Each year, thanks to the generosity of artist Marion Cilker, San Jose State University and the Santa Clara County Office of Education host two days of inspiration for both pre-service and in-service arts educators. KQED will be there to present a workshop about KQED Art School, and other presenters include SFMOMA, AXIS Dance, and TheaterWorks of Silicon Valley.
Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.
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Sirron Norris and KQED’s Art School program invite you to participate in a cartoon portrait contest. Visit the the Art School website to view Sirron’s lessons on drawing cartoons with emotion and drawing in perspective, then use them as inspiration create a cartoon portrait of your favorite person or historical figure that’s important to you, […]
Do you think selfies are a form of creative expression that communicate a message? Or do you see them as bad-quality photos posted online by narcissists? Or somewhere in between? Would you consider them an updated version of the artistic self portrait, visual communication, or something else?
Songs can convey a range of emotions, feelings and messages, whether the format is a ballad, a dance song, a storytelling vehicle, or other type of song. What are some of the best lyrics written and why are they meaningful to you? If you were to write a song, what would it be about?
American Nomad is a local band that finds inspiration in roots music and many other genres, and as singer-songwriter Shiloh Parkerson notes, their tunes are reminiscent of the days “when our country was first starting to form.” Parkerson and Hassan El-Tayyab front the band, and play as both a duo or a group with a variety of instrumentalists.
Artists are people, and sometimes people make bad choices or behave despicably. For example, Picasso was thought to be a womanizer, and Jackson Pollock was known to be abusive due to his struggle with alcoholism. Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person?
This month, our arts “Do Now” prompt was inspired by a project created by artist Ala Ebtekar and a group of Bay Area students. They focused on the idea of legacy, and what they hoped to leave behind for future generations. Students worked with Ebtekar on creative writing pieces that were recorded and mixed into an audio track that was part of a sound art installation at the Asian Art Museum.
Andy Warhol famously (and fairly accurately) predicted that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” With easy access to video documentation and sharing tools online, and the advent and increased popularity of reality television, which broadcasts “regular” folks’ dramas and activities, it is true that fame is attainable for a broader range of people in today’s media-saturated society. Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy?
Art School-featured artist Ala Ebtekar created a project in collaboration with students at the Asian Art Museum on the occasion of the Cyrus Cylinder exhibition. If you were king or queen of the Universe, what message would you leave behind that would become your legacy for centuries to come? What are some of the major accomplishments you hope to achieve? What will you do to make the world better?
As KQED Arts Education kicks off 2014, we are focusing on the work of artist Ala Ebtekar, who takes traditional Iranian painting techniques and mashes them up with his own visual culture, which is influenced by graffiti and hip hop. He is the newest artist featured on KQED Art School. Local educator Cecilia Garcia shared a project inspired by Ebtekar’s work that she did with her students at James Lick High School in San Jose. The idea for the project came about during a KQED workshop last summer presented in collaboration with di Rosa and Ebtekar.
The latest episode of Idea Channel explores the business side of pop music and asks how music becomes meaningful to you, “Love or hate pop music, it’s pretty hard to escape. From Katy Perry to Lady Gaga, pop songs are recorded, packaged, and sold down a well worn pipeline, designed to make you, the listener, LOVE THIS SONG! But do you really?”