Eat, Drink, Explore Memuro, Japan… Tracy’s Sister City!

Eat, Drink, Explore Memuro, Japan… Tracy’s Sister City!

Join us for a series of workshops where you Eat, Drink and Explore Japan! Experts from the Sister City Association of Tracy, Inc. will collaborate to provide high quality resources and cultural guidance to each day of the project. The seminar series of three Saturdays, is open to the general public (ages twelve and above) and there is no cost to register. Participants will receive hands-on instruction to create clay artifacts based on the Japanese lifestyle, such as ceremonial tea bowls, that promote understanding of the Japanese culture.

Registration is limited for these free workshops, please email Patricia Plumb at 44thand@gmail.com for more information and to register.

Download a copy of the flyer here: SisterCitySeminarFlyer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CA Relief Fund for Artists & Cultural Practioners

The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners was initiated by the California Arts Council, a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

The Fund will be distributed to reflect the cultural and geographic diversity of the state of California—including those whose artistic practice is deeply rooted in historically marginalized communities. For the purpose of this relief fund, these prioritized communities include African, American Indian and Alaska Native, Arab, Asian and Asian American, Black and African American, Disabled, Immigrant, Indigenous and Indigena, Latinx, LGBTQIA2S+, MENASA, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, Refugee, and Women. In addition, we encourage those who are low-income, have difficulty obtaining or retaining sources of income, live in rural communities, or undocumented to apply.

The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners makes available $1,953,000 total, in $1,000 award amounts, to artists and cultural practitioners (i.e., fine artists, including literary, visual, and performing artists; teaching artists; culture bearers; and maker-based sole or collective-based creative social entrepreneurs) who are current, full-time residents of the state of California. For the purpose of this relief fund, an applicant must be a self-employed artist, an artist entrepreneur, or employed by a nonprofit organization with arts and culture being essential to their mission.

Download the Guidelines here and apply through May 20, 2022!

Tracy Arts Commission announces new Granting Program!

The Tracy Arts Commission provides support and resources to the our local creative community.  A new Granting Program has been developed this year to encourage and help artists of all kinds, arts educators, and arts organizations present arts and cultural-based projects in Tracy.

Projects must be accessible to the public in the form of events and activities such as classes, exhibits, festivals, performances, screenings, readings, and workshops.  The application process is easy and friendly to small and large projects alike.  This granting cycle will support projects between July 2022 and June 2023.

Interested, have questions?  Join us for an orientation meeting on Wednesday, March 30 at 6 pm to assist you and answer your questions!

Download the 2022 Granting Program Request For Proposals here!

Ceramics Open Lab

Ceramics Lab 2021

Summer 2022 Open Lab Dates:  6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17  *No Lab on 8/24, 8/31, 9/7

Fall 2022 Open Lab will resume on 9/14

Ceramics Lab

Join us Wednesday afternoons 4:30 to 7:30 pm for extra time to practice the skills you are learning in class. Students, both beginning and advanced, currently enrolled in any of our ceramic classes are strongly encouraged to attend lab to enhance their learning experience. Experienced ceramic artists are also welcome. Labs do not include instruction and enrollment in a current ceramic class is not required to attend open lab times.

While attending open lab you will have access to our six electric wheels, a kick wheel, a slab roller and an extruder. You will also have a plethora of tools available for use including trimming tools, metal and wooden rib tools, sponges, stamps, molds and more. You will find that open lab can be a calming and playful experience. 

Cone 5 Glaze List

  • We have a verity of different glazes to dip your bisque ware and testing tiles to experiment with colors.  The following glazes are available during open lab: Colonial White, Peach Gloss, True Celadon, Turkish Amber, Dynasty Red,  Mandarin Orange, Black Gloss, Royal Blue, Purple Gloss, Lemon Yellow, and Clear.

Cost

Drop in for one-day lab access is $20 for residents of Tracy and $22 for non-residents.

We offer a punch card at $100 for residents and $110 for non-residents. With your punch card you will have six entries for the price of five. Punch cards do not expire, and you can use them whenever our ceramics open lab is running.

Clay Available for Purchase

Clay is $15.50 plus tax for a twenty-five-pound bag of clay, with or without grog. Recycled clay is $9.00 plus tax for a twenty-five-pound bag of clay. Recycled clay is not always immediately available so please call ahead if you would like to purchase some. 

Ceramics Firings

The Grand is pleased to provide cone 5-6 & 05 electric kiln firing services to the local ceramic arts community. Simply purchase clay through the center, and then make an appointment to bring your unfired projects to our studio. The cost of firings is dependent on the size and amount of work. We will provide you with a finalized price when pieces are ready for pick up. Please note this special service is contingent on our acceptance of materials to be fired; we reserve the right to reject work that includes paper, metal, or unidentified materials. Please contact the Ceramics Technician for more information about ceramic firings and availability.

Ceramics Technician

For more information about our Ceramics Open Lab, Ceramic Classes, and Firing Services, please contact Matt Farnsworth, Ceramics Technician, at matt.farnsworth@cityoftracy.org or (209) 831-6273.

Fused Glass Open Lab

Fused Glass Lab 2021-22

Fused Glass Lab is offered on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

Summer 2022 Open Lab Dates:  6/7, 6/14, 6/21, 6/28, 7/5, 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16    *No Lab on 8/23, 8/30, 9/6

Fall 2022 Open Lab will resume on 9/13

Students can work independently alongside other artists in the glass studio on Tuesday afternoons! Students should be prepared with their own ideas and projects in mind to work on during this time. No formal teachings will be given. During open lab times, you will have access to a variety of tools such as glass cutters and a glass grinder. Pieces created during open lab times will be fired. You may find that lab can be a calming and playful experience, we look forward to seeing you.

Cost

Drop in for one-day lab access is $20 for residents of Tracy and $22 for non-residents.

We offer a punch card at $100 for residents and $110 for non-residents. With your punch card you will have six entries for the price of five. Punch cards do not expire, and you can use them whenever our fused glass open lab is running.

Glass Available for Purchase

During open lab times, you will have access to a variety of tools such as glass cutters and a glass grinder. Glass materials such as 10 x 10-inch sheets of glass, frit, and stringers are available for sale during open lab times. We offer a variety of glass sheets including opalescent, transparent, and streaky glass. We also have variety of frit available for purchase including powders, fine, coarse, and medium.  Stringers/glass rods are also available in select colors, ranging from 0.5mm to 2mm. Prices range.

Fused Glass Firings

The Grand is pleased to provide slump, tack, and full fused glass firing services to the local arts community. When your piece(s) are ready, please make an appointment to bring your unfired projects to our studio. The cost of firings is dependent on the size and amount of work. We will provide you with a finalized price when pieces are ready for pick up. Please note this special service is contingent on our acceptance of materials to be fired; we reserve the right to reject work that includes paper, metal, or unidentified materials. Please contact the Ceramics Technician for more information about firings and availability.

Studio Technician

For more information about our Fused Glass Open Lab, Fused Glass Classes, and Firing Services, please contact Matt Farnsworth, Ceramics Technician, at matt.farnsworth@cityoftracy.org or (209) 831-6273.

Free Online Paint Night

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts presents a free Paint Night through Facebook live!  Join the Arts Education Program featuring visual arts instructor Amanda Trask for a 1-hour painting you can do from the comfort of your own home! Participants can follow along in the video below to create their one-of-a-kind painting!

This Paint Night is family friendly and appropriate for school-age students as well as adults.

You will want the following supplies to complete this painting:

  • canvas, canvas board, or canvas paper (we used a 14″ x 11″ canvas)
  • one small paint brush
  • one large paint brush
  • one paper plate for mixing colors
  • one plastic cup for water
  • paper towels used to make the leaf texturing on the painting
  • 6 colors of paint:
    • White
    • Black
    • Yellow
    • Red/Orange
    • Dark Green
    • Blue

Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!

Please click on the video below to begin painting!

Free Online Art Classes

Grand Art Live Flyer 2020

The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, Arts Education Program presents free online art classes through Facebook Live!  Join visual arts instructor and artist Amanda Trask for a virtual art class.  Each week starting April 8th, Amanda taught a different topic centered-around drawing.  Students at home can follow along using basic art supplies such as paper, pencil and colored pencil.

Check out the videos below to try one of these drawing classes!

Classes are family friendly and appropriate for school age students as well as adults.

The Arts Education Program is pleased to announce the addition of these Facebook Live art classes during this uncertain time. The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts is currently closed to the public until further notice in response to the current health concerns related to COVID-19.

April 8, 2020     Week 1: Fantasy Drawing: Unicorns & Dragons

 

April 15, 2020     Week 2: Anime/Manga Style Drawing

 

April 22, 2020     Week 3: Figure Drawing: Faces 

 

 April 29, 2020       Week 4: Figure Drawing: Hands & Feet  

 

May 6, 2020       Week 5: Having Fun with Patterns!

 

May 13, 2020       Week 6: Cartoon Drawing: Animals 

 

 Thanks for drawing with us!