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Get Creative for National Arts Education Month

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March is National Arts Education Month, so get in touch with your creative vibes as some of our favorite artists show you how it’s done. Make stencils and conceptual art, or practice skratching like a real DJ. No prerequisites are required to follow along with these fun and easy art-making demos. Learn more about these artists on KQED Art School.

Make Conceptual Art with Chris Johanson

Conceptual art is one of the trickiest forms to grasp, but it’s also one of the easiest to dive into. Make a Venn diagram of your favorite things using watercolors or any drawing tools and reflect on your priorities.

Practice the Art of the Skratch with DJs Deeandroid and Celskii

It takes practice to perfect any craft and skratching is no different. But you can sound pretty good right off the bat as long as you don’t mind ruining some of your vinyl. It’s worth it!

Draw a Female Ninja with Thien Pham

Local artist and educator Thien Pham was made to host an educational art show, and he shows off his feminist spirit with this easy-to-follow demo for drawing a female Ninja.


Make App Art with Franky Aguilar

Get creative anywhere using arty apps on your phone! No supplies needed. Franky Aguilar creates digital sticker apps like Catwang and Ima Unicorn. Dress up your photos and post away.

Direct a Claymation Film with Kirsten Lepore

Kirsten Lepore’s lovable stop motion animation films take a massive amount and concentration and skill to create, and she was the perfect teacher for this beginner’s guide to clay animation.

Make a Stencil with Mike Shine

Mike Shine explores myths and legends in his large-scale stenciled murals. Make a bold statement to stencil all over your house like the Shine family does at their Shine Shack in Bolinas.

Draw Some Beverages with Wendy Macnaughton

Wendy Macnaughton’s signature drawing style is thoughtful and funny, and she makes drawing a coffee cup and a wine glass look really easy, just like Bob Ross.

Watch Old Episodes Of “The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross”

Speaking of Bob Ross, don’t let Arts Education Month go by without revisiting some of the painting lessons from this wise sage, or this retro remix by PBS Digital Studios. Happy little clouds forever.

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