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What’s Happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

  • Sogochum Hand Drum Dance with DaEun Jung

    Starts: 2/2/2019 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/2/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/2, 11am - 12:30pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    This workshop begins with a floor warm-up with deep breath work and acknowledgement of the power of gravity. Learn basic skills for playing a traditional Korean hand drum and simple rhythmic patterns. Practice rhythmic phrases in small groups along with simple dance steps and combinations. Hand drums will be provided.
  • Open Art Critiques

    Starts: 2/2/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/2/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Saturday 1/5, 2/2 & 3/2 1pm - 4pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Open Art Critiques Facilitated by international visual artist Claudia Borgna www.claudiaborgna.org in collaboration with special guest poet Verónica Reyes www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/veronica-reyes

    WHO: Open to artists in all genres at any stage of their creative practice wanting feedback on their work.

    HOW IT WORKS: Bring an artwork you made and some specific questions for feedback. Two longer 45-minute spots are available, book by emailing Claudia at claudia.b@hotmail.co.uk. Shorter critiques also available for drop ins as time allows.

    WHAT TO EXPECT: A caring safe space - An organic yet in depth analytical discussion prompted by the works presented - Some serious, fun, eye-opening conversation.

    GENERAL MINDSET: Every artwork is precious - Every opinion is valuable - Each voice is heard - Everyone’s participation is appreciated.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 2/3/2019 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/3/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    Classes feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and “en plein air” techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.

    More materials detail:
    Although basic shared equipment is included in this class, you are encouraged to bring your own easel rigs, brushes and color palettes. Paper will be provided but students are encouraged to bring what paper they prefer. The instructor will let you know what paper is required for each week's exercise; if you are dropping in, please bring 1-2 sheets of cold-press 140 lb. 11"x14 watercolor paper and a bound or ringed sketch pad of 90 lbs. paper of any size for exterior journaling.

    The curriculum will cover:
    Medium and Materials: Watercolor paint, palette, brushes and paper used and the importance of building a working process that is ergonomic and efficient.

    Composition: The fundamentals of composing a pleasing picture: compositional forms, vanishing point fundamentals, the Rule of Thirds etc.

    Drawing: The importance of learning to accurately render the scene or image for placement in the painting; architectural perspective, rendering styles, the human form, the discipline of regular sketching and visual journaling.

    Brush Work: The application of paint to the paper in watercolor. A thorough explanation of brush types and sizes their appropriate use, effects and the subtleties of individual calligraphy.

    Value and Color Theory: An explanation of the Color Wheel, the importance of Values, The layout and use of the Palette, as well as the Watercolor Vocabulary will be discussed.

    En Plein air: Students will have opportunities in the relaxed and picturesque environment of the Palisades to paint an outdoor scene.

    Beginners who enroll can use our watercolor workstations. Even if you have no watercolor equipment you can take part in this class!
  • Poetry & the Imagination 2.0 with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 2/3/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/3/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3 & 3/17
    2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $90

    What does it take to write poems with imagination? In this workshop, we will read a wide variety of poems by outstanding modern and contemporary poets, generate new work in response to prompts, and workshop edited poems. We will also discuss the submission process and how to successfully present your work. It will be a continuation of the work we created in the previous series with a fresh supply of fun and inspiring prompts. The workshop will culminate with a public reading on Saturday March 16.
  • Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 2/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/9/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Frau Fiber brings her nationwide project, Sewing Rebellion, to the Camera on the second Saturday of the month concurrent to our monthly Craft Lounge. Catch Frau Fiber's regiment of Faux Fraus leading sewing, altering and repurposing projects each month. Shared sewing machines and sewing tips included.

    In February, Faux Frau Kim focuses on the Pocket: its history, pocket hacks (everyone wants bigger pockets!), patch pockets, pockets for belts, etc. As always, participants are welcome to bring their own projects and mending. Faux Frau Kim leads.

    Craft Lounge is a monthly no-host gathering of all types of crafting - bring your works in progress and make something with your neighbors! The Camera Obscura Art Lab has shared knitting, crochet, sewing, collage and drawing materials and plenty of tables for you to spread out your work.
  • Earthian Folk Dance with DaEun Jung

    Starts: 2/9/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/9/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/9, 11am - 12pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    View an in-progress excerpt from DaEun Jung's residency project, the 'Earthian Folk Dance,' and contribute your own movement to the development of the EFD movement vocabulary. Earthian Folk Dance is a communal activity created and performed by Earthians (the people who live on this planet, irrespective of nation and culture.) This project arose from DaEun Jung’s ongoing investigation into the principles and methods of Korean folk dance and the potential physical reconciliation between participants of diverse backgrounds. EFD celebrates team spirit and bodily exhilaration, and challenges the tropes of both post-modern choreography and traditional folk dance.
  • Fun-A-Day show with Amy Bauer of DreamEco

    Starts: 2/9/2019 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/9, 12pm - 3pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Enjoy the work of local artists and meet neighbors at Fun-A-Day-LA's 2019 group show. Participants made a pact to make something every day in the month of January, kickstarting the year with creativity! Fun-A-Day is Free to visit, free to join. Info at http://www.dreamecocrafts.com/fun-a-day-la; commit to participating at https://tinyurl.com/FADLA2019
  • Manifesto Writing with Max King Cap

    Starts: 2/9/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/9/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/9, 1pm - 3pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Say it Like You Mean It! Manifestos feature concentrated writing that exists to challenge, draw attention, and provoke. Choose a position, a mantra, an oath—then spell it out on a single sheet of paper. Whether you focus on content or font design, make every mark count! You can try a classic numbered-clause manifesto, make it short and sweet - a one sentence meme, or craft a mission statement that lays out the groundwork for your future. Explore the possibilities!

    Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. At the Camera, he is working on his digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 2/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/10/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    Classes feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and “en plein air” techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.

    More materials detail:
    Although basic shared equipment is included in this class, you are encouraged to bring your own easel rigs, brushes and color palettes. Paper will be provided but students are encouraged to bring what paper they prefer. The instructor will let you know what paper is required for each week's exercise; if you are dropping in, please bring 1-2 sheets of cold-press 140 lb. 11"x14 watercolor paper and a bound or ringed sketch pad of 90 lbs. paper of any size for exterior journaling.

    The curriculum will cover:
    Medium and Materials: Watercolor paint, palette, brushes and paper used and the importance of building a working process that is ergonomic and efficient.

    Composition: The fundamentals of composing a pleasing picture: compositional forms, vanishing point fundamentals, the Rule of Thirds etc.

    Drawing: The importance of learning to accurately render the scene or image for placement in the painting; architectural perspective, rendering styles, the human form, the discipline of regular sketching and visual journaling.

    Brush Work: The application of paint to the paper in watercolor. A thorough explanation of brush types and sizes their appropriate use, effects and the subtleties of individual calligraphy.

    Value and Color Theory: An explanation of the Color Wheel, the importance of Values, The layout and use of the Palette, as well as the Watercolor Vocabulary will be discussed.

    En Plein air: Students will have opportunities in the relaxed and picturesque environment of the Palisades to paint an outdoor scene.

    Beginners who enroll can use our watercolor workstations. Even if you have no watercolor equipment you can take part in this class!
  • Serialist Painting with Max King Cap

    Starts: 2/14/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/14/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Tuesday 2/14, 1pm - 3pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Serialism: Repetition in Visual Art. Create a repetitive geometry-based design project. The use of pattern and repetition has a long a varied history in visual art. Through strategies like Pattern & Decoration, Minimalism, and Op Art, artists have employed the most elemental of mark marking to create engaging, mesmeric, and striking compositions. This workshop will help each participant become familiar with some of the basic principles of color and composition.

    Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. At the Camera, he is working on his digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES.
  • Shibori techniques with Laura of Griffin Dyeworks

    Starts: 2/16/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/16/2019 1:30:00 PM

    Saturday 2/16, 10:30am - 1:30pm
    Cost: $50 + $10 cash material fee
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Shibori Techniques for Textile dyeing --- This class will cover major shibori resist techniques like Kanoko (similar to western tie-dye), Kumo (pleated and thread-bound resists), Nui (stitched resists), Arashi (pole-wrapped resists), Itajime (folded fabric using clamped resists), and Bomaki (pleated and wrapped to include texture as well as color). We'll also discuss how to use found and upcycled objects and how to combine techniques and layers of dye for unique effects. Materials fee of $10 will include one cotton and one silk piece per student. Students may bring up to 2 additional items for dyeing. Items should be primarily (70% or more) natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool. Wovens fabrics work better than knits for clean lines, but tee shirts are fine. PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; these items require a significant amount of extra dye.
  • Korean Maskmaking with DaEun Jung

    Starts: 2/16/2019 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/16/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/16, 11am - 12pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Get a fun introduction to the origin and the purpose of Korean traditional masks. Make a mask frame and add wet paper to build up details. All materials provided; bring an apron if you can. Participants can leave their masks to dry and sign up for the following week to decorate their masks, or take the project home for drying.

    DaEun Jung is a choreographer, dancer, drummer, and educator, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Her choreographic practice encompasses somatic and rhythmic exploration, improvisation, and an investigation into innovative dance-making methods. Rooted in classical Korean dance training from the age of 12, Jung considers her main assignment as a bicultural artist to redefine the forms and principles of culturally specific dance in a contemporary context. At the Camera, she will be developing an 'Earthian Folk Dance,' based on the concept of a group dance that reconciles folk, social, and virtuosic dance forms for all inhabitants of our planet. Her weekly events present opportunities to explore rhythm and movement, encourage kinesthetic excitement through participatory dance, and nurture communal and cultural awareness between neighbors.
  • Natural Dyeing with Laura of  Griffin Dyeworks

    Starts: 2/16/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/16/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/16, 2pm - 5pm
    Cost: $50 + $15 cash material fee
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Learn basics of fiber preparation for natural dyeing, including scouring and mordanting, resist techniques, and an overview of how to prepare natural dyes. There will be vats of indigo (blue), osage orange (bright yellow), and several other dyes (depending on availability) available for dyeing and overdyeing to create more complex colors and designs. We’ll talk about upcycling textiles and using found items to create unique clothing and works of art. Materials fee of $15 includes one cotton and one silk piece for each student and swatches for experimenting, and students may bring up to 2 additional items to dye. Items should be primarily (70% or more) natural fiber, including cotton, linen, bamboo, silk and thin wool, woven or knit fabric.  PLEASE DO NOT bring denim, canvas, cotton or wool fleece, or other heavy fabric items like sweaters or hoodies; such absorbent “dye hogs” require a significant amount of extra dye.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 2/17/2019 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/17/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31 (note the gap between the last two dates) Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!) Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    Classes feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and “en plein air” techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.

    More materials detail:
    Although basic shared equipment is included in this class, you are encouraged to bring your own easel rigs, brushes and color palettes. Paper will be provided but students are encouraged to bring what paper they prefer. The instructor will let you know what paper is required for each week's exercise; if you are dropping in, please bring 1-2 sheets of cold-press 140 lb. 11"x14 watercolor paper and a bound or ringed sketch pad of 90 lbs. paper of any size for exterior journaling.

    The curriculum will cover:
    Medium and Materials: Watercolor paint, palette, brushes and paper used and the importance of building a working process that is ergonomic and efficient.

    Composition: The fundamentals of composing a pleasing picture: compositional forms, vanishing point fundamentals, the Rule of Thirds etc.

    Drawing: The importance of learning to accurately render the scene or image for placement in the painting; architectural perspective, rendering styles, the human form, the discipline of regular sketching and visual journaling.

    Brush Work: The application of paint to the paper in watercolor. A thorough explanation of brush types and sizes their appropriate use, effects and the subtleties of individual calligraphy.

    Value and Color Theory: An explanation of the Color Wheel, the importance of Values, The layout and use of the Palette, as well as the Watercolor Vocabulary will be discussed.

    En Plein air: Students will have opportunities in the relaxed and picturesque environment of the Palisades to paint an outdoor scene.

    Beginners who enroll can use our watercolor workstations. Even if you have no watercolor equipment you can take part in this class!
  • Poetry & the Imagination 2.0 with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 2/17/2019 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/17/2019 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays, 1/6, 1/20, 2/3, 2/17, 3/3 & 3/17
    2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $90

    What does it take to write poems with imagination? In this workshop, we will read a wide variety of poems by outstanding modern and contemporary poets, generate new work in response to prompts, and workshop edited poems. We will also discuss the submission process and how to successfully present your work. It will be a continuation of the work we created in the previous series with a fresh supply of fun and inspiring prompts. The workshop will culminate with a public reading on Saturday March 16.
  • Poets & Writers Roundtable with Wally Rudolph

    Starts: 2/20/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/20/2019 12:30:00 PM

    Wednesday 2/20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Poets & Writers, the nation's largest nonprofit organization serving creative writers, convenes Literary Roundtable Meetings in different parts of California and select cities outside the state. These meetings are open to people from all areas of the literary community—writers, teachers, editors, and organizations that host literary events—to exchange ideas, news, and resources. It's also a chance for P&W staff to share information about the Readings & Workshops program, which helps to provide fees to writers who give public readings and/or teach creative writing workshops. If you're interested in attending and for more information, please RSVP to rw-west@pw.org. Special guest speaker for this session is Annenberg Community Beach House Writer-in-Residence Wally Rudolph, who speaks about diversity and inclusion in the literary sphere.
  • Korean Maskmaking with DaEun Jung

    Starts: 2/23/2019 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 2/23/2019 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/23, 10:30am - 12pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Get a fun introduction to the origin and the purpose of Korean traditional masks. Make a mask frame and add wet paper to build up details. All materials provided; bring an apron if you can. Participants can leave their masks to dry and sign up for the following week to decorate their masks, or take the project home for drying.

    DaEun Jung is a choreographer, dancer, drummer, and educator, originally from Seoul, South Korea. Her choreographic practice encompasses somatic and rhythmic exploration, improvisation, and an investigation into innovative dance-making methods. Rooted in classical Korean dance training from the age of 12, Jung considers her main assignment as a bicultural artist to redefine the forms and principles of culturally specific dance in a contemporary context. At the Camera, she will be developing an 'Earthian Folk Dance,' based on the concept of a group dance that reconciles folk, social, and virtuosic dance forms for all inhabitants of our planet. Her weekly events present opportunities to explore rhythm and movement, encourage kinesthetic excitement through participatory dance, and nurture communal and cultural awareness between neighbors.
  • Two Minute Playwriting with Max King Cap

    Starts: 2/23/2019 1:00:00 PM
    Ends: 2/23/2019 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 2/23, 1pm - 3pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Jump in to playwriting or hone your existing skills while practicing structure: set-up, conflict, redirection, and resolution in bite-sized writing. Each participant will write a two-page, two-character play, then pair with another participant to read both pieces aloud, with each acting in their own and in the other's work. After a feedback and editing session, we'll all converge for a play marathon. No previous experience required, just a willingness to experiment with words and action.

    Max King Cap is a visual and media artist from Chicago who now lives in Los Angeles. His work has been featured in galleries and museums in Vienna, New York, Stuttgart and other cities in Europe and the US. Among several awards he is the recipient of Creative Capital and Artadia grants. A former firefighter and public relations specialist, Dr. Cap earned his MFA from the University of Chicago and his doctorate from USC. At the Camera, he is working on his digitally created text BROADSIDES, his EXONERATED painting series, and a play titled 59 INCHES.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 2/24/2019 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 2/24/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/31 (note the gap between the last two dates) Series: $100.00 + $60 cash material fee, $35 cash drop-in (please bring exact change!) Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 6-week immersive watercolor course, open to all levels and drop-ins welcome. Timothy will share tips about both medium and technique while going through weekly demo exercises to hone your compositional vision, principles of color values, color mixing and brush work. The gorgeous views framed by the Art Lab’s picture windows overlooking the ocean will provide ongoing inspiration.

    Classes feature in-depth watercolor instruction with an emphasis on representational scene painting and “en plein air” techniques, as well as delvings into the artistic legacy of watercolor practice. Timothy conveys an appreciation for this unique medium, its fluidity, spontaneity, simplicity of form and the complexities of proper application.

    All basic materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own brushes, palettes and nontoxic colors.

    More materials detail:
    Although basic shared equipment is included in this class, you are encouraged to bring your own easel rigs, brushes and color palettes. Paper will be provided but students are encouraged to bring what paper they prefer. The instructor will let you know what paper is required for each week's exercise; if you are dropping in, please bring 1-2 sheets of cold-press 140 lb. 11"x14 watercolor paper and a bound or ringed sketch pad of 90 lbs. paper of any size for exterior journaling.

    The curriculum will cover:
    Medium and Materials: Watercolor paint, palette, brushes and paper used and the importance of building a working process that is ergonomic and efficient.

    Composition: The fundamentals of composing a pleasing picture: compositional forms, vanishing point fundamentals, the Rule of Thirds etc.

    Drawing: The importance of learning to accurately render the scene or image for placement in the painting; architectural perspective, rendering styles, the human form, the discipline of regular sketching and visual journaling.

    Brush Work: The application of paint to the paper in watercolor. A thorough explanation of brush types and sizes their appropriate use, effects and the subtleties of individual calligraphy.

    Value and Color Theory: An explanation of the Color Wheel, the importance of Values, The layout and use of the Palette, as well as the Watercolor Vocabulary will be discussed.

    En Plein air: Students will have opportunities in the relaxed and picturesque environment of the Palisades to paint an outdoor scene.

    Beginners who enroll can use our watercolor workstations. Even if you have no watercolor equipment you can take part in this class!
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