Pop-aganda Part II

Via Zoom; For ages 18+

Tuesday, August 4, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM PST

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Four Tuesdays in August, starting August 4

Art is not neutral. Or, as George Orwell famously declared: All art is propaganda. Learn how the Pop Art masters addressed the political and social issues of their time using the iconography of pop culture with artist Milton Bowens. Discover how colors can reinforce meaning in art and how text can guide the viewer's eye within the composition. Then, after a roundtable brainstorming discussion, compose a popular cover, advertisement, or composition based on a stereotype or social issue. The program also includes a discussion with the artist on current social issues and how contemporary artists are responding.

Bowens will be available to guide participants along every step. There will also be an opportunity for participants to share their completed acrylic paintings during the final session. Beginners are welcome. Enrollment closes August 4 at 5 PM.

Instructor Milton Bowens is a nationally recognized artist and activist who has been creating powerful work for the past 20 years. With his unique brand of mixed media paintings, enveloping the viewer as witness, participant, and long lost relatives. They become reflections on family, life, and culture. One of his jazz collections “Afro-Classical” is used as a part of course study on the Harlem Renaissance at Cornell University since 2009. Milton’s art sparks conversation on art, history and the times in which we live.

Supplies-to-Go Bag

Running low on supplies or just want to avoid going to the store? Make it easy on yourself and purchase a Supplies-to-Go Bag for $35 — conveniently packed and quarantined for at least 72 hours and ready for curbside pick-up at a designated time. Limit one per participant, available during registration.

If you want to order on your own materials, you will need the following supplies: an 11 X 14 canvas, various colors acrylic paint, and brushes. Allow ample time for deliveries to ensure you are ready to go when class begins. Note: All participants will need access to Zoom.


$120 members
$145 nonmembers
$35 supply fee (optional)

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Images courtesy of the artist. Image 1, People. Image 3, Aunt Jemima .

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