Redesigning Art


Learn how to create contemporary art with these videos about artists who express themselves through lettering, printmaking, and graphic design.These artists combine artistic methods by building “sculptural paintings” from found materials, designing logos using computer programs, and creating “editorial illustrations” with pen and paper. Inspire your students to redesign the future of art by exploring new mediums for creative expression.

  • Lettering Artistry with Jessica Hische | KQED Art School

    San Francisco artist and author Jessica Hische has designed everything from chocolate lettering to Wes Anderson movie title sequences. Here she takes us into her design studio with a demo on custom lettering from pencil sketch to vector paths.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Logo Design with Mark Winn | KQED Art School

    Get an inside look into the iterative process of logo design with graphic designer, Mark Winn. Here Mark takes us through the process of conceptualizing a logo theme and executing the design from pencil to pixel while providing some serious time-saving techniques in Illustrator along the way.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Printmaking with Favianna Rodriguez | KQED Art School

    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
  • Jane Frenke l Fabric Artist

    Learn how Jane Frenke uses fabric, a sewing machine, and her creativity to create works of art.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Caleb Duarte: Visual Artist (Sculptural Paintings)

    Caleb Duarte works with a combination of found materials, architectural building supplies, painting and drawing to create temporary installations and "sculptural paintings" that evoke poignant narratives of home, shelter and displacement.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • 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. Bui makes haunting works of art that speak to a sense of displacement and longing that has characterized the artist's own turbulent life. Bui's extraordinary objects combine references to his experiences in both the United States and Vietnam, simultaneously communicating a witty humor and penetrating sense of loss.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • David Kuraoka: Visual Arts (Ceramics)

    David Kuraoka throws enormous pots weighing 100 pounds and more, a process that requires an In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch him at work in his studio.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Universal Arts of Graphic Design | Off Book

    Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working toward the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.

    Grades: 9-12
  • How To Look at Public Art | KQED Art School

    Public art is all around us, but sometimes we don't even notice it! Get some insight about the famed Bow and Arrow by the bay by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, and Ruth Asawa's bay-framing fountain sculpture across the street. Then grab your hiking boots and head for the woods to see Andy Goldsworthy's all-natural installations in The Presidio. Learn how to read these public artworks and many more, brought to you by the cutest curator in town.

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    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.

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    Grades: 3-12