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Art School is a KQED web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. Empower folks of all ages to engage with contemporary art, and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.

  • From Sketchbook to Runway: Fashion Design with Zachary Fernandez | KQED Art School

    Art School followed art student Fernandez’s process as he sketched, sourced fabric, and designed his new project, revealed at a culminating fashion show in spring 2016.

    For Zachary Fernandez, designing is an art form and a way to communicate his ideas. He considers how his intentions for a new collection will translate to his audience, and pays attention to his process and evolution, which helps him grow professionally. Though he just finished his junior year of high school, Fernandez is a rising fashion star thanks to his dedication and the support of mentors, family, and teachers.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Five Steps to Make Your Own Political Art

    For hundreds of years, artists have used their work to spread messages about important issues. Eye-catching artworks can help start a dialogue about social justice, as well as raise awareness for political candidates, activists, and others who see room for improvement in their community and beyond. Our newest video details a formula for making political art in five easy steps by offering examples of successful projects from high profile artists Banksy, Corita Kent, Emory Douglas, Ai Wei Wei, Shepard Fairey and Barbara Kruger. Boldness, accessibility, visibility and reproducibility are just a few of the qualities that help make political art stand out and reach new audiences. Follow these five steps to create your own political art, and let your work shout a message from the rooftops! Share your ideas and artwork online and tag us @KQEDArtSchool on Twitter.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Apexer on Street Art Murals | KQED Art School

    Apexer is a street artist who creates colorful, spray-painted murals around the world. Using a visual foundation based in graffiti art and Chinese calligraphy, Apexer abstracts letterforms to create complex, dynamic compositions for his street art projects. Often creating artworks that communicate the vibe of the neighborhood where they are on view, Apexer’s painted gestures are accessible to a wide audience, and are constantly expanding upon the core element of his work: the letters of his nickname.

    Grades: 6-12
  • You’re a Street Artist Now! Apexer Shows You How | KQED Art School

    In this episode of Art School, Apexer explains the foundation of lettering and demonstrates the progression of writing in a tag style, to a more three-dimensional form, to fully abstracting letterforms. He also explains the connection between street art sketching and spray painting.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Painting A Future for Wildlife with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell | KQED Art School

    Take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences with Jane Kim as she draws inspiration from their collection and talks about an early obsession with teddy bears that led her to a life of using art to give the natural world a stronger voice. She also explains how research and location play an important role in her projects and help encourage environmental stewardship.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Seven Elements of Art E-Book | KQED Art School

    From self portrait collages to fantasy landscapes, there are 14 exciting lesson plans included in this media-rich resource. The E-Book offers students new art-making ideas and opportunities to share their work with other students through social media. Make your way through the videos and art projects in each chapter, learn about each element of visual art, and develop a portfolio of digital and studio artwork. 

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    Grades: 6-12
  • E-waste into Art with Robb Godshaw | KQED Art School

    Robb Godshaw makes artwork that is conceptual and, as he describes, “Uses technical means to move things that can’t be moved, or make visible things that aren’t normally visible.” During an artist residency at SF Recology, which houses San Francisco’s dump, Godshaw scavenged electronic waste, most of which was functional. He turned old televisions into microscopes and made a powerful rainbow generator, upcycling e-waste to create illuminated kinetic sculptures and installations. The residency allowed him to expand his use of materials and elevate discarded objects to explore the personal narratives attached to the things humans leave behind.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Three Ways to Make Art From Rubbish With Nigel Poor | KQED Art School

    Nigel Poor is a photographer who spends time documenting everyday existence, exploring the meaning of the traces of ourselves that we leave behind. She focuses on ordinary objects and materials, researching what makes an object “worthy of preservation,” in her words. This KQED Art School video was created in collaboration with SFMOMA, who commissioned art-making activity ideas from Nigel Poor for their Open Studio project.

    Grades: 6-12
  • How to Vogue with Jocquese Whitfield | KQED Art School

    In the latest episode of Art School, Jocquese breaks down the five elements of Vogue and discusses how the dance form became a lifestyle. Learn the basics from this master known as Sir JoQ, and recognize that, when it comes to Vogue, it’s all about sass and attitude. Jocquese Whitfield is a Vogue legend in San Francisco, a choreographer and performer who teaches the popular “Vogue and Tone” class at Dance Mission Theater. He has held the winning title at the Miss Honey Vogue Ball multiple times and is also a judge for dance and drag competitions 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Evah Fan, Folksy Wordplay Artist, What’s Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Artist Evah Fan makes drawings, zines and more in a style that is influenced by wordplay and folk art techniques. She tells visual stories through her interpretation of words she finds tantalizing with their multiple meanings. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Those Blobs Have Legs!: Brendan Monroe Sculptures at Heath Ceramics | KQED Art School

    Brendan Monroe is known for drawings, paintings and sculptures of organic landscapes and otherworldly creatures. Art School visited with the artist during a transitional moment when he’d just completed a new body of work in collaboration with Heath Ceramics.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Chad Hasegawa: How a Fine Artist Uses House Paint: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Chad Hasegawa paints portraits of bears and notable artists, and his style is influenced heavily by the Abstract Expressionist movement, and a thrifty approach to materials. He has created murals throughout San Francisco and shown his paintings and sculptures in galleries. His work balances between abstract and figurative art, with dense, wild brushstrokes that are often pieced together to create recognizable forms.

    Grades: 6-12
  • The Art of Collaboration with KeFe | KQED Art School

    Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock are artists who focus on character design and development, creating a rotating cast of surreal cartoon figures inspired by visual culture, including fashion, skateboarding, Japanese regalia and folklore.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor Builds Shantytown Fairytale Creatures: What’s Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Elisabeth Higgins O'Connor creates poignant, larger-than-life figures that are seemingly cobbled together with reused scrap materials including wood, textiles and newspaper. 

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Ben Venom is a Punk Rock Quilter: What's Your Style? | KQED Art School

    Find out how San Francisco’s Ben Venom developed his signature style. Venom creates punk quilts. Use this video to tap into personal interests that can define artistic style.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Abstracting with Everyday Objects: David Huffman | KQED Art School

    Artist David Huffman provides the inspiration for a fun art project. Choose your favorite object and find different ways to abstract it to explore its symbolism. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • From Basketballs to Astronauts: David Huffman's Painted Universe | KQED Art School

    David Huffman is a Bay Area artist who focuses on the symbology of basketball and the space program in his artwork that addresses identity and cultural trauma. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Collapsing Colonialism with Ranu Mukherjee | KQED Art School

    Ranu Mukherjee creates "Hybrid films" using layers of video, paintings and collage to create moving images. In the latest episode of Art School, Mukherjee unpacks the narrative and details behind her newest piece, Home and the World, which examines cultural hybridity, the aftermath of colonialism, and feminist questions. Inspired by a scene from a film by Satyajit Ray, as well as the composition of traditional Indian lithographs, Mukherjee combined these influences with her own visual culture to create a subtle but complex moving image.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Art + Activism with Sanaz Mazinani | KQED Art School

    Sanaz Mazinani is an artist with a background in political activism who uses art to inspire dialogue about perceptions of cultural identity. In the latest episode of Art School, she describes her current art practice. Using online media focusing on world news and pop culture as her source material, she creates symmetrical photo collages and videos that abstract familiar images and invite viewers to reconsider visual culture and its meaning and influence on public opinion and social justice.

    In the second video Mazinani expands on the intention of traditional of Islamic ornamentation. Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

    Grades: 6-12
  • Documentary Photography with Paccarik Orue KQED Art School

    In this episode of Art School we visit Paccarik in the studios of Rayko Photo Center where he is currently an Artist-In-Residence. We also tag along as he makes photographs in the Iron Triangle neighborhood of Richmond, California. From 2009-2011, Orue photographed residents and structures there for his book titled, There Is Nothing Beautiful Around Here.

    Orue also introduces us to his latest body of work which is centered in the city of Cerro de Pasco in his home country of Peru. Cerro de Pasco is one of the highest cities in the world, perched atop the Andean Mountains. Even though he has returned to his homeland, Orue feels like an outsider.

    In the second video, Orue demonstrates how to scan, clean and color-correct medium format film, showing the necessary steps for digitizing color film negatives.

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    Grades: 6-13+

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