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After School Teen Studio Art- Wed (Open Enrollment)

Participants will gather weekly to engage in skill-based art making, and hands-on projects in a fun, supportive studio environment. Teens will explore different modes of expression and dive deep into the creative process while improving technical, representational, and conceptual skills. Our Kala instructors work closely with participants to create a space for creativity, inquiry, self-expression, reflection and collaboration.

Youth will practice different drawing, painting, 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 draw the figure, facial expressions, and portraits as well as still life and the landscape/environment. They will learn about line quality, shading, color, and composition Through weekly focused assignments, participants will be supported in pursuing their own personal art goals and interests such as portfolio building,  specific media or artistic aspects they  want to learn and develop.

All levels welcome, and differentiated instruction available.

Throughout the year, participants will be  introduced to the art of local and contemporary artists of various intersections or identities, experiences and backgrounds. 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.

Visit Learn More- Program Info for more after school teen studio program details, including class notes, safety guidelines/COVID-19 protocols, enrollment info, school breaks, tuition assistance, and payment and cancellation policy.

Schedule: Wednesdays, 4- 6:30pm
Grades:  6-12th

Winter Session: Feb 2- April 13:  $700

Break Dates (BUSD Calendar)
April 4-8: Spring Recess Break

10% multi-session / sibling discount. Monthly payment plan options available, and tuition assistance.

  • Tuition: $700
  • Location: Kala Gallery and Classroom
  • Instructor: Yael Levy
  • 10 Classes
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022 — April 13, 2022
  • 4:00 PM — 6:30pm
  • Materials fee included with tuition


About the 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. Yael likes to remind people of the artist in them, or at the very least make them smile. Although once in a while the work makes people cry too.

Born and raised in Israel, Yael  first moved to New York City in 2002 to attend the Art Students League of New York, later completing a BFA of Illustration from Parsons The New School for Design(2011). After four years doing design and illustrations for The Unemployed Philosophers Guild, she moved to California to pursue an MFA in Comics at CCA (2017). In recent years she’s been a Teaching Artist with Kala Art Institute, Richmond Art Center and JCC of the East Bay and ran workshops for various Zine Fests. Her work has been published by The Nib (2018), Birdy Magazine(2019), Forward Comix(2017 & 2020), The Baylies(2021) and SAW(2021). https://www.leahyaellevy.com/