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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.

  • Multimedia Performance with Lenora Lee

    Tag along as a choreographer and her dancers prepare for a series of performances at Asia Society in New York City. Then follow along through some of the choreography. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • App Art with Franky Aguilar

    Franky Aguilar is the artist behind the wildly popular mobile art apps CatWang, Snoopify, Ima Unicorn, GifYogurt and many others. Aguilar works with artists to create a fun and creative user experience.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Know Your Graffiti Vocab

    Graffiti writer Neon describes the five basic formats of graffiti.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Bay Area Graffiti: The Early Days

    In this video learn about the pioneers of Bay Area graffiti, the most popular places to paint, and the styles that originated locally. Also learn about the PBS film Style Wars, which had a big impact on artists around the country.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Experimental Animation and Abstraction with Jodie Mack

    Jodie Mack is an experimental animator who makes colorful, abstract films with a vintage Bolex film camera. Tag along as she works on a new project in San Francisco and talks about her process.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Olek Covers the World in Crochet

    Go behind the scenes with Olek as she installs a new piece at White Walls Gallery in San Francisco and discusses her artistic path, process and intentions in this Art School Video from KQED.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Gifs + Videos = Zeega

    In the latest episode of Art School produced by KQED,  Zeega's creators talk about this new tool for storytelling and then demonstrate how create your own Zeega using GIFs from the Internet, original content, music and text.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Drawing From American Hip-Hop and Iranian Culture with Ala Ebtekar

    In this episode of Art School produced by KQED, artist Ala Ebtekar discusses his artwork, personal history, and inspirations from history and contemporary culture.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Americana Music with American Nomad

    American Nomad explores their approach to singing and songwriting in these Art School videos from KQED.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Music for Social Justice with Aisha Fukushima

    In these Art School videos produced by KQED, meet "Raptivist" Aisha Fukushima who creates music and promotes social justice. Fuksuhima then demostrates basic stomp rhythms. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine

    In this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED, meet Bolinas artist Mike Shine and learn about his personal history as an artist, and his process for creating large-scale stencils.  Also get a primer on stencil-making.

    Grades: K-13+
  • All About Opera with Jennifer Cherest

    In this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED, soprano Jennifer Cherest discusses her experience as an opera singer and demonstrates how an operatic performer warms up. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Animated Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore

    Filmmaker Kirsten Lepore talks about her popular stop-motion animation films and shows tips and tricks for creating stop-motion animation.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Illustrating Personal Stories with Wendy Macnaughton

    In this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED, Wendy Macnaughton discusses her illustrated approach to journalism and her book-making process. MacNaughton also demonstrates how to draw coffee cups and wine glasses.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Museums Rule! Why do Art Museum Rules Exist?

    Before heading out on a museum field trip, check out this superhero-style Art School video produced by KQED, about museum rules and why they exist, which will help prepare anyone for a museum visit.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Cartoon Style with Sirron Norris

    in this Art School media gallery produced by KQED, meet San Francisco artist Sirron Norris who makes both commerical and fine art in a distinct, colorful cartoon style. See a demonstration on basic cartooning techniques.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Rashidi Omari: Breakdancing and Beatboxing

    In this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED, meet hip-hop artist and educator, Rashidi Omari, at his dance studio. Omari teaches the basics of beatboxing and demonstrates basic breakdancing moves. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Graphic Novels with Thien Pham

    In this series of Art School videos produced by KQED, meet Thien Pham, an Oakland artist and educator. Pham shows how to draw a four-panel comic and demonstrates ideas for character development.

    Grades: K-13+
  • West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

    In these Art School videos produced by KQED, meet three artists-in-residence at the East Bay Center for the Arts. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to teach African music and dance. 

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Painting Portraits with Jeremy Sutton

    In this Art School video produced by KQED, meet San Francisco portrait artist, Jeremy Sutton, who pays tribute to creative luminaries in San Francisco and beyond.

    Grades: K-13+

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