October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration.
A Little Free Library® designed and fabricated by Mark Knize is now on display at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts!
The Arts Education Program a issued a Request for Proposals for a custom little library to promote literacy and compliment the interdisciplinary arts programming at the Grand. Local sculptor and woodturner Mark Knize was selected for his fun and innovative design. The result is a life-sized, vintage robot that offers a variety of free arts-related resources including books, magazines, music and art-making supplies to youth and adults alike. Not only does the robot provide unique presentation, but it is also mobile and includes dynamic lighting.
The Robot Library will become a chartered member of the Little Free Library® international network.
Employment opportunities are now available serving the Cultural Arts Division at the Grand Theatre Center for the Arts!
• P/T Rec Leader III – Front of House Operations
• P/T Rec Leader III – Arts Education Program Ceramics Lab Tech
• P/T Rec Leader II – Arts Education Program
• F/T Marketing Coordinator
• F/T Cultural Arts Technical Coordinator – Theatre Operations
For more information and to submit your application online, visit: CITYOFTRACYJOBS.COM
Applications are accepted until positions are filled.
2022 Open Lab Dates: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14
2023 Open Lab Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17
*No Lab: 11/23, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4, 1/11, 5/24, 5/31
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.
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.
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.
For more information about our Ceramics Open Lab, Ceramic Classes, and Firing Services, please contact our Ceramics Technician at (209) 831-6273.
Fused Glass Lab is offered on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 7:30 pm.
2022 Open Lab Dates: 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
2023 Open Lab Dates: 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16
*No Lab on 11/22, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 5/23, 5/30
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.
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.
For more information about our Fused Glass Open Lab, Fused Glass Classes, and Firing Services, please contact our Ceramics Technician at (209) 831-6273.
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:
- Dark Green
Or you can opt to use any supplies you have available at home!
Please click on the video below to begin painting!
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!