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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Sat May 18, 2013 10:00 - Sun May 19, 2013

Learn the techniques used for encaustic painting, a process that uses beeswax to carry pigment. Incorporate your own collage, found objects, or photo imagery, and complete your own masterpiece. Safety and shop practices, tools and their use, priming techniques, and a variety of paint application processes will be covered. No prior experience with encaustic is required. Enrollment is limited to 15 students.

Hylla Evans is a paint maker for Evans Encaustics, teaches painting extensively in the Bay Area, New York, and Amsterdam, and for for all six years has been an expert presenter at the International Encaustic Conference in Massachusetts. She has developed new paints and grounds for encaustic painting and encourages each artist to experiment with the boundaries of this exciting medium.


Exhibition Proposal Workshop

Tue May 14, 2013 18:00 - Tue May 21, 2013

In this workshop you will learn about various venues to exhibit your work, including non-profit and commercial spaces. Learn how to prepare a professional and clear exhibition proposal that includes digital images, a proposal statement, and other supporting materials.

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour are independent curators based in Oakland, CA. They have collaboratively curated exhibitions at MacArthur B Arthur, Liminal Space, Little Paper Planes, and S.H.E.D. Projects. Independently Im has curated or assisted on exhibitions at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Queens Nails Projects, Intersection for the Arts, Pro Arts, the Walter and McBean Galleries (SFAI), and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Im has received her BA in Art History from Mills College and her MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts. Harbour has received some modicum of education from San Francisco Art Institute, DJs regularly, and contributes writing to Art Cards, Art Practical, and Curiously Direct.


Digital Chine Colle

Sat May 11, 2013 10:00 - Sat May 25, 2013

Take your photo-based printmaking to the next level in prints that combine digital imaging, photo-etching and traditional chine colle techniques. We'll first create a "key" image in Photoshop, make film from these images, and expose them on to photopolymer etching plates. Next, you will learn how to create an additional layer of imagery or color using the digital chine colle process. The chine colle layer is created in Photoshop, digitally output onto beautiful Japanese paper, and then combined on the press with the photo-etched plates. The results can range from a subtly colored image to a complex, layered print. Previous Photoshop experience required, previous printmaking experience helpful. Enrollment is limited to 8 students.

Robin McCloskey received her MFA in printmaking from Pennsylvania State University. A former Kala Fellow, Robin was awarded the Peninsula Arts Grant for her project Sequoia Sempervirenns. Twice nominated for the SECA award, her work won the Gold Prize in Printmaking in the 8th International Print and Drawing Biennial in Taipei, Taiwan. She has given workshops throughout the US, most recently at the Frontiers in Printmaking conference at Illinois State University. She currently teaches at Dominican University in San Rafael.



Sat May 11, 2013 10:00 - Sat May 18, 2013

This course is designed for those seeking to experiment with the Screenprint medium. Demonstrations will cover: using the screen to monotype, reductive printing, and printing with watercolor crayons. The first day will focus on digital separations in Photoshop, working with photo emulsion, and Mono printing techniques. Day two (Print Day) will be spent printing onto fabric/ t-shirts and studio time. No prerequisite. Photoshop skills are a plus but not required.

Mr. Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts. He was recently interviewed on NPR: All Things Considered, included in the November 2011 issue of ARTFORUM Magazine, and was selected for Bay Area Now 6 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including: Neurotitan Gallery (Germany), Wolverhapmton Gallery (England), Guerrero Gallery, Western Exhibitions, and THIS LA. Mr. Venom has lectured at the California College of Art, Burnaway Organization, and Untitled Gallery. He is currently teaching classes in Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute, Kala, and Workshop SF.


Night School Out of Office

Sat May 11, 2013 11:00 - Sun May 05, 2013

Night School is a class series based around themes. In each class of the Night School series, artist instructors will explore and illuminate the class theme with brief lectures, fast projects and exciting assignments.

A special Night School session that is not at Kala, but out in the town to visit, discuss, and experience art in their native environments. In this session we will cover museums, galleries, studios in San Francisco and the East Bay. Hold on to your hat and get your pen and pencil ready, it is going to be a wild and fun ride.

Emma Spertus received her MFA from Hunter College in New York for Combined Media in 2008 and her BA from Macalester College in 2001. Spertus works in a variety of media including installation, printmaking, sculpture, and drawing. Her work has been most recently exhibited at the Dorsky Gallery in Long Island City, White Columns in New York, The Lab in San Francisco, and MacArthur B Arthur and Important Projects of Oakland. She has been selected to be a 2012 Artist in Residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. Spertus was a founding member of local art space Rock Paper Scissors Collective and currently manages Real Time and Space, an arts studio and art residency in Oakland.