Jose Shares His Story

Jose first participated in artworxLA's programs in 2003, after dropping out of high school. His interest for photography kept him on track to graduate. Following his passion for printmaking, Jose became a founding member of Contact photolab located in the Brewery Arts Complex, where he now serves as Chief Technician. "artworxLA's teachers are very dedicated and focused on getting students to learn. When I stumbled on photography through artworxLA, it made me a whole person." Jose invited filmmakers Matt Tolmach and his partner Paige Tolmach to visit the places where he has lived and overcome hardships to arrive at where he is today.
Listen to Jose tell his story of transformation.

Trailer Park's Justin Nagtalon visits artworxLA

Justin Nagtalon, a multi-disciplinary illustrator/designer at Trailer Park, shared his creative process in advertising, illustration, web, and apparel with artworxLA students on Friday last week. Justin led students at the Hollywood Media Arts Academy through an in-depth exercise using Photoshop. He taught them how to create animated GIFs to create an impactful impression online. Thank you Justin for sharing your perspectives with our students!

2-Hour Workshop With Dewey Tafoya

The video highlights a 2-hour workshop with artworxLA Teaching Artist Dewey Tafoya and Workshop Coordinator Stephen P. Hardy. Over the course of 10-weeks, students explored social and political artwork connected to the theme “Gender and Representation”, developed in partnership with cultural partner UCLA Art and Global Health Center. Students were inspired by their visit to the “Manifest: Justice” exhibition on view in May 2015 at the Baldwin Hills Theater in Los Angeles.

Students were asked to reflect and write about social issues that exist in their communities. Students produced screen prints inspired by these issues. Each student was asked to think deeply about how to visually improve the prints they produced by creating prints without text. Each student was directed to formulate new images through the use of complex printing techniques which best illustrate their subject matter.

Paul Ulukpo

artworxLA Students