Spark: Home

Home: This collection contains short videos about working, contemporary artists who infuse their own culture or their family's culture into their art practices. They are often infusing their personal history with contemporary concerns and ideas to create artwork that ignites discussion and fosters cross-cultural understanding. These videos help address both visual arts and social studies content standards.

  • Hung Liu: Visual Art

    Trained as a propaganda painter during the Cultural Revolution in China, Hung Liu now creates large-scale portraits of unsung heroes. Discover her creative process in this video from Spark.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Sanjay Patel: Visual Arts and Animation

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Sanjay Patel, a supervising animator and storyboard artist at Pixar. He also has created a series of work that draws on his Indian background, illustrating adaptations of ancient Hindu epics.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Stephen Kent: Music

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet composer and musician Stephen Kent who has been playing the didgeridoo, a traditional aboriginal instrument, for more than 25 years.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Liz Hickok: Multi-Media Art

    Artists have long been concerned with capturing the spirit of the cities they live in. Liz Hickok is no exception. In her "San Francisco in Jell-O" sculpture series, she has crafted jiggling and jewel-colored landscapes out of one of America's favorite desserts. She starts her process with scale models, which then become cast rubber silicone molds. After the Jell-O filled molds set, she arranges them on Plexiglass lit from below. Hickok is a multi-media artist who works in video, painting, and installation.

    Grades: 2-13+
  • 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. Although many of his most recognized pieces are mixed-media sculptures, Arcega is a true interdisciplinary artist whose works range from paintings to installations, videos to drawings.

    Grades: 5-13+