2021 Theme- New Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together
Art-a-thon Draft Schedule 
10 AM – 11 AM Jax Puliatti “An Artist’s Journey Along the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade” in the shadow of an alarming rise in bigotry and violence against minorities, specifically Asian and African Americans
11 AM – 12 PM Aber van Bueren, “Let’s build a world”
12 PM – 1 PM Michelle Echenique, “Reclaimed Paper Collage”
1 PM – 2 PM Suzanne Bloom, “Yellow Birch Cycle”  digital photography with collaborative partner, Ed Hill, both recent Guggenheim Fellows
2 PM – 3 PM Heidi Majano and Greta Severson, “Origins of Peace Symbols”
3 PM – 4 PM Thomas Graves, “One-line Zen Art”
4 PM – 5 PM Music Hour with Raymond Coats, William Klingelhoffer, and Jill Brindel
5 PM – 6 PM Open Mic: Poetry, Song, and Spoken Word
6 PM – 6:30 PM Craig Perry, composer/guitarist, “Retonicizing the Noosphere”
6:30 PM – 7 PM Fran Moreland Johns, “Writings on Life, Death, and In Between”
7 PM – 8 PM Josefa Vaughan, “Remembering Un-Masked Faces” Closing Statements

JOIN US THIS Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time,
ArtSeed’s 13th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon (2nd annual virtual event). Make art for yourself or for ArtSeed’s annual exhibition to support Summer Intensive Scholarships. Artists of all ages and levels of experience are invited to come together for a 10-hour art-and-music-making marathon. Registration Form Link | Help ArtSeed reach out to vulnerable artists and families by showing up on the Leaderboard. This encourages donations through Mightycause that support creative endurance: Join the fundraising team | Donate to the Art-a-thon here

Art-a-thon 2021 Grand Prize Challenge!

Flying Cloud Russian River Vineyards getaway including dinner and breakfast for 6 (retail value $2,500-$3,600) with an overnight stay in two glamorous tent-like cabins and an AirStream trailer. Includes lap pool, private vineyard education tour, and barrel-tasting. Grand Prize drawing eligibility: One ticket and chance to win for every $2,000 you raise or donate to ArtSeed Programs. (Graciously offered by David Gavrich for reservations as available May-October 2021.)

 “Community: Puzzling Missing Parts,” Fine Arts Summer Intensive 2019

“It is really a matter of ending this silence and solitude, of breathing and stretching one’s arms again.” ― Mark Rothko

Other Annual ArtSeed Events (Save the dates!)

Weekdays, July 12 – 30, 2021, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., ArtSeed Fine Arts Summer Intensive (2nd annual virtual event with hybrid aspects). For ten students, ages 6 to 19 years, or for younger students after an interview. Individual portfolio and collaborative project building workshop with teaching artists and adult volunteers who also learn new techniques from guest presenters. Everything culminates in an exhibition. Online and limited outdoors contact by appointment with meet and pick-ups at ArtSeed’s Presidio WorkSpaces, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., Suites 206 & 210, Tides Converge. Register here.

Thursday, September 2, 5–7 p.m., and Saturday, October 2, 3–5 p.m., 2021 (hybrid event). Opening and closing receptions for ArtSeed’s exhibition Online and in the PresidioNew Normal: Learning from the Past to Move Forward Together can be viewed by appointment (call or text: 415-656-9849) in accordance with San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19). China Brotsky and Seed Galleries, Tides Converge, 1007 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco. ArtSeed participants and featured artists are also showcased on our website Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery. Online virtual receptions feature musicians as well as the visual arts. To submit your art: Send us a photograph with this completed form after printing. Then mail (P.O. Box 29277, San Francisco, CA 94129) or scan and email both to josefa@artseed.org. Call 415-656-9849 to arrange drop-off in the Presidio.

We are counting on you to be with us on new adventures with 2021 Programs. Save the date for ArtSeed’s 13th Annual Earth Week Art-a-thon is happening Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (all virtual). I hope that you will join us at the event. If you are interested in sharing your craft or just simply attending, please let us know by responding to this email and/or join us for Weekly Online Focus Groups:

  • Sunday and Thursday, 2 – 3 p.m. Art Share / Brainstorming for all ages.
  • Tuesday, 2 – 5 p.m. Art Lessons and Online Projects for mature kids and teens.
  • Friday, 1 – 2 p.m. Veterans’ Art Lab with ArtSeed hosted by the Veteran’s Administration. To register, contact Dan at 415-221-4810 X22839.

To join Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday sessions:
Contact josefa@artseed.org, or call or text 415-656-9849
Virtual Gatherings, Remote Learning, and Art-making Together! 

  1. Volunteer with ArtSeed
  2. Apply for private instruction (application form with fee schedule)
  3. Apply for collaborative art-making (adult students may use this permission form)
  4. Visit our Michelle Vignes Virtual Gallery
  5. Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here
  6. Follow ArtSeed on Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr
  7. Support ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project 
  8. Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: See how in our 2020 Annual Letter
  9. Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe)
  10. Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here.
  11. Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines
  12. Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets

Check out ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project

Buy, or pick up some free, art supplies at ArtSeed Shop & Share Project to support ArtSeed’s remote learning programs. These treasures can be obtained by appointment in accordance with San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19). Contact jennifer@artseed.org and copy josefa@artseed.org

Enter our Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery!
To learn more about Michelle and ArtSeed click here.
ArtSeed’s In Real Life (IRL) Presidio Exhibition will extend into 2021 and can be viewed by appointment (call or text: 415-656-9849) in accordance with 
San Francisco’s Health Order and ArtSeed In-Person Policy (for Covid-19).
China Brotsky and Seed Galleries at Tides Converge, 
1007 General Kennedy Ave., San Francisco.

ArtSeed Programs Flickr Photos: 
View 2020 Summer Intensive Week One / Two / Three and our Participant List
2020 Summer Intensive Calendar of Activities

Art-a-thon 2021 Presenters: Thomas Graves and Michelle Echenique

I have been involved with ArtSeed since fall 2020. The artists in this collective have inspired me to work with at-risk children. ArtSeed definitely benefits the community. Its focus on excellence supports important causes.” – Thomas Graves See Thomas Graves’ Presenter Packet

I met Josefa at Hunters Point Open Studios a couple of years back. I was there with Kids & Art—a program that provides art access to children with cancer. I was intrigued with ArtSeed hearing Josefa speak passionately about the organization. Her energy, commitment, and belief in the arts as a healing force were infectious and relatable. ArtSeed seemed a good fit for me as I love sharing my faith in the power of creativity.Michelle Echenique
See Michelle Echenique’s Presenter Packet

ArtSeed Teaching Artist and Presenter Packets from last year’s Summer Intensive are examples of what is to come at the Art-a-thon. ArtSeed is always open to new talent. If you’re interested in presenting or teaching something this year, please send us your presenter packets. Click here to see 23 Teaching Artist and Presenter Packets that were made according to these guidelines. We welcome your ideas, should you apply to teach, using this format.

ArtSeed Contact Information:
Josefa Vaughan, Founding Director 415-656-9849 / josefa@artseed.org 
Jennifer Spencer, Virtual Office Manager 415-409-1761 / jennifer@artseed.org 
Aberswyth van Bueren, Events Coordinator 415-680-0567 / aber@artseed.org
Trey Houston, Art-a-thon Support 415-794-3456 / treyischuckthree@gmail.com

ArtSeed is a non-profit tax-exempt fine arts/youth leadership organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) and Revenue and Tax Code 27301d. Your charitable contribution to ArtSeed, made without expectation of material benefit, therefore is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Retain this IRS Determination Letter, if needed, for your records. 

Forward these URLs to a friend:
Volunteer with ArtSeed: https://www.artseed.org/volunteering/
Apply for private instruction (application form with fee schedule): https://bit.ly/2MzHNeM
Apply for collaborative art-making (adult application and permission form): https://bit.ly/39pQOQm
Follow ArtSeed on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtSeed.org
Follow ArtSeed on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artseed_sf/
Check out photos of the ArtSeed’s activities at ArtSeed’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/artseed/albums
Give us your feedback on ArtSeed programs here: https://www.artseed.org/programevaluation/
Subscribe here to receive seasonal ArtSeed Newsletters (infrequent and your info is safe): https://bit.ly/39L4ft7
Visit Michelle Vignes Virtual Art Gallery: https://www.artseed.org/2020-exhibition-gallery/
Preview 2021 Programs starting March 1: https://www.artseed.org/programs/
Honor a friend or commemorate a milestone: https://bit.ly/3iup4Nw
Check out the ArtSeed’s Shop & Share Project: https://www.artseed.org/shop/
Donate or get involved in Art-a-thon here: https://www.mightycause.com/team/Art-A-Thon2021
Submit a Teaching Artist or Presenter’s Packet Guidelines: https://bit.ly/2Q83i8n
Examples of Artist and Presenter’s Packets: https://www.artseed.org/artseed-teaching-artist-packets/

drawing is making marks on paper. to draw well, you’ve got to practice. that’s the only secret.

When I started drawing 10 years ago, it didn’t occur to me that I would or could get better. I didn’t view learning-to-draw in terms of a learning curve {no pun intended}. I didn’t start with the intention of building my skills – I started drawing to pass the time when my kids were at swimming lessons and gymnastics classes and dentist appointments. Hand-drawn circles resembling cantaloupes, triangles with wobbly angles, you get the idea.

And what I learned from years and years of drawing is that if you draw a lot, you get better. Your lines will become more varied, more interesting, with subtle variations. The more variety in your practice, the more you’ll build fine motor skills and the more confident you’ll be with a pen in hand, I used domtar cougar paper for better results while practicing.

developing your drawing skills is a gradual process

Use a long time frame and be patient with yourself. If you compare your work today with your work from a month ago, you probably won’t see clear differences. But if you look at a longer time frame – compare the drawings you did 1-2 years ago vs. current — you’ll see a difference! Progress is measured not in hours, but in months and years. The more you draw, the better you will get. As I look back through my journals, I see that every time I challenged myself to try a new idea, I made a leap forward. 

Journals by Tammy Garcia

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Think of drawing as making a series or collection of lines or marks. The art of drawing is about moving the drawing tool and understanding how to convey/transform what you see into marks on the page. I would first suggest working on refining the fine motor movements involved in drawing, Try to capture the essence of simple subjects.

Any of these types of practice will help improve your line work: mark-making, doodling, sketching, scribbling, automatic drawing, gestural marks, hand-lettering.

Draw patterns, lots of them! As I was in the learning process, I made the decision not to use a ruler — I figured that I wouldn’t learn how to draw if I used a ruler. I also didn’t want to get perfectionistic. 

So how to decide what to draw? Look around — ideas are everywhere – I found it engaging to draw stuff I found in my backpack, bubblegum labels, geometric patterns, book covers, and UPC codes. I never considered that my style would evolve — I was found the process intriguing. Waiting time FLEW by. I liked drawing. After spending 20 years in the world of accounting and analysis, it was refreshing to do art! It was like I was in high school again, drawing patterns in my room late at night with Jackson Browne or The Stones playing on the radio.


1. draw ordinary things

Look around your room and focus on one ordinary everyday item. Sketch it. Jot notes about what you drew, the weather, thoughts about the day, like a mini-diary.

Ink and watercolor by Tammy Garcia

2. draw a shape that you find challenging

What kinds of shapes do you find most challenging or frustrating? That’s a perfect theme for a sketch page. Study the components that go into the shape. To get more familiar with how to draw vehicles, I drew the taxis swooshing into the taxi stand as I waited for my brother to arrive at the airport.

3. draw circles

Work fast, drawing circles without judging your results. Circles are tricky. This helps improve your dexterity and the precision of your lines while being meditative and calming too. Your circle shapes are going to look wonky, but keep experimenting and practicing! Draw circles on top of each other, draw loose concentric circles by putting circles inside and around other circles.

4. draw a grid and fill with patterns, doodles, and symbols

Look into your imagination — or around the house/garden – and seek out patterns and collections of like objects. You can take patterns and abstractify the pattern you see into more of the idea or essence. Then add spice/detail to the repeating elements as you wish. Here, I drew a grid on an index card and filled it using a handful of different pens and markers, trying to see what different kinds of lines and marks I could make.

I love using index cards as an art substrate/surface!! Each year, I facilitate the Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge, and 2020 was our 10th annual challenge.

5. draw variations for each letter of the alphabet

One of my practices involves creating an entire journal filled with variations on letters of the English alphabet. I also dedicate full pages in my moleskine sketchbook to quickly devising variations on one specific letter. The more letters you draw, the faster the ideas will surface! Try writing the alphabet as many ways as you can. Here’s a process video where I created this page in my alphabet journal brainstorming the letters of the English alphabet.