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What’s Happening at the Camera Obscura Art Lab

  • Video & Memory with LD Wedgeworth

    Starts: 10/6/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/6/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/6, 11am - 1:30pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    A digital video workshop exploring narrative video making. Lisa will show some of her works and discuss issues to consider when creating documentary, self-exploratory and investigative works. Bring a camera phone or digital camera, laptop and cables if needed, and install iMovie or other editing software on your device(s).
  • Poetry Workshop with Brendan Constantine

    Starts: 10/6/2018 12:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/6/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday, 10/6, 12pm-3pm
    Cost: $30
    Register at the link or call 310-458-2239

    “You’re Not From Around Here” with Brendan Constantine. Get ready for another immersive, energetic, and generative poetry workshop: this October we write poems about getting lost and belonging.
  • Open Art Crits at the Camera Obscura

    Starts: 10/13/2018 10:30:00 AM
    Ends: 10/13/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Saturdays 9/8, 10/13 & 11/10, 10:30 am - 1 pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Who needs a second opinion? Artists: are you looking to get out of the studio, out of your head, to share your practice and get feedback from diverse perspectives? Join a healthy conversation with alumni from Otis College of Art & Design. Stop by to see others’ work and share constructive feedback. Camera Obscura Open Art Crits are open to visual artists and serious art lovers who are looking for an enriching exchange of ideas. How it works: Two 45 minute spots are available for sign up ahead of time, plus each session includes one drop-in 15 minute spot. To sign up for the long spots, email Claudia at claudia.b@hotmail.co.uk. Bring an artwork you made and some specific questions to present to the group.The process: We will be engaging in an analysis of the artwork’s techniques and narratives, subjects and objects, symbols and concepts, and processes and execution while looking, asking, studying, reflecting, and sharing. We will value artwork through observation and acknowledgement of the work’s personal impact as well as the potential it carries in relation to contemporary realities. This will be in the form of an organic group discussion where every artwork is precious, every opinion valuable, and each voice heard and appreciated. All participants: be prepared to contribute by creating a supporting, caring, respectful, and safe environment where we explore our liveliness and creativity, being mindful of time constraints and each other. This class is presented in conjunction with Trade School (http://tradeschool.coop/losangeles) an alternative, self-organized school that runs on the gift economy. Classes are offered at various sites throughout Los Angeles and teachers work in exchange for receiving simple items on their wish list from participants. Camera Obscura Art Crit is led by Claudia Borgna, and she requests that participants bring one of these items in exchange for taking the class: a plant, preferably rescued bike-carryable; any garden produce that you might have; home/hand made soap; extra virgin olive oil; oregano essential oil.
  • Claiming Creativity, a discussion with LD Wedgeworth

    Starts: 10/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/13/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/13, 11am - 12pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Considering the “Ish.” Lisa leads a discussion about the freedom of embracing accidents and mistakes, and why the notion of perfection is paralyzing when it comes to creativity. In this current political and social climate, it’s important to remind and empower each other to be creative. Let’s not criticize and inhibit ourselves and focus too much on avoiding mistakes. All are invited to share instances of serendipity and consider what place creative accident has in our daily lives.
  • Frau Fiber's Sewing Rebellion + Craft Lounge

    Starts: 10/13/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/13/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Frau Fiber brings her nationwide project, Sewing Rebellion, to the Camera on the second Saturday of each month concurrent to our monthly Craft Lounge. Catch Frau Fiber or her regiment of Faux Fraus leading sewing, altering and repurposing projects each month. Sewing machines and sewing tips included! October’s Sewing Rebellion project with Faux Frau Andrea: Annual Halloween Hoody!

    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.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 10/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/14/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14 & 10/21. 10am - 1pm
    Series: $85 + $50 cash material fee
    Drop-ins are $20 + $15 cash material fee (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 5-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.
  • Poetry & the Imagination with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 10/14/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/14/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays, 8/26, 9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11
    2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $90

    What does it take to write poems with imagination? In this workshop, we will read a wide variety 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. The workshop will culminate with $20 drop-in public reading on Sunday, November 11, at 2pm. 
  • Indian Classical dance for all with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 10/17/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/17/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Wednesday 10/17, 2 - 3 pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members lead you through basic movements of Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance form with origins in the temples and courts of Southern India. The form has a strong component of rhythmic footwork, musicality, lyricism, and Abhinaya or acting/expressive technique. This is class is open to all ages and abilities. No prior experience necessary; bring clothes to move in and comfortable shoes and socks.

    Dr. Aparna Sindhoor is Founder and Artistic Director of Navarasa Dance Theater (navarasa.org), and a teacher, dancer, choreographer, director, actor and singer. For her project, she is choreographing a new evening-length dance work with S.M. Raju and Anil Natyaveda on the theme of love. Residency classes are taught by Dr. Aparna Sindhoor and Anil Natyaveda along with Navarasa Dance Theater. Sindhoor and Natyaveda are world renowned choreographers and performers. They have created work in USA, Canada, Germany and India for more than two decades. Critics have called their work: "breathtaking" - Times of India "a magical mix of traditions and styles" - Boston Globe.
  • Narrative Objects, a walk and discussion with LD Wedgeworth

    Starts: 10/20/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/20/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/20, 11am - 12pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    This writing class includes field study. Let's take a walk along Ocean Avenue and find objects that hold memory and history. These "visual storytellers" are all around; as we find them, we can consider our built environment and explore material culture in the natural and urban environs of a city park. Bring a digital camera or smartphone, well-charged, to document your perambulations. The walk portion is short, most of the time we'll be seated and indoors reflecting on our findings on paper - but please wear sun protection and comfortable shoes.
  • Indian martial art movement with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 10/20/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/20/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/20, 2 - 3 pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members introduce the basic movements from Kalari Ppayattu, one of the oldest martial arts in the world and sometimes called the "mother of martial arts." Training in Kalari assists you to live a healthy life with physical exercises, yoga-like breathing, massage, self-defense techniques, strong form, beauty and diet. No prior experience necessary.
  • A Watercolor Journey with Timothy Kitz

    Starts: 10/21/2018 10:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/21/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Sundays 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/14 & 10/21. 10am - 1pm
    Series: $85 + $50 cash material fee
    Drop-ins are $20 + $15 cash material fee (please bring exact change!)

    Join watercolorist and urban sketcher Timothy Kitz in a 5-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.
  • Abstract Painting wkshp with LD Wedgeworth

    Starts: 10/27/2018 11:00:00 AM
    Ends: 10/27/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/27, 11am - 1pm
    Cost: $5
    Register at the link or call 310.458.2239.

    A painting workshop in which abstraction and memory is explored using nonrepresentational marks, lines and washes of color. Through painting, we can use the language of abstraction to inspire or release memories. No experience necessary, bring a smock/apron or clothes that can take drips.
  • Song, Dance and Story for all with Aparna Sindhoor

    Starts: 10/27/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/27/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Saturday 10/27, 2 - 3 pm
    Cost: Free!
    Register at the link above or call 310.458.2239.

    Aparna Sindhoor, her students and company members lead you this workshop is designed for people from different walks of life trying to find their creative voice and express their inner artist. Using simple physical movements, gestures, voice, breath and space, participants will share stories from their life or from their imagination. This workshop is suitable for all ages and abilities. Wear clothes to move in and comfortable shoes.
  • Poetry & the Imagination with Dinah Berland

    Starts: 10/28/2018 2:00:00 PM
    Ends: 10/28/2018 4:00:00 PM

    Sundays, 8/26, 9/9, 9/23, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11
    2pm - 4pm
    Cost: $90

    What does it take to write poems with imagination? In this workshop, we will read a wide variety 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. The workshop will culminate with $20 drop-in public reading on Sunday, November 11, at 2pm. 
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