Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean
Make & Move at Palisades Park
The Camera Obscura Art Lab at 1450 Ocean is a hive of activity, where adults of all ages can roll up their sleeves and dive into hands-on crafts, art, and cultural programs. Learn to make a mosaic tabletop, paint a landscape, knit a market bag, practice salsa moves, learn to take better photos, and much more. There's always something new at the Camera!
||Performance at a museum
From January 4 to April 15, 2017, Studio
Artist-in-Residence Grace Joanne Hwang will present a series of papermaking and
movement workshops addressing themes of memory, forgetting, grieving and hope.
During the early portion of her tenure, she and collaborator Heisue
Chung-Matheu will collect oral histories and create images, words and movement to
reflect on and memorialize the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising. This work will be
presented at Highways Performance Space in February 2017. In addition, Hwang
will hold weekly public workshops building toward a performance event in April
at the Camera Obscura Art Lab. Workshop participants will practice skills in
papermaking, printmaking and creative movement, and influence the creation of
Grace Joanne Hwang is a multidisciplinary artist and educator whose
movement practice is fueled by improvising new forms through ensemble work and
rule-based play. Often working with artists of different disciplines, she is
deeply invested in the relationship between agency and collectivity in
collaboration. Her work in the form of teaching, performance, exhibition and
experience-making has been featured at Portland Art Museum, Portland Institute
for Contemporary Art (OR), Open Engagement Conference (OR), Southern Exposure (SF),
Center for Architecture Foundation (NY), SALT art space (NY), and the Museum of
Modern Art Education Center (NY). She holds an MFA in Art and Social Practice
from Portland State University and an MS Ed in Museum Education from the Bank
Street College of Education. More at cargocollective.com/gracejoannehwang/about-gracejoannehwang.
Residency: April 26 - July 29, 2017
Final Presentation: Saturday, July 29, 2017
I am focusing my residency on the exploration of local color, creating a unique fabric inspired by Palisades Park. Beginning with watercolor studies of the surrounding public spaces, I'll create a color story to be translated into yarn through the process of hand dyeing. Elements or patterns in the natural and built environment also make it into the weave structure, and affect both the way I set up my loom and the resulting woven material. I see an opportunity through this residency to connect the community to fiber arts, which are invaluable for maintaining a tangible hold on our often overly-abstracted lives. Weaving is a solitary pursuit, so I welcome visitors to my working hours as well as participants in my public events!
Tracy Bromwich is a fiber artist and architect who loves mechanical problem-solving. Her desire for a thoughtfully crafted built environment has most recently found expression in floor loom weaving. Working from the scale of a single thread to the dimensions of a length of cloth, she creates compositions of pattern and color in handwoven fabric. Through her weaving studio/textile brand, wonder woven, she applies a modern aesthetic to pre-Industrial Revolution technologies. Her work explores both process and material - and often employs hand-dyeing techniques informed by the properties of different fibers. She enjoys sharing her love for fiber arts with others and can often be found engaged in a project with the students, teachers and parents at local schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the University of Washington and a Master of Architecture from the Yale School of Architecture. She is licensed to practice architecture in the state of California.
The Camera Obscura Studio Artist Residency program connects the public with artists and artisans working within and between the worlds of fine art and craft. Artists-in-residence share their work with the public informally and through workshops and master classes. If you're an artist interested in receiving alerts about this program and other opportunities with the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Division, join the Artist Opportunity email list. Current Calls For Proposals
Free Craft Lounge
Every 2nd Saturday, 11am - 2pm
Have a project you've been meaning to finish? Need help getting it done? Drop by the Free Craft Lounge every 2nd Saturday, where everyone's welcome to bring a craft project and work in the company of others... with an ocean view. Sewing machines, supplies, and other tools are available for use. Swap your expertise with others. Local artists and crafters often drop by to lead mini-workshops.
About the Art Lab and Camera Obscura
Step inside the Camera Obscura Art Lab and you'll find a welcoming space with fantastic views of Santa Monica Bay and the Pier. The Camera is located in a midcentury time capsule in Palisades Park between Broadway and Santa Monica Blvd on what was once the site of the Pacific Electric Railway's North Beach Station. Designed by noted architect Weldon J. Fulton (who's work can be found around town including the classic Camera Obscura sign and font, the Montana and Fairview branch libraries, and the former Zucky's building on Wilshire Blvd), the building's exterior features walls clad in chunky Palos Verdes stone, glass walls, sloping roofs, and projecting canopies and rafter beams. It was donated to the City of Santa Monica by Marcellus Joslyn in 1955.
Next to the Art Lab is Santa Monica's vintage Camera Obscura - a little like an analogue webcam, with a periscope and a white screen in a darkened room. Mirrors reflect images from 360 degrees, with the image guided by an old-timey captains wheel. Originally located on the beach, the Camera Obscura was built in 1898 by Robert F. Jones, nephew of Santa Monica city founder Senator John P. Jones.
The Camera Obscura is free to visit and open M-F 9 am-3 pm and Saturday 11 am-4 pm. Check-in at the office with an ID to borrow the key.
Note that we are just north of Broadway, as is Parking
Structure 6... those pesky GPS devices can sometimes get confused!
Train: Expo terminus at 4th St/Colorado, 4 blocks
away. Upon exiting the station go west on Colorado to Ocean Ave, cross the
street to the Pier and turn right. We're in Palisades Park just past Broadway.
Parking (info: smgov.net/parking):
Bus: check Big Blue Bus and Metro.
Bike: Ride your bike (bring a lock) or utilize the
Breeze Bike Share corral just south of us in the park.
Class Registration & The Fine Print
There are several convenient ways to sign up for a class at the Camera:
Online: Create an account to make a payment by credit card
In Person: Stop by to pre-register for a class. We are open Monday - Friday 9am-3pm and Saturday 11am-4pm. Cash, check, or credit card accepted. Proof of Santa Monica residency may be required for discounts where applicable.
By Mail: Send your completed registration form to Community Classes Registration, 1450 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Drop-ins: Drop-ins are welcome if space is available. Call 310-458-2239 by the Tuesday before to see if space is available. Arrive at least 15 minutes before the class starts with cash to pay for the class and materials fee. Note: Some classes do not proceed without a minimum enrollment and some reach capacity. Call ahead to let us know you're coming and how to get in touch with you if there are any changes. Programs are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
- Refunds/Transfers: Full refunds are given if class is cancelled before taking place - enroll online with confidence. For student withdrawals, there is $15 processing fee for each multisession activity refunded; one-time classes & expended material fees are nonrefundable. Requests must be made in person, by mail, fax (310-899-0840), or email to firstname.lastname@example.org within 24 hours of first class meeting. All class dates, times, locations, and instructors are subject to change. Requests must be made in person, by mail, or email to email@example.com.
Please bring cash to cover material fees on the first day of class.
Enrollment questions? Call the Community Classes Office at 310-458-2239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.