Take a deep breath and draw | With Love… Issue 13
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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr | Take a deep breath… and draw | Meet Alex Martinez | Ask your questions | Classes starting soon
Honoring Martin Luther King Jr
“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better.”
– Martin Luther King Jr, A Knock at Midnight (sermon), 1963
Richmond artist Tiffany Conway created this beautiful coloring sheet to pay homage to the life and legacy Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Take a deep breath… and draw
Inward Spiral: Free Drawing Class
All Ages Online Class, Fridays, 12-1pm, Jan 22 – Feb 19
It’s going to be a big week. Join teaching artist Lauren Ari this Friday (or any Friday for the next five weeks) for a drawing class that is a mindful space to process and reflect. This is an all ages/intergenerational class so we can make and learn across generations. All levels of experience welcome. Simply bring plain white paper, a pen/pencil, and an open mind.
Image: Drawing by Lauren Ari @thelaurenari
Meet Alex Martinez
Interview with Teaching Artist Alex Martinez
“I am a dual-credentialed educator and artist. I taught for five years as a special education teacher, but now I am focused on my art practice and anti-racist teaching work, specifically developing curriculum in Bay Area schools. At the moment I’m applying to MFA programs. This is all keeping me busy.” – Alex Martinez
We interviewed Alex Martinez to learn about her recent work and what it’s like to teach during a pandemic. Alex is teaching two classes at RAC this semester, Teen Journaling.
Image: Artwork by Alex Martinez, Disappeared Three Times (2020) (top); Alex Martinez teaching (right)
Ask Your Questions
Art of the African Diaspora
Exhibition Dates: February 11 – May 16, 2021
Artist Registration Deadline: Sunday, January 24, 2021
Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. The event supports artists of African descent through representation, professional development, and building a creative community.
Are you an artist interested in participating in 2021? Join the Artist Info zoom session on Thursday, January 21, 6pm to learn about the 2021 program and ask your questions! Register HERE.
Image: Virtual studio tours will be a highlight of AOTAD 2021. See some tours are already online at aotad.org/wp/virtual-studio-tours (https://aotad.org/wp/virtual-studio-tours/)
Classes Starting Soon
Art Journaling for Teens
In this class young artists will fill the pages of their art journals with fun projects using watercolors, colored pencils, ink, marker, paint, folded paper, and found objects.
Teen Class (Ages 12-17)
Jan 20 – Feb 10
Mixed Media Hearts
Using a variety of household materials students will create unique pieces such as bracelets, rings and a jewelry box.
Kids Class (Ages 5-11)
Feb 2 – Feb 23
Painting Towards Climate Justice
Learn about the ways that contemporary artists address the environment and climate justice in their work, and incorporate these broader themes and strategies as inspiration for your own art.
Jan 25 – Mar 22
Your Art Process: A Gathering
Gather for community and positive dialogue about your art making process. Class will be held the Third Thursday of every month for four class meetings.
Jan 21 – Apr 15
Have something to share? Please email us at email@example.com
Top and bottom banner: Drawing by Lauren Ari