Please join SDAI artist-in-residence Allie Manch for a series of embroidery workshops open to all ages at SDAI in Balboa Park
SDAI brings back the opportunity for guests to practice figure drawing from a live model. Exercise skills in proportion, gesture, and observation each month starting in April. Artist and SDAI Gallery Manager, Kevin Freligh will facilitate each session, providing tips and advice for those in need of a little extra support and motivation.
After viewing mountain lions stilled in eternal prowls, grizzly bears sniffing the air with frozen noses, and hawks mid-scream, children have a common line of questioning when visiting the displays at theNAT. “Is it real? Are they alive?” Yes, the 7.4 million specimens that exist in theNAT’s research collections are real, and at one point they were alive. A third question arises: “how did you get them?” Before they were poised in glass vitrines, nestled in wooden shelves, submerged in alcohol, or pinned to paper backing, the biological specimens that comprise the Museum's collections went through a complex journey.
This course will examine art making processes that allow certain aesthetic decisions to be made independent of the author’s will or as a part of a daily or meditative practice. Each week we will take as a model the process of a contemporary artist to complete a project. We will also discuss how ideas from mystic philosopher Alan Watts may be used to reinterpret the relationship between figure and ground in art-making and lessen the alienation that accompanies the experience of being human. Open to all skill levels, knowledge from other disciplines/ fields welcome.
San Diego is not only known as one of the top three biotech capitals in the world, thanks to the presence of research centers like the Salk, Scripps, and the Stanford Consortium, but it is uniquely situated next to the creative hotbed that is Tijuana. Extra-Ordinary Collusion celebrates this rich cultural heritage by fostering innovative exchange between two of San Diego’s great cultural strengths—our thriving scientific and artistic communities.
SDAI is proud to host its first full day summer art camp. Each unique week of projects will correspond with a popular contemporary art theme. Campers will have the chance to experiment with a wide range of media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and video.