In the past two weeks, students across the nation discussed whether they can enjoy a piece of artwork, from music to paintings, produced by an artist who leads a controversial life in our #DoNowArtist post. We asked students Can you still appreciate a work of art even if you don’t like the artist as a person? Should we continue to celebrate art by people who do bad things? Can you separate the art from the artist? Should you?
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.
Nearly every student who is in school today will enter the workforce needing skills in media production. From social media to YouTube videos, many industries will require a knowledge of how to leverage online platforms. In the arts classroom, media production is a dynamic way for students to gain these technical skills, while also practicing aesthetic valuing, design thinking, communication, and creative writing. All of these skills can be cultivated through the use of media-making projects. For this reason, student media-making projects are an excellent way to introduce these 21st century proficiencies.
Cynthia Vasquez teaches her Pre-K students at the Paul Revere School in San Francisco with the methodology of learning through play. Her approach is influenced by a group of teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District’s SLANT (Science, Literacy, Arts, and Technology) program where she explores ways of integrating each of these disciplines into […]
The yearly Young At Art Festival is a living portfolio for the ongoing work of the San Francisco Unified School District’s Arts Education Master Plan, showcasing work in the visual and performing arts by students K-12. During the week of Young At Art, numerous arts based professional development workshops designed specially for teachers, principals, and […]
Since 2009, KQED Arts Education has held workshops in stop-motion animation for both students and teachers. Inspired by Spark artist M.Dot Strange, and partnering with our friends at the Disposable Film Festival, the San Francisco Film Society, and Zeum, we’ve seen filmmakers of all ages produce their own digital animation projects. Stop-motion projects are low-tech […]
Over the summer, a group of bay area educators participated in a media production workshop, Digital Self-Portraits at KQED. The workshop began with an inspirational day of art-making and viewing at SFMOMA and Zeum. After learning more from curator Julie Charles about contemporary portrait artists (including Robert Arneson and Janine Antoni), the group headed over […]
Sharon Hi everyone, I’m back from my trip to Philadelphia where I attended the ISTE conference — a lot of educational technology stuff. It was really interesting, but I have to say that I kept thinking about the work you are all doing in this workshop and how impressive it is! Some of your stories […]
On Monday, our trip to MOMA and Zeum was quite inspirational. We were able to view amazing self-portraits from an array of visual artists like Robert Arneson’s California Artist (shown on the left). We were able to gain insight into a variety of artists’ processes. What issues/factors motivate them to create work. What choices […]
Welcome video artist educators! We’re so excited to be going through this creative exploration with you. Hopefully, this course will allow you to explore and express yourselves using video as a platform. The sky is the limit. Today, we’ve discussed ways to think about self-portraits and what constitutes auto-biography. Hopefully, we have kept the conversation […]