September 19th, 2017

12:37 PM

This is the perfect watercolor for this gray day in LA! Available in our store on Corita.org (at Corita Art Center)


September 13th, 2017

11:55 AM

#CoritaQuote “We ought to come to art more relaxed, not thinking that we have to like everything, but just trying to understand, to ask questions, and to enjoy.” #fromthearchives


September 6th, 2017

11:55 AM

This framed serigraph is ready to go directly on your wall! Framed with archival materials, with a ¾ inch neutral moulding, the outside dimensions are 10.5 by 8.5. Available through the store on our profile link! (at Corita Art Center)


September 1st, 2017

12:56 PM

“Come alive!” Corita’s source for this text was a 1960s Pepsi slogan. She incorporated the bold lettering into five different serigraphs from 1965-1967, including the one shown here, “come alive,” 1967.
#screenprint #corita #coritakent #design #serigraph #stencil #comealive #vintage (at Corita Art Center)


September 1st, 2017

10:02 AM

We are still accepting applications for the position of Collections Manager!
For more information and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://corita.org/opportunities


August 31st, 2017

12:26 PM

For Thoreau-back Thursday, Corita’s 1967 serigraph, “different drummer”

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
#screenprint #corita #coritakent #thoreau #thoreaubackthursday #serigraph #design (at Corita Art Center)


August 30th, 2017

12:53 PM

Poster commission for Governor Brown’s Hospital Volunteer Program, circa 1976. Here, Corita quotes Abbé Pierre, a French priest and member of the resistance during WWII.
#corita #coritakent #posters #design #governorbrown #socialjustice #abbepierre (at Corita Art Center)


August 28th, 2017

10:04 AM

The Corita Art Center is hiring a collections manager!

The Corita Art Center, a project of the Immaculate Heart Community, preserves and promotes Corita Kent’s art, teaching, and passion for social justice. The CAC’s collection contains over 10,000 fine art prints, nearly 20,000 35mm slides, and an archive that includes various publications, correspondence, and ephemera relating to Corita’s life and work.

The Collections Manager will support the Director by overseeing all aspects of the archive and collections’ care, safety, and documentation. He or she manages registration-related issues, researches potential exhibitions, manages exhibition files, is a contact for curators and exhibitors, and will collaborate with internal and external partners on developing related programs.

For full listing and application instructions please visit http://corita.org/opportunities (at Corita Art Center)


August 25th, 2017

9:27 AM

D. I. Y. SCREEN PRINT HOOPS

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I’m Ada Ruiz, this summer’s Getty intern here at Corita Art Center. During my 10-week internship I developed programs at two Immaculate Heart Communities - Casa Esperanza and Kenmore residence. The program consisted of a D.I.Y Screen printing project that used embroidery hoops, which left everyone fascinated. We engaged in conversations about Corita’s powerful works of art in the wake of turbulent times, as well as the techniques she used to do just that. These D.I.Y screen print hoops provided a perfect introduction to that similar technique and serve as a basis to teach Corita’s legacy. 

But alas, as August comes to a close so does my wonderful internship here at the Center. I want to thank everyone I worked with this summer; you guys have made my experience here worthwhile. 

OVERVIEW & PURPOSE

A D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) technique that will introduce the concept of screen printing that is similar to Corita Kent’s artistic methods. This project may be limited to older age groups when it comes to assembling, but can be accessible to any age groups when the finishing hoop  is ready for usage.

MATERIALS

  1. Embroidery hoop (any size)
  2. Mesh fabric (i.e. tulle or nylon)
  3. Freezer Paper
  4. Clothing Iron
  5. Scissors or Xacto knives
  6. Pencil
  7. Paint
  8. A 3x3 piece of cardboard

OPTIONAL MATERIALS NEEDED

Use these materials in case freezer paper does not stick completely to the mesh fabric

  1. Glue (Mod Podge, Elmer’s, etc)
  2. Paint brush
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STEPS

  1. Cut freezer paper and mesh fabric about two to three inches wider than the size of the embroidery hoop.
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2. Using the inner hoop, trace around the inside of the hoop on the paper side of the freezer paper.

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3. Still on the paper side, draw your desired design and remember to keep it within the traced circle. This will become your stencil.

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    4. Cut out design using exacto knife or scissors.

    • Remember: you are cutting out a design that you want the paint to go through. If you are creating a design that requires suspended  pieces (meaning a piece or pieces that are not attached to the whole of the paper), then you must remember to save the pieces for the following steps.
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    5. Place waxy side down onto the piece of fabric.

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    • If you have suspended pieces (step 4a), place them in the desired areas.
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    6. On medium heat, place clothing iron on top of freezer paper and iron sheet until the wax side of the paper melts through the fabric.

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    7. Let it cool ~~~~~

    8. Turn the sheets over.

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    • Optional materials:
      • If the wax did not fully stick to the fabric, you can use glue to assure that the freezer paper sticks to fabric. Make sure to apply the glue on the waxy side of the paper along the fabric. Remember to not place the glue on the fabric with open spaces of your stencil. It will block paint once it dries and will result in a distorted image.
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    9. Place the inside of embroidery hoop under the sheets, then press the outer hoop to close and tighten the screw. Make sure you stretch the sheets until you get a flat surface.

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    10. Turn the embroidery hoop over so that the flat surface is touching is touching the desired surface that you want to work with  (i.e. a sheet of paper), then place small dabs of paint around your stencil. Remember to only use enough paint to cover the open spaces. You may need less than you think.  

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    11. Applying slight pressure, use your piece of cardboard to squeegee the paint around the open spaces.

    12. Once you notice that the open spaces are covered in paint, lift the embroidery hoop straight up.

    13. You can use the same hoop using same or different colors until stencil becomes distorted.

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    POSSIBLE PROJECTS

    Some examples of the types of projects you can do with this technique:

    • A collaborative mural with a community
    • Greeting/holiday/thank you cards
    • Classroom art projects
    • Printing on t-shirts
    • Etc.

    CORITA KENT METHODS

    This project provides a glimpse into Corita’s method of screen printing. A curriculum can be developed to teach about the process of the technique as well as  adapted to teach about the historical meaning in Corita Kent’s art.

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    August 18th, 2017

    10:28 AM

    Enjoy the day…it’s Friday!
    “the sea queen,” 1967

    #corita #coritakent #enjoy #screenprint #design #silkscreen (at Corita Art Center)