Hello there!
Our events at ArtSeed have taken an interesting turn as a result of public health concerns and social distancing. So in response, we are doing our Art-a-thon this year remotely. Because we wish to expand our presence on social media, we are doing some challenges in the next couple of weeks leading up to the Art-a-thon. Below this portion of the email is information about the challenges. As well, we have an Upcoming Remote Events calendar if you’re interested in participating in other classes. Check it out here on our website or read below!
We are excited to announce the commencement
of our new Art-a-thon Multi-Day Challenges! 
These challenges will take place online, so please follow ArtSeed on our InstagramFacebook, and/or Twitter to take part.
Challenge 1 – Letters
  1. What it is: Compose a letter every day to someone or something you appreciate having in your life during these trying times. It may also be something you wish could change.
  2. Prompt: Letters are one of the oldest ways of connecting people from afar before social media. People have shared countless communications in the form of writing and visuals to get their ideas and feelings across. With social distancing, we can connect to our roots and do this again. It doesn’t have to be just a traditional letter. It can be a poem, a drawing, a story – any or all of them! Visuals are highly recommended. The main point we want to get across is our appreciation and concerns.
  3. Materials: Writing implements, paper, and envelopes/stamps (optional).
  4. Where does it go?: It doesn’t have to go anywhere, though for this challenge, you are encouraged to post your work on any of the social media provided and share your post with us! (You can use the @ symbol plus any of our username handles for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Then hashtag #ArtSeedArtAThon2020. As well, you may send your work directly to us.)
  5. What happens after?: If you complete all 7 days of the challenge, with your permission, we would love to share your work on our pages!
  6. When?: The challenge starts April 12, 2020, and ends on April 18, 2020.
For reference, here’s a small tutorial on how to fold a letter into the shape of an envelope. (Feel free to look up other ways of doing it as well):
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Challenge 2 – Leaves
  1. What it is: Create a visual art piece within the shape of a leaf.
  2. Prompt: Leaves represent both nature and connection. Growing and thriving on trees and plants, they are connected by common roots and work together to provide sustenance to the environment around them. Humans, in a way, are connected like this. With everything happening with COVID-19, we need this connection more than ever. Even though we have limited in-person contact, we can still connect with each other through the common roots of our ideas and feelings. How are you staying safe with COVID-19? How do you care for Earth and the environment? How do you think COVID-19 is affecting the environment?
  3. Materials: Drawing implements and the leaf template.
  4. Where does it go?: It doesn’t have to go anywhere, though for this challenge, you are encouraged to post your work on any of the social media provided and share your post with us! We would also love to have a copy of your work to add to a tree. (You can use the @ symbol plus any of our username handles for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Then hashtag #ArtSeedArtAThon2020. As well, you may send your work directly to us.)
  5. What happens after?: If you complete all 7 days of the challenge, with your permission, we would love to share your work on our pages!
  6. When?: The challenge starts April 12, 2020, and ends on April 18, 2020

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Upcoming Remote Events
Request a Zoom Email Invite to Active or Planning Remote Activity in this Calendar 2020
Volunteer and art-making opportunities for all ages (all expertise levels needed)
Provide feedback or time by joining us and you can claim another chance to win great prizes! (Including rock climbing & bowling passes, a stay at the Inn at the Presidio, and a wine country overnight stay for 12.)
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Remote Art-a-thon Planning Meetings Active! for the event’s proposed lessons & performances: Sundays 1-3 p.m. and Thursdays, 2-3 p.m. hosted by Emeritus Youth Council member, Aberswyth Van Bueren and Dina Kharag. Call Aber: 415-680-0567.

Remote Lessons by Appointment Active! (instead of at ArtSeed Presidio Work Spaces) – Portfolio-building for artists of all ages and levels of expertise. Apprenticeships and coaching in the practice of classical or experimental visual arts techniques. The highest grade materials are recommended but many materials can be found at home in your kitchen, bathroom, and vanity. No one turned away for lack of funds. Saturdays 1-3pm via ZoomBy appointment. Call Josefa: 415-656-9849.

Spring Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard Remote Planning! 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, April 18 & 19

Remote ArtSeed Earth Week Art-a-thon Active Planning! Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. All day schedule of virtual lessons and performances that inspire you to art for yourself or for ArtSeed’s annual exhibition. Artists of all ages and levels of expertise are invited to share demonstrations, art lessons and performances remotely from home to benefit under-resourced students in a 10-hour art-and-music-making fundraiser. Join us on Zoom and perhaps other platforms. Help plan the event or let us know what you want to share. Visit www.artseed.org or Call Aber: 415-680-0567 to be sent the Zoom meeting invitation.

Remote ArtSeed Fine Arts Summer Intensive Planning! Weekdays, July 6 – 24, 2020, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Designed for ages 10 to 18 year-olds, develop your individual portfolio and engage in collaborative project building. This virtual workshop/seminar is also for teaching artists, guest presenters, and adult volunteers who will have their art featured alongside their students’ in an exhibition, Sept 3-Oct 3 in the Presidio. Preparing for online exhibition and/or on location: Outward bound meet & pick-ups at ArtSeed’s Presidio Work Spaces (health risks permitting). See exhibition address below.

ArtSeed Exhibition: Only Zombies Race to Mass Extinction! Active Remote Planning and Active Art-making! Students and artists are exploring these climate change topics:Early Signs and Interventions; Natural Wonders and Disasters; Technology and Stewardship. Thursday, September 3, (Remote Component) Opening Reception 5-7 p.m. (Remote Component ) Saturday, October 3, Closing Reception, 3-5 p.m., China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, Tides Converge, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., Presidio, SF. . Call Josefa: 415-656-9849

Remote Art Lessons for Kids (Adults and “party crashers” welcome): Weekly-K-8th grade students, Mondays, 2-4 p.m. Active! Join now with Saint Brigid School students. Call Josefa: 415-656-9849Preschool students, Mondays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Planning! with San Francisco Montessori Academy staff.K-8th grade students, Tuesdays, 3-5 p.m., Active Planning! withBooker T. Washington Community Service Center staff.

Remote Monthly Veterans WorkshopsPlanning! Call Josefa at 415-656-9849First Fridays, 12:30-2:30 p.m., S.F. Department of Veterans Affairs Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center art group formerly lead by the late Ann Reesman.Third Thursdays, 2-4 p.m., Swords to Plowshares Veterans Academy in the Presidio.