BIO
Kala Art Institute's mission is to help artists sustain their creative efforts over time through its Artist-in- Residence and Fellowship Programs, and to increase appreciation of this work through exhibitions, public programming and educational efforts.

Artists at Kala are encouraged to produce innovative artwork of the highest quality, and are given total freedom to realize their artistic vision using media that span the Gutenberg to digital eras. Artists are also provided with a number of professional development opportunities, and a spirit of exchange and education is nurtured through artist involvement in exhibitions, special events, lectures, teaching, and classroom experience. Additionally, Kala is committed to offering quality art education to the general public and public school children through its on-site program of classes and workshops and its Artists-in-Schools program, established in 1991, providing multiple-week artist-led instruction to students in East Bay public schools and summer programs.

HISTORY

Founded in 1974 by Archana Horsting and Yuzo Nakano as an international workshop and forum for ideas, Kala Art Institute provides exceptional facilities to professional artists working in all forms of printmaking, digital media, photography, and book arts. Located in the former Heinz ketchup factory in West Berkeley since 1979, Kala’s 15,200 square foot facility houses an extensive array of artmaking equipment, as well as a public exhibition gallery, an art library and an extensive print archive. Established artists associated with Kala over the years include Squeak Carnwath, Roy de Forest, Jessica Dunne, Bella Feldman, Barbara Foster, Sonya Rapoport, Peter Voulkos, and William Wiley. In addition to the artists in residence program, the organization’s annual activities include over 100 classes and workshops open to the general public; 8-12 visual art exhibitions in Kala’s gallery as well as off-site locations; on-going lectures, artists talks, and special events open to the general public; and an Artists- in-Schools program that provides curriculum-based visual arts education to children in schools in Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Kala currently serves approximately 25,000 individuals annually, many of whom reside in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
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EVENT

Soft Sculpture: Knitting and Crochet


Dates:
Sat Aug 17, 2013 13:00 - Sat Aug 17, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturday, August 17, 1-4pm
Tuition $50

Learn to knit and crochet soft sculpture, based on growth patterns found in nature. Students will learn basic stitches and a variety of techniques for shaping and creating texture. Bring a small organic object to class to serve as your model.

Amy Keefer earned a master of fine arts degree in textiles from California College of the Arts in 2009. Hailed as “radical in its romance,” her work focuses on the social practice of making and wearing garments that reveal private information to the public. She is a full time instructor in textiles and wearable art at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been recognized nationally, most recently as part of the Universal Festival of Relational Aesthetics in Orange County, CA, Boston Fashion Week and Kala’s exhibition “Cashing Out.” Her full CV and recent work can be viewed at www.amykeefer.com.


EVENT

Introduction to Letterpress: Typesetting


Dates:
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:00 - Sat Aug 24, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturdays, August 17 & 24, 10am-6pm
Tuition $285

Get an immersive introduction to letterpress typesetting and Vandercook cylinder press operation, while exploring Kala’s collection of antique type. You will start with an introduction to the history of letterpress, typesetting, and related terminology, and finish the first day hand-setting type, learning how to operate a Vandercook printing press, and printing a collaborative book or broadside print. Students will build on what they’ve learned on the second day, setting type for their own individual prints, and learning how to proof and correct type on the press to achieve crisp, clear impressions.

Nif Hodgson is a San Francisco artist working in traditional and contemporary printmaking and letterpress techniques. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala since 2000 and received her master's degree at San Francisco State University. Her work has been shown in national exhibitions, as well as throughout the Bay Area. And her artist books are available through the Seager Grey Gallery. She is also the recent recipient of the Murphy, Cadogan & Phelan Fellowship and the Leo D. Stillwell Scholarship. www.nifhodgson.com

http://www.kala.org/class/class_cal2013.html


EVENT

Digital Printing On Alternative Materials


Dates:
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:00 - Sat Aug 24, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturdays, August 17 & 24, 10am-4pm
Tuition: $195 Materials $30 Total Cost $225

Have you imagined printing on non-paper surfaces? One of the most exciting aspects of inkjet printing has been the development of a wide variety of media that can be used in printers. This workshop will provide an overview of alternative commercial media such as pretreated fabrics, Japanese rice paper, and aluminum, and how to print images on them using an inkjet printer. Materials fee will be higher depending on the size of images printed – ink is charged at $5 per square foot. Please bring your checkbook to class. Enrollment limited to 6 students.

Jon Zax owns and operates Lotuscolor, one of the Bay Area's premier digital imaging studios. An early advocate of digital imaging, he has taught Photoshop since 1990, privately and at various institutions, including the Academy of Art University, SF State, and the Center for Electronic Arts. He is also an award-winning photographer and digital artist. He brings a lifetime of experience to the classroom, as well as a teaching style that includes humor and a lot of enthusiasm. http://www.lotuscolor.net/home.html

http://www.kala.org/class/class_cal2013.html


EVENT

BookBinding Workshop


Dates:
Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:00 - Sat Aug 03, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturday, August 3, 10am-5pm
Tuition $100 Materials $25 Total Cost $125

Explore the decorative art of exposed sewn bookbinding structures. From the simple to the complex, we will begin with the Pamphlet Stitch and then dive into Japanese 4-Hole, Long Stitch, and Buttonhole softcover bindings. We will discuss tools, materials, terminology, and basic bookbinding skills. You will leave with multiple hand-sewn books, detailed instructions, and the skills to create more on your own. All skill levels welcome!

Nif Hodgson is a San Francisco artist working in traditional and contemporary printmaking and letterpress techniques. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kala since 2000 and received her master's degree at San Francisco State University. Her work has been shown in national exhibitions, as well as throughout the Bay Area. And her artist books are available through the Seager Grey Gallery. She is also the recent recipient of the Murphy, Cadogan & Phelan Fellowship and the Leo D. Stillwell Scholarship. www.nifhodgson.com

http://www.kala.org/class/class_cal2013.html


EVENT

Introduction to Photoshop


Dates:
Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:00 - Sat Aug 10, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturdays, August 3 & 10, 10am-5pm
Total Cost $225

This intensive workshop introduces participants to the amazing array of possibilities provided by Adobe's image-editing program, Photoshop.

Participants in this useful workshop will learn how to navigate Photoshop's interface and become familiar with its wide array of tools and techniques. The class will also focus on how to make skillful selections and adjust contrast and color. Learn the art of retouching, masking, resolution issues, and how to use layers for collage and photo-composition. Suitable for both commercial and fine artists.

http://www.kala.org/class/class_cal2013.html

David Harding is Art Director for Advertising at a San Francisco poster publishing company that uses Photoshop intensively. David received his BFA in printmaking from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. In 1991, he won a Jerome Foundation Fellowship at Kala, and has also been a visiting artist in Dundee, Scotland. His work is exhibited at the Triton Museum of Art, the Mendocino Art Center, and the California