Our video series, Art School, is all about inspiring our readers to get creative through DIY projects demonstrated by our favorite Bay Area artists. Check out five of our greatest Art School hits and follow along as the artists show you how to use your creativity to its fullest. Afterward, why not hit the town and discover related art venues where you can explore your new favorite medium even further?
The following pairings of crafty videos and local art spaces are fun for all ages, and we want to see what you make and discover. Post photos or videos of your creations, or link to your favorite arty places and tag #KQEDArtSchool. Share your creative essence with the world, and we’ll re-Tweet, share, etc.
Rashidi Omari Bird is a Hip-hop artist and educator who will have you spitting “Boots the Cat” all the way home. Pick up beatboxing in a few short minutes via this video, then start planning your debut performance.
East Bay kids can take classes with Rashidi and other artists at Destiny Arts Center in Oakland. And anyone can get their Hip-hop groove on for a reasonable price at Mission Dance. (Or just make a vine of your latest beatboxing skills and tag us, #KQEDArtSchool.)
Kirsten Lepore’s stop-motion films are innovative and moving. Check out Bottle and Sweet Dreams, and her Art School interview where she talks about the making of those films. Then check out Lepore’s newest film, Move Mountain, and our how-to video on making your own stop-motion stories. Her set-up is sophisticated, but you can easily animate using a phone camera and apps like iStopMotion, Flipagram, or any video editing software.