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

Introduction to Printmaking


Dates:
Tue Jul 30, 2013 18:30 - Tue Sep 17, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Tuesdays, July 30-September 17, 6:30-9:30pm (8 sessions)
Tution $425

For beginners, this course will provide an intensive experience with the medium of printmaking. Students will be introduced to a wide variety of processes including Monotype, Relief, Collagraph and Intaglio, while emphasis is placed on the development of intuition through tactile experiences in a wide range of image making processes. This is a great class for those interested in printmaking but have never tried it before. No prerequisite required.

Tomoko Murakami is a multi disciplinary artist who explores the medium of printmaking as a multi-dimensional art form, bringing attention to new possibilities in the mixed media art world). She received her MFA in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute and MA in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University. She is a recipient of the 1992 Kala Art Institute Fellowship and 2008 Susan Boulet Award. Her work has been presented by Gloria Delson Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery on the Rim in San Francisco, Tomura Gallery in Tokyo, Richmond Art Center, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Currently, she teaches at CCA, and NIAD Art Center. http://www.mayu-art.com


EVENT

100 Acts of Sewing


Dates:
Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:00 - Sun Jul 28, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Sunday, July 28, 10am-4pm

Tuition $90

In 100 Acts of Sewing, Sonya Philip explores making versus manufacturing. This personal challenge to sew one hundred dresses in a year, also aims to reacquaint people with the skills required to make clothing. Learn to sew your own dress, starting with a simple, sleeveless A-line shift. The neck and armholes are finished with a simple bias tape facing and pockets add flair and utility. In this class students will learn how to cut pattern pieces, finish seams, make bias tape, and top stitch patch pockets. The pattern, in six sizes, will be provided. This is not a beginning sewing class, you will need to have some previous experience using a sewing machine.

Sonya Philip has always made things. It's the way things were done in her family. Both parents encouraged her to truly look at things and instilled a love for the handmade. Sonya studied art and printmaking in high school with every intention of going to art school. Life intervened, as did other areas of fascination, eventually leading to an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. As a self-taught artist, she enjoys the freedom of exploring and stretching mediums. Sonya lives in San Francisco with her family. www.sonyaphilip.com

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EVENT

Gum Bichromate


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

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Saturdays, July 27, August 3, & 10, 10am-5pm
Tuition $325

Noted for its delicate color and expressive, painterly characteristic, gum bichromate printing offers the artist unique possibilities because of its flexibility. It may be used as a simple photogram, a complicated multilayered print, or combined with other alternative processes. Students will begin by learning how to make digital enlarged negatives and end with creating finished prints from their own images. On the way, they will learn safe, correct protocols. Depending on the complexity of their images, students will leave with 2-3 finished prints.

Mary K. Shisler works in the alternative processes as well as producing beautiful large format prints of botanical subjects. She explores her topics with scanners, plastic cameras and mobile digital devices. She creates jewelry as well. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Costume Design from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Her art is shown internationally. Most recently her piece APHRODITE WALKS has been featured in WOMAN + BODY, a show in Seoul, Korea. Her website is marykshisler.com

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EVENT

Painting and Color Theory Workshop


Dates:
Sun Jul 07, 2013 18:30 - Sun Jul 14, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Wednesdays July 24, 31, August 7, & 14, 6:30-9:30pm
Tuition $235

Learn all about color while learning how to paint! Students will learn about color theory and put it to use through quick exercises and observational painting assignments. This workshop will begin with an overview of color theory through direct painting exercises and then move to longer assignments that employ color theory knowledge into observational painting. Readings related to color theory will supplement class work. Students will leave with color theory knowledge and foundational painting skills. Great for beginners or those who want to refresh their memory. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Carrie Hott is an interdisciplinary artist who lives and works in Oakland, CA. Her
studio practice entails work with a variety of media including painting, drawing,
installation, and printmaking. Current preoccupations include the study of the development of artificial light and multiple forms of blackouts. Through her practice, Hott works to find origins, connect tangents, and locate invisible histories. In addition to her material practice, she regularly completes related projects that include mixed media presentations, classes, tours, and various collaborative endeavors. In 2009, with artist Elizabeth Bernstein, Carrie Hott co-founded the Royal NoneSuch Gallery, in Oakland, CA, an alternative art and community event space and she currently works as the Program Manager for Artist Residencies and Classes at Kala Art Institute. Hott received her B.F.A from Arizona State University. In 2005 she moved to the bay area where she received her M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007. Recent exhibitions and projects have included an installation with San Francisco based Stairwell's and a keynote lecture and project for PLAND at ISEA 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. www.carriehott.com

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EVENT

Collagraph


Dates:
Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:00 - Sun Jul 21, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Sundays, July 14 & 21, 10am-4pm
Tuition $195 Materials $20 Total Cost $215

Collagraph is an amazingly versatile printmaking process, based on the construction of a collaged matrix to provide a printable plate. A wide range of materials and textured surfaces such as fabric, leaves, sand and other found materials can be used in the plate-making process. Plates can be printed as intaglio or relief images, or as combinations of the two, leading to prints of astounding richness and strength.

This intriguing process creates a wide array of different effects and the use of diverse materials gives great variation in texture. The result is often unpredictable, rewarding the artist with an inspirational surprise. No prerequisite required. All levels are welcome. Enrollment is limited to 10 students.

Tomoko Murakami is a multi disciplinary artist who explores the medium of printmaking as a multi-dimensional art form, bringing attention to new possibilities in the mixed media art world). She received her MFA in printmaking from San Francisco Art Institute and MA in Transformative Arts from John F. Kennedy University. She is a recipient of the 1992 Kala Art Institute Fellowship and 2008 Susan Boulet Award. Her work has been presented by Gloria Delson Fine Arts in Los Angeles, Gallery on the Rim in San Francisco, Tomura Gallery in Tokyo, Richmond Art Center, and Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Currently, she teaches at CCA, and NIAD Art Center. http://www.mayu-art.com