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15 Dec

1.  Sketchbook Workshop

I loved Jennie’s workshop on making an easy sketchbook, I though it was great that she had all the materials she needed right in her backpack.  I will be using this lesson in both my elementary and high school placements or at least variations of it, as I think it is important for students to learn about sketchbooks and the importance of keeping a record of what you see, feel, hear and think.  I thought it was great that there was such as simple way to go about making a nice sketchbook that is truly your own.  I also loved all of the other binding techniques that were discussed especially Katie’s woven book thingy, Super Cool!


2.  Movement

Its always nice to get up and move around and for that reason I really enjoyed all of the workshops that involved movement.  My elementary placement teacher is also a gym teacher and its nice to learn about movement as art or how art can involve movement.  I loved learning how to belly dance and do Tai Chi, two things to mark off my bucket list.


3. Food

I am a big fan of food and then again who isn’t.  I think its important to discuss eating and more importantly eating healthy.  With kids downing so much bad food its good to take the time and discuss healthy alternatives or knowing where your food came from.  I love the fact that I was able to build on my knowledge of food and cooking by learning about foods that are simple to make and even better to enjoy. Both Roxanna’s risotto lesson and Irene’s spring roll lesson were fun and delicious. I never knew how easy either of these things would be to make and am glad that I now have the knowledge to do it myself.


4.  Artist’s

I always love hearing about or coming across a new artist.  It was great to learn about new artists that I have never heard of before but can now add to my list of references.  Hip-hop activism, Reverse graffiti, Daniel Johnston and many others are all artists that I plan to use in the coming months.  Its great to see what other people are looking at and what they find interesting.


5. Stop Motion Animation

I love animation but have never done it before and was excited to finally learn how.  This is another skill that I plan to utilize in my teaching for next semester.  I think this is a medium that most if not all kids can relate to as they all for the most part watch cartoons or animations and love the idea of allowing students to make their own.  I think that it is incredibly easy to do and yields great results.


-P.S.  I missed out on Jasmine’s felting lesson and am incredibly bummed out, but if I had been there it probably would have made the cut.



20 Oct


Created mostly by college students and community members during a time of radical political activism in the late 1960’s, People’s Park is located in Berkley California off Telegraph Avenue near The University of California Berkley. People’s Park is owned, managed, and maintained by the University of California.  Today People’s Park serves as a free public park accessible to members of the larger community.  The park offers innovative demonstration gardens, including organic community gardening beds and areas landscaped with California native plants, all of which were user-developed by volunteer gardeners. A wider audience is attracted by occasional rallies, concerts, performances, and hip-hop events conducted at the People’s Stage.  The rich history surrounding the park is an important part of local culture.

1957 – University of California Regents earmark $1.3 million for purchase of land in the area. South of Campus (more playing fields, faculty offices, parking).

1967 – U.C. report recommends purchase of future People’s Park site, claiming area “scene of hippie concentration and rising crime.”

1968 – University sends eviction notices to residents; bulldozes their houses; creates muddy lot.

April 13, 1969 – Local merchants and residents meet and propose alternative uses for the vacant site, which has now become an eyesore (childcare clinic, crafts commune, baseball, rock concerts). Mike Delacour proposes a user-developed community park.

April 20, 1969 – People’s Park is created. Hundreds of people clear ground, plant trees, grass, flowers, set up playground equipment. Free food is distributed.













May 6, 1969 – Chancellor Heyns meets with members of the People’s Park Committee, student politicians, and members of the College of Environmental Design. Gives them three weeks to come up with a plan for the park. Promises no construction will begin without prior warning.

















May 15, 1969 – “Bloody Thursday” — 250 Highway Patrol and Berkeley police offers invade the park at 4:45 a.m. and clear an 8-block area around the site. Construction of perimeter fence begins. After a noontime rally on Sproul Plaza, a crowd of 6000 moves towards the park. Police fire tear gas. Protestors throw rocks and bottles. Sheriff Deputies retaliate with double-0 buckshot, blinding one man (Alan Blanshard), mortally wounding another (James Rector). At least 128 injuries, but no policemen hospitalized. Towards evening, Governor Reagan calls out the National Guard and bans public assembly.


















May 16-28, 1969. Protests continue on a daily basis. National Guardsmen block Sather Gate. A helicopter sprays the campus with CS tear gas. Campus referendum massively endorses the Park. People’s Park annexes spring up all over Berkeley. 9000 students protest in Sacramento.





























May 29, 1969. Chancellor Heyns announces his support for leasing part of the Park to the City.

May 30, 1969. 30,000 people march peacefully past the Park.

June 20, 1969. U.C. Regents vote to turn the Park into a soccer field and parking lot. The Park is surrounded by a chain-link fence and kept under 24-hour guard.

1971. In March there’s another riot over the Park. 44 arrests.

1972. In May, after Nixon announces he’ll mine North Vietnam’s main port, an outraged crowd tears down the fence. In September, the Berkeley City Council votes to lease the site.

1972 – City Council approves plan to lease People’s Park from the University. Beginnings of the People’s Park Council (community activists).














Os Gêmeos (“Ose Zhe’-mee-ose.”) ”THE TWINS”

6 Oct

Os Gemeos is an artist duo from São Paulo, Brazil composed of identical twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (born 1974) .  They started painting graffiti in 1986 and gradually became a main influence in the local scene, helping to define Brazil’s own style. Their work often features yellow-skinned characters but is otherwise diverse and ranges from simple tags to complicated murals.

Breaking into the graffiti world in Brazil proved difficult with limited resources and even fewer references. Os Gemeos began by first emulating the American New York style, seen through such movies as Style Wars and Beat Street, and later consciously placing Brazilian cultural elements and influences into their work making it stand on a global scale.

(Me Hunger That I Taste)

“At first we were the same as the others, painting b-boys and generally staying close to the themes in hip hop culture. As time passed, naturally things changed. We never forgot the roots, but we decided to go our own way.

As for techniques, here in São Paulo things are different. We decided to use different materials (for example, latex) not only because it is more economical, but because it’s more available, it covers so well, and because it supports what we find in the streets. We always use latex for backgrounds and then outline in spray. Yellow latex and red spray paint are used just for bombing. For the big panels, we use only spray paint. We think that latex goes with our culture.

Perhaps because we had no information about graffiti in the beginning, it helped us a lot. We never watched anyone else painting. The only things that we had were some flicks and a piece of film that showed us graffiti. So we tried to discover how these things were done. We think we ended up discovering other things as a result. “(-Os Gemeos)

“It is often said that twins have a special connection, or even a language that only they understand. If this is indeed the case, Os Gemeos’s is manifested in what they refer to as “Tritrez” an imaginary place known only to them, where their playful yellow-faced characters come from.”

Os Gemeos divide their paint mode in two as they either depict simple scenes of day-to-day life stating that they, “suffer much influence from our country, our folklore and our people. We are looking for more and more roots.” Or they are lost exploring the magical dream world that lives inside them, ”Tritrez”.

“We are both part of one World: our world. We paint together always — the characters, background and letters. Sometimes, on some works we divide the piece so that one completes what the other one starts. We remember things and all of those things are materializing. Telepathy … we think maybe sometimes the silence says more.” (-Os Gemeos)

Subjects range from family portraits to commentary on São Paulo’s social and political circumstances, as well as Brazilian folklore. All are depicted using the color yellow which is founded in two reasons.  One is for the sheer recognizable and stand out nature color as they enjoy the fact that in passing these works from afar and only seeing the color yellow one is still able to recognize whose work it is.  Second is founded in the spiritual element that yellow offers in balancing and completing all. Their graffiti style was not only  influenced by the traditional hip hop style of America but was also born out of the Brazilian pixação movement.

Pixação (translates as ‘trace’ or ‘stain’ in english) is a unique form of graffiti native to São Paulo, Brazil. It consists of tagging done in a distinctive, cryptic style, mainly on walls and vacant buildings with many of the artists apart of the movement competing to paint in high and inaccessible places, using such techniques as free climbing and rappelling down buildings to reach the locations. “Pichação is a straight-letter style of writing that goes with the urban architecture of São Paulo. It is different than the handstyle in Rio de Janeiro, where they write with curves, bending the lines.”(-Os Gemeos)

Pixação generally opposes the popularization of street art and its inclusion in galleries – believing that street art is the medium of expression for under represented youths. The Pixação artists want it to remain in the streets, reaching a mass audience and owned by no one. Some of the city’s poor youths turn to street art like pixação as a form of expression against disenfranchisement. while some use the outlet as a form of creative expression and free speech.

Pixação Gallery Attack:

Project Ideas:

MURAL / OUTDOOR INSTALLATION: I think that the first idea that pops into my mind when I think about the work of Os Gemeos is a collaborative project and I think that it could take to form of a mural, sculpture or outdoor installation.

CARICATURES:  With Os Gemeos using a lot of characters within their work and often referencing people in the community, I think you could create a project having students create caricatures either of themselves or of people the students come into contact with in their community.

CREATION OF A FANTASY WORLD:  When looking at the work of Os Gemeos and thinking about their creation of “Tritrez”, this could be a great introduction into a project about creating a fantasy world that resides in their minds.