Afterschool Programs Overview
VAPAE is committed to community engagement and dedicated to building bridges between outstanding UCLA artist educators and the surrounding Los Angeles community. In response to pressing needs in our local schools, VAPAE’s afterschool programs offer students in the Los Angeles area supportive and constructive out-of-school arts activities.
These programs provide K-12 students with the tools they need to develop as artists and productive community members while supporting their social-emotional development and positive relationships with adults and peers. Participants find inspiration in their everyday surroundings, and gain a more open view of what art can be through weekly artistic experiences guided by VAPAE-trained Teaching Artists. All program leaders are current or former VAPAE participants, and experienced artist educators.
Throughout 2016-17 VAPAE Teaching Artists will lead music, dance, and visual arts programs at the UCLA Community School, Emerson Community Charter Middle School, University High School, Venice High School, St. Thomas the Apostle School, Huffington Center at St. Sophia’s Cathedral, and Aviva Family and Children's Services.
Studio Sessions at Emerson Community Charter
Studio Sessions at Emerson provides young adults the tools and support they need in order to grow as artists and creative human beings. Students intertwine their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment. These Studio Sessions inspire students to gain a new perspective of their world and a better understanding of themselves. Young adults at Emerson Community Charter Middle School engage with a wide array of media including painting, drawing, bookmaking, printmaking, collage, and more. This year, Studio Sessions at Emerson are being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Sally Chung and Vanessa Chung.
Multigenerational After School Arts Program (MASA) at UCLA Community School
A new afterschool arts program open to all UCS 6th grade students and all UCS parents interested in expressing themselves through art. VAPAE provides a welcome, creative, and fun space in order to make art, share our family and cultural traditions, and tell our stories. MASA is an innovative arts program that provides creative artists from different generations the opportunity to evolve as creative human beings as they bond as artists. 6th grade students and their parents intertwine their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment. This fall students are exploring the artistic and cultural traditions involved in the Dia de los Muertos celebration through altar making and other arts and social activities. This year, MASA is being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Claudia Rosas and Raymundo Baltazar.
Studio Sessions at St. Sophia
The UCLA VAPAE Studio Sessions at St. Sophia afterschool program provides 6th-8th graders with the tools and support they need to grow as artists and creative human beings. Students learn to connect their life experiences with an arts practice in a supportive, constructive environment, while exploring themes of identity and self-expression. Students explore and experiment with a variety of media to learn more about themselves and what they want to communicate through their art. By encouraging students to find their own visual language, gather inspiration from their everyday surroundings, collaborate with one another and understand the larger world of art and creativity, VAPAE seeks to inspire a creative arts practice that will continue throughout the lives of the participants. This year, Studio Sessions at St. Sophia is being led by UCLA VAPAE Teaching Artists Valentina Quezada and Brittany Ko.
Visual Art at St. Thomas
The UCLA VAPAE Art Sessions at St. Thomas for 3rd-5th graders explores dreams through art and music. Drawing, painting, and sculpture will be combined with music as students build their own instruments, and perform their music in a unique ensemble. By learning to express themselves and communicate as a community of musicians and creators, students will discover new ways to experience and creatively engage with the world around them. This year, Art & Music Sessions at St. Thomas are being led by Sally Chung and Vanessa Chung.
Phototography at Venice High School
UCLA VAPAE Teaching Artists are implementing an experiential photography-based unit with high school students at Venice High School. This curriculum focuses on experimentation with words, imagery and photography techniques. Students collaborate to find their own "photo voice" in documenting the world around them, and learn to articulate how they see the world as a creative space for exploration and self expression. Students will gain an understanding of authorship, and the importance of giving attention to each others' unique voices through photography, writing, and community building. This fall, these sessions are being implemented by Kevin Michini and Jane Kim.
Visual Art at Aviva
Exploring the nexus between creative process, studio practice, arts education and art therapy, UCLA VAPAE Teaching Artists are implementing an experiential visual arts unit with women Aviva Family and Children's Services in Hollywood. This curriculum focuses on experimentation with words, imagery and visual arts techniques. In collaboration with the resident art therapist at Aviva, VAPAE Teaching Artists are implementing arts lessons that specifically address development with incarcerated, emotionally challenged teenage girls. This fall, these sessions are being implemented by Amorette Muzingo and Lily Raven Leon, in collaboration with the staff at Aviva.
Visual Art at Mark Twain Middle School
Students explore the theme of identity through visual art-- learning to express themselves through the creative process, and developing their own artistic vision and voice. Some of the lessons are self-contained, and some develop over multiple days. Students will be using materials including colored pencils, crayons, oil and chalk pastels, glue sticks, fabric, various papers, clay, found/upcycled materials, and other art-making materials. Exploring language through art, some classes are taught in Mandarin, and other classes are taught in English. This program is a collaboration between the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies and the UCLA VAPAE Program.
Dance at Uni High
The VAPAE Dance at University High School Program offers Uni High students a safe, welcoming, and fun space to build new friendships, learn the skills necessary to develop as dance artists, and receive the support they need to grow as creative and confident human beings. This program is open to any student, with any level of dance experience, who is committed and passionate about dancing. Dance inspires students to open their hearts and minds, and come together as positive-minded dance artists with a better understanding of themselves, and others. This year, Dance at Uni is being led by VAPAE Teaching Artists Kevin Belisario, Jackie Oka, and Tali Aires.
In the fall of 2015, VAPAE Teaching Artists Kevin and Tali offered an Afterschool Dance Program at University High School. The session culminated with a music video shoot, showcasing student choreography and creativity. See more...