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Arts Learning Lab @ Home is a series of free online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home. These hands-on artmaking workshops are held live on Zoom and are posted as on-demand videos after each workshop. Led by a diverse group of professional artists in residence at 18th Street as well as members of our national and international artist community, ALL@Home strives to feature arts making workshops in a range of mediums, skills, and with the core belief that the arts help us imagine new futures, create empathy, and promote community resilience. Workshops are offered on a quarterly basis.

Please click here to see our Spanish site.
Para español visita Laboratorio de Arte y Aprendizaje en Casa.

Join us for our next live Arts Learning Lab @ Home series: Community!

Summer 2021 Arts Learning Lab @ Home: Community!
Saturdays: July 24 & August 28 | 11 AM - 12:30 PM

These family-friendly hands-on workshops will help us define, navigate, and reimagine our ideas of community with art collectives Alex and Mushi and The Revolution School. Participate in discussion around how we define community, and create artworks that express our connections to one another. How do we find our communities in different ways? And how can we learn to share our abundance with our communities?

All of the virtual workshops will be presented on Zoom, and interpretation will be provided in both English and Spanish.

You Define It Yourself 2

ALEXANDMUSHI: Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James
You Define It Yourself
Saturday, July 24, 2021 at 11 AM-12:30 PM


Make your own dictionary! In defining a word, you get to define yourself.

We use words everyday to communicate, yet what a single word can mean to each individual can be so different. Join artists Alex Nichols and Mushi Wooseong James in defining a word and telling a story about that word in your life. In this workshop, participants will write their own definitions of a word chosen by the artists, write a short story about an experience of that word, and make a drawing of the experience.

Materials: Standard white paper A4, rules, pen, pencil, and color pencils. 

Image Caption: ALEXANDMUSHI, Dictionary Phone: Trust, Restraint, and Temptation. 2018. Interactive Audio Sculpture. 9 x 9 x 5 inches. Photo courtesy of artists and Modernism Inc.

Scrooging for Kids

The Revolution School
Scrooging for Kids
Saturday, August 28, 2021 at 11 AM- 12:30 PM


Awaken your hidden super powers, make a player card, construct a gadget belt, and co-build revolutionary worlds based in care, acceptance, and creativity. 

In Scrooging for Kids, we will adventure within our strengths and vulnerabilities to awaken how they can ALL be superpowers. How can throwing a tantrum, crying, or lying be a superpower? How can I fly? Where do I get my strength from? Let’s learn how our embarrassment or anger can be tools for our superheroes/supervillains!

We will workshop our superpowers into player cards and then build our superhero/supervillain gadget belt or whatever gadget contraption you can imagine (a fanny pack, breast plate, crown, escape satchel, pocket book, etc.).

Our gadget devices with player cards can be worn whenever we need to activate our superhero/supervillain powers.

To introduce yourself to the group, please bring a superhero name AND a supervillain name to share. Feel free to come dressed in your superhero/supervillain attire (we will be)!


Cedric, Clara, Dan/i, Devin, Jennifer, Jessie, Kristy, Rino, Sara

Minimum materials: imagination, your superhero name, your supervillain name, paper, something to draw with (pencils, pens, markers, puffy paint, etc.), scissors, tape, player card template printed out*

Optional materials: anything around your house that can become part of your gadget device (e.g., cereal boxes, shoe boxes, old clothing, old backpack, fanny pack, pillow case, etc.); string, belt, rope, ribbon, fabric, etc. to tie your gadget device around your body

*If you don’t have access to a printer, this item will be available for pick-up at 18th Street's Santa Monica campus. We will send details once you register for the workshop. If you will not be able to pick up, you can collect these materials at home in advance.

Caption: The Revolution Deck: Scroogers and Superheroes player cards, designed by Devin Alejandro-Wilder, inspired by Jessie Closson’s Superheroes/Scroogers Trello cards. Each active member of Rev School builds one of these player cards, adding to the expansion of The Revolution Deck, as either a Scrooger or Superhero or a hybrid of both. This spread are the members of the Scrooging for Kids team: Devin Alejandro-Wilder, Sara Barnett, Dan/i Bustillo, Jessie Closson, Rino Kodama, Kristen Mitchell, Jennifer Moon, Clara Philbrick, Cedric Tai.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home - On-Demand Videos

Spring 2021 Series: Creative Self-Compassion

In May of 2021, we presented three new Arts Learning Lab @ Home art-making workshops for families all around wellbeing and self-compassion. May was Mental Health Awareness month, and taking time for creativity together with loved ones is a key part of self-care in these uncertain times. We partnered with WE RISE LA on these moments for creative growth, centered around the theme of wellbeing as we navigate coming out of a pandemic and transitioning to new routines together.

All of the virtual workshops were presented on Zoom, with interpretation provided in both English and Spanish.

Carmela Morales
Flores de Papel
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 11 AM-12:30 PM

Explore the Mexican craft tradition of paper flowers with artisan Carmela Morales. This workshop will introduce participants to the eco friendly practice of using recyclable materials and traditional art skills to create beautiful flowers that can be gifted to your favorite person or to decorate your home. Discover how you can take care of your mental health through this meditative task and make new friendships along the way! Concerned by all the plastic waste found in the environment,  Carmela wants to revive the traditional practice of using recyclable paper to create decor. As you take care of self, you’ll be taking care of your environment through this cultural practice.

Materials: 1 sheet of dark green crepe paper (50cm X 200 cm ), 2 sheets of colored crepe paper (50cm X 200 cm), 1 clear glue pen, 1 piece of cardboard shaped as a circle (12 inches), 1 strip of ribbon (5 cm), scissors*

*These items will be available for pick-up in an art kit at 18th Street's Santa Monica campus. We will send details once you register for the workshop. If you will not be able to pick up, you can collect these materials at home in advance.

Caption: Paper flowers created by Carmela Morales, 2021.

Debra Disman
Bookmaking with Self-Compassion
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 11 AM- 12:30 PM

Join 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence and bookmaker Debra Disman to discover how to create the beautiful, fun and versatile Flower Fold book into which you can write or paste wishes, hopes, prayers and dreams. This book can become a chain to hang in your home, or give as a gift. Explore what the pandemic has meant to you while learning new skills and creating a unique expression of renewal and rebirth during the spring season.

MATERIALS: Origami Paper (20 sheets of assorted plain colors and patterned),  Glue Sticks, Railroad Board / Cardstock, Ribbon (5 or more strips in assorted colors) cut into 10-12" strips, assorted stickers*

*These items will be available for pick-up in an art kit at 18th Street's Santa Monica campus. We will send details once you register for the workshop. If you will not be able to pick up, you can collect these materials at home in advance.

Caption: Debra Disman, Narrow Bridge, (inside) 2016, 5.5 x 16 x 3.5 inches, Artists' Book/Mixed Media  (board, paper, fabric, linen thread).

Elana Mann
Let Suffering Speak
May 22, 2021 at 11 AM - 12:30 PM

Join artist Elana Mann in letting our voices and bodies rumble, clatter, and blast. Participants will learn how to make musical instruments and megaphones using simple household materials. The workshop will culminate in group sound-making.

Materials: Thick white paper (you can download the megaphone picture we will use here and print it out or recreate it), dried rice/beans, scissors, paint, paint brush, toilet paper tube, tape*

*These items will be available for pick-up in an art kit at 18th Street's Santa Monica campus. We will send details once you register for the workshop. If you will not be able to pick up, you can collect these materials at home in advance.

Caption: Elana Mann, Our work is never done (unfinished business) (detail), 2020. Fiberglass, resin, enamel, and paint. Photo by Beth Devillier. Originally commissioned and produced by Artpace San Antonio. Courtesy of the artist. 

Fall-Winter 2020 Series: Ancestors

For Fall and Winter of 2020, we presented four arts-making workshops with professional artists and educators around the theme of remembering our ancestors. Who are our ancestors? What do you know about your parents, grandparents, their parents and grandparents, your aunts and uncles, your cousins? How have they affected your life? How do we remember the people we can not see anymore? Join 18th Street Arts Center in a series of all-ages workshops exploring our personal histories and how they are influenced by the people who came before us.

Christine Suarez
Mapping Your Story

Join us for this one-of-a-kind interactive, creative workshop. Together we will
create a map charting the landscape of our personal stories. We will explore this process by writing, drawing and moving. Ultimately, we will create a multi-centered map that illuminates what is often invisible within us. All movement abilities and ages welcome.

Materials: paper, colored pencils, crayons, pens, your body

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Christine Suarez is a Santa Monica based dance-theater artist. She and her company Suarez Dance Theater passionately foster new communities through the act of moving and creating together where individuals can connect with their bodies, each other and find their own expressivity. She is excited to offer this workshop sharing part of the process for their newest project Mapping Invisible Histories. This project is supported by funding from Santa Monica Cultural Affairs.

Paulina Sahagun
Making Ofrendas

Learn about the MesoAmerican Dia de Muertos Tradition with artist and performer Paulina Sahagun. This workshop will introduce participants to the basic philosophy of this sacred cultural ancestral ritual celebration of life and death. Participants will be guided to create an essential Ofrenda/Altar for your ancestors and recently departed loved ones, adapted for our
present times of Covid-19.

Materials: Photo or photos of departed loved ones (can be copies of originals)
Know the favorite food and drink that your departed liked
Candles (tea lights, birthday candles, any type of candle), small glass, small bottle cap or lid
½ teaspoon of salt, A paper towel, toilet paper, sewing thread or thin cotton twine (about 30 inches), glue or glue stick or tape, scissors

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Paulina Sahagun has performed on both sides of the Mexico / U.S. Border. She began her theatrical career as a member of the Mexican Theater Company: Los Mascarones and was a founding member of Grupo Cultural Zero. Sahagun has worked with TENAZ, The Inner City Cultural Center, Plaza de La Raza, UCLA Mexican Art Series, the 1990 Los Angeles Theater Festival, and CARA.

Austyn de Lugo
Family History: Sewing & Collage

Join us for a one hour workshop led by teaching artist Austyn de Lugo. In this collaborative intergenerational workshop between the Armory Center for the Arts and 18th Street Art Center, we will examine our own representations of the self, family portraits, and our family histories as we draw inspiration from German artist Annegret Soltau. Using a combination of techniques such as collage, as well as sewing with needle and thread, we will re-assemble and create new versions combining our past histories and current lives in one completed collage. This workshop was supported through a partnership with 18th Street Arts Center and the Armory Arts Center with the goal of enhancing each other's education programs and connecting the east and west sides of Los Angeles.

Materials: Copies of family photos, letters, recipes, childhood artwork, recent photos, anything you would feel comfortable cutting up! If you do not have access to a photocopier or copies of these documents, you can gather images from magazines, newspapers, old books, use for your collage. Paper, glue, needle and thread (optional, recommended for older students)

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Austyn de Lugo (he/him/él) is an artist working in collage, textiles, and painting. His work is influenced by political portraiture, family photographs, floral photography, and decorative arts. His current body of work draws from his family’s history in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, as well as from revolutionary movements in the Caribbean. Austyn has exhibited work in the United States and abroad. In 2017, he was the Artist-in-Residence at the Fundación Sebastian in Mexico City.

Paul Cornish
Your Musical Family Tree

Join Paul Cornish, jazz musician and composer and our latest Make Jazz Fellow, and explore your family lineage through music. Participants will sketch their own family tree and use it as inspiration to create songs and sounds of their own. This workshop will be presented in English and simultaneously interpreted in Spanish. All ages are welcome, and families are encouraged to join in together!

Materials: Pencil, paper, and an instrument (or pots and pans, sticks, containers, cardboard tubes, rattles)

Los Angeles based composer and pianist Paul Cornish strives to inspire freedom and collaboration in his music and community. Recently graduated from the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, he has been making waves in the Los Angeles music scene performing regularly at premier venues around the city. He was a recipient of the Los Angeles Jazz Society’s 2020 New Note Commission and was recently awarded the 18th Street Arts Center’s 2021 Make Jazz Fellowship. He was also the grand prize winner of the 2018 American Jazz Piano Competition. Growing up in Houston, Texas and attending the world-renowned High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Paul follows a lineage of top pianists from Houston such as Jason Moran, Robert Glasper, Helen Sung, and James Francies.

Summer 2020 Series: Place and Identity

The three workshops for Summer 2020 focused around place and identity with artists Sultan Sharrief, Audrey Chan, and David Horvitz. Through this series, you can explore your own personal story through art, reflect on your ideas about home, and think about language in new ways.

Please click here to see our Spanish site.
Para español visita Laboratorio de Arte y Aprendizaje en Casa.

Sultan Sharrief + Najla Sharrief
Mining Your Diamonds

How would you tell your story? Where is it set? Who are the important characters? Discover your inner storytelling voice to show your true self with artist Sultan Sharrief and his sister, educator Najla Sharrief, as they lead you through a series of creative exercises to help build your story. 

Materials: paper, pencil, pen

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Audrey Chan
Symbol Stories

Join Los Angeles based artist, Audrey Chan, and explore all of the fascinating things and people in your home and where they came from. How do objects help tell the story of your family? Each family will choose meaningful objects from their home to inspire a symbolic story drawing.

Materials: paper, colored pencils, crayons, pens, colored paper

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Spring 2020 Series: Creating Art at Home

The Spring 2020 ALL@Home series started April 15 as a response to COVID-19 shut downs and ran through the end of the school year in June. Arts Learning Lab @ Home is a series of live online arts classes for kids and families schooling from home. These hands-on artmaking workshops were led by professional artists in residence at 18th Street as well as members of our national and international artist community. The workshops were taught live in both English and Spanish. The workshops cover a range of fun, hands-on, and participatory ideas like meditation through drawing with artist Claudia Concha, storytelling with artist Yrneh Gabon, a rhythm workshop in your kitchen with professional drummer and 2020 Make Jazz Fellow Shirazette Tinnin, and a monster movement workshop with performance artists Beck + Col.

The videos below are available in both English and Spanish.

Please click here to see the Spanish language videos.
Para español visita Laboratorio de Arte y Aprendizaje en Casa.

Claudia Concha

Join abstract painter Claudia Concha, 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence, in an exploration of meditation and imagination in this hands-on workshop. Concha will lead a discussion about the caterpillar and its cocoon, its colors, movement, and connection to our lives now.

Materials: 2 pieces of paper, pencils, colors, crayons, sharpies, or markers/ tea and teabags, coffee, salt, sponges, food coloring

Recommended Ages: All ages.

Yrneh Gabon

Join Yrneh Gabon, 18th Street Arts Center artist in residence, in a special morning of storytelling from books collected from SAG online. Then discover the possibilities of materials from nature like dirt, rocks, water, leaves, grass, and your favorite fruit — learn to transform them into incredible artworks.

Materials: small objects from nature

Recommended Ages: Best for 5-9 years old.

Marcos Ramirez ERRE

Imagine, discuss, and create your own flag to represent your life philosophy, values, interests, and passions with internationally-renowned artist Marcos Ramirez ERRE. Join in discussions about color and symbols and their connection to ideas, things, and feelings — then construct your own unique flag and share what is most important to you.

Materials: White and various colored paper, color pencils, color pens or sharpies, magazines for cutting, scissors, glue, tape.

Recommended Ages: All ages.

The Spring 2020 iteration of Arts Learning Lab @ Home was generously funded by the City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department. Many thanks to Antena Aire for their excellent interpretation work, and to Anthony Zavala for crafting the standards-based curricular companions for each workshop.

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