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Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

Arts | May 21, 2014 | 3 Comments

Emeryville Students Map Their Town’s History

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.

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Green Spaces Brighten Up Communities

Arts | May 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Green Spaces Brighten Up Communities

Do you think green spaces are disappearing in your neighborhood? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the importance of creating and preserving green spaces in our #DoNowGreen post. We asked students, Are there areas in your neighborhood that could or should be transformed into green spaces? Or, are there existing green spaces that should be preserved? Take a picture of one of these spaces or simply take a picture of plant life growing in an unexpected area.

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Abstract Animation with Jodie Mack

Arts | May 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abstract Animation with Jodie Mack

Experimental animator Jodie Mack produces colorful films that have been shown around the world. Brimming with humor and energy, her films focus on discarded materials such as fabrics, posters, photo negatives and other everyday objects that people often overlook.

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The Early Days of Bay Area Graffiti with Neon

Arts | May 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Early Days of Bay Area Graffiti with Neon

Starting in the 1980′s, graffiti has gained more and more respect as an art form. In fact, many graffiti artists display their work in galleries across the globe.

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Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Arts | May 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Graffiti is an Art Form Only in Certain Cases

Chances are you’ve spotted the bright, vibrant colors out of the corner of your eye, splashed across the wall by graffiti artists for everyone to see, but are these pieces a form of art or an act of vandalism? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed the value of graffiti in our #DoNowGraffiti post. We asked students, 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. Is it valuable? Do you want to see more or less graffiti in your neighborhood? What makes graffiti “good” or “bad”?

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The Art School Contest Winner, KC Pamintuan!

Arts | April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Art School Contest Winner, KC Pamintuan!

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.

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A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Arts | April 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

A Venn Diagram Can Be Art Depending On How You See It

Can a Venn Diagram be classified as art? The past couple of weeks, students discussed this question in our #DoNowVenn post. We asked students, Can a Venn diagram become art? What transforms a data collection tool into fine art? What are the elements needed to allow for this transformation?

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The World of Crochet with Olek

Arts | April 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The World of Crochet with Olek

Olek is an artist who works in the traditional medium of crochet and transforms the soft material into massive-scale art installations around the world.

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Selfies Are Okay, But Don’t Take Too Many

Arts | April 3, 2014 | 4 Comments

Selfies Are Okay, But Don’t Take Too Many

Love them or hate them, selfies have become one of the most common ways people express themselves on social media. But can there be a deeper significance behind selfies? Within the past couple of weeks, students across the nation discussed whether or not a selfie is a form of creative expression or narcissism in our #DoNowSelfies post. We asked students 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?

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At Adobe Books with Chris Johanson

Arts | April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

At Adobe Books with Chris Johanson

Chris Johanson is an artist who works in various mediums including painting and sculpture. His work is influenced by DIY aesthetics, humor, subcultures, and the struggles and victories of everyday existence.

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