Kristin Farr produces arts videos for KQED and writes monthly features for Juxtapoz magazine. She lives in the East Bay, and her favorite color is all of them.
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This August at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, join KQED Art School for the Integrated Learning Summer Institute.
I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.
You’ve undoubtedly noticed viral videos flying around the Internet featuring dance sensations, trends, and memes like the Harlem shake phenomenon and riffs off of Gangnam Style. Dance crazes have a long history of sweeping the nation, and platforms like YouTube and Facebook foster a worldwide dancing dialogue. Dance crazes are a significant part of American culture and span history, including wildly varying moves, ranging from the 1920’s Charleston to contemporary twerking.
On a recent visit to Sara Stillman’s advanced art classroom at Emery Secondary School, students are immersed in a rigorous interdisciplinary mapping project on the history of Emeryville. Sparked by the Yale Initiative, a professional development program that offers K-12 teachers in urban and rural schools the opportunity to explore a topic in depth, Stillman began this unit at the high school after extensive planning at the University.
In art, abstraction can be anything that is non-figurative or non-representative of familiar objects. Abstract art can sometimes feel complicated to understand because it is not based in a familiar reality. Where do you find beautiful patterns and shapes? What kinds of abstraction do you consider beautiful? Snap a photo of abstraction in your everyday life and explain why it is aesthetically appealing to you.
KQED Art School is thrilled to announce the winner of our cartoon drawing contest, Ms. KC Pamintuan, a 13-year-old student from Glendale, CA. Our esteemed contest judge, artist Sirron Norris, and all of us at KQED were impressed by KC’s excellent rendering of her favorite historical figure, Johannes Gutenberg.
Describe the graffiti you see in your community. What stands out to you about it? Take a picture of graffiti art in your town and tweet it to us with your thoughts–does it mean something to you? Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?
As Common Core instruction ramps up, it is important to find ways to integrate the arts to keep students engaged and help flex their creative and collaborative muscles.