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.
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?
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, […]
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?
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?
Check out KQED’s new app that allows you to learn about and explore San Francisco’s New Deal-Era murals on location at Coit Tower, Rincon Annex, and SF City College. Diego Rivera and Anton Refregier were two of the most prolific muralists in San Francisco at the time, and they worked with a legion of others to create large-scale in San Francisco.
We are big fans of San Francisco artist Sirron Norris featured him in an Art School episode about his work as a painter and animator. Youth media producers at BayCat are also admirers of Sirron’s work, and we recently discovered this terrific video interview with the artist where he discusses the details in his murals, his dog Rosie, the difference between street art and graffiti, and his personal history.
Technology and media introduce new ways to share art and new additions to the artist’s toolbox. Zeega is an online platform for creating and remixing media to create stories, montages and digital collages that express emotion. Zeegas are interactive videos made with combinations and layers of animated GIFs, images, and audio tracks. Zeegas can convey emotion or sentiment, illustrate text, and tell stories. They are mash-ups of original content and existing moments or images from the Internet and pop culture.
Even if you’re not a dedicated gamer, you’ve probably interacted with video games at some point in recent years. In early 2013, the Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture and Design collection acquired 14 video games including classics like Pac-Man and Tetris. Senior curator at the museum, Paola Antonelli shared in a Ted Talk that the acquisition, “caused hows of outrage to echo through the museum’s hallowed halls, as aggrieved critics tore out their hair at the disrespect implicitly being show to artistic heroes such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.”