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I am looking for a reliable 'behind the wheel' driving school training for my 16 yr old son, in Berkeley. Any recent experiences or referrals? OK to email me directly. Thanks, Deb
The printmaking class, which uses linoleum and japanese tools to make relief prints, draws upon Japanese woodblock prints, Mexican prints, graphic novels, etc. for inspiration. It was more open-ended, and my daughter said she really appreciated that Deborah teaches skills without imposing her way of doing things. She said she felt Deborah was an excellent teacher, really interested in helping each artist develop their skills and artistic vision. The class was really inspiring - my daughter has been working every day since the class ended to create new and ever more complex prints - she's up to a 4 color print which is really something.
Deborah teaches out of her studio in the Sawtooth Building, which is on 8th street between Dwight and Parker. By public transit, the number 9 bus stops 1/2 block away, or you can walk down from San Pablo as well.
Here's her website: http://www.deborah-harris.com/newfiles/sawtoothpage.html Natasha
Re: Summer Activites for Teens
There are classes (drawing, painting, photography) for teens (ages 13-15 year old) at SFAI in San Francisco www.sfai.edu/yap that begins June 16-July 3rd. tammy
Can anyone recommend where a teen can take a course on ''How to Airbrush''. My 13 year old teen seems very interested but I can't find a course in the Bay Area which offers this class. Curious Mom
Does anyone have a recommendation for a painting class that would be appropriate for my 14 year-old? She is good at drawing and has taken classes in that, but would like to focus on improving her acrylic painting. Ideally it would be an instructor who is not too didactic, but sensitive to the best way to teach teens (ahem!). An adult class could work, too. Thanks much, Joan
My 16 year-old daughter would like to take a visual arts class (painting or drawing) outside of school. Any recommendations in or around Berkeley? Thanks Claire
I have an ML King 6th grader (boy) and would like to find an after-school art class for him. Art is no longer offered to the 6th grade. What are the resources out there? Artist's mom
To the parent looking for art classes outside of the school system, try CCAC's summer program. Each class runs 2 weeks. Claymation, graphics, computer animation, drawing from life. Lynn
In addition to the options mentioned in the last newsletter, there are several classes specifically for teens -- unfortunately in S.F. rather than the East Bay.
San Francisco Parks and Rec runs a program for teens at the city darkroom at the Harvey Milk Recreation Center on Duboce Street. It runs about 2 or 2.5 hours 3 days a week, I think for 3 week sessions. There are at least 2 sessions. Easily accessible by public transportation.
The Friends of Photography at the Ansel Adams Photography Center runs a separate program, also held at Harvey Milk, starting in late June for either 2 or 3 weeks, 3-6 pm, called "High School Docents," which involves a lot of darkroom work. Both these programs are free, I believe. 415-495-7000x312
The San Francisco Art Institute has art courses for high school students, including different levels of photography, color as well as b&w. Four weeks, 3 hours/class, $400/class. This is a highly reputed program, also accessible by public transportation. 415-749-4554
One sleepaway option is Idyllwild Summer Arts Program in the Southern Calif desert. It sounds incredible -- 6 hours/day, living in a teenage artist colony. I found them on the web after being recommended by some local art teachers. Two week sessions.
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