Discovering the Dark Room

This past Thursday was the first class in the "Compose Yourself" teen arts workshop series at Palo Alto Art Center. In this first class I taught students how to make and use a pinhole camera and how to make photograms in a darkroom. I set up a small makeshift darkroom in the basement of the art center. It was so great going back to my photography roots, the smell of the chemicals brought back all the fond memories of working in the darkroom for hours and making magic happen.

The best part was seeing the reactions of the students. They had never experienced that kind of photography or a darkroom before. They were completely engaged and excited. They got to experiment and practice with different light sources (we didn't have an enlarger) we used our cell phones, exit signs and other light sources to expose the photo paper for the photograms. They loved seeing the images emerge from the developer and learned all about the darkroom set up.

The great thing about this program is the students also get to learn about problem solving, best practices of art-making, personal branding and a variety of creative techniques.

There is still space left for students to sign up for the whole module or individual classes.You can learn more about them here. The next class is photo re-imaged where we alter, paint, cut and re-imagine our photos to give them new or expanded meaning.Making a pinhole Camera

Taking Notes

Working in the Darkroom



Teen Art Workshops

I am very excited to be teaching a series of art workshops for teens at the Palo Alto Art Center. They can be taken individually or as a series. Compose Yourself –  This new initiative affords teens an opportunity to experiment with materials, techniques, and approaches to artmaking and self-branding. The workshops and projects not only provide participants with unique access to processes, places, and people, but also equip them to be makers in their own right. Through this initiative, teens will learn the skills and self-confidence to make their voice— and vision—heard. Workshops include:

Snap Your Story Workshop Photo Reimagined Workshop Paper, Paper Everywhere Workshop Sketch It Workshop ArtVenture Trip Graphic Sense Workshop – With Guest Artist Michael Foley Reductionist Poetry Workshop Basic Book-Binding Techniques Workshop Artist Statements Workshop Unique You Art Party

You can find out more and register here

Teen Book Art Workshop

I had a great time last week teaching a book arts workshop to teens at the Sunnyvale Public library. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I have taught small workshops with adults and young children but never young teens and never more than 10 students.  It turned out to be a really cool experience. There were about 18 students mostly young women but a few creative young men as well. I started by telling them about the anatomy of a book, talked about how to check if a book is first edition or valuable and then showed them different things they can make with old books. Then we made a bunch of paper feathers to get comfortable with cutting, gluing and shaping. Then we jumped right in and started making the hanging book mobiles. This is where they had a chance to get really creative picking out the book they wanted to use, how they wanted the pages to hang and the finished piece to look. Some got through the project really quickly while others took their time and were more meticulous. One fun thing that I didn’t anticipate was that several of them decided to use the feathers they made to decorate the outside of their mobile.

The staff and facilities at the Sunnyvale library were fantastic too. I appreciated all of their help. I am really glad I had the opportunity to teach the workshop and hope I can do more in the future.

Teen Bppk Art worksop

book arts class