings, and his recent large-scale stencil murals. He makes art for people to enjoy, both superficially and in depth, and condemns much of modern art because of the context needed for interpretation. He wants his art to be able to be interpreted, regardless of how it is interpreted. He wants it to transcend cultural and language barriers. Check out how his art is made in this video.

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    Grades: K-12
  • All About Opera with Jennifer Cherest

    Meet opera singer Jennifer Cherest, an award-winning soprano who has performed at an array of opera companies in this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED. Jennifer discusses her approach to singing, and her connection to pop singers like Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Jennifer is part of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship program, which is a two-year artist residency for the most advanced young artists. Jennifer demonstrates how she warms up her voice for a day of rehearsals or performances.

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    Grades: K-12
  • Animated Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore

    Kirsten Lepore is an artist and filmmaker who works with different animation techniques, including stop-motion animation and claymation. With these videos, learn more about the intentions behind her food-focused film, the unusual materials she works with to create her projects, and why she loves the laborious process of stop-motion animation. Lepore also demonstrates the basics of shooting a stop-motion animation film.

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    Grades: 3-12
  • Illustrating Personal Stories with Wendy Macnaughton

    Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator  who works on a variety of projects, including her "drawn journalism" publications, which she creates by spending a few weeks interacting with different communities. She draws people, interviews them, and listens to their stories, then compiles the information into a book or collection of drawings. One of her recent books is about the people of San Francisco Public Library's main branch. Her illustrations have been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and her newest project is a book called Lost Cat. She also demonstrates how to draw coffee cups and wine glasses. 

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Museums Rule! Why do Art Museum Rules Exist?

    Before heading out on a museum field trip, check out this superhero-style Art School video produced by KQED, about museum rules and why they exist, which will help prepare anyone for a museum visit.

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    Grades: K-12
  • Cartoon Style with Sirron Norris

    Meet San Francisco artist Sirron Norris, who discusses his public and commercial art projects. Although he works on projects like "Bob's Burgers," he still makes time to teach a cartoon-drawing class for kids every Saturday. He says that the best part about drawing cartoons is that there's no expectations. He teaches the children this, and that as long as they are proud of what they've created, then what they've created is perfect.

    Grades: 2-12
  • Happy, Sad, Mad: Cartoon Drawing with Sirron Norris | KQED Art School

    Follow along as artist Sirron Norris demonstrates how to draw various emotions on cartoon faces. See how subtle changes make a big difference when expressing emotion through art.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Rashidi Omari: Breakdancing and Beatboxing

    Rashidi Omari is a performance artist, writer, and educator at Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention and arts education organization in Oakland. Art School stopped by his dance studio to learn more about this dynamic Oakland artist, and find what hip-hop means to him and his students. Omari teaches the basics of beat-boxing and demonstrates basic break-dancing moves.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Graphic Novels with Thien Pham

    Ever wondered how comics are made? How about how to draw your own? In this video, Thien Pham, a graphic artist from Oakland, CA, will show you step-by-step how to create your own comic, from writing the plot to drawing the four-panel itself.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

    Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Painting Portraits with Jeremy Sutton

    Watch as portrait artist, Jeremy Sutton reveals his inspirations, from historical art masters to the passionate subjects of his portraits. Portraits were historically commissioned by either members of the Church or the absurdly wealthy, but Sutton chooses to focus his portraits on the complete opposite -- everyday scenes from everyday members of society, almost as an act of rebellion.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with Stephanie Syjuco

    For the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, artist Stephanie Syjuco created an expansive shop of souvenirs produced in a monochrome palette: the memorable orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge. Working with the same paint used to keep the bridge looking fresh, Syjuco's installation features all things reddish-orange: teacups, jewelry, postcards and tchotchkes that are surprisingly not for sale, but presented together as a conceptual art installation. This video offers a behind-the-scenes look at Syjuco’s collaborative process. 

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Scientific Sculpture with Meryl Pataky

    Meryl Pataky is a San Francisco artist who works with many materials, including neon, which she has recently been featuring in an outdoor context. She finds that the juxtaposition between the fragility of the glass and the everlasting nature of nature itself is a good metaphor for whatever art she's creating. Learn about the science behind her work and why she uses the materials that she does in this video.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Conceptual Painting with Chris Johanson

    Johanson reflects on the past decade of his career and shares his philosophies on art making in the first Art School video from KQED. Then, Johanson creates a simple painting based on Venn diagrams, an art lesson developed for students in partnership with SFMOMA for their project, Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities.

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    Grades: 6-12

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