San Diego Art Institute is delighted to collaborate with Write Out Loud; an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading short stories aloud for a live audience. Join us for a screening of The Witches at noon and perform a community read of The Twits at 3pm. Readers of all levels are welcome. Sign up begins at 1:30.
Join artist Don Edler for a screening of his new work The Father the Sun and The Holy Road in conjunction with two films that informed his film and visual language. These films represent pivotal moments Edler’s development as a filmmaker, both influencing his style and approach to visual storytelling.
Joe's presentation and performance will focus on the creation of sound from discarded, obsolete and broken electronics. He will discus the theoretical, ethical and technical issues that surround his practice.
San Diego Art Institute is pleased to announce the second installation of “Self-Titled” opening at Linksoul Lab on Saturday, August 27 from 6-8pm. This collaborative exhibition is a collection of work created by teens participating in arts education programs across San Diego County.
Join renowned performance artist and teacher Jose Hugo Sanchez for a performance art intensive. The program will start with an introductory lesson on the history of global performance art, and then students will practice both technique and content. The class will finish with short individual and group performances. This class is perfect for students of all ages, and will help bring anyone out of their shell!
Free for members and children under 12; $5 nonmembers; $3 students, seniors, and military personnel.
At the opening of Not Quite Nothing on Friday, August 19th, Brian and Ryan will be in the San Diego Art Institute’s main gallery performing on their half-pipe and teeter-totter. First, they will engage in combat on their 16-foot long seesaw for Teeter-Totter Gladiators. Next, they will engage in a one-on-one basketball game on their 24-foot long half-pipe for their performance of Basketball Half-Pipe.
On Friday, August 26th and September 2nd, look for Brian and Ryan at Park After Dark. They will help museum visitors arrive to the San Diego Art Institute in construction-grade style with their service-based performance Wheelbarrow Valet. Be transported directly to the museum in the seat of a decked-out wheelbarrow. Look for the duo’s complementary service throughout Balboa Park.
On September 3rd and 4th, Brian and Ryan will be in the San Diego Art Institute’s main gallery performing on their half-pipe and teeter totter. On Saturday the 3rd, they will perform Ping Pong Half-Pipe. Come see the artist/athletes play a series of badminton matches on their 24-foot long half-pipe. The five game series will start at 11:00am with additional matches every hour. On Sunday the 4th, Brian and Ryan will perform Seesaw Timber Sports. The artists will execute their lumberjack skills in this woodworking competition. There will be matches at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00. (Safety glasses will be provided.)
On Saturday, September 17th, Brian and Ryan will have their final performances for the exhibition Seesaw Shuffleboard and Teeter-Totter Balance. Matches will begin at 1:00 and continue throughout the day.
Fundamentals of Sewing Machine with Retro Objects / Ongoing Saturday Workshop Series with Cat Chiu Phillips @ Horton Plaza Project Space
Cassette Tape Wallets: July 9 and November 12 (10-12 pm) Learn the basics of how to use a sewing machine then upcycle a cassette tape for daily use. Transform an old cassette tape to a wallet, coin purse, or business card holder.
San Diego Art Institute hosts second installment of MIXTAPE series on August 6th, featuring KITE from Sweden and Wet Brain from Baltimore
$5 or free for SDAI members
Join SDAI Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella as she leads a hands-on workshop and discussion on how to create successful artist websites. Attention will be paid to both content (artist statements, bios, CVs) and design (images, layout, formatting). Participants will leave with the tools needed to build a new website or retool their existing websites.
4 - 8 grade
Street Art Camp will teach prospective students about stencils, airbrushing, wheat pasting, stickers, collaboration, and how to create proposals for public art projects. This camp will culminate with campers working on an approved project for a local business or the City of San Diego.
Explore craft in fine art with art-world champion Don Porcella.This is an art class for all ages that focuses on fiber as the material and utilizes a variety of different techniques to make portfolio ready art. Students will engage in a brief history of art and materials and begin making art immediately that reflects their personality and enables them to go beyond the classroom with their commitment and passion. In this camp, artists will learn about form as well as content as they transform everyday materials into precious works of handmade art.
Born and raised in Modesto, California, Don Porcella’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries and museums across the U.S. and in Berlin, Paris, and Copenhagen. Porcella’s art has been reviewed in the New York Times, NY ARTS, Fiber Arts Magazine, Chelsea Now, San Francisco Magazine and the Village Voice to name a few. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego, a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Hunter College in New York. Porcella’s work is included in public and private collections across the United States and Europe. Porcella has received grants from the Council on the Arts and Humanities for Staten Island, the Brooklyn Arts Council, an EAF Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park, the 2012 West Collects Prize, an artist residency at the Museum of Arts and Design, and a 2014 Swatch Art Residency in Shanghai.
The gong bath gently immerses guests in soothing and supportive gong vibrations as Ken cultivates a relaxing atmosphere for mind, body, and spirit.
Four seasoned drummers of varying styles reinterpret Steve Reich’s minimalist masterpiece “Music for 18 Musicians.” Each drummer performs on a full drum kit and listens to a recording of the original work on headphones. Despite the limited sonic palette of the drum kits, the players infuse the rhythms with expressive free improvisation, tugging at the pulse and drawing out the tonality of the drums.
Join Park Ranger Kim Duclo and Parkeology director Kate Clark on a gallery walk of the exhibition In Dust We Trust. We will informally discuss behind the scenes production of Parkeology performances, tours, and learn the backstory of relics from Balboa Park basements, gardens, and storage yards.
4 - 8 grade
Filmmaking Camp will allow campers insights into all the various roles that go into creating moving pictures from script writing to set design, storyboarding to costume procurement, location scouting to acting and directing. Participants in this camp will learn to shoot and edit in High 8 cameras to produce richly textured narratives from their own imagination.
K - 3
Camp Parkeology offers young people a chance to uncover Balboa Park’s hidden past by exploring the very rich archives of this 100 year-old local treasure. Participants of this camp will explore parts of museums that are generally not accessed by the public and will use their findings to inspire new works of visual and performance art.
Camp Parkeology will be led by artist and educator Kate Clark. Kate obtained her MFA from UCSD and BFA from Evergreen College. Kate’s interdisciplinary background in art, urban design, and education informed the Balboa Park-wide art and curatorial project, Parkeology, from which this camp derives. She has received numerous grants and fellowships in support of her work, which she has exhibited widely. Due to its interactive scope and unique programming, Kate received the largest grant distributed by the California Arts Council Grant in 2015 for Parkeology.
Join us at SDAI for a screening of short films spearheaded by SDAI artist-in-residence Omar Lopex.
K - 3
Trash Mash Up Camp brings award winning Bay Area non profit Trash Mash Up to the center of San Diego. TMU Campers will learn about indigenous cultures and conservation by studying how to make ceremonial costumes from our non recyclable waste materials. The camp will further celebrate diversity and raise environmental awareness by showing off the fruits of their labor in a raucous parade through the center of Balboa Park.
Basic Crochet Techniques with Plastic Waste / ONGOING SATURDAY WORKSHOP SERIES WITH CAT CHIU PHILLIPS @ HORTON PLAZA PROJECT SPACE
Ongoing: Saturday Workshop Series with Cat Chiu Phillips – FREE
San Diego-based artist Cat Chiu Phillips used a variety of sewing and weaving techniques, including the use of plarn (yarn made from discarded plastic bags) to crochet large, abstract patterns to draw attention to the pollution created by plastic. Join Cat in this series of free, hands-on artmaking workshops, culminating in a community exhibition and installation at Westfield Horton Plaza.
Basic Crochet Techniques with Plastic Waste
Plarn Wide Cuff Bracelets: July 16 and September 10 (10-1 pm) Learn basic crochet techniques and use recycled plastic bags to create wearable accessories.
Plarn Wreaths: December 10 Use plastic bag discards to create an easy-to-make holiday wreath.
This is an 18+ Event
Kick off PRIDE @ SDAI with our second Mx Balboa Park pageant! Featuring The Family Jewels, a San Diego based performance group who blend the stylings of burlesque and drag to create one of a kind experience. The night also includes DJs, drag, and the 2016 competition for the Mx Balboa Park crown. Thank you to Hillcrest Social for their sponsorship. See you there, beauties!
Performing: Erica Foxxx, Frankie Puma, Lilly Holiday, Nina Bel Vande, Grotesqua, Mike Mercy, Kevi Kev
Join us for this exciting evening of live presentations and lively conversations. A curated selection of five local visual storytellers—photographers, filmmakers, and multimedia producers—will share their projects in an interactive, supportive, and dynamic format. Audience members are encouraged to give feedback and ask questions of the presenters, both formally and in a social setting.
Free to current MOPA and SDAI members with valid membership card. Register here.
Join artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter and the San Diego Art Institute for a two hour experimental scent lab. Participants will have the opportunity to smell a range of molecules and engage in a small perfume blending exercise. Everyone will leave the session with an informed understanding of perfumery, and a small vial of their own scent formulation.
General Admission: $5.00
Musicians Mike Pope and Eric Freeman will play a selection of folk and blues music from 6pm-8pm at SDAI as part of Balboa Park After Dark
Yvette's presentation and performance will focus on her radio opera practice. She'll discuss studio production and live performance examples.
Join SDAI to celebrate this 80’s SoCal cult classic film “Back to the Beach” on Friday, July 1st at 6:30pm. The film features Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Fishbone, Pee Wee Herman, Dick Dale & Stevie Ray Vaughan all in the same film!! Bring your beach blankets and hang out for the night. Fun for the whole family!
SDAI presents Multi-channel Electroacoustic Music Concert with Francisco Eme on Thursday, June 30th at 7pm at our Horton Plaza Project Space.
IN DUST WE TRUST: The Parkeology Exhibition & ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE ROBERT ANDRADE, DANIEL BARRON CORRALES, AND VABIANNA SANTOS
SDAI's next opening will feature four exhibitions: In Dust We Trust: The Parkeology Exhibition, and the culminating works of our three separate artists-in-residence: Robert Andrade, Daniel Barron Corrales, and Vabianna Santos. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, June 24th, from 6-8pm.
Join us for a fun evening of pinning and patching! BYO projects and enjoy live dj sets and drinks while customizing your gear. Peruse new embellishments being made live on site by local artists. Pick up one of a kind patches and pins that will make fools drool. Bring your old friends and make some new ones.
Join SDAI Executive Director Ginger Shulick Porcella in a hands-on workshop on
writing winning artist statements and bios. Each participant will leave with a new
statement that they can use on their website or in their next grant proposal.
The San Diego Art Institute (SDAI) is pleased to host the next Poetry & Art event on Saturday, June 11th. Poetry & Art Series 2016 presents contributing authors from the 2016 San Diego Poetry Annual (SDPA) and Pushcart-nominated poet, Rich Ferguson (right). People’s Choice Poem Awards follow featured readings and performances. DJ Gill Sotu, Francisco Bustos (of Pancholetras) and SDPA editor Bill Harding provide music and sound throughout the show. This interactive arts and culture experience will include beverages, snacks and plenty of time to mingle.