We came across this Summer School flyer, researched all artists on the line up, and freaked out a little (in excitement & anticipation, of course).  This is going to be pretty rad!  We are really looking forward to not only getting to learn a new trade, but also being able to meet these creative folk.  

We’ll keep it short and let the art do the talking…. make sure to check out each artist, google them, watch the YouTubes…you know the drill.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Vital Art Workshop Info:

Who: You & Cool Artists

What: Summer School!! Artist Workshops & Bands

When: Saturday & Sunday (for the free art workshops, bands start on Friday)

Where: Ace Hotel & Swim Club 701 E Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs

Time: Sat: noon-3pm (puppet making)

Sat: 3:00 – 6:00pm (percussion workshop)

Sun: noon-3:00pm (cake decorating workshop)

Sun: 3:00-6:00pm (calligraphy workshop)

Cost: Free!!



“We’ve got a full weekend of free art workshops by LA and PDX artists plus bands and DJs curated by School Night Los Angeles (KCRW’s Chris Douridas and MFG’sMatt Goldman). A hand-picked group of artists guide you through making art you can take home with you.

Rooms are 20% off — book here, plus you can take yourself out on a hot date at the Feel Good Spa — special, organically-based treatments are 15% off all weekend. Not only is this going to be a ridiculously fun weekend, but you’re going to take home a bunch of art you made and show it off. All workshops are everybody level and included with your room or with a day pass to the Swim Club ($20 at the front desk, includes gym, pool and workshops all day). Add this to your calendar on Facebook” – via the Ace Hotel



Chris Johanson (American, b.1968) is a painter and Street artist associated with the San Francisco Mission School, and best known for his Graffiti Art and playful, cartoon-like style. Born in San Jose, CA, he had no formal artistic training, but began working on figurative drawings and painting on skateboards at an early age. In 1989, he moved to San Francisco’s Mission District, and became part of a group of artists, collectively known as The Mission School, who sought to convey urban realism and social commentary in their Graffiti Art. Johansson rose to fame after his site-specific installation was featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. Drawing inspiration from children’s art and comic strips, Johanson reduces scenes to simple, geometric elements. His recent work focuses on large-scale acrylic paintings, such as Fall Apart and Let It Go (2011) and Contemporary Flower Painting #3 (2011), which feature brightly colored, geometric patterns on wood. He has held solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Deitch Projects in New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He lives and works in Portland, OR. – via artnet.com



Jo Jackson is an artist from Portland, Oregon who creates striking canvases that subvert classic American graphic norms. Her paintings are charged with signs and shapes, rendered in pastel colors in high contrast juxtapositions that seem almost as if they were applied with vinyl rather than a brush. Eagles, skulls, wolves, a map of North America and people are layered ironically, subverting typical graphic imagery into a twisted miasma of something that is at once cute and incredibly dark. She re-works classic Americana symbology into soft colors that reveal their true political essence. Although her work most definitely has its roots in the streets, what she executes on canvas is far from raw (She cites the French Situationists and Josef Albers as inspirations). Jackson’s aesthetic employs symbols of psychological and social chagrin, creating a form of sly protest, the secret of which is approachability. Jo Jackson has exhibited her work widely throughout the western United States and recently completed solo exhibitions in Los Angeles and Switzerland.
– via diddidentusa.com




Artist, designer, sculptor, puppet-maker, musician Abby Portner leads a workshop in creating your own puppet from socks, sticks, fabric and paper, then making it the star of a video. You might be familiar with the album covers, costumes, set designs and giant critters she makes for her brother and friends in Animal Collective – via acehotel.com


Brian Roettinger works primarily as a graphic designer. He received a BFA in graphic design from CalArts in 2004. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles at Hope (2008) and Gallery 1520 (2008) and was included in Mark-Municipal Art Acquisitions 2003: Graphic Design, Stedelijk Museum, (2004). Roettinger acted as the design director of the Southern California Institute of Architecture from 2004 until 2010. He has also designed numerous catalogues including: Hammer Projects: 1999-2009, Jason Rhoades’ Black Pussy Cocktail Coffee Table Book, and Touchable Sound: A collection of 7-inch records from the USA. His work encompasses design, publishing, writing and curating as well as running his own vinyl-only record label Hand Held Heart. In 2009 he was nominated for a Grammy for his design of the No Age Nouns album packaging. He is a current designer in residency in the Design | Media Arts program at UCLA.  The LA Times recently wrote a nice story on Brian, read inhere. – via soundscreenanddesign.com

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