We're thrilled to announce our ongoing arts education initiative: Corita 101. Launching in what would have been her 101st year and rooted in the fundamentals of Corita's teachings, this initiative features a range of new content including videos and worksheets for all ages! Check out our initial offerings below and stay tuned for more over the coming months...
Explore printmaking with supplies you likely have around the house. A step-by-step lesson on how to make your very own print using a potato. Includes a stencil to create Corita's signature heart.
We've launched a new video series inspired by Corita and Jan Steward's seminal text "Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit". This first video introduces the main concepts from the book - looking, sources, structure, connect + create, work + play, and celebration. Over the next few months, we'll be sharing videos by artists around the world responding to these ideas in their own creative practice.
The first artist response video is by Will Von Vogt, an actor, writer, and performance art curator, who shares how celebration revived his spirit during a moment of creative depletion. Will is an actor, writer, and curator of performance art. He recently starred alongside Maura Tierney in “Witch” at the Geffen Playhouse and was nominated for the Albert Lord Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for the role.
Our next artist response video is by Bajá Dear, a teaching artist based in Los Angeles. Her work with children and adults focuses on using movement to heal trauma, connect to spirit, and have fun. In this video, Bajá shares how she uses Corita's lessons on structure in her creative practice. She reminds us that structure can be anything from an assignment to a yoga mat – a safe space to help us grow.
Our next artist response video is from Julie Rosing, a social media strategist and artist living in Los Angeles. She got her start in the NYC comedy scene, studying improv and sketch. In this video, she shares how Corita's ideas about structure and limitations help focus her creative energy.
Next up in our Learning by Heart (At Home) video series is Kate Deciccio, an artist and arts educator living in Oakland, California. Kate is interested in authentic storytelling and community building. Murals are a cornerstone of her practice because they transform spaces to reflect the strength and identity of a community, and serve as a modality for truth telling, resistance, and celebration.
Next up in our Learning by Heart (At Home) series is Noopur Agarwal. Noopur is a visual communicator and design educator who works across the nonprofit, publishing, and technology sectors to create brand identities, advertising campaigns, and exhibitions. Her practice draws upon identity, cultural hybridity, and design that catalyzes change within a social context. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Art + Architecture department at the University of San Francisco. .
The Corita Art Center is a project of the Immaculate Heart Community.