student work

Advanced Studies Students Exhibit at Photo L.A.

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For the fourth year in a row, Venice Arts will participate in the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition photo l.a., with an exhibition showcasing new work by our Advanced Studies photography students.

We're thrilled to be once again be in the company of so many incredible local, national, and international photography galleries and organizations exhibiting at photo l.a., arguably the premiere photographic exposition in the Los Angeles area. This invaluable experience gives our Advanced Studies students the chance to make professional connections with artists, collectors, and gallerists, as well as see their work in the larger context of contemporary photography. This is just one of the many ways that we develop young artists, exposing students to a myriad of creative and professional opportunities in the arts.

This year, Venice Arts is proud to be represented by:
Andrea Abrego | Melissa Alvarez | Rickie Bautista | Silvia Curiel | Lilia Destin | Jane Estrada | Lorraine Gutierrez | Gloria Ortiz | Maia Ramirez | Mark Tomilin

photo l.a. takes place January 12–15, 2017, at The REEF/LA Mart, located at 1933 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90007. Visit us at booth #530!

Celebrating Community and Creativity at Our 2016 Student Culminating Exhibition

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Hundreds of students, families, and community members came out for this special exhibition showcasing the best of our students' films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from our award-winning Art Mentoring workshops. 

This fun community celebration included a family potluck and complimentary ice cream from our friends at Salt & Straw Ice Cream. Thank you to all of our dedicated students, parents, teaching artists, mentors and community members who made this event possible.

Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work this year, and an extra-special shout out to the following student award winners:

Ted M. Warshafsky Scholarship Recipients
Sara A.
Silvia C.
Chelsea R.
Ashley S.


be-Art Magazine Young Photographer Award
Andrea A.


Advanced Film Students involved in Councilmember Mike Bonin's Venice Forward PSA
Sara A.
Tal D.
Leo M.
Kashmir M.
Chelsea R.
Michael V.

We've Got Talent: Students Share Work at Open Mic/Open Projector

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Venice Arts' Overpriced Popcorn Productions, made up of seven of our student leaders, hosted their second event: Open Mic/Open Projector. Students, families, and friends joined us for a night of performances and short films by youth ages 0–19.

We saw Kelly play violin, Carson and Rise play guitar, Tal play ukulele, Jenson breakdance, and Kashi and Khayman show off their martial arts skills. After the Open Mic, we watched a curated screening of youth-produced short animations, films, and trailers. And of course, we all shared not-so overpriced popcorn.

Keep an eye on Overpriced Popcorn's next youth events!

Advanced Studies Students Shine at photo l.a. 2016

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For the third year in a row, Venice Arts had a booth at the International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition photo l.a., which took place January 21-24, showcasing new work by our Advanced Studies photography students.

This invaluable experience gives our Advanced Studies students the chance to make professional connections with artists, collectors, and gallerists, as well as see their work in the larger context of contemporary photography. This is just one of the many ways that we develop young artists, exposing students to a myriad of creative and professional opportunities in the arts.

This year, Venice Arts is proud to be represented by:
Andrea Abrego | Melissa Alvarez | Rickie Bautista | Silvia Curiel | Jane Estrada | Lorraine Gutierrez | Jarod Mendoza
Rocio Padilla | Ashley Sanchez | Mark Tomilin
 

Pushing Buttons, Pushing Boundaries: Venice Arts’ Debut Web Series Gives Diverse Students a Voice

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What happens when you give a group of diverse, young filmmakers all the tools they need to make a web series? Nothing short of magic. 

Venice Arts is pleased to announce the arrival of Pushing Buttons, the first web series to come out of its media arts workshops for low-income youth, which debuted on 10/13/15. Created by our dedicated Advanced Film students, Pushing Buttons follows the story of a young electronic music producer, Amanda, who finds herself under house arrest with her overbearing mother after a violent, public meltdown. Over the course of the series, Amanda is forced to face herself and her family history in an attempt to come to terms with both. 

With guidance from industry professionals teaching artists in Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring program, the teens wrote, produced, and shot the 8-episode series, learning the ins and outs of script writing, casting, and post-production along the way. What began as an idea in mid-January 2015 has now come to fruition as a result of students’ relentless hard work and dedication.

While the finished project is impressive, Pushing Buttons represents much more than a class project—it is also exemplifies Venice Arts’ mission of igniting impoverished youths’ imaginations through innovative art mentoring and education programs that amplify their creative voices. In making the necessary tools accessible to our participants, and letting them take creative control, Pushing Buttons gives a group of underrepresented youth a platform to make the media they want to see. More importantly, it serves as an entry point for our students—largely, young people of color—into the film and television industry, equipping them with competitive skills and credentials. It is a direct catalyst for diversifying the largely homogenous field, allowing all voices to be heard.

Through projects like Pushing Buttons, students affront the lack of diversity in Hollywood. In proving themselves as worthy, up-and-coming directors, writers, producers, and editors, they not only expand others’ expectations of them, but also broaden their own sense of possibility for their lives.

Subscribe to the Pushing Buttons Youtube Channel for updates and behind-the-scenes footage!

New York Times Lens Blog Features Work by Venice Arts Students!

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We’re excited to share a link to the New York Times Lens Blog new project, Looking at our Hometowns. The My Hometown slide show is a vibrant document of 4,289 images submitted by teenagers in school- or community-based photography programs across the United States, including rural villages and urban neighborhoods, wealthy suburbs and blue-collar Rust Belt towns. The project was inspired by the Times photo editors’ belief in the power of photography as an educational tool, and by a desire to help young people communicate the way they see their lives and their communities.

Congratulations to Venice Arts' students Angela Francis, Gabriel Martinez, Ismael Martinez, Sathya Miele, Zinnia Moreno, Ashley Sanchez, Ana Antonio, and Cecilia Antonio! Their work was selected as part of the Editor's Picks for California. Several students have more than one image represented, so flip through the slide show after each link to see them all.

In addition to these works by students at Venice Arts' Center here in Los Angeles, the project also features "Planada Rising," a photo story and accompanying music, produced by teens in Venice Arts' two-year project in Merced. Check out the full article, a slide show of the project, and a link to the Planada Rising video here.


Pictured: Photograph by Angela, age 17: "I took this on the train that runs from Culver City to Downtown LA. I remember talking to the little boy and his mom about our group and what kind of work I do. The two of them were running Saturday errands, and they seemed to have a close bond."