Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jul 21–Aug 6, 2020
ADMISSION: Free for teens age 14–19 with registration by July 10. Enrollment is limited. Participants must commit to all six sessions.
Join us for a three-week online Teen Art Connect (TAC) Summer Studios program where teens will meet artists, make art, and visit studios. We’ll meet virtually with six Bay Area artists for an inside look at their studios and processes. The program will include connections to Jewish values. Enrollment in this program is for all six sessions. An art toolkit, including art-making materials, will be provided and shipped, free of charge, to each participant. This program is presented in partnership with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF).
Enrollment for this program is currently full. Please fill out this form to join our waitlist.
The CJM strives to provide a welcoming and accessible environment to all who attend our digital programming and online content. To request live captioning or American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation for Zoom programs, please email email@example.com at least two weeks in advance of the program.
Did you know that you can create a time capsule for the price of a postage stamp? In this session, artist C.K. Itamura will guide you in creating a piece of art to mail to your future self. By repurposing things you have around your home, you will create an art piece that is also its own self-contained mailer. Itamura will also provide letter-writing prompts and creative ideas along the way as you craft a personal time capsule to look back on and share with others in the future.
Julia Goodman has been creating handmade paper sculptures for more than ten years, drawing on various papermaking techniques using plant-based materials such as beets and natural fabrics. In her work, she explores human connections, lifecycles, and symmetry between the celestial and the terrestrial. Her work has been exhibited at The Contemporary Jewish Museum; the San Jose Museum of Art; DePaul Art Museum; and Poetry Foundation in Chicago, IL.
Can art change the world? Examples throughout history (and in our world today) show that it does—and the results can be profound. This print-making workshop explores the ways in which art is a tool for social change.
Evan Holm uses wood, steel, ink, plaster, electronics, and motors to generate large-scale, immersive environments. His work explores and visualizes a more harmonious relationship between humans and the natural world. Holm has shown his work throughout the Bay Area, including at SFMOMA, San Jose Museum of Art, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Vessel Gallery in Oakland.
Make your own sculptural “spirit boat” and explore new ways of working with different materials to reflect your own personal journey. For many years, Jennifer Ewing has been helping people discover themselves by making spirit boats to honor someone, relieve grief, or soothe sadness.
Julian Prince Dash is a social practice artist who uses education, cutting and sewing, embroidery, technology, and art to empower youth. His goal is to own and operate a factory that creates clothing from seed to retail, and which provides training and employment, is fully independent, and operates “off the grid.” Think Willy Wonka, but with clothing.
Julian Prince Dash is a San Francisco–based denim designer and self-declared “denim savant.” Born in Japan, Dash was raised throughout the United States but now calls the Bay Area home. He creates one-of-a-kind custom denim jackets and jeans for the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Kevin Durant. Dash also runs the Holy Stitch Denim Social Club—a small factory, classroom, and showroom that aims to empower and teach youth to be social entrepreneurs.
Ascha Drake is an artist and art educator. Her works on paper combine printmaking techniques with acrylic paint, graphite, spray paint, glue, and tape. Drake is currently a visual arts faculty member at The Bay School of San Francisco, and has been a teaching artist with the Guggenheim Museum, The Joan Mitchell Foundation, the de Young Museum, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and The Oakland Museum. Drake has co-authored books including The Joseph Cornell Box: Found Objects, Magical Worlds; Jelly, Garbage + Toys; and Chuck Close: Face Book.
Jennifer Ewing has worked with art throughout her life as an art teacher, an illustrator, and a muralist. She began working with the theme “spirit boats” in 2005 as a response to a major life passage: the death of her father. Ewing uses the boat as a symbol of transformation. In using sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, and installations to describe an inner journey, she offers an opportunity for others to travel in their own spirit boats. In January 2011, Ewing was the Artist in Residence at the deYoung Museum, exhibiting Spirit Boat Directions, and in February 2014 she was the guest artist at the Living Shaman Museum in San Francisco's Presidio, exhibiting Healing Spirit Boats. Ewing held boat-making workshops in both places, sharing her sculptural techniques. In January 2015, her Spirit Boat Timeline was exhibited at Gallery 190 as part of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center.
Julia Goodman is a Bay Area–based artist who creates low relief sculptural paper pieces from pulped, repurposed fabrics that have either been discarded or given to her by friends, family, or the community. Her work builds on the history of rag paper, intermingling different-colored fibers to create vibrating fields of color as a metaphor to explore human interconnectedness. Her new work dives deeper into the painterly and sculptural potential of handmade paper with a series of intertwined, entangled, and expanding abstract forms. Goodman works with pulped fabrics without the addition of any pigments or dyes. Inside her studio, she creates intricate, colorful compositions; while outside, she presses pulp from these humble and intimate materials against public exterior surfaces, like brick walls and concrete. These sculptural forms absorb and lift small fragments from the more permanent surfaces, giving the final pieces a range of textures and patterns pulled from the architecture. Goodman is represented by EUQINOM Gallery in San Francisco, CA. (Drawing: Michael Hall)
Evan Holm has shown his work throughout the Bay Area, including at SFMOMA, San Jose Museum of Art, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Vessel Gallery in Oakland. He had the pleasure of collaborating with United States Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin on a short film, first screened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Holm has received grants through the Knight Foundation and has twice been nominated for the Bay Area’s SECA award. He lives and works from his home studio in East Oakland.
C.K. Itamura is an autodidactic interdisciplinary artist, designer, and producer. Itamura is a recipient of the 2019 Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual Artists, made possible, in part, by Creative Sonoma and Community Foundation Sonoma County. She is an artist-in-residence of Chalk Hill Residency and In Cahoots Residency, Co-founder of Book Arts Roadshow, and a former director of the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Teen Programs are made possible by major support from The Covenant Foundation and U.S. Bank Foundation. These programs are part of the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative (Teen Initiative), a project of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, with support from the Jim Joseph Foundation and a consortium of local funders. Additional support is provided by the California Arts Council, Miranda Lux Foundation, and Ira A. Roschelle M.D. Family Foundation.