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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.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home - Upcoming Live Classes

Fall 2020 Series

For this Fall, we present three 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 they are influenced by the people who came before us.

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Christine Suarez
Mapping Your Story

Saturday, October 17, 2020 | 11am - 12pm

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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.

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Paulina Sahagun
Making Ofrendas

Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 11am - 12pm

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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

Optional: shoe box lid or file folder, crayolas, watercolors

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. With these companies she toured extensively throughout Mexico and the U.S. performing original theatrical works. Her credits with El Teatro Campesino and Luis Valdez include the play "La Pastorela" and the PBS Special "El Popol Vuh." 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. She co-directed the Young Conservatory, a training program for young actors and was a Drama Instructor at Inner City Arts. Sahagun is a graduate of the Del Arte School of Physical Theater and received her master's degree in the World Arts and Cultures program at UCLA.

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Austyn de Lugo
Family History: Sewing & Collage

Saturday, October 31, 2020 | 11am - 12pm

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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. We will be coming together through education and art practice, celebrating knowledge and ancestry, as organizations from the East and West side of Los Angeles work together to offer this fun and meaningful workshop on the morning of spooky Halloween!

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, etc...to use for your collage. Paper, glue, needle and thread (optional, recommended for older students)

Optional: shoe box lid or file folder, crayolas, watercolors

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. He considers the United States’ relationship with its colonies in the Caribbean, and imagines how tropicality can be used as a site of political resistance. 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.

Arts Learning Lab @ Home - On-Demand Videos

Summer 2020 Series

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

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.

MIND AT PLAY - THE COCOON
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.

TOMORROW'S PEOPLE
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.

LET'S THINK A FLAG, LET'S MAKE A FLAG
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.

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.

Community art workshop at Metro Regional Connector _Halfway There_ Celebration in Little Tokyo, 2018

Wednesday, August 12th @ 11:30
Audrey Chan
Symbol Stories


VIDEO COMING SOON

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.

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