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

Process Screenprint


Dates:
Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jun 22, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, CA , California
United States of America

Unlike working with line-based imagery and flat shapes, this workshop will focus strictly on halftone screens and process color printing. This technique is primarily used in the offset industry, but translates to the medium of fine art Screenprinting. For high volume full-color editions this method can be more economical than other mediums, plus it has a unique aesthetic of it’s own. Students will learn how to properly prepare film work in Photoshop including splitting channels, creating custom halftones and properly adjust tonal ranges for this specific process. This workshop will also cover all aspects of screen and ink preparation plus edition printing.

Nick Karvounis is a multi-disciplinary artist and printer who lives and works in The Bay Area. For the previous five years Nick was full-time Faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where he developed curriculum for multiple disciplines and levels of study, coordinated Printmaking at the Edna Manley College of Art in Kingston, JA, and was the Resident Master Printer at Dolphin Press and Print. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute, a Professional Printer’s Certificate from the Tamarind Institute of Lithography and an MFA from the California College of the Arts. Nick has taught and lectured nationally and his personal and collaborative printed matter has been collected by The Whitney Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art (NYC), The Library of Congress and The Rutgers Innovative Center for Print and Paper. www.nickkarvounis.com


EVENT

Introduction to Photoshop


Dates:
Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jun 08, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

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.

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

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


EVENT

Introduction to WordPress Website Portfolios


Dates:
Thu May 02, 2013 18:00 - Thu May 23, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

WordPress (WordPress.org) is as a powerful Content Management System that can be used to build a portfolio website. This workshop will introduce students to the steps and tools involved with installing, building, and managing a WordPress portfolio. All students will begin with the same simplified design (theme) as we cover basic web languages including HTML and CSS. We will discuss how to effectively present and organize artwork on a website, how to prepare images, how to install and use WordPress plugins, and more. With the skills from this course, students should be able to go on to customize and fine tune their website design.

The class with require that you come with a domain name and hosting service. (Detailed instructions will be provided.)

Note: All levels welcome. However, WordPress is not necessarily "plug-and-play" or "drag-and-drop" option for portfolios. Have a look at http://wordpress.org to see if WordPress is right for your needs.

Some sites that were started in the class:

http://www.andiethrams.com
http://www.llfletcher.com
http://www.danielmcclain.com
http://amandacurreri.com
http://susannadavy.com
Hannah Ireland is an artist, designer, educator and writer. She received her MFA at California College of the Arts in 2010. She is self-taught in web development and has installed and built WordPress websites for the past 7 years. In her art practice, she uses installation, video, and performance to consider how the body is framed, inscribed, and staged by cultural forces. www.hannahireland.com


EVENT

Collage


Dates:
Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jun 29, 2013

This workshop will cover a variety of college techniques including collage substrates, adhesives, paper types, and the compositional elements that will help your artwork to be visually interesting. This is a great introductory art class, and can be a way to generate new ideas for future artworks of various media. Bring your favorite ephemera that you’ve been saving forever, and get ready to experiment.

Kim Snyder is a photographer based in San Francisco. She focuses on personal mapping and the archeology of place in her mixed media pieces, utilizing both traditional film photography and digital layering methods. Recently, she has exhibited works at the Berkeley Art Center and Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. Presently, she is obtaining her MFA at San Francisco State University. Having developed excellent relationships with her artistic mentors, Kim hopes to provide similar opportunities to her students, and to encourage others to become involved with the creative process. Grounded in a strong belief that sharing understanding and craft can benefit both parties, Kim encourages students to engage with the experience of making. www.kimberlyjosnyder.com


EVENT

Advanced Letterpress Typesetting


Dates:
Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:00 - Sat Jun 29, 2013

Expand your typesetting skills with more complex type-layouts, the subtleties of line- and word-spacing, and a solid understanding of measuring and registration for multiple color printing. Students will learn how to plan text and layout for their own 2-color print, as well as gain more technical knowledge of press operation, ink mixing, advanced typesetting, and edition printing.

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. http://nifhodgson.com/