Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

Make Your Own Political Art in 5 Easy Steps

For hundreds of years, artists have used their work to spread messages about important issues. Eye-catching artworks can help start a dialogue about social justice, as well as raise awareness for political candidates, activists, and others who see room for improvement in their community and beyond. Our newest video details

Make Digital Portfolios and Studio Art with Our New E-Book!

Are you looking for art-making opportunities for your classroom? Do your students need to create digital art portfolios? Do you need a tool to help explain visual art concepts? You’re in luck! KQED Art School has the perfect new E-Book for you. Find our new E-Book here: KQEDARTSCHOOL.WOOP.IE KQED Art School’s 7 Elements of Art … Continue reading Make Digital Portfolios and Studio Art with Our New E-Book! →

You’re a Street Artist Now! Apexer Shows You How

Apexer is a street artist who creates colorful, spray-painted murals around the world. Using a visual foundation based in graffiti art and Chinese calligraphy, Apexer abstracts letterforms to create complex, dynamic compositions for his street art projects. Often creating artworks that communicate the vibe of the neighborhood where they are

Making Art out of E-Waste with Robb Godshaw

Robb Godshaw makes artwork that is conceptual and, as he describes, “Uses technical means to move things that can't be moved, or make visible things that aren't normally visible.” During an artist residency at SF Recology, which houses San Francisco's dump, Godshaw scavenged electronic waste, most of which was functional.

How Can You Make Art Out of Rubbish?

What do everyday objects and activities reveal about you? Choose one of the three project ideas in this video featuring photographer Nigel Poor - but just adjust the time-frame for the activity to just one day. #DoNowRubbish

Collecting Life’s Remnants with Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is a photographer who spends time documenting everyday existence, exploring the meaning of the traces of ourselves that we leave behind. She focuses on ordinary objects and materials, researching what makes an object “worthy of preservation,” in her words. This KQED Art School video was created in

What’s it Like to be a Teaching Artist?

Teaching artists are creative individuals who work with youth to provide arts instruction, but are not part of the traditional educator system. They don’t receive the same benefits or support as other teachers, and yet they are often the only provider of arts education for multiple schools. In many cases, teaching artists work at schools … Continue reading What’s it Like to be a Teaching Artist? →

Let’s Vogue with Sir JoQ!

Vogue is an influential dance form inspired by model poses in Vogue magazine and was popularized in New York City by queer people of color in the '60s and '70s.

What Would Go Into Your Style Collection?

Learn about Oakland artist Evah Fan, and how she collects words and objects and reinterprets them to create her unique style. Collect your own objects that provide hints or information about your interests, your past and how you became the person that you are today.

Evah Fan, Folksy Wordplay Artist, What’s Your Style?

KQED Art School is on a mission to find out how artists develop their signature style, and we're asking some prolific Bay Area artists to tackle this compelling question in order to figure out how one goes about developing an artistic approach that is recognizable and unique. Artist Evah Fan

Making Ceramic Sculpture with Brendan Monroe

Brendan Monroe is known for drawings, paintings and sculptures of organic landscapes and otherworldly creatures. Art School visited with the artist during a transitional moment when he'd just completed a new body of work in collaboration with Heath Ceramics. Exploring clay as a new medium, Monroe continued his experiments with