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

Experimental Drawing


Dates:
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jul 27, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Experiment on paper! Designed to push the boundaries of traditional drawing, this class intends to open new creative paths for the students’ personal aesthetic and drawing language. Students will work with a variety of conventional media, such as charcoal and graphtie, and also experiment with unconventional materials—such as vellum, cold wax and natural pigments. This class will be a laboratory for students to learn about new materials and complete multiple drawings.

Theodora Varnay Jones received her BFA and MFA from The Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary. Her prints have received numerous awards from museums, universities and other institutions throughout the US, Europe, Asia, and South America. She has recently exhibited at Fresno Art Museum, Don Soker Gallery, Seattle Art Museum Gallery, and SFMOMA Artists Gallery. She has lectured and taught at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Kyoto Seika University in Japan, and at UC Davis. www.theodoravarnayjones.com



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Introduction to Digital SLR Photography


Dates:
Sat Jul 13, 2013 13:00 - Sat Jul 20, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Make the most of your camera! The modern Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera is a powerful creative tool. This two-day workshop offers an in-depth study of all of the tools your camera provides for taking exceptional photographs. Time in class will be devoted to technical instruction as well as tips for shooting great pictures.

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


EVENT

Wood Engraving


Dates:
Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:00 - Sun Jul 14, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Learn the art of wood engraving, an extremely accessible process that you can complete at your home studio. A refined form of block printing, wood engraving offers a full range of tonality and exquisite control over mark-making. During this two-day workshop you learn about materials and techniques, and explore your own creative response by producing a limited edition of prints.

Richard Wagener received his MFA in painting from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. His book, Zebra Noise with a Flatted Seventh, was published in 1998 by printer Peter Koch, and a suite of ten engravings was created to accompany The Fragments of Parmenides, published by Editions KOCH in 2004. Richard's work is in the collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, The Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco, and the Library of Congress, among others.
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EVENT

Cyanaotype: Photogenic Drawing


Dates:
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jun 15, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Sunprints with cyanotypes are one of the earliest experiences in photography, and Cyanotype photograms often exude the simple elegance of these early endeavors. This one-day workshop will cover all of the basics of how to create a cyanotype, and how to work with photograms and creating images with blocking techniques. No prior experience required. Enrollment limited to 10 students.

Mary K. Shisler has taught at Ohlone SF Photo Center and Kala Art Institute. Her work has been shown and collected internationally. She is known for her work with alternative processes and plastic cameras. Shisler is an Artist-in-residence at Kala.

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


EVENT

Night School: Color Chart


Dates:
Mon Jun 10, 2013 18:30 - Wed Jun 12, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Color has historically been used as a descriptive, evocative and phenomenological element in visual art. A parallel history exists of color as an industrial product, used to predict fashion and decor trends or to effect phycological states. Industrial printing processes and digital technologies codify and granulate color into a standardized vocabulary. This class will examine color as a readymade. Through lectures, exercises and short projects we will look at artists who appropriate color and develop student?s ability to utilize this strategy in their own practice.

Anthony Ryan received his MFA in Printmaking from San Francisco State University and his BFA from SUNY Purchase. His prints and paintings have been exhibited nationally including at the MH deYoung Memorial Museum and at the Nueberger Museum of Art. He has taught at the Academy of Art University and California State Summer School of the Arts. A 2006 recipient of the Murphy Graduate Fellowship in the Fine Arts from the San Francisco Foundation, Anthony was be a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the Spring of 2009. He currently teaches printmaking at San Francisco State University. www.anthonydanielryan.com