Our youth programs offer free, year-round art workshops in a variety of areas for organizations in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas serving underserved youth from all backgrounds. Our objectives are to:

  • Enhance creativity and self-expression
  • Build confidence and self-esteem
  • Develop a sense of community-orientation
  • Familiarize youth to multiple art forms
  • Develop a sense of art appreciation
  • Expose youth to different interests/hobbies and career options
  • Create opportunities for artists to serve diverse communities

 

Invited artist instructors conduct workshops in areas which include but are not limited to filmmaking, claymation, painting, animation, drawing, arts and crafts, photography (film and digital), T-shirt making, poetry and spoken-word.   Participating groups need to be a non-profit, Los Angeles or Orange County-based organization that serve children experiencing educational, socioeconomic, and/or physical needs.  Participants’ ages range from 6 years to 18 years.  Workshop capacity ranges from 10-25 people. Workshops last from two to eight hours per session and may be carried out in one or multiple sessions.

If you are from an interested youth organization, please fill out the application form. VAALA Staff will  review your application and work with you to select and coordinate a workshop for the youth.  If you are an artists interested in conducting a workshop or have questions, please email VAALA at info@vaala.org

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Photo credit: Hung on the World/Hung Pham and Julie Vo.

Photography Workshop

In October 2014, VAALA held a smART workshop with the students from HAPI-YEP at Magnolia High School and photographer Hung Pham. Hung shared about the ABC's of Photography, levitation and hodouken photography. The students put concepts into practice with their own action shots! More info about OCAPICA's HAPI-YEP Program here: http://hapiyep.wordpress.com.

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Photo credit: Hiep Nguyen & HAPI-YEP.

Painting Workshop with HAPI-YEP

In September 2014, the smART workshop kicked off its Fall season with artist Hiep Cao Nguyen from Circle Painting and the students from HAPI-YEP at Magnolia High School. More info about OCAPICA's HAPI-YEP Program here: http://hapiyep.wordpress.com.

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Youth in Motion: A Workshop for Emerging Filmmakers

Piloted in 2014 as part of its smART program series and in conjunction with its annual Viet Film Fest, Youth In Motion: A Workshop for Emerging Filmmakers is offered by VAALA to support young voices, stories, and perspectives in the Vietnamese community through the art of digital films. Workshop participants will explore and learn basic skills and tools for digital filmmaking and work collaboratively to produce short films that premiere at the annual Viet Film Fest. Participants have the opportunity to learn about the production process – from storytelling to camera work to editing – and put their skills to practice. Sessions include guest speakers from the local film community.