Schedule: Wednesdays, 4- 6:30pm Session Dates: Jan 11- Mar 8 (9 weeks) Teens will explore different modes of expression and creative processes while improving technical, representational, and conceptual skills. Participants will gather weekly to engage in skill-based art-making, and hands-on projects in a fun, supportive studio environment led by professional artists. Youth will practice different drawing, painting, print media, and mixed media tools and techniques while working from observation and reference. Along with the possibility of mixing digital and traditional media, there will be opportunities to work from the figure, portraits, still life, and the landscape. Through weekly focused assignments, participants will be supported in pursuing their own personal art goals and interests such as portfolio building, and specific media or artistic aspects they want to learn and develop. All levels are welcome. Our young artists will have the freedom to explore a range of issues and themes relevant to their lives and their communities. While at Kala, they will have the opportunity to engage with Kala’s Residency Program artists, and visit Kala’s Print Studio, Digital Media Lab, and gallery exhibitions on view. Instructor Bio: Yael Levy is a mixed media artist, storyteller, printmaker, and art teacher based in Berkeley, CA. She draws, paints, collages, and writes. She often self-publishes her work, and sometimes prints and binds it by hand. She loves playing with forms and format and mixing digital and tactile techniques. Most of Yael’s work is based on her own experience as a brown, bi-racial, bilingual, and bisexual woman. She also enjoys telling others’ stories, making up imaginary creatures, and just painting images of beautiful nature. She believes the creative process to be its own reward and the act of making an incredible tool for healing and growing.