ENGAGE at CCA launched in Spring 2010 with classes working throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.
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Design for Elders
Interior Design + Bethany Center Senior Housing, Spring 2011
Working with Bethany Center, CCA students will conduct design research and analysis of the needs of the senior residents at the center and propose design interventions that would improve the experience of aging at the center. In-depth analysis of issues related to aging will cover such themes as independence, social connection, mobility, health, technology, family, and cultural stereotypes.
Faculty: Charlie Sheldon and Rachel Robinette, Interdisciplinary Studies
Community Partner: Bethany Center Senior Housing
Local Fiber Incubator
Interdisciplinary Studies + Sustainable Cotton Project, Spring 2011
This class explores the range of local fibers found within a one and a half hour radius of San Francisco, and the processing of them into felt, yarn, knits and artifacts. Students will work directly with ranchers and farmers and a local spinner. By following and documenting fiber from its source through to final products, students will develop a strong sense of place as well as a 'globalocal' perspective by experiencing first hand the economic pressures of small farmers and ranchers and the community benefits of 'adding value' to local resources through design. Reflections on the life of a farmer/rancher during class and studio periods will help students to ruminate on larger economic systems, trade and commerce, sustainability and the shifting role of design. A number of local non-profit partners will be involved in the class, including The Sustainable Cotton Project, Community Alliance of Family Farmers, Slide Ranch, and local chapters of the Alpaca Breeders and Grower's Association.
Faculty: Lynda Grose and Mimi Robinson
Community Partner: Sustainable Cotton Project
Queer Comics Project
Creative Writing + GLBT Historical Society , Spring 2011
Queer comics have traditionally existed in a parallel universe to the rest of the comics world. These underground comics were almost exclusively serialized in gay newspapers, published by queer publishers, and sold in gay bookstores. This created an internal dialogue within the LGBT media ghetto that dealt with subject matter ranging from bawdy humor to racism within the gay community to the tragedy of the AIDS epidemic. These last forty years of LGBT comics may soon be lost to history, however, unless more attention can be brought to the work. The Queer Comics Project examines the evolution, subject matter, forms, conventions, and the future of the LGBT comics. CCA students will participate in the creation of a publication that will serve as a comprehensive survey of both the artistry and history of queer comics. As part of this larger archival project, students will have the opportunity to conduct interviews with queer comics writers and artists in an effort to create an oral history of this vitally important underground art scene.
Faculty: Matthew Silady and Justin Hall
Community Partner: GLBT Historical Society
Community Arts + Urban Food Project, Spring 2011
This class will explore the possibilities of a community garden becoming an urban site that integrates subsistence production with social hybridization and cultural transmission. Looking at a range of contemporary international gardens as models for this perspective, we will explore how specific cities, schools, neighborhoods and immigrant communities are generating gardens that educate and empower their communities, grow food and create social spaces for communication and integration. The class will draw upon urban studies, the lively Bay Area urban farming community, ethnobotany and collaborative practice. Partnering with Emerson Elementary school in the Temescal District of Oakland, this ENGAGE class will develop curriculum for a K-5 classroom in CCA's oakland neighborhood and join in constructing garden spaces on their campus.
Faculty: Susanne Cockrell
Community Partner: Urban Food Project
Write In/About Prison
Graduate Writing + San Quentin Prison, Stand Up Program, Spring 2011
There are two sides to what has been coined "prison writing" as a "genre." Many first-rate writers have been imprisoned because of their beliefs; and much of the best prison literature has come from writers who found their voice once incarcerated. Several themes are constant: survival, hell, deprivation, and the desire to tell the story of the imprisoned individual. This class will explore the roots, themes, and social and psychological significance of the genre and read work by and about prisoners. Students will also participate in writing workshops at San Quentin prison with Keith and Kent Zimmerman's Writing Workshop "Finding Your Voice on the Page," now in its sixth year, and the most popular class at the prison. Students will also work with men and women who are incarcerated or transitioning from prison to life beyond bars.
Faculty: Anne Marino
Community Partner: San Quentin Prison, Stand Up Program, Keith & Ken Zimmerman
Richmond & the Arts
Visual Studies + Richmond Arts Center, Spring 2011
This course looks back on three eras in the relationship between the arts and community in American life from the cusp of a fourth. By focusing our attention on the archives, galleries, and classrooms of a community art education center with a rich and varied history; we will be able to approach the notions of community, art, craft, and education as problems in a specific context and within a significant historical frame. Students will gain archival, research, and critical thinking skills throughout the semester and prepare final projects that are archival, historical, curatorial, or creative in nature.
Faculty: Stuart Kendall
Community Partner: Richmond Arts Center
Ceramics + Exploratorium, Spring 2011
The Exploratorium, San Francisco's beloved art and science museum, will move into Piers 15 and 17 in 2013. Artists enrolled in this project-based course will work with Exploratorium artists, local scientists, exhibit designers and historians to research the new site, develop project proposals and prototype exhibits. In particular, the site research will focus on water issues related to the San Francisco Bay including bay ecology, shipping traffic, tourism, toxicity and climate change. Students will benefit from studio visits and lectures with Shawn Lani (Exploratorium), John Roloff , Michael Swaine (Free Mending Library, Future Farmers), Nancy Selvin (Alameda County Arts Commission) and REBAR Design Studio. Project proposals and prototypes will be reviewed directly by Exploratorium curators and considered for possible commissions. Graduate students are encouraged to enroll.
Faculty: Nathan Lynch
Community Partner: Exploratorium
Sculpture + Southern Exposure, Spring 2011
Students will work on a project with Southern Exposure that takes as its inspiration the historic tradition of street merchants hawking their wares with melodic songs and calls. This project investigates issues of mobility, exchange, and alternative micro-economies along with soapbox speech-making and sculptural drag. Through workshops, lectures, field trips, independent research, readings, group activities and critiques, this course aims to inspire each student to develop a unique stance in relation to the role of the artist and the "business" side of art making: achieving agency and autonomy as you navigate the art world, imagining radical and practical possibilities for disseminating your art and ideas, and inventing your own dynamic models for sustainable art practice in the 21st Century.
Faculty: Allison Smith
Community Partner: Southern Exposure
Furniture Design + Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Spring 2011
With the support of Derek Chen, founder of the local design firm Council, students will research, design and manage a small-scale product run of furniture for use at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Specifically, CCA students will develop furniture to be used in the atrium area of YBCA. Working closely with the staff of Council will reveal the real world design practices of a successful design firm and allow an in depth exploration of a design and manufacturing process for the final project. Specific objects will be designed and a selection realized using the studio as a 'center of operations'.
Faculty: Russell Baldon
Community Partner: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Derek Chen (Council Design)
Art Education: Teaching Practices
Teaching Practices + Emery Secondary School, Spring 2011
Teaching Practices is an ENGAGE at CCA course that gives students the opportunity to mentor youth through teaching art in an educational setting and interfacing with a city arts agency, in collaboration with Emery Secondary School and the City of Emeryville, Public Arts Committee. This course will investigate the artist role as teacher, working specifically with high school aged youth to expore the process of developing an outstanding art program, from the nuts and bolts of classroom management and setup, to creating a quality arts curriculum. This hands-on course offers students an opportunity to works as a collective to share ideas and critical thoughts, and reflect on their personal philosophy around teaching and their own art practice. Using studio thinking to expore these ideas, students have the opportunity to read, discuss, observe and make connections with community groups through field visits to a variety of art organizations and schools. Students will have the chance to create a teaching portfolio at the end of the class and mount an exhibition of the work created at Emery Secondary School at the Center for Art and Public Life.
Faculty Trena Noval
Community Partner: Emery Secondary School, Emeryville and City of Emeryville, Public Art Committee
Graphic Design + Project Night Night, Spring 2011
The goal of this course is to help Project Night Night engage with local and national communities, to raise awareness and further support. The class provides an in-depth learning experience in research, understanding and designing cohesively for an organization, or a brand, with a clear vision and objective in mind. The class will gather as a collective, meet with the “client” and determine the components that best suit the class as well as the organization. Each student will develop a look and feel based on an initial design brief that will be developed with the instructor’s guidance. Once determined, design exploration with in class critiques will prepare students for a look and feel presentation to the organization. Through the presentation process, one direction will be chosen to commence the design extension and refinement process. The students will work as a team, each taking on a part of the whole and work together to meet the end goal. The final product will include completed design as well as a guideline for the organization to continue with its marketing efforts independently or alongside a design intern from the course. Part 2 of the class will concern marketing outreach – an exhibition of what the organization has done to better childrens lives will be documented through video and an outreach exhibition at CCA.
Faculty Cinthia Wen
Community Partner Project Night Night
Senior Studio Practice 5
Interior Design+ Alameda County Community Food Bank, Spring 2011
This senior level ENGAGE studio course addresses design issues raised by the operations and interaction of several different partners including: interior design students at CCA, Alameda Community County Food Bank (ACCFB) staff, volunteers, and their partner agencies, as well as the public they support. The students will be developing design strategies for the renovation of food storage, collection and distribution of food, office and event storage, staff and volunteer kitchens, nutritional education facilities, and shopping facilities at the site of the ACCFB, as well as, identifying environmental graphic branding and way-finding opportunities throughout the facility. The selection of topics is intended to energize conceptual ideation and theoretical consideration within the framework of tangible design parameters set by client operations, desires and budget. Students are encouraged to push the conventional boundaries of the discipline to more fully consider alternative approaches to a creative project and/or engage collaboratively in approaching a design problem and produce an innovative visualization. This studio is intended to be the most advanced studio of the interior design program and the most demanding for the students. Students will continue to focus on the technical realities of the practice, demonstrating an understanding of the relationship of materials, systems, furnishings, and other assemblies. In general, all the design skills learned in prior studios will be involved in the generation of a design for the complex problem of renovating the existing food collection, storage and distribution floor, as well as, the nutritional education, volunteer training areas and shopping areas of the existing Alameda Community County Food Bank facility in Oakland, CA.
Faculty: Amy Campos
Community Partner: Alameda County Community Food Bank
Temescal Mural Project
Diversity Studies + Temescal Merchants Association, Spring 2011
Students produced mural panels which were installed at a PG&E sub-station building located at 51st and Shattuck; building on the work of past classes, where students gain insight into the various histories and narratives that make up Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.
Faculty: Ray Patlan
Community Partner: Temescal Merchants Association
Painting/Drawing + Zeum, Spring 2011
How do you build a narrative? How do you "compose" a visual story in the space of a piece of paper? This class will make projects that address these questions as well as introducing students, through slides and gallery visits, to a wealth of artists who use narrative in their own work. Drawing especially lends itself to telling a story. Those stories may derive from personal experience, political or social critique, fantasy or irony. They might take the form of cartoon imagery, graffiti or collage. Materials could include pencils, ink, paint or other media. Learn how contemporary artists in all mediums are working with narrative structures to make powerful statements about how they see the world.
Faculty: Victoria Wagner
Community Partner: Zeum
Presence and Absence
Textiles + the Zen Hospice Project, Fall 2010
Using textiles as their primary medium, CCA students will be involved in creating objects that not only create a sense of comfort, but also re-present significant memories for residents, their family members, and loved ones. Read more about Presence and Absence.
Faculty: Anne Wolf
Community Partner: Zen Hospice Project
Interdisciplinary Studies + Bridge Housing, Fall 2010
Crossing urban history and public art, students will collaborate with BRIDGE housing's Neighborhood Partnership Initiative to focus on the diverse history of West Oakland. Students will produce works of art and design that illuminate that history and make it public, resulting in the installation of an exhibition in and around Oakland's 1912 Beaux Arts Central Station.
Faculty: Rachel Schreiber
Community Partner: BRIDGE Housing
Glow in the Dark
Media Arts + Lighthouse of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Fall 2010
Students plan and produce a light emitting public artwork that will be exhibited on an empty building lot next to City Hall in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Lighthouse of the Blind and Visually Impaired, a San Francisco non-profit organization that oversees the use of this plot of land. Students will jointly develop a semi permanent light sculpture or installation that can be experienced by viewers with visual impairments as well as the general public.
Faculty: Kota Ezawa
Community Partner: Lighthouse of the Blind and Visually Impaired
Community Bases Graphic Production
Community Arts + La Cocina, Fall 2010
As part of the ENGAGE at CCA initiative, the course will be partnered with La Cocina, a non-profit located in San Francisco’s Mission District. The mission of La Cocina is to cultivate low-income food entrepreneurs by reducing the obstacles that often prevent entrepreneurs from creating successful and sustainable small businesses. They provide affordable commercial kitchen space, industry-specific technical assistance and access to market opportunities to individuals within the program. Each student will be assigned to a client partner within the La Cocina program and be challenged with the task of investigating their transition from a home cook to a professional food entrepreneur through the lens of the recipes they have chosen to share with the masses through their business.
Faculty: Melissa Martin and Rosanna Yau
Community Partner: La Cocina
Home Grown Sustainability
Diversity Studies + Far West High School, Fall 2010
Connects CCA students with teens from Far West High School in Oakland through mentorship on issues of environmental sustainability. Through an architecture, design, and gardening perspective, CCA students will work to identify a specific challenge that Far West High School has within regards to sustainability. Read more about Home Grown Sustainability.
Faculty: Lauren Elder
Community Partner: Far West High School
Temescal Mural Project
Diversity Studies + Temescal Merchants Association, Fall 2010
Students will produce mural panels to be installed at PG&E sub-station building located at 51st and Shattuck, building on the work of past classes, where students gain insight into the various histories and narratives that make up Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood.
Faculty: Ray Patlan
Community Partner: Temescal Merchants Association
China: Imprint / Palimpsest
Architecture / Diversity Studies + West China University, Summer 2010 Faculty member Yim Lim will work with students as they participate in reconstruction projects in the town of Chengdu China. In corporation with Steven Holl's Hyper-Link project and West China University students will collaborate with local volunteers and engage in dialogues on architecture and reconstruction and their relationships to traditions in everyday life.
Faculty: Yim Lim
Pavement to Parks
Architecture / Interdisciplinary Studio + San Francisco's "Pavement to Parks", Summer 2010
Faculty member and designer John Bela will work with CCA students and San Francisco's "Pavement to Parks" program (P2P) with the ambitious goal of creating new public open spaces in under-served areas. The course is designed to interface with P2P as a form of a public laboratory where the city can work with the community to test the potential of reclaiming paved spaces as open public space. This summer class will refine and design a new temporary public space project in the neighborhood Showplace Square.
Faculty: John Bela
Guatemala Bridging Cultures
Textiles / Diversity Studies + city of Antigua Guatemala, Summer 2010 Working under the guidance of designer and Faculty member Mimi Robinson, Bridging Cultures will collaborate with a textile collective in the city of Antigua, where students will learn from and collaborate with expert artisans to develop new products inspired by traditional techniques with a focus on textiles and its relationship to design.
Faculty: Mimi Robinson
Sculpture + SFMOMA, Spring 2010
World War II convalescing soldiers were taught craft traditions that are all but forgotten. SFMOMA's long history with being connected to the Veterans Association will be explored while CCA students collaborate with the museum's education department focusing on those crafts.
Faculty: Allison Smith
Community Partner: SFMOMA
Ceramics + Año Nuevo Island, Spring 2010
Environmental aesthetic design modules will protect sea bird nests from being inadvertently crushed by sea lions on the beaches of Año Neuvo Island. In collaboration with REBAR Art, Design and Activism Studio Group, and advisory ecologists, Ceramic faculty Nathan Lynch will lead the class to design nesting modules to be adopted by and protective to the eggs of the Rhinoceros Auklets, a sea bird considered threatened. Watch the Designing Ecology video.
Faculty: Nathan Lynch
Community Partner: REBAR
Design for the Elderly
Industrial Design + Bethany Center Senior Housing, Spring 2010
A feasibility report will delivered to the Bethany Center Senior Housing. Students in this CCA Industrial Design class, taught by Rachel Robinette will work with a geriatric physiologist, and research and experience the site first hand to create the report.
Faculty: Rachel Robinette and Charles Sheldon
Bethany Center Senior Housing
SMART Teaching Concentration + Emery Secondary School, Spring 2010
What are the best practices in art education? How can I develop an outstanding art program? How can I ensure that my students truly understand what I want them to understand in art class? How can I work with other people and teachers (in my discipline and outside my discipline) to enhance students' learning? Students will investigate the process of developing an outstanding art program, from the nuts and bolts of classroom management and setup, to the creative pursuit of creating a lesson and assessment tool. This hands-on course will encourage CCA students to share ideas and critical thoughts with the group. At the end of the course, students will reflect on, and revise their personal philosophy statements created and create a teaching portfolio that shows how these ideas can be applied in the classroom setting. Students will experiment, reflect, read, discuss, observe, make connections with community groups, and visit a variety of art organizations and schools.
Faculty: Trena Noval
Community Partner: Emery Secondary School
Community Arts + Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, Spring 2010
Virginia Jardim will teach her continuing Athena Project, a course that gives CCA students the opportunity to mentor youth through the arts. Through pertinent readings, discussions, journaling and visits from guest speakers, The Athena Project prepares CCA students to become leaders in arts education. Students acquire concepts, skills and information necessary for becoming successful advocates, mentors, or counselors. Weekly partnering with Bay Area youth allows CCA students to create collaborative art projects with the youth. In addition to sharing the art related skills they have acquired, they offer youth their friendship and support.
Faculty: Virginia Jardim
Friends of Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Diversity Studies + Mission High School, Spring 2010
Home Grown: Art and the Environment will pair CCA mentors with teens enrolled at Mission High School. Lauren Elder will lead the class to focus on issues of sustainability through the lens of the students' primary creative mediums, culminating in one or more environmental projects at Mission High.
Faculty: Lauren Elder
Community Partner: Mission High School
Furniture Design Production 1
Furniture Design + Lighthouse Community Charter School, Spring 2010
Site specific furniture will be designed and built for the courtyard of Lighthouse Charter School's new location. CCA students will work with the high school students, present their own furniture design processes and share what it's like to be a student at CCA.
Faculty: Russell Baldon
Community Partner: Lighthouse Community Charter School
826 Valencia Book Project
Creative Writing + 826 Valencia, Spring 2010
826 Valencia Book Project will publish an anthology, created through the collaborative efforts of CCA and John O'Connell High School students. CCA students will mentor students at John O'Connell High School in San Francisco in the writing and editing of personal essays for the publication. Students will contribute to the conception, editing, design and layout of the book. They will also experience the responsibilities, rewards, and challenges of mentorship and education in an urban environment, combining students' writing skills with community service. In addition to classroom mentoring, students will also serve on the book's editorial board at 826 Valencia and participate in other literary community projects. Watch the 826 Valencia Book Project video.
Faculty: Aimee Phan
Community Partner: 826 Valencia
18 Reasons: Soup
Community Arts + La Cocina, Spring 2010
Program Chair and Center Director Sanjit Sethi and Diversity Studies faculty member Melissa Martin lead a course entitled Soup. Working in collaboration with La Cocina, an innovative incubator program for low-income minority women based in San Francisco’s Mission District, CCA students will work with five alumni of La Cocina’s Food Entrepreneur program. Students will interview the women to gather stories of personal significant involving the preparation of soup. Students will take these stories and create a series of dynamic content documents for use by La Cocina to better promote its mission.
Faculty: Sanjit Sethi
Community Partner: La Cocina
Art in the Public Interest at Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) Art Esteem Project
Diversity Studies + ArtEsteem, Spring 2010
This course takes a new look at the power of art in addressing contemporary social issues as they relate to public education. We will investigate spiritual and ethical renewal, as well as social responsiveness and environmental transformation, as methods employed by a growing movement of activist artists. Students will revisit the ways they are accustomed to as studio artists, while also taking their studio art skills outside of the studio to engage in community and address local, social and environmental concerns. The heart of this course is the notion that artists are problem solvers, and with this inherent skill we can work on solutions to many of the important issues of our times, as artists. A third of our time will be spent in the classroom and two thirds of our time will be spent working out in the community. We will assess the current needs of the community in the context of art and public education in partnership with a community-based organization located in West Oakland.
Faculty: Amana Harris
Community Partner: Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) Art Esteem