Artist Workshops

New Tools for the Artist Toolbox

a series of workshops, led by accomplished muralistS and educators, provided a foundation in community mural making for the program’s artists. Over the course of one month, artists attended 3 Zoom and 1 in-person workshops.

techniques and demonstrations for community engagement workshop

Led by Alice Aida Ayers, Artist and Educator
Zoom Workshop

“assemblage is a form of sculpture comprised of “found” objects arranged in such a way that they create a piece. These objects can be anything organic or man-made. Scraps of wood, stones, old shoes, baked bean cans and a discarded baby buggy – or any of  the other 84,000,000 items not here mentioned by name.”

Alice Ayers

Leading the participants in an assemblage workshop, Alice Aida Ayers invited artists to explore how to use found objects in sculpture to tell their own stories. Lively and meaningful, the workshop established the myriad of ways art, warmth and curiosity engage the community.


symbols and mural composition workshop

Led by Jose Arenas, Muralist and Executive Director of TANA
Zoom Workshop A COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT ALLOWS AN ARTIST TO COLLABORATE WITH A COMMUNITY TO ACHIEVE A RESULT NEITHER THE ARTIST NOR THE COMMUNITY COULD HAVE ACHIEVED ON THEIR OWN

“Symbols are a powerful way to communicate ideas, particularly when combined. They  create resonant narratives that reflect multi-layered ideas and concepts. This exercise  highlights a collage style method of grouping images that together yield various  compositional possibilities. The process involves gathering and configuring individual  symbols and identifying visual relationships that could result in a cohesive (mural)  composition. Content-wise, the goal is to weave multiple meaningful symbols that  represent various aspects of your life.”

Jose Arenas

Sharing his own mural process, Jose Arenas led the participants in a collage / mural making workshop. Informative and inspiring, the workshop sent artists home with a stronger foundation to create their own pieces.


Digital Mural Techniques Workshop

Led by John Laidecker, Muralist
Zoom Workshop
 

“I think that a very good, collaborative community mural is one of the most socially relevant pieces that you can make. It’s not just a singular vision.  It’s the vision of an entire neighborhood.  It’s the vision of an entire group of people.”  

Jon Laidecker

Jon Laidecker presented his past community mural projects. He shared both challenges and accomplishments around community outreach, as well as tips for large community paint days. Speaking in depth about the physical process of creating each mural, he broke down how he created a massive airport mural explaining how his team used parachute cloth, posterization of photographs and a paint-by-numbers technique to complete this 50,000 square foot mural. “How Philly Moves” is one of the largest murals in the nation. Photographer Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou photographed Philadelphia residents dancing in their own style. The photographs were the inspiration for the mural.


Parachute Cloth Mural Workshop
Mural installed at the Latino Center of art and culture

Led by Shaun Burner and Franceska Gamez, Artists and Gallery Owners
1810 Gallery in Sacramento
Latino Center of Art and Culture

During this 2 day workshop, the artists learned all about creating a mural using parachute cloth. In the first workshop, artists helped paint the main image on parachute cloth in the studio. In the follow up workshop, artists learned how to install the painted cloth mural on the wall at the Latino Center of Art and Culture, granting them a full hands on experience in working with this method.