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Posted on Monday, February 20, 2017 by Laura Braun

Oliveira was an accomplished printmaker who had made his first lithographs at the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1949. In 1952 he exhibited a two-color lithograph of a bullring—an early nod to Picasso and Goya—that already showed signs of process-orientation in its dueling techniques of drawing and scraping. A mid-fifties lithograph of a bull (above) which clearly responds to Picasso’s famous sequence of bull-themed lithographs, already shows Oliveira’s searching and varied approach to depicting the vitality of his subject.

Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

Joseph earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in photography and printmaking from California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland (now California College of the Arts). His experience as a teacher and connections to local educators may lead to workshops, master classes, guided hiking/photography outings, fundraisers to support open space preservation and other details still being decided. A mix of regular hours and viewing-by-appointment are likely.

Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

Paulson, who studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, and Renee Bott, a California College of the Arts alum, met when both women were

Posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 by Laura Braun

A bouquet of brooms at 500 Capp StreetView slideshow 

For years, artist David Ireland’s Capp Street home was the stuff of an art lover’s dreams. After graduating from CCA with a BFA in Printmaking and Industrial Arts in 1953, Ireland’s life quite literally became his practice. His home was his masterpiece.

From the outside, Ireland’s home at 500 Capp Street barely stands out from other classic San Francisco Victorians. The inside, on the other hand, is a wonderland of interactive art.

“He created work just living his everyday life. That’s what makes this work made nearly 40 years ago so appealing. It stands the test of time. It was just about living life and his everyday practices of sweeping the steps or trimming his mustache. Some days it was mixing concrete. It was an un-designed body of work,” says Carlie Wilmans, executive director of the 500 Capp Street Foundation.

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by Laura Braun

For the aspiring artist with a high tolerance for student debt, there’s nowhere quite like San Francisco. We’re home to a holy trinity of art schools in the San Francisco Art Institute, California College of the Arts, and Academy of Art University, which every year collectively release more than 3,000 students into the art-world wilds. 

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Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 by Jeremy Joan Hewes

Michael Wertz (left) and Thomas Wojak

The Illustrated Poster is part of a number of interdisciplinary courses at CCA. Taught jointly by Printmaking chair Thomas Wojak and Illustration faculty member Michael Wertz, this studio combines an exploration of the screen printing process with the use of images, type, and color to convey ideas in poster form.

Wertz recalls that he originated the course in 2013 “because I love screen printing and believe that it has great potential for both illustrators and printmakers, and I wanted to create an illustration course based on this highly versatile printmaking method.”

Wertz discussed the idea with Alexis Mahrus, then interim chair of Illustration, and Nance O'Banion, his former teacher and then-chair of Printmaking, and O’Banion introduced Wertz to Wojak.

Master printer Wojak readily agreed to collaborate in teaching the class; as he recalls, “I thought it was an exciting idea as well as a chance to expose more San Francisco campus students to our print program in Oakland.”

Posted on Thursday, April 28, 2016 by Laura Braun

During her childhood, the New York City native drew mostly buildings, lettering, and abstract textures. A lifelong habit of chasing the botanical muse led to Toby earning a BFA in Photography and Printmaking from California College of the Arts in 1979. Meeting Tim Goodman, also a fine art photographer, the couple formed Goodman Landscape Design, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. "Tim and I live and breathe our artwork, we can't get away from it and that's a great thing, a tremendous thing," she says.

Posted on Friday, March 25, 2016 by Chris Bliss

In today’s world, across every imaginable industry, there’s a growing demand for creative people. Skilled artists are needed who can bring to the table an entrepreneurial spirit, unique problem-solving skills, and a hacker/DIY mentality.

Fine arts graduates can be found at the cutting edge of creative solutions, working in industry and in the community, and founding partnerships and enterprises of their own.

Posted on Monday, February 8, 2016 by Laura Braun

Born in Bellingham, Washington, Ireland studied Printmaking and Industrial Arts at California College of Arts and Crafts, graduating in 1953 with his BFA. After college he joined the army. After leaving the Army Ireland traveled Europe extensively, working as an illustrator, and eventually traveled to Africa to lead safaris.

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Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 by Laura Braun

Ireland died in May of 2009, two months before I moved to San Francisco to attend California College of the Arts (an institution he also attended, long before the school dropped “and Crafts” from the end of its name).

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