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This art project explores the exclusion of ongoing “urban” narratives in history and our roles in reflecting our community experiences in 2021. In this work, we will learn how to make a viewfinder—a lens through which a...
Explore the materials in your surroundings through the sounds they make. Give each sound a color. Transcribe, or mark down, the order of your sounds on to music paper. Play back the pattern or rhythm that you made. Record...
Learn to print at home with artist Manuel “Fases” Ruelas, whose work Resistiendo was included in The de Young Open.Watch How to Create PrintsCollection ConnectionThis project was inspired by José Guadalupe...
Today, we will take a deep look at ourselves and create an abstract self-portrait made up of many pieces. A self-portrait is defined as a drawing, painting, or picture of yourself, usually your face. We are going to collect...
Explore forms the way artists do, by twisting a flat piece of paper into unexpected shapes.Watch Paper is so NOT Boring
Young artists will learn the basics of paint making, following and creating recipes with different pigments and binders. With an emphasis on exploration and discovery, children can think out of the box by considering...
Let’s build a diorama inside or outside of the box that the art supplies arrived in. Choose a place, a landscape, or an ecosystem that you want to focus on—some examples that we have here in California are the coast, the...
Make an illustrated book to capture moments of your life. As we begin a new year, let’s draw the markers of time that we observe throughout the day or over the course of a week. We will make a special book to house the...
Create a portrait inspired by Andrea McCoy Harvey’s Afro Goddess and learn about proportions and art vocabulary to describe the process.Watch How to Create Powerful Portraits
Think of a habitat and animal that you wish to protect; the habitat and animal could be close to your own home or from somewhere far away. Using painting, collaging, and drawing techniques, the following activity will help...

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