Create Your Own Block Print
Block or relief printing, which originated in China, is one of the oldest techniques for printing text, images, and patterns. Oakland-based artist Roschelle Lowe of @newprintontheblock uses these printmaking techniques to create her prints, like this image of our Oakland skyline.
What you’ll need:
- Carving tool (gouge)
- Linoleum block
- Printing ink
- Paper or fabric
Follow along with Roschelle’s “Lunch and Learn: Block Printing” tutorial to bring your artistic visions to life, and create your own block print!
Craft Your Own Social Justice Poster
Oakland's evolving vision of freedom and equity is deeply rooted in art activism and social justice organizing. With this online workshop, Oakland artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez walks you through creating your own social justice posters.
What you’ll need:
- White cardstock paper
- Multicolored markers
- Black sharpies
- Glue stick
- Mixed colored bright paper
See examples of Favianna’s posters, and bring your own ideas as you follow along this step-by-step guide. You can also learn how to create your own butterfly wings, and find more family-friendly arts & crafts to do from home here.
Make Your Own Mask
What you’ll need for the sew method:
- Two 10” x 6” rectangles of cotton fabric
- Two 6” pieces of elastic (or rubber bands, string, cloth strips, or hair ties)
- Needle and thread (or bobby pin)
- Sewing machine
You can also stay covered and support local by ordering Oakland-made face masks from Taylor Jay or Love Iguehi. For every cotton face cover sold, Taylor Jay donates one to a healthcare provider, a senior, or person in need.
Support artists at Oakland art school The Crucible, and celebrate their work virtually by tuning in to their bi-weekly Virtual Artist Talks, buying art directly from the artists, and by donating. Every dollar donated is doubled.
Other Ways to Enjoy Oakland From Home
There are plenty of ways to "visit" The Town without having to leave your humble abode. Watch movies that were filmed in or are about Oakland, support the small business community by shopping online or supporting a fundraiser, and check out some cool virtual events!