Express Yourself Through Art | KQED Art School


Art isn’t just for show, it can be a way to show who you are! Whether learning how to vogue with Jocquese Whitfield, or turning e-waste into art with Robb Godshaw, use the following PBS Learning Media Arts collection to find new ways to express yourself through art.

  • From Sketchbook to Runway: Fashion Design with Zachary Fernandez | KQED Art School

    Art School followed art student Fernandez’s process as he sketched, sourced fabric, and designed his new project, revealed at a culminating fashion show in spring 2016.

    For Zachary Fernandez, designing is an art form and a way to communicate his ideas. He considers how his intentions for a new collection will translate to his audience, and pays attention to his process and evolution, which helps him grow professionally. Though he just finished his junior year of high school, Fernandez is a rising fashion star thanks to his dedication and the support of mentors, family, and teachers.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | KQED 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 3-12
  • Experimental Animation and Abstraction with Jodie Mack

    Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who makes colorful, abstract films with a vintage Bolex film camera. Tag along as she works on a new project in San Francisco and talks about her process.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Documentary Photography with Paccarik Orue | KQED Art School

    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.

    Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-13+
  • E-waste into Art with Robb Godshaw | KQED Art School

    Robb Godshaw makes artwork that is conceptual and, as he describes, “Uses technical means to move things that can’t be moved, or make visible things that aren’t normally visible.” During an artist residency at SF Recology, which houses San Francisco’s dump, Godshaw scavenged electronic waste, most of which was functional. He turned old televisions into microscopes and made a powerful rainbow generator, upcycling e-waste to create illuminated kinetic sculptures and installations. The residency allowed him to expand his use of materials and elevate discarded objects to explore the personal narratives attached to the things humans leave behind.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Three Ways to Make Art From Rubbish With Nigel Poor | KQED Art School

    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
  • 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
  • Abstracting with Everyday Objects: David Huffman | KQED 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