Wilding Cran Gallery is pleased to announce Art Club, a regular workshop for enthusiasts of all ages. Each session is led by an art educator and uses the gallery’s current exhibition as a launching point to discuss and create art during the two-hour workshop. The students are encouraged to look at and respond to the work they see in the gallery through a guided discussion by the instructor. By the end of each session, every student has created a new work and explored a new artistic genre and/or technique. 

In addition to offering public classes (with a $25 suggested donation to cover supplies and educator fees), Wilding Cran has partnered with the Los Angeles Family Housing organisation to provide free classes to children living in Comunidad Cesar Chavez temporary housing. Education and engaging with the community are central to Wilding Cran’s mission. In the coming year, the gallery aims to offer free Art Club events that will be open and available to a broad range of students regardless of age or economic background. Wilding Cran is currently seeking sponsors and partners to collaborate with on this endeavour.

To inquire about our workshop programme, please contact Naomi Wilding at naomi@wildingcran.com

 

About Art teacher Grace Denis:

Grace Denis is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Los Angeles. Her work incorporates the use of a multitude of mediums including photography, sculpture, and installation. She currently attends California Institute of the Arts. She has a strong passion for pedagogical practices and has taught children between the ages of five and fifteen at various institutions such as Venice Arts and Newhall Elementary.

 About Art teacher Amy MacKay:

Amy MacKay is a Los Angeles-based artist and educator who strives to foster critical exploration and self-discovery through visual concepts and materials. She earned her BFA at Bard College in 2007, where she was honored with the Jane Fromm Yacenda Painting Award and the Studio Arts Award. Most recently, Amy has served as the Assistant Director for the summer program at the Oxbow School in Napa, California, where she has worked for ten years. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Amy taught at-risk middle school and high school students at the Making Waves Educational Program and the Good For Kids Foundation in San Francisco. Additionally, Amy is one of the founding members of the Bayview Center for Peer Based Learning. Her work has been shown throughout California and New York.

 

Some of our favourite workshops:

 
 October 2017, Inspired by our exhibition,    The man who saved a dog from an imaginary fire     ,   by     Ariana Papademetropoulos,     students made their own gothic novels.

October 2017, Inspired by our exhibition, The man who saved a dog from an imaginary fire, by Ariana Papademetropoulos, students made their own gothic novels.

 After looking at Sharon Engelstein’s ceramic sculptures in    Ever to Find   , students made their own whimsical shapes out of clay.

After looking at Sharon Engelstein’s ceramic sculptures in Ever to Find, students made their own whimsical shapes out of clay.

 
 
 2016. After looking at Catherine Fairbanks’ papier mache chimneys and embossed drawings in her show,    Two Chimneys   , and then went on to make their own mini chimneys and drawings.

2016. After looking at Catherine Fairbanks’ papier mache chimneys and embossed drawings in her show, Two Chimneys, and then went on to make their own mini chimneys and drawings.


 December 2015 :  Looking at Jeremy Everett's Broken Grid paintings in his show,    Double Pour   , students worked on the floor and painted with rollers using different fabrics and mesh-like materials as stencils.

December 2015: Looking at Jeremy Everett's Broken Grid paintings in his show, Double Pour, students worked on the floor and painted with rollers using different fabrics and mesh-like materials as stencils.



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 February & March 2015: Students took their inspiration from Jason McLean’s multi media show    SODA GARDNER   , and made their own papier maché painted animals and ‘zines’

February & March 2015: Students took their inspiration from Jason McLean’s multi media show SODA GARDNER, and made their own papier maché painted animals and ‘zines’


 November 2014: Participants looked at the exhibition of collaged vintage postcards in Vikky Alexander:    Theatergarden Beastiarium    and then worked on creating their own mixed media postcards. Each student shared one of their creations with  Visual AIDS to participate in the organisation’s 17th annual   Postcards from the Edge   . This exercise was used as an opportunity to discuss with the young artists how their work can be used in a broader sense as a way to help and inspire others.

November 2014: Participants looked at the exhibition of collaged vintage postcards in Vikky Alexander: Theatergarden Beastiarium and then worked on creating their own mixed media postcards. Each student shared one of their creations with Visual AIDS to participate in the organisation’s 17th annual Postcards from the Edge. This exercise was used as an opportunity to discuss with the young artists how their work can be used in a broader sense as a way to help and inspire others.