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In the Studio with Wendy MacNaughton

Art School | March 21, 2013 | 2 Comments

In the Studio with Wendy MacNaughton

Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator from San Francisco who works on a variety of projects, including her “drawn journalism” publications, which she creates by spending a few weeks interacting with different communities. She draws people, interviews them, and listens to their stories, then compiles the information into a book.  One of her recent books is […]

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Graphic Novels with Thien Pham

Art School | December 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

Graphic Novels with Thien Pham

Thien Pham is an artist and educator at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. His brand new book, Sumo, released on 12.12.12, is a graphic novel about an aspiring Sumo wrestler. Graphic novels are narrative stories that are accompanied by sequential artwork. The term “graphic novel” is broad and encompasses many different styles and formats. […]

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In the Studio with Rashidi Omari

Art School | November 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the Studio with Rashidi Omari

Rashidi Omari is a performance artist, writer and educator at Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention and arts education organization in Oakland. Growing up, hip-hop was an outlet that helped Rashidi deal with life’s challenges, and he works to provide today’s Bay Area youth with the same creative opportunities. We stopped by his dance studio […]

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Museums Rule!

Art School | October 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Museums Rule!

Are you taking your students on a museum field trip this year? Today, we are happy to present the perfect piece of media to help prepare students for a visit to an art museum. This film project was produced in partnership with the de Young Museum and their teen ambassador program, and expertly shot and […]

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Making Stencils with Mike Shine

Art School | September 20, 2012 | 0 Comments

Making Stencils with Mike Shine

Mike Shine’s interests range from surfing to carnivals, and his dynamic approach to art making manifests as immersive installations, which he’s created throughout the Bay Area at local museums, galleries, and even at his home in Bolinas, “The Shine Shack.” His artwork is inspired by carnival aesthetics and his own narrative about Dr. Flotsam, a […]

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International Orange: Celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge

Art School | May 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

International Orange: Celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge

For the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, Spark-featured artist Stephanie Syjuco created an expansive shop of souvenirs produced in a monochrome palette: the memorable orange hue of the Golden Gate Bridge. Working with the same paint used to keep the bridge looking fresh, Syjuco’s installation features all things reddish-orange: teacups, jewelry, postcards and […]

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In the Gallery with Sandow Birk

Art School | March 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

In the Gallery with Sandow Birk

Sandow Birk was featured on KQED’s Spark when he was making paintings about an imagined war between Northern and Southern California. He was also making a film based on Dante’s Inferno that starred handmade puppets. Since making the movie, Birk has been busy in his studio, working with different mediums and themes to create his […]

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