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Art at Home!

In response to COVID-19, Amador County Arts Council launched a number of opportunities for Creative Respite so that you and your family can maintain wellness by engaging in the arts through social media and online resources.


View the MASK UP Online Art Show brought to you by Amador County Arts Council

View the High School Art Show brought to you by Amador County Artists Association

View the LatinX Art Show brought to you by Amador County Arts Council

Amador Arts YouTube Channel:
Click HERE to go to our YouTube homepage. Don’t forget to subscribe for arts education videos, tutorials, art shows, and more!

Tutorials with Alyssa: Art-related video tutorials filmed by our Program Coordinator (Alyssa) and published to our Facebook and YouTube pages. Click the image below to head on over to the Tutorials with Alyssa page!

Art-Related Classes & Events

Space to Create Program – Elements of Art: Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families in West Point is offering take-home art packets for youth. These packets cover the Elements of Art and are accompanied by a weekly video tutorial by teaching artist Alyssa Vargas. Packets can be picked up every Wednesday from the Little Free Library at BMCYF. You can view the accompanying art project tutorials on their YouTube Channel HERE.

Ailey Forward Virtual Season: December 2–31, 2020. This December, enjoy Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s first-ever online season. All events will be FREE to enjoy on their website or on YouTube and Facebook, with no registration required. Read more about the season details and schedule HERE.

FREE Guitar Lessons: with Jon Mulvey, local professional musician, Free Guitar Lessons HERE Jon Mulvey is a musician and bandleader from Los Angeles CA, now living in the “Up Country” of Amador County, in the Sierras. Jon enjoys writing, composing, arranging, producing. Jon is also a Patent holding inventer. Designing his own

Harmonica Lessons with Nedra Russ: Nedra Russ, aka the Harmonica Lady, is a local artist, musician, singer, songwriter, performer, and sound engineer at nJr Music. Due to COVID-19, you can now enjoy Nedra’s harmonica classes online on her YouTube Channel! View her Harmonica Lessons playlist HERE.

Weekly Open Mic: with the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in Brooklyn, New York. Available for all kinds of artists, of all ages, from all over the world to share their talents. Excellently moderated and featuring amazing talent of all kinds. Every Thursday HERE.

Seattle Symphony Rebroadcasts: In response to the global health crisis, the Seattle Symphony is offering concert rebroadcasts of past performances and fun, educational content for the young and young at heart. All broadcasts can be streamed through the Symphony’s YouTube and Facebook pages.  View the program schedule HERE.

At Home With the Auditorium Theatre: On Sundays at 4PM PT throughout the summer, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago will be streaming a live performance from talented singers, dancers, and musicians right into your home. All you have to do is tune in to their Facebook Live. Put on your comfy clothes, gather your friends and family (near and far!), and enjoy some of the Auditorium’s artists without leaving your couch. Watch past At Home With the Auditorium videos HERE.

Create Career Conversations: Join Create CA for Create Career Conversations to discuss how important arts education is to so many of California’s most successful residents, and explore #CreateAtHome to find resources that bring the value of creativity to your house. Let’s work together for a future California that provides every student with a complete arts education. Tune in every Friday at 12pm PST on the Create CA Instagram, @Create_CA for discussions on the important role an arts education plays in developing creative leaders. Create CA, California’s Statewide Arts Education Coalition, works to ensure all students are able to reach their full potential by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts for the 21st-century workforce. Learn more by visiting their website HERE.

COVID NineTEEN Project: Explore FREE teen-led activities, or sign up for free tutoring. With dozens of sessions every day, the Project features classes like June B. Jones Storytelling and Step by Step Disney Drawing perfect for any young students in your life! Click HERE.

The Art Hour: Founded by students on a mission to ensure every California students has access to arts education, The Art Hour features student-led arts classes for every age with classes across music, dance, theater, visual, and media arts. Click HERE.

Dance Wise AZ: Julianne & Paul Daniells are a professional ballroom dancing couple with combined 40+ years of experience who compete, teach, give lectures & demonstrations. They teach both social & competitive Latin, Rhythm, Smooth & Standard ballroom dancing. They have FREE live virtual classes on their Facebook Page.

Shakespeare’s Test Kitchen: Put together by the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Chris and Tarah and some special guests try (with varying success) to recreate the food and drinks found in Shakespeare’s Plays. Watch episodes on the GRSF YouTube Channel HERE.


Science & Art

Nightlife – How to Design a Coral Reef: How do you create a digital coral reef so large and complex it will fill a 75-ft. planetarium dome screen? Get a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of the Academy’s latest show, Expedition Reef, with production designer Mike Schmitt and animator Ken Ackermann—members of the Academy’s award-winning Visualization Studio—and underwater photographer and 3D modeler Yasmeen Smalley-Norman. Learn how they used cutting-edge computer graphics and techniques to create a photorealistic, scientifically accurate coral reef ready for its close-up. Watch HERE.

Exploring Light: For younger students, aged 5 to 10, explore light with this activity from the Exploratorium! Combining art and science, this activity can be done with objects found in any home. Visit the Exploratorium HERE.


Free Art Education Resources

GOOGLE ARTS & CULTURE – Experience high-definition artworks with their Art Camera zoom-in feature. Watch 360 degree videos of paintings, sculptures, and architecture. Tour famous sites and landmarks from around the world with Street View. All of these resources are FREE on the Google Arts & Culture website and on their phone app.

MOMA VIRTUAL VIEWS – Join the MoMA every Thursday for Virtual Views into their exhibitions and collection with curators. You’ll find exclusive access to Donald Judd’s revolutionary sculptures, Dorothea Lange’s powerful photographs, intimate home movies, and more. Every weekend their curators will take you inside an exhibition or a favorite artwork from the collection through video stories and Q&As, as well as audio playlists and feature articles.

Worried About Closed Schools and Learning Loss? The Arts Can Help. Read the article HERE

Family Art Activities from the MOMA – HERE

FREE Online Arts Education from the MOMA – HERE

At-home Plays with Play At Home arts organization – HERE

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