de Young Artist Studio

Every month the museum invites artists to install and demonstrate their art form at the de Young. This interactive program enables visitors to meet artists and gives the artists an opportunity to work with the public. Artists working in various media are encouraged to apply.

Visit the Periscope Project, the artists' online studio

Clay robot

July 2, 2014August 3, 2014

The Monsters and Robots Project: A Visual Dialog
Wednesdays–Sundays, 1–5 pm, plus Fridays 6–8:45 pm

For the past six years, Joshua Margolis has been working on a series of clay sculptures that both engages others in his craft and stimulates their participation. It started years ago, when one of his younger students came to him with a drawing of a robot and asked if he could "make her picture out of clay.” Margolis completed the piece, and before he knew it all his students were drawing robots and monsters and asking that he bring them to life.

His current work focuses on a nonverbal collaborative dialogue between himself and anyone who wants to put to paper an idea that he can then bring to life in clay. This process gives those of all backgrounds a way to connect and engage in art and with each other, while expressing their creativity and emotions.

So now it is your turn to be a part of the creative process! Draw a robot or monster with the materials provided in the Kimball Education Gallery. Your creation can be as detailed or simple as you choose, and you are welcome to spend as much time as you need on your creation. Margolis will then select various drawings and give them three-dimensional ceramic life during his residency.

Margolis teaches ceramics to children and pottery and handbuilding to adults at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. Joshua is also a member of FM Oakland Studios, where he shows his work to the public each first Friday evening and on every Saturday afternoon.

Friday, August 1, 6–8:30 pm | Artist Reception
Celebrate the artist's residency with light refreshments in the Kimball Education Gallery.

Upcoming Artists-in-Residence

Artwork by Adele Crawford
September 3, 2014September 28, 2014
Artwork by Viviana Paredes
October 1, 2014November 2, 2014
yarn-covered train seats
December 3, 2014January 4, 2015

The Artist Studio program is made possible with major support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ Museums for America program. Additional support is provided by Hang Art Gallery.

 

Artist Studio Blog

The views expressed in the Artist Studio Blog are those of the participating artists-in-residence at the de Young, and do not reflect the opinions or viewpoints of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

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Posted by Nicole Schach on June 5, 2010 - 6:06pm
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Posted by Nicole Schach on June 5, 2010 - 2:40pm
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Posted by Nicole Schach on June 3, 2010 - 10:51am
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