Events and Workshops 2015

Familia Arte!

Sunday, November 1, 2015•1:00 to 4:00 pm

Free and open to the public
 

Join artists Oscar Aguilar Olea, Azalea Aguilar, and Michelle Wilson for a free family day of art making for Dia de los Muertos. Delve in to the Mexican traditional art of form of "Repujado" where families can emboss and color a design on soft metallic foil or play with "Papel Picado" a Mexican craft of elaborate paper-cutting. Your resulting works will be displayed during North Berkeley's Dia de los Muertos celebration Monday, November 2, 2015 – 5PM to 9PM.


Wax Works
Make a beeswax painting!

Saturday, August 1, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ages 7 and up | Free 

 

This workshop is a fun introduction to encaustics, a way of combining wax, glues and color together to create a painting. The encaustic medium is made with natural, unbleached beeswax and a natural resin which will be prepared in advance and painted onto a wooden surface. Participants will inscribe designs into the boards and then enhance them by adding colored mediums such as oil pastels. A light amount of heat will be added to fuse the colors into the design, which will produce an ethereal effect. This magical medium is age-old and dates back to the ancient Roman Egyptian times.

Cheryl Ann Shanks is a Bay Area artist and arts educator in Napa. She has a waterfront studio on Mare Island where her work is on display and can be seen by appointment. She has taught encaustic workshops and college courses in Napa, Marin, Sonoma and in Mendocino at the Art Center.


SUMMER PICNIC

Berkeley Art Center invites you to enjoy a day of art in the park!
Saturday, June 6, 2015 • Noon to 3:00 PM
1275 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709

Free and open to the public. Join or renew your membership on site to receive special benefits and a free silkscreen!

12:30 - 1:00 p.m. Guided tour of the 45th Annual UC Berkeley MFA Graduate Exhibition with BAC Director Aimee Le Duc

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Live music from Sara Rodenburg

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Silkscreening Workshop with Rock Paper Scissors Collective. Bring your own t-shirts or totes to silkscreen. Fees apply.

Sliders & sides provided by Phil’s Sliders*
*Bring cash for food tickets ($10 for 3 tickets)


The Playful Shapes & Negative Space Project
Saturday, May 2, Noon - 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public, suitable for all ages

Featuring artist and museum educator Miki Hsu Leavey. Let's play with lines and shapes in unexpected ways! Inspired by works by Claire Colette and Rhonda Holberton.

With simple tools, artists of all ages will learn to create texture, rhythm, and dimension by spacing lines, varying pressure, and applying shapes. After creating drawings with graphite, we'll turn our shapes into a colorful collage.

Miki Hsu Leavey has three decades of experience in arts education. She has developed and managed programs and workshops for museums such as SFMOMAdi RosaCOPIA, and the Napa Valley Museum.


Family workshop with Lauren Ari

March 14, 2015, 12 - 3pm
Free and open to the public, suitable for all ages

Featuring artist Lauren Ari, instructor at the Richmond Art Center Create colorful dictionary-paintings and make magical peg doll friends!

Artist Lauren Ari uses everyday materials such as dictionary pages and sheet music as the background for her whimsical narrative paintings. She will demonstrate her techniques and help you create your own unusual masterpiece.

Kids of all ages can then make wooden peg-doll people using paints and felt to complete their personalities. Peg-dolls can become the inspiration for endless play and storytelling. Bring a friend and make new ones!

Programs for Young Artists at BAC are dedicated to providing free arts education based workshops for youth from kindergarten to high-school, led by Bay Area based emerging artists and arts educators. The bi-monthly workshops will be free and open to all young people and their families.


Family workshop with Toni Gentilli and Larry Stefl

February 28, 2015, 12 - 3pm
Free and open to the public, suitable for all ages

Artist Toni Gentilli will guide us on an exploration of some of the processes and techniques used throughout history make photographs. Make your own cyanotypes, photograms and contact prints and learn about cameras that your great grandparents may have used!

We know the world of ceramics is so much bigger than pottery...but if not on a potter's wheel, how DO we make art from a shapeless lump of clay? Artist and art educator Larry Stefl will teach us basic ceramic construction techniques- the building blocks of all hand-built clay. Join us in Berkeley Art Center's sculpture patio to be inspired by the resident works of Harold Paris, Stephen deStaebler and Peter Voulkos. Participants will make a piece with air-dry clay to take home.
 
Programs for Young Artists at BAC are dedicated to providing free arts education based workshops for youth from kindergarten to high-school, led by Bay Area based emerging artists and arts educators. The bi-monthly workshops will be free and open to all young people and their families.


MobileInTent: Alta California + parts close by

Performance, Installation, Artist's talk

Saturday, January 24, 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public!


In October 2014 a group of artists from Oakland, Berlin and Guadalajara began travel, pushing against walls and borders from the permeable walls of a tent. Departing from the mythical island known as Alta California, they have been mapping geography and possibility for the last three months.  The last segment of this body of work will arrive at Berkeley Art Center, as the Mobile Office for Applications for Passport and Visas to a Borderless Country. On bicycles, towing balloons, wooden appendages, desks and signs, they ask the progressive city of Berkeley to recognize hidden work and dreams while cultivating the borderless imaginary.

A projectof Ann Schnake / MobileInTent
with Víctor Figueroa Infante, Marlet Torres Martínez / la compañía de artes vivas A L A R I E T E
and creative input from Ursula Maria Berzborn / Theater Grotest Maru / Kunsthaus KuLe, Berlin
Funded by Zellerbach Family Foundation and the City Of Berkeley Arts Commission