The Emerging Self: Painting 1a’s Monochromatic Self-Portraits

Before the end of the school year, students in the Painting 1a class completed a monochromatic self-portrait project. Generating a self-portrait is hard work, as the experience connects deeply to one’s identity and how the artists see themselves in the world. To begin, the artists in both sections looked at self-portraits from Andy Warhol, Lucien... Continue Reading →

Aesthetics and Activism: Visiting an Artist’s Studio in Oakland

Last Monday, students in the Artist as Activist class ventured to Oakland to visit with local artist Evan Bissell in his studio. Students were struck by Evan’s work, and especially his public projects, as each piece requires a tremendous amount of research, active collaboration and a balance between aesthetic and activist intentions. “Activist art can... Continue Reading →

Getting In Touch With Their Wild Sides: Painting 1B’s New Project

The Painting 1B artists have just finished a project titled Fur, Feathered and Scaled. Students were inspired by the textures, forms and patterns of animals, and especially by the studio's four special visitors: a bittern, a bobcat, a rattlesnake and a barn owl from the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. We also looked at artists who use... Continue Reading →

Artists as Activists: Two Inspirational Visits

Students in the interdisciplinary Artist as Activist class - co-taught by visual arts and humanities faculty - have been venturing out in the field to learn from other artists who have expressed their visions and belief systems through their art. First stop: Keith Haring: The Political Line at the de Young Museum Keith Haring was an American... Continue Reading →

“Close Your Eyes and Sing”: More on Experimental Drawing

Arts instructor Ascha Drake shares a second experimental drawing lesson.     "To draw, you must close your eyes and sing."                   - Pablo Picasso Students in the Drawing 1B class continue to experiment and explore with materials and ways of drawing. What does it feel like to draw with your eyes closed? They each... Continue Reading →

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