Visual Arts

  • Adam5100: Visual Arts (Graffiti and Stencil Art)

    Adam5100 has been working with a spray can since his days as a teenage graffiti writer living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Confessing that his early tagging was "the blight of society," Adam5100 has since become one of the Bay Area's most talented young painters. In this Spark video produced by KQED join the artist as he prepares for an exhibition at the White Walls Gallery by "layering the stencils of life."

    Grades: 6-12
  • David Choe: Graffiti Art

    Explore the early art of David Choe, whose work bridges two worlds: the street and the gallery, in this Spark video from KQED.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Nathan Oliviera: Painting

    Nathan Oliveira created abstract art based on subjects in nature. Explore his lifelong fascination with the painted surface in this Spark video from KQED.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • 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+
  • 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. In preparation for this exhibition, Asawa's daughter, Aiko Cuneo, has been busily collecting her mother's work as well as selecting a variety of drawings and preparatory works. It is a labor of love for Cuneo, whose memories of childhood are interwoven with her mother's constant art-making.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Visual Arts: Robert Bechtle (Painting) | Spark

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

    Grades: 6-12
  • 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. Rather than beginning with sketches and drawings, Bennett goes straight to the materials, working them part by part into a finished idea. It is a technique that allows Bennett the freedom to change the direction of a piece several times before it is complete.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Visual Arts: Sandow Birk (Painting and Film) | Spark

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow painter Sandow Birk as he and a film crew finish production of a contemporary take on Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy, set in 21st-century San Francisco and starring a cast of paper puppets.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 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+
  • 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+
  • 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. Visit with Cartagena as he guides viewers through is artistic process.  

    Grades: 9-13+
  • 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. In his prints, drawings and other works on paper, Mexican-American artist Chagoya appropriates and reorganizes images taken from the American mass media, Mexican folk art and religious sources, using them to create biting and often very humorous political and social satire. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Visual Arts: Julie Chen (Book Art) | Spark

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, watch Julie Chen stretch the definition of "artist's book" with her awe-inspiring paper sculptures. Chen is a groundbreaking innovator in this growing field, producing works that combine original poetry and three-dimensional paper techniques to stunning effect.

    Grades: 6-12
  • 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. The FAMSF conservation staff includes specialized professionals in the areas of painting, objects, textiles and works on paper. Together with the curators, the conservation staff carefully monitors all of the works in the FAMSF's collections, removing from storage or exhibition those that require treatment.

    Grades: K-12
  • 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.  Using only a stick and a rake, Denevan's work is monumental in scale but as fleeting as any live performance. The drawings exist for a few precious hours before they are erased by the incoming tides, and one has to view the drawings from 150 feet up or more in order to see them in their entirety.

    Grades: K-13+
  • 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. For more than a quarter-century, internationally recognized British artist Chris Drury has used the materials and processes of nature in his work. Drury's lyrical, often temporary installations mimic patterns that already exist in the natural world. Visit with Drury as he prepares a series of works for a six-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, culminating in a show called "Whorls: Installations by Chris Drury," an indoor and outdoor exhibition featuring three site-specific nature-based installations. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Visual Arts: Ala Ebtekar (Line Drawing) | Spark

    Ala Ebtekar is a visual artist whose large-scale line drawings explore the contrasts and similarities between contemporary hip-hop culture and traditional Iranian culture. Explore identity with Ebtekar in this Spark video produced by KQED.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Visual Arts: Mitra Fabian (Sculpture) | Spark

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, see how sculptor and installation artist Mitra Fabian explores the abnormal using common materials such as glue and Scotch tape. Fabian aims to shift the way that viewers of her art relate to such materials and understand what can be accomplished with them.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti: Visual Arts (Painting)

    Over the past six decades, Lawrence Ferlinghetti has established himself as one of the most renowned poets and publishers in the world. A founder of City Lights Books and a noted Beat writer, he is commonly considered one of the greatest literary figures of the 20th century. But Ferlinghetti has been painting for almost as long as he has been writing. In this Spark video produced by KQED, visit Ferlinghetti in his studio as he prepares a series of works for a show at San Francisco's George Krevsky Gallery.

    Grades: 5-13+
  • 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: 9-13+