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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Etching 2: Introduction to Photo Polymer


Dates:
Sun May 05, 2013 10:00 - Sun May 19, 2013

This class is part two of an intensive series of etching classes with artist Kazuko Watanabe that will provide extensive instruction in etching techniques. The second class, Etching 2, will provide instruction on how to make a polymer plate. Participants will begin with a digital image, learn to turn it into a halftone film and then polymer late, and end up with a beautiful print.

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. http://www.kazwat.com/


EVENT

Coded Knitting


Dates:
Sat May 04, 2013 13:00 - Sat May 11, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Whether you are a seasoned knitter or new to the craft, the subversive language of knit-stitch patterns will inspire your art and design practice. Textured patterns, cables and colorwork motifs are simple to execute, but speak volumes. Students will be introduced to the meaning and origin of several types of knitted patterns and the endless possibilities of a wearable art practice. Classes include hands on demonstrations, recommended reading discussions and slide lectures.

Students will learn how to reveal meaning through a unique language of stitches as well as how to draft and create original garments.
Symbolic lace motifs, personalized information in colorwork and topographic cables will be used in your own original garments to tell your personal story. Learn to knit your life!

Amy Keefer earned a master of fine arts degree in textiles from California College of the Arts in 2009. Hailed as “radical in its romance,” her work focuses on the social practice of making and wearing garments that reveal private information to the public. She is a full time instructor in textiles and wearable art at the Harvey Milk Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Her work has been recognized nationally, most recently as part of the Universal Festival of Relational Aesthetics in Orange County, CA, Boston Fashion Week and Kala’s exhibition “Cashing Out.” Her full CV and recent work can be viewed at www.amykeefer.com.


EVENT

Advanced Monotype


Dates:
Sun Apr 28, 2013 10:00 - Sun May 05, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

In this class participants will learn how to create more complex prints utilizing Monotype. The fast nature of plate creation with this medium allows an artist to spend more time focusing on other techniques and aesthetics. Participants will utilize various forms of more advanced registration and create prints that have multiple plate runs through the press. Combining those techniques with ghosting, ink modification, printing either wet or dry mixed with Chine-Collé will be demonstrated and encouraged.

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

Digital Printing on Alternative Materials


Dates:
Sat Apr 27, 2013 10:00 - Sat May 04, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Have you imagined printing on non-paper surfaces? One of the most exciting aspects of inkjet printing has been the development of a wide variety of media that can be used in printers. This workshop will provide an overview of alternative commercial media such as pretreated fabrics, Japanese rice paper, and aluminum, and how to print images on them using an inkjet printer. Materials fee will be higher depending on the size of images printed – ink is charged at $5 per square foot. Please bring your checkbook to class. Enrollment limited to 6 students.

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

COLOR MIXING


Dates:
Sat Apr 20, 2013 10:00 - Sat Apr 20, 2013

Location:
Berkeley, California
United States of America

Color theory has been modernized in this clear explanation of a new three dimensional color wheel. Understanding how pigments from distinct historical periods behave differently, we will use a limited palette to explore color mixing. Class is open to beginning students and has been very valuable to artists who already have learned color theory in a more traditional manner. Oil paint or encaustic paint may be used, materials provided and no painting experience in either medium 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.