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 →

Self-Portraits and Charcoal: New Projects in the Drawing and Painting Studio

There is a lot happening in the drawing and painting studio this term! Using new materials and techniques, the Drawing 1A and Painting 1A students are getting inspired and creating amazing work. Presently, the Drawing 1A artists are working with all types of charcoal - including vine charcoal, compressed charcoal, charcoal pencil and conte -... 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 →

Sketchbook Previews: Life Drawing

Fresh off their trip to the de Young, the Advanced Drawing and Painting Studio classes have just finished their second life drawing session. Held each week for 2.5 hours, professional life drawing models come to Bay and pose for the class. Students have discovered that drawing is physical and intense, and are also recognizing how... Continue Reading →

From Paper to Stingray, Peacock, Sun: Origami with Parent Peter Engel

Peter Engel, father of Gabriel  '16, visited the 3-D Foundations 1A class on Friday, Jan. 10.  Peter is able to balance being a professional origami artist (he exhibits all over the country and has published three books focused on origami) along with being a professional architect in Berkeley. Both practices feed one another, and Peter... Continue Reading →

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