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Dream House

DAVID BRANTLEY
Workshop/Residency/After School program
Professional Photographer, Photoshop Artist, and Lecturer

David Brantley was born in Yosemite and educated in Mexico City. He has a BA in anthropology and a minor in art from the University of California in Merced. He is also a published, self-taught photographer and Photoshop artist serving the Merced area for over 30 years. David likes to combine some of his life experiences with academics to produce fun and meaningful educational workshops. He currently lives in Merced where he enjoys studying art, photography, and playing in the great outdoors.

Dream House

Sustainable living systems, conservation and alternative energy is a strong component of this workshop series. While making a 3D model of their dream home, students learn about geography, ecology and habitat preservation, climate, latitude, area and perimeter, scale, maps, floor plans & home construction, passive design, shelters, and art. This workshop stimulates collaboration and creative thinking.

Grade Levels: 7th – 10th
Requirements: Classroom
7 – 15 sessions - Up to 30 students
Materials: Discuss with artist
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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The Art & Science of Photography
DAVID BRANTLEY

This workshop teaches digital photographic and image alteration skills needed for vocational applications in the real world. The history and technical aspects of the camera as well as light theory, and artistic composition is explored to give the student a good understanding of the photographic process.

Grade Levels: 7th – 10th
Requirements: Classroom
Sessions: variable
Materials: Discuss with artist
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Logo Design (Screen-printing can be added)
DAVID BRANTLEY

Students discover the art and practical use of the graphic arts by designing and printing their own family crest. (Family participation is encouraged) Mechanical and process color separations, substrates, inks, jobs, and the commercial side of the screen-printing industry is discussed. Logo design, advertising, and social impact of the T-shirt are also covered.

With addition of screen printing workshop, students will take home the T-shirt they design.

Grade Levels: 6th – 10th
Requirements: Classroom
Sessions: variable
Materials: Discuss with artist
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Digital Art: Exploring iPad Painting and Drawing Apps
PAUL LONGO
Workshop/Residency/After School program
Digital Artist, Professional Evaluator

Paul Longo is an award winning digital artist. He has been included in the top 100 digital artists recognized at the Mobile Digital Art & Creativity Summit held in Palo Alto each year. He has lived and worked in six countries and seven states, and has worn a lot of different hats: Board member, Consultant, Instructor, Senior Research Associate, Director of Organizational Learning, Outcome Evaluator, Congressional Research Fellow, Ordained Benedictine Monk, and Peace Corps Volunteer. Over the years his artwork (carvings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, and more recently, mobile/digital art) as well as his professional efforts have given birth to an identity that is continuously unfolding. He documents and illustrates this evolution on his blog, www.portfoliolongo.com. He speaks fluent Spanish.

Students will acquire enough competence and confidence in one or more iPad drawing/painting apps to be able to produce images suitable for digital use and/or printing. The instructor will emphasize how the basic elements of artwork: i.e., line, shape, form, value, space, and texture can all be understood and expressed on the iPad using one or more iPad drawing/painting apps. He can teach your students skills on their digital devices that can be used in a variety of subjects including geometry. Every effort will be made to work with teachers to identify parts of their general STEM curriculum so that it can become a relevant STEAM curriculum.

Grade Levels: K - 8
Requirements: Classroom
Sessions: 2 sessions up to a residency
Up to 30 students
Materials: iPad or Chromebook + Apps
Orientation is required to set up technical requirements
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Superheroes and Comic Strips – Oh My!
DENNIS SWEATT
Workshop/Residency/After School program
Visual Art Instructor and Art Anatomy Teacher, Graphic Novel Artist, Visual Story Telling and Design.

Mr. Sweatt was born in Redwood City and raised in Tracy California. He has studied art in college as well as being self-taught through extensive reading and practice. He is currently an English major at Merced College and does commissioned art work for clients. You may have seen Dennis's many business and graphic logo designs in and around California. His passion is designing Superheroes and creating comic strips that are published on-line. Portfolio available at: http://DennisSweatt.com
When his children began attending grade school, Dennis was a visiting art instructor. He has taught figure drawing, and especially Superheroes, in private classes throughout the Central Valley.

Stick-Man will turn into a personalized Super Hero during this workshop! Students will learn the basic shapes that can be used to build his or her arms, legs, torso and head. Student will be introduced to basic muscle groups as they learn how artists draw superheroes!

At the close of the workshop they are encouraged to name their hero and draw the letter of his or her first name on the chest.

Mr. Sweatt can extend his workshops by refining the drawing of musculature, costume, action and other features in subsequent workshops. He can further lead students through the basics of story- telling to create a Comic Strip starring their personalized Superhero. Perfectionism is discouraged and imagination is encouraged.

Grade Levels: K – 10th
Requirements: Classroom
1 or more sessions - Up to 30 students
Materials: a pencil and a copy of Stick-Man, two for every student
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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Nature into Art
LISA GILLILAND-VINEY
Workshop/Residency
Professional Artist and Scientist

Providing a multitude of activities to choose from, Lisa is well-versed in drawing, painting, clay, origami, printmaking, paper making, tie-dye, costume design and mosaics. She has a PhD in Immunology from Cambridge University and has worked as a research scientist for both Bristol-Myers Squibb and Oxford University prior to relocating to Merced. She is currently pursuing her life-long love of the Arts. A particular area of interest is the interface between Science and Art. She has created various programs that explore links between these disciplines

.Another activity that she enjoys greatly is the study of Arts from different cultures, and the festivals and traditions associated with them. She has lived abroad for more than a decade and has travelled extensively.

Observational skills and descriptive vocabulary of our young scientists/artists will increase as we take a close look at the wonders of nature. They will also enjoy the thrill of using a wide variety of art materials as they learn drawing, painting and printing techniques. Students will keep a “Discovery Sketchbook” in which they will record the shapes, textures, colors, and sizes of selected reference material (leaves, flowers, shells, etc.) Students will be encouraged to embellish their sketchbooks with their own drawings, prints, rubbings, etc.

Grade Levels: K-3
Requirements: Classroom
2 – 10 sessions - Up to 30 students
Materials:
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

 

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Fundamentals of Portraiture
ELIZABETH CASTRO
Workshop/Residency/After School program

Studio Artist and Teaching Artist

Elizabeth Castro studied art at CSU Stanislaus where her concentration was printmaking, sculpture, and painting with an emphasis on the human figure, particularly portraiture. She creates expressive and vivid work that she refers to as “journal written through pictures.” She spent a summer in Florence where she took an Art program that focused on figure drawing/painting along with Italian Art History.

As a current Madera Arts Council Teaching artist she works with 1st through 8th grade students teaching portraits, figure drawing, animals and landscapes. She can also teach clay. Elizabeth is happy to work with the teacher to develop workshops that teach art that will fit into the curriculum as well as doing projects that fit the season or holiday, including card making, mask making, and ornaments.

Fundamentals of Portraiture
Students will learn the fundamentals of beginner and/or intermediate portraiture, depending on their level and the number of sessions. Students will build confidence in creating portraits on their own after they finish a 2 – 8 session course. They will learn the basics of face anatomy and how to draw the human face correctly. They will also learn fundamentals of color, value and design. Students will learn to use pastels and watercolor to create their portraits.

Ms. Castro can adapt this lesson to the drawing of figures, animals and landscapes. She will work with the teacher to coordinate with the lesson with the curriculum.

Grade Levels: K – 8th
Requirements: Classroom
2 or more sessions - Up to 30 students
Materials: $10 - $20 depending on the # of sessions
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

Collage Portrait – Exploring texture and color
Working with a silhouette human figure (head to shoulders), students will add facial features and then explore color and texture using glue stick, chalk pastels, and erasers. They will learn fundamentals of portraiture as they explore a unique portrait making process. They will learn specific art vocabulary of texture, pattern/repetition, color and line.

Grade Levels: K – 8th
Requirements: Classroom
1 or more sessions - Up to 30 students
Materials: $10 - $20 depending on the # of sessions
Fees: $40 per 55-minute session

 

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