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    Gallery Schedule Fall 13

    Thursday, September 5, 2013

    Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 30th. 5-7 p.m.  The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Student Center at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave. Saratoga, CA. The exhibit will be open through Oct. 17th Faculty Work: 9/23 – 10/21, reception 9/30  Day of the Dead: 10/28 - 11/4 , reception TBA Photography Exhibit:  11/12 – 12/1 [...]

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  • Opera

    “O” is for Opera

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

    MUSIC 044 MUSICAL THEATER & OPERA SCENES The hugely popular MUSIC 44 class will once again be offered SPRING 2014.  Check back here or see the Spring 14 schedule of classes upon publication. Rec Prep: MUSIC 032C and/or 033A and/or 033B and/or THEAR 040A and eligibility for ENGL 001A and Read 053. This class studies, [...]

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  • Patricia_Hill

    Like, What is Art Anyways

    Monday, January 14, 2013

     The Homonym Approach to Art Theory for Community College Students I.     Definitions   (Etymology) II.    How do you know it’s Art   (Epistemology) III.   Apples, Oranges & Drano  (Taxonomy) IV.   Priests, Kings, Shamans & Chiefs   (Mythology) V.     Beauty   (Plato) VI.    Representation  (Mimesis) VII.   The [...]

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  • Recording_Arts-1

    Recording

    Saturday, January 5, 2013

    If you are of a certain age and recall using magnetic tape then the relative ease with which high definition video and high fidelity audio are captured, edited and distributed likely amazes and inspires you. It certainly does us.

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  • STEM-to-STEAM

    Stem to Steam

    Sunday, January 29, 2012

    STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. The value of art and design to innovation is clear: Artists and designers humanize technology, making it understandable and capable of bringing about societal change. [...]

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  • Theater

    Behind The Scenes

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

    Have you ever wondered how in the world art, music and theater pull off high-caliber student productions in just one semester? Plus charge the public an admission fee! You must be curious, right? Right?

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  • Manet

    Discourse & Lecture

    Monday, January 2, 2012

    Mona Lisa La Gioconda in honor of our friend Kathleen Grisham. We miss her very much. She was a first-rate historian and a first-rate colleague. She was an early purveyor of online arts education. This portal is an extension of her work.  Tag, Lectures

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West-Valley-Jazz
Sep
7

Jazz Concert Oct. 4th

October 4th, 2013 Jazz Concert Extravaganza! featuring the West Valley College Jazz Band, Gus Kambeitz, director Santa Teresa High School Jazz Band, Julie Bounds, director West Valley College Theater 8 pm – $10 /door

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day-of-the-dead
Sep
5

Gallery Schedule Fall 13

Opening reception: Monday, Sept. 30th. 5-7 p.m.  The Art Gallery is located on the lower level of the Student Center at West Valley College, 14000 Fruitvale Ave. Saratoga, CA. The exhibit will be open through Oct. 17th Faculty Work: 9/23 – 10/21, reception 9/30  Day of the Dead: 10/28 - 11/4 , reception TBA Photography Exhibit:  11/12 – 12/1 [...]

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Laura_Lowry_Mitra_Fabian
Aug
26

New Arts Faculty!

We are thrilled to introduce two new tenure-track arts faculty!  Laura Lowry in Theater Arts and Mitra Fabian in Studio Arts. Welcome!  Brief bios follow: Laura is delighted to be a part of the West Valley College theater department. She began her college teaching career as an adjunct faculty of Las Positas College.  Laura has taught [...]

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kimberly-cook
Jul
20

Art Faculty @ The Triton

Artwork by West Valley and Mission College art faculty are currently on display at the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara.  From the press release: Some of our region’s most noted artists are also art educators. The Triton Museum of Art celebrates some of these gifted artists and instructors in an exhibition of works [...]

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west-valley-college-jazz
May
20

Mas Vox Awards

West Valley College’s Jazz Singers win the Reno Jazz Festival! Congratulations to the students and to Michelle Hawkins, director of the WVC Jazz Choir ‘Synchronicity’ which won the prestigious, nationally-recognized Reno Jazz Festival held at University of Nevada, Reno this past Saturday! In addition, congratulations to Music major Zach Yaholkovsky, who won “Outstanding College Vocalist!” [...]

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magnolia
May
18

Song For Webster

Last night the West Valley College Chorale and Chamber Singers dedicated their final concert of the school year to our late colleague Webster Owens.  Webster was beloved by this campus community and is sorely missed. Warm summer sun, shine brightly here, Warm Southern wind, blow softly here, Green sod above, lie light, lie light, Good [...]

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west-valley-art-gallery-005
May
6

Students @ Rotary

The 56th annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show is in the bag!  What a great day (despite the wind) and what a strong showing by West Valley College Art students.  The Campus Center Art Gallery Student Show and the space outside the President’s office (dedicated to student sales) were well received by the art lovers in [...]

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DSC_7755
Apr
26

Rotary This Sunday

Saratoga Rotary Art Show A Community Event and Fundraiser Sunday, May 5, 2013 9AM to 5PM You’re Invited to the 56th Annual Saratoga Rotary Art Show with Wine Tasting! Plan to come and spend the day on the beautiful grounds of West Valley College in Saratoga (click here for directions) as fine Artists and Craftsmen [...]

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Sweet-Charity-001
Apr
21

Gala Round Up

Note the honest expression on Kayla’s face (Ms. Empson’s performance was flawless btw)… Who knew Dr. Gaskin would be there? Gus must be the hardest working man in (Silicon Valley) show business… Goodness gracious we miss Ginger… It takes a field marshal to pull these productions off in 12 weeks (kudos Amy)… Congratulations West Valley [...]

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Sweet-Charity-2
Apr
16

Charity Opens Friday!

‘Sweet Charity’ opens this Friday! April 19, 25, 26, 27 @ 8pm April 21, 28 @ 2pm Special Gala Performance, Saturday April 20th, click for tickets:    

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wvc-art-galley
Apr
9

Student Art Reception

[UPDATED with reception pics] WVC Spring ’13 Student Art Show reception, April 23rd., from 5-7 p.m. Please come if you can, and encourage your students who are showing to come and bring a snack or beverage to share! It’s a great looking show! Thanks! Jason Also from Art Gallery on facebook: Chester Arnold, amazing painter who [...]

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Spotlight

Jan
29

Now Hear This

The video is of a computer generated oak tree produced in the fall 2011 Art 60a Digital Video Arts class. Student artists, Jumiah Johnston, Ben Wilcox, and Matthew Bennett. The sound tracks were each composed, performed and recorded by students in this spring’s Music 67a Music for Film,TV & Games class. Track 1:   Chris Blazek Track 2:   [...]

Theater
Jan
26

Behind The Scenes

Have you ever wondered how in the world art, music and theater are able to pull off high-caliber student productions in just one semester? Plus charge the public an admission fee! You must be curious, right?   Tag, Behind the Scenes

Demonstrations
Jan
18

Materials

Has anyone ever heard of “fine motor skills”? How about “hand-eye coordination”? “Hands-on” anyone? Anyone? Put down the joystick and release the mouse!    Tag, The Laboratory