Berkeley

Planning

How should I budget for these classes? Choose lessons that rely on disposable or recyclable materials and save your $ for what you cannot avoid obtaining by any other means. I will also buy materials, if it will save me a considerable amount of time or if it will keep kids from fighting. Some materials can be shared, and others should not. I go to the dollar store in Berkeley and SCRAP in San Francisco. I visit the garage sales I see on Nextdoor, and I use social media to ask my friends for donations. I plan most lessons around natural, freely available materials such as sea glass and eucalyptus seeds. I want to reuse art supplies to make multiple projects and avoid waste.  This noble goal is beyond the scope of this Q and A, but if you have already chosen the type of lesson you want to do...[Read More]

Plein Air at Aquatic Park South, Berkeley

About Aquatic Park South The south end of Aquatic Park is closest to Emeryville. It is delimited by Bolivar Dr,  highway 80, and the end of some Emeryville streets, not all of which lead to Aquatic Park. There is actually only one route to our meeting point. The vast expanse of this shallow lake becomes orange during the summer, as toxic algae blooms float on its surface. There is a porta-potty and plenty of shade but no running water. Parking becomes more limited after 1:00 pm, so arrive early if you need to park close to our painting spot. Directions From San Francisco or Oakland Take 80 north and get off on Ashby. Make a right on 7th Street, and another right on Folger Ave. Make a left on Hollis, and a right on 67th Street. Make a right on Shellmound St. In rapid succession, Shellmound ...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 8

Topic The cell phone as a tool of the landscape painter. Revising from photos. This magic lake features dozens of shaded “nooks” for curious painters to discover. A cart or a backpack will be necessary, to traverse the five minutes of stairs, paved and dirt paths to the lake’s edge. There are bathrooms and a drinking water fountain close by. Most cell phones do not get good reception. If you have never been, print the 2nd page of this paper map and bring it with you at Tilden Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park.The exact GPS Coordinates are  37.89700°N / 122.25359°W The lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd, at the very last Lake Anza parking lot. In fact this particular Lake Anza parking lot is the only thing that shows on a ...[Read More]

Plein Air Wednesdays Session 7

Topic Foreground, middle ground, background. Aerial perspective. This magic lake features dozens of shaded “nooks” for curious painters to discover. A cart or a backpack will be necessary, to traverse the five minutes of stairs, paved and dirt paths to the lake’s edge. There are bathrooms and a drinking water fountain close by. Most cell phones do not get good reception. If you have never been, print the 2nd page of this paper map and bring it with you at Tilden Directions To Lake Anza No exact address is provided by Tilden Regional Park. The exact GPS Coordinates are  37.89700°N / 122.25359°W The lake is located at the end of Lake Anza Rd, at the very last Lake Anza parking lot. In fact this particular Lake Anza parking lot is the only thing that shows on a Google map. O...[Read More]

Cal Create Lesson 4: Sculpture

Printable Version Introduction  Not all of our lessons have to be two-dimensional. Found object sculpture gets your students to “tinker” with discarded small objects until visual ideas arise. You play the role of facilitator and cutting expert. Artists Louise Nevelson and Jerry R Barrish have each made a career out of creating sculpture with found objects. Duration for Adults: Several sessions (2-4), depending on available time. Adult Objectives: Complete a recognizable sculpture with found objects. Duration for Teens: Two to six sessions, depending on the degree of “finish” the students want. Teen Objectives: Complete a recognizable sculpture with found objects. Duration for Children: At minimum, needs to last three to six sessions. Child Objectives: Complete a rec...[Read More]

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