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Something exciting is happening in Mill Valley! Students at Tamalpais High School are collaborating to write, direct, produce and perform their own play for the school’s Winter One Act Play Festival in January 2012.

Youth in Arts Mentor Artist Melissa Briggs is leading this joint effort between students from Mr. Lovejoy’s Marin County Office of Education (MCOE) Special Ed class and the school’s excellent Conservatory Theatre Ensemble (CTE). This arts integration program is the first of its kind in the district, created as part of YIA’s Arts Unite Us program, which aims to bridge gaps between students of differing abilities. Read more…

Short School Students Create Mixed Media Mural

Kindergarten and 1st grade students at Short School worked with Mentor Artist Angela Baker and assistant Gracie Von Glasenapp to create a mixed media mural. Over the course of 10 weeks students worked with a variety of art media such as sharpie markers, tempera paints, watercolor and collage to explore ideas of family and neighborhood. They also developed art making skills that would contribute to the creation of a 4’X8′ collage and watercolor mural of the neighborhood surrounding Short School.

Students began by sketching family portraits which were painted in tempera paint.

"Family Portrait" Read more…

“Kind of Blue” Professional Development

“Kind Of Blue” Professional Development

Willow Creek Middle, Bay Side Elementary & MLK Middle School teachers enjoyed a unique arts Professional Development studio session. YIA Mentor Artists K-Dub and Marguerite Etemad demonstrated to classroom teachers how the use of different art media can enhance learning and creativity to produce thematic works of art. Teachers watched a short film showcasing legendary Jazz musician Miles Davis and his classic recording of one of the best albums of all time, “Kind of Blue”.
After the film, teachers were given the task of creating their own album cover using a limited color palette of art materials. Miles was the finest example of Cool, so in keeping with the theme, all crayons, chalks, pencils and markers were cool colors-blues, greens and purples. The mood was also cool with the smooth sounds of Miles playing in the Willow Creek art studio.
The works the teachers produced were amazing, as were the comments about their artworks, and their conversation on the many ways to incorporate the lesson into their individual subjects.

Peace, K-Dub & Marguerite Etemand, Art Teachers for Willow Creek Middle and Bay Side Elementary Schools, Sausalito.

Free Family Holiday Event

Elisa Kleven's Paper Princess

Bay Area author/illustrator Elisa Kleven will read from her award-winning books and we’ll follow up with a sing-along from Youth in Arts’ production of The Paper Princess and the Piñata.

December 17, 11 am
Youth in Arts
917 C St. (between 3rd & 4th)

While you’re here, you can enjoy ¡Vuela! Paper Princess, an interactive exhibition of Elisa’s work with scenery and costumes from the Youth in Arts show. You can also shop in our YIA Store, featuring handmade gifts for the holidays.

If you’d also like to enjoy cocoa and cookies with Elisa and create beautiful collages right alongside her in our Studio, we are holding a special RSVP-only event for YIA donors. Email us for more information.

Winning Stickers!

For the past few months Youth in Arts conducted a county-wide art contest to help create a new sticker to celebrate creativity.  A panel of judges including independent art consultant Jan Casey-Bertrand,  ArtWorks Downtown Executive Director Petrina Wielgos and our own professional visual artists Suzanne Joyal and Brooke Toczylowski reviewed all the pieces and selected the following works!

Our winners all hail from Glenwood Elementary teacher which hosts the fabulous Deb Bennett as Visual Arts teacher.  First place goes to seven year old Marney Jones, second place goes to ten year old Eamon D. and third place goes to six year old Emma Wetmore.

Marney Jones

Eamon D.

Emma Wetmore's Bird of Paradise

Playwriting at the Novato Youth Center

On November 21 friends and families gathered to hear a reading of two plays written by students at the Novato Youth Center!  First through fifth grade playwrights collaborated to write Sucked In and Sparkles and Sugar. Playwrights sat onstage in front of a packed house and watched surprise celebrity guest actors (their teachers from the center!) read their work.  It was thrilling to watch the young playwrights’ faces as they experienced their own words brought to life.

Crazy creative at the Novato Youth Center!

This exciting evening was the culmination of a ten-week Youth in Arts residency at the Center.  Mentor Artist Melissa Briggs led the young theatre artists as they learned the elements of theatre and playwriting through improvisation, drama games and imaginative writing.   Melissa’s program (inspired by the Playmaking curriculum at the 52nd Street Project in New York City) is designed to publicly validate the children’s creativity, maximize awareness of their bodies, voices, senses and feelings, and ensure a positive experience expressing their own authentic voice.

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