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.


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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Etching 3: Combining Techniques

Sun Jun 16, 2013 10:00 - Sun Jun 30, 2013

This class is part three of an intensive series of etching classes with artist Kazuko Watanabe that will provide extensive instruction in etching techniques. The third class, Etching 3, will build on instruction presented in Etching 1 & 2, and introduce photo etching. Participants will learn multiple intaglio techniques, combination techniques, as well as chine colle.

Kazuko Watanabe has worked in print media for over twenty years. She has researched and developed three-dimensional prints, print sculpture, the use of intaglio in artist's books and the combination of traditional print media with computer techniques. In 1999, she received the Library Fellows Award from the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. In 2001, her work was selected for the "Print National" exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York.


CYANOTYPE: Photogenic Drawing

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

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.


Night School: COLOR CHART

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

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.


Process Screenprint

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

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.



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

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