In The Studio: Yesenia At Work

From our continuing series of “EC Artists At Work” videos… EC artist Yesenia Vargas at work in the studio (filmed April 2016) (video filmed and edited by EC Clay/Ceramic Arts Teacher Kristine Hansen… thank you Kristine!)

In The Studio: New Projects

Business As Usual January 2016 may be a new beginning, but it’s business as usual for the EC artists.  Our first post for 2016 is the first in a monthly series called IN THE STUDIO.  Today’s post is a slideshow of snapshots of EC artists working on new projects. Robert Garcia is working on a poster…

Upcoming Gallery Exhibition

Over the past few months, we’ve been so wonderfully busy that we have neglected to keep you informed. For that we apologize, though we think you’ll agree the wait was worth it. Tomorrow we are unveiling our newest exhibition, Reality Unchained: Portraits of Human/Nature. The collection of 18 works from 14 artists provides an engaging…

ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center

ARTAGEDDON at the Arts Center The Merced County Arts Council is throwing it’s first ever Artageddon event. The challenge:  You have four hours to paint, using only the materials you are given.  Weeks later, comes the competition… a single elimination tournament, judged by the audience.  Winners move on to the next bout, and losers… are…

Snails: An Artful Invasion

The EC artists are embarking on a new project—public art.  The project was initially inspired by an image of J. Seward Johnson’s public art piece “Awakenings” depicting a giant embedded in the earth, struggling to free himself as he wakes.  The image inspired conversations about the differences between public art and “private” art.  Who is…

Self Portrait

The visual arts class, led by current teacher/dcs Cristal Flores, is coming to the close of a weeks-long study of the artist’s greatest critique– the self portrait.  It is safe to say that every visual artist makes at least one self portrait during their career.  We might go farther to say that most visual artists…

Sgraffito Tiles

Sgraffito is a clay decoration technique involving a combination of painting with colored slip and scratching the surface of the clay.  The EC Artists’ sgraffito work began with tiles, as part of a unit in slabbing clay.  The result was a large collection of sgraffito tiles which the artists agreed would be good as coasters…

Explorations in Green

Koi Saechao has been an artist with the Enrichment Center for 8 years. When teachers ask her what color she wants to begin her palette, Koi always begins with “green”.  Each additional color she asks for is also “green”.  This might seem like a limitation– a one color palette, but it is not.  Everything can…