Franklin Service Center and UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center Present:

Sunny Samuel
Residency Dates:
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 21
Wednesday, April 4
Wednesday, April 11

Art Project:
Micro to Macro
In Micro to Macro, participants will gather organic and artificial objects from our surroundings. We will explore our collection of found objects through the use of a ‘microscope attachment’ for computer tablets. This ‘do-it-yourself’ microscope, which provides 100x magnification through the use of the tablet’s built-in camera, allows us to observe in brilliant detail the beautiful structures, patterns, and layers inherent in the objects and life forms that exist in our environment. Participants will begin by learning drawing techniques for the representation of these forms. The participants are encouraged to envision and create drawings which will interact and emerge into larger, imaginative abstract works. Our goal is to explore and celebrate the visual qualities of the largely-unseen, fascinating, and unbelievably complex microscopic world around us.

Sunny Samuel is an artist and biologist who earned his Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of La Verne, CA and is a candidate for the Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His drawings, paintings, and sculptures explore the boundaries of microscopic worlds and the macroscopic universe. His interests range from the lifecycles and adaptation strategies of organisms, the continuum between humans and the environments we occupy, how the ecologies of beauty and function interact in nature, and the potential for undiscovered lifeforms to exist here and beyond.

Yumiko Glover
Residency Dates:
Monday, March 6
Monday, March 13
Monday, March 20

Art Project:
Expression with Ink and Brush
These brush painting workshops will introduce the traditional art of brush painting. Participants will learn how to paint images such as fish and bamboo using sumi ink on rice paper. Participants will also explore eastern concepts of observing and understanding brush art and its related cultural elements. This workshop can be taught for any age group from 5- years-old to adult. At the end of the workshop, the participants will display their work by hanging their scrolls on the wall. Later, they will be able to take home a scroll of their work.

Yumiko Glover is a graduate student who is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Along with making artwork focusing on examining Japanese culture and society, Glover has been teaching brush painting at the University of Hawai’i as a teaching assistant, Honolulu Museum of Art as an instructor, and currently at the University of California, Santa Barbara, as a workshop instructor.



Robert Huerta
Residency Dates:
Friday, April 21
Friday, April 28
Friday, May 5
Friday, May 12
Friday, May 19

Art Project:
Our Public: Dialogues within the Community
Participants will use drawing, reading, painting, photography, performance, and writing to create a book focused on exploring their narrative personal histories. The book will serve as a catalogue of co-authored interviews written by the participants, combined with multi-media interpretations of a series of integrated-plays. The plays are integrated in that they are participatory, and require that participants occupy “roles” and “act” out their responses to the questions. These responses will be in the form of different media (e.g. paint, photographs, drawing, collage, performance, text, speech) and derived from a series of questions that the participants arrive at in their search for their personal narratives. The questions will be created by the students and used in a series of dialogues amongst themselves and with a female role model in each of their lives. These collectively authored tools for inquiry are aimed at illustrating each individual’s “story,” to be compiled and redistributed as a collection of stories. Participants will also have the opportunity to conduct the same interview that they do in groups with someone in their lives outside of school. This person can be any female role model that the student may have.

Robert Huerta is an artist, community organizer, and educator from Los Angeles. He works with people and places, both locally and virtually. His transdisciplinary approach is based on the idea that communities breathe life into each other through the integration of divergent ideas and practices. He is committed to open-access, horizontal and participatory models of education, that use pedagogical frameworks embracive of the contribution personal narratives and political stakes can make to a dialectic. Robert’s most recent projects include *Herstories-Interviews with Latinos who had their first child from 15-21* and *PIARY:Photogrammetric Integration with At-Risk Youth*.

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