Join artist and social activist Ruth Chase for online and live workshops designed for community-minded artists of all mediums wanting to expand their artistic practice. Ruth will provide useful tools that will be engaging and honest.

A one-hour group conversation about how to use any medium to create community projects suitable for funding. Join Ruth Chase, Artist in Residence of Nevada County Arts Council for the unraveling of community bridge-building projects and how they can attract funding. Learn more

WHERE: The Business of Art, SAEL, 505 Main Street, Nevada City, CA
WHEN: Saturday, February 29th.
The entire event is from 8:30 – 5:00 PM, Ruth’s workshop is at 3:30 PM

A three hour workshop combining all three Artist as Activist workshops. Biographical Portraiture, Artist as Activist, and Making Art in Service to Community (posted here).

Key skills you will learn

  • What is art related activism
  • Dealing with sensitive content
  • How to conduct an interview that will provide content for your work
  • Using symbolism for storytelling
  • Creating meaningful work that incorporates your cause or passion

WHERE: Blue Line Arts, 405 Vernon Street #100, Roseville, CA
WHEN: Saturday, June 13, 2020

Creating narrative that is inspired through an interview.

Biographical Portraiture (BP) is a two part class. In this first class we cover the basics of BP by practicing with someone you know first. In the second class, Making Art In Service To Community, we cover a more in-depth understanding of BP and working with the public.

BP is the use of personal or collective biography to create an artwork. It can be literal or symbolic. Interviewing the subject is a tool used to gather content to depict a story, theme, commentary, or perspective. Research can be an alternative tool for gathering information other than an interview. While BP is often used to portray a single person, it can also illustrate themes and topics that reflect social issues.

BP is for artists working in any medium, looking for a new and inspiring way to create portraiture that incorporates storytelling. This class will provide useful tools that will push the traditional portrait and offer an exciting way of working that can be used for a single picture or for engaging the public on a broader scope. Best suited for artists who have a medium they’re already familiar with. The workshop that follows BP is Making Art in Service to Community, a workshop that dives deeper into the practices of working with others to create commentary.

Key skills you will learn

  • What is BP
  • The difference between Subject and Content
  • Working with real people in collaboration
  • How to conduct an interview that will provide content for your work
  • Using symbolism for storytelling

WHERE: SkillShare, online class
WHEN: Ongoing

WHERE: Online directly from Ruth