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UPCOMING EVENTS

Art Matters Lecture - "What Matters is Boldness": Mexican Modernism in Context with Mark Castro (via Zoom)

Thursday, December 3, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mark Castro
Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art, Dallas Museum of Art

In the aftermath of Mexico’s violent civil war from 1910 to 1920, artists played a vital role in the construction of a new national identity. The works of the famous mural painters José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros epitomized this transformation, capturing scenes from Mexico’s past, present, and an imagined future. Although of critical importance, these monumental works represent one facet of the rich history of Mexican modern art. This talk offers a glimpse of the complex history of innovation and debate that shaped Mexican art and in turn influenced modern art across the globe.

credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, La colina de los muertos (detail), 1944. Duco on board. SBMA, Gift of Mrs. MacKinley Hel, 1969.35.51. © David Alfaro Siqueiros / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/SOMAAP, Mexico City.

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Writing from Home (via Zoom)

Mondays, December 7 & 14
5:30 – 7 pm

Local writers, working in a variety of genres and forms, meet with participants for two, 90-minute sessions during consecutive weeks. Each writer, inspired by a work(s) of art in the Museum’s collection, chooses the theme, format, and form for the workshop; allowing both the writers and participants maximum choice. Participants have an opportunity to also share their writing. Sign up for both sessions with one writer or sample across disciplines.

Theme
Truths we reveal by hiding: framing and metaphor in the craft of poetry (repeats November theme)

A picture reveals a carefully-curated aspect of a world that exists within and beyond its frame. This writing workshop examines ways to utilize language to draw focus, create tension and drama, or illuminate truths with the frame of a poem.

Inspiration images
Nell Campbell, Berry Bay, LA from the series, "Duck Blinds" (2003). Richard H. Ross, Ferry Stop, Jesolo, Italy from the series, "Gathering Light" (1990). Todd Hido, Untitled #3737 (2005).

Meet your instructor
Dr. Chryss Yost is an educator, poet, and book designer. She served as Santa Barbara Poet Laureate (2013-15) and is Co-Editor of Gunpowder Press.

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Watercolor Painting - Cloud SkyScape

Thursday, December 10, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Learn the basics of watercolor painting from SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Itoko Maeno. Focusing on painting the sky, this one-hour class is inspired by Frederic Church's Landscape at Sunset (1871). Study the artwork or take your own photograph of the sky to use as inspiration while you paint.

View the inspiration image for this class on the Museum’s online collection.

Required supplies:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint + brush
  • Two cups of water
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel or cloth

Meet your Instructor: Itoko Maeno

Itoko has been a Teaching Artist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 20 years. With specialties in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, she provides art lessons to all ages ranging from kindergarten students to adults. Celebrated for her watercolors, she also enjoys painting in oil and acrylic. Besides teaching art, Itoko has illustrated more than 20 picture book titles, including My Way Sally, awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book, and Minou, nominated for the Caldecott Honor.

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Watercolor Painting - Cloud SkyScape

Saturday, December 12, 2020
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Learn the basics of watercolor painting from SBMA Senior Teaching Artist Itoko Maeno. Focusing on painting the sky, this one-hour class is inspired by Frederic Church's Landscape at Sunset (1871). Study the artwork or take your own photograph of the sky to use as inspiration while you paint.

View the inspiration image for this class on the Museum’s online collection.

Required supplies:
  • Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint + brush
  • Two cups of water
  • Pencil
  • Paper towel or cloth

Meet your Instructor: Itoko Maeno

Itoko has been a Teaching Artist with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 20 years. With specialties in painting, printmaking, and ceramics, she provides art lessons to all ages ranging from kindergarten students to adults. Celebrated for her watercolors, she also enjoys painting in oil and acrylic. Besides teaching art, Itoko has illustrated more than 20 picture book titles, including My Way Sally, awarded the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best Picture Book, and Minou, nominated for the Caldecott Honor.

Ticket Cost:
Workshop via Zoom: FREE

Kwame S. Brathwaite in Conversation (via Zoom)

Sunday, December 13, 2020
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kwame S. Brathwaite
Archive Director, The Kwame Brathwaite Archive

Kwame S. Brathwaite speaks with Charles Wylie, SBMA Curator of Photography and New Media, about the groundbreaking and enduringly relevant art of his father, the renowned photographer Kwame Brathwaite. With family and friends, Kwame Brathwaite created an irrepressible multi-faceted cultural movement in 1950s and 60s Harlem from which arose the affirmative personal and political statement, “Black is Beautiful.” Inspired by ideas of Pan-Africanism and attuned to the newly-derived central role of mass media in contemporary society, Brathwaite forged a new visual and cultural identity for African Americans via photography, fashion, and performance whose influence is still being felt. In an ongoing initiative, in 2018 the Santa Barbara Museum of Art acquired the first of its five photographs by Kwame Brathwaite, a selection of which will be on view at SBMA in the coming months.

credit: Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Self-Portrait) (detail). 1964, printed 2018. Archival pigment print, ed. 2/5. SBMA, Museum purchase with funds provided by PhotoFutures. © Kwame Brathwaite

Ticket Cost:
Virtual Experience via Zoom: FREE

Adult Studio Art Workshop (via Zoom): Introduction to Drawing

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Be inspired by Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s woodblock print, Kabuki Actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII as Jiraiya (center) with a Monster Toad (1852), as you create a dynamic composition in triptych form. SBMA Teaching Artist Tina Villadolid explores why drawing from the masters is a helpful exercise, where to begin on the blank page, and how lines and angles convey action and movement.

Supplies

Meet Your Instructor
Tina Villadolid has been a Teaching Artist for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for over 22 years. Connecting with the people in her community through art has brought her so much joy! Tina loves to paint with oils, sculpt with clay, create installation art, draw portraits with charcoal, and write songs. She is conversational in Spanish, has two grandchildren, is originally from New York City, and lives with her cat, Chappie James, Jr.

Ticket Cost:
Workshop via Zoom: FREE