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Art for Two: Painting Stories
Art for Two: Painting Stories (Ages 3-4 + Adult)

Collaborate and explore the art of painting in this interactive learning experience! Art can tell us a lot about our world.

Drawing Techniques with Ink

Learn the essentials of drawing with ink! Following the prompts of Inktober, students will receive different prompts to create a work on paper in ink.

Beginners Quilting Workshop

Students will be introduced to quilting history/ terminology, a variety of stitching techniques, and work towards creating a hand stitched lap quilt by the end of the workshop.

Paintings Big & Small!

This painting class will teach essential painting techniques to develop creativity using a variety of materials and methods.

Painting with Natural Pigments Workshop

Explore painting with pigments we find in nature. Learn how to extract pigment from a variety of organic plant materials and test different ph levels to see how the pigments shift in color.

Needle Felting Workshop: Pumpkin

We will go over shaping techniques and how to sculpt with the needle tool. All materials are included.

Drama: Writing & Performing a Monologue

Take us on a journey with your own short play! Each student will conceive, write and perform a one-minute original monologue.

The Art of Puppetry
The Art of Puppetry (Ages 8-10)

Through the use of drawing, collage, paper arts, and other mediums students will bring their own puppet stories to life.

Stop Motion Animation

Learn to understand the basics of stop-motion animation through a series of exercises focused on greater awareness of color, time, and movement.


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Tanya Aguiñiga Video Series
Tanya Aguiñiga Video Series October 08, 2020 - October 25, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Throughout October, the Armory will stream a rotating selection of video-based work by Tanya Aguiñiga from her exhibition Borderlands Within/La Frontera Adentro.

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Maura Brewer & Paul Pescador: State of the Union
Maura Brewer & Paul Pescador: State of the Union November 01, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present State of the Union by Maura Brewer and Paul Pescador, a one-night Zoom performance, on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST. (Note that Daylight Sav... Read more.

Inside the Armory

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We all have a choice and a voice! Twice a week throughout the month of August, young adults from Greater LA and across the country met via Zoom as part of a "Get Out the Vote" zine class—a collaborati...Read more.

Imagine taking your first art class... over the telephone. This is the improbable quarantine success story of "technology challenged" Phil Sanchez, a 70 year old resident of Pasadena's Heritage Square...Read more.

Be Counted! Live Census Event September 23, 2020
5:14 PM

Be counted! The census deadline is looming, so join us for one of three, bilingual, in-person census form completion events in Pasadena. Complete your census form at one of these events and enter a dr...Read more.

Pasajes/Passages: Lecturas sobre migración, trauma y sanación/Readings on migration, trauma, and healing
Saturday, September 12, 2020/Sábado, 12 de septiembre
1:00 PM

The Armory invites you to joi...Read more.

Join us on Thursday, August 27 at 5:00 PM PT (7 PM CDMX) for a virtual  release of the bilingual publication Below the Underground: Renegade Art and Action in 1990s Mexico / Más abajo que el undergrou...Read more.

Learn about power, democracy, art, and the history of youth activism in this free, online class for young adults age 14 to 21. Presented in partnership with California Calls, the goal of this 8-sessio...Read more.

Community Highlight: Daniel Williams July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Dance for Love, Dance for Peace 

The weekend of June 22, 2020, we saw the virtual return of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, the largest event of its kind according to the Guinness Book of Records. In th...Read more.

Art for Everyone

In the 130+ days since lockdown, Armory Teaching Artists have remained resourceful, resilient, and devoted to the Armory's mission of transforming lives through the power of art. Usi...Read more.

Community Highlight: Day One July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Community Collaboration

Armory Teaching Artist Sergio Hernandez shared this pic from his online lettering class, presented in collaboration with Pasadena's Public Library and Day One. Using watercolo...Read more.

Virtual exhibition for the Armory's Artful Connections with Math program 

During the Fall 2019 semester, Armory Center for the Arts provided a new comprehensive visual art/math integrated curriculum ...Read more.

Juneteenth July 28, 2020
2:47 PM

Come Celebrate Juneteenth!

This Friday, June 19, with a car caravan for black lives organized by our partners at the NAACP Pasadena and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. Vehicles will asse...Read more.

How to Make an Origami Owl July 21, 2020
12:26 PM

All you need is scissors, markers, paper! In 12 easy steps, you'll be able to make your own parliament of owls (BTW - a group of owls is called a "parliament"). Special thanks to Armory Teaching Ronna...Read more.

Join us on Tuesday, July 7 at 4:00 PM PDT for a virtual walkthrough of the exhibition John Ziqiang Wu: Art Making with the artist and Armory Program Manager Heber Rodriguez.

While Armory galleries ...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Austyn de Lugo (he/him/él) is an LA-based artist of Puerto Rican and Virgin Islander descent. Austyn is especially interested in queer and feminist theory, horror films, pattern...Read more.

Caravan for Black Lives June 02, 2020
2:47 PM

Come support this evening's "Mr. George Floyd Caravan Vigil & Peace," organized by our partners at the NAACP Pasadena Branch and the National Association of Day Laborers Organizing Network. Vehicles w...Read more.

Tanya Aguiñiga Live on Instagram May 29, 2020
3:32 PM

Join us for a performance by Tanya Aguiñiga, live on the Armory’s Instagram on Wednesday, June 3 at 4:00 PM PDT.

A centerpiece of Aguiñiga's Borderlands Within/La Frontera Adentro exhibition at the ...Read more.

Faculty Feature: Andrew K. Currey May 27, 2020
10:00 AM

On May 26, 2020, we asked Armory Teaching Artist Andrew K. Currey to take over our Instagram account for the day. Here's what she shared. Be sure to follow us @ArmoryArts for future #TakeOverTuesdays ...Read more.

HOME: An Armory Coloring Book May 21, 2020
2:08 PM

This coloring book for all ages is a collaborative effort of the Armory's Teaching Artists. We invited our faculty to each create an illustration representing their personal interpretation of “Home,” ...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Jocelyn Casas makes paintings, sculptures, installations, murals, and wearables. Jocelyn's work navigates her fluid identity as a first generation Mexican-American, using both h...Read more.

Fun for all ages! Adapted from Nick Neddo’s book The Organic Artist, this Coffee Ink Art activity comes to you from Armory Teaching Artist Michelle Ohm. Tag @ArmoryArts when you share photos and video...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Grace Lacques is our resident theatrical expert. Grace began her theater studies in France, studying master Etienne Decroux's corporal mime techniques. She has taught children's...Read more.

How To Make a Fabric Mask May 08, 2020
10:32 AM

Armory Teaching Artist Denise El-Hoss has directed our letterpress studio for more than a decade. A master of the letterpress medium, Denise is also quite handy with a needle and thread. In this short...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist and ceramics instructor Elonda Norris has shown nationally and throughout Los Angeles. Using household items, furniture, and food, her artwork invites us to question our relatio...Read more.

Perfect for ages 3 to 5! Created by Armory Teaching Artist Ed Leonardi, we have some fun and simple directions on how to make yourself an animal companion including a 3D kitten or 2D puppy.


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Armory Teaching Artist Sergio Hernandez is our resident expert on all things street art — murals, lettering, slap boards, stencils, and more. An accomplished artist and designer, Sergio teaches some o...Read more.

All the world’s a stage and we are all actors. Armory Teaching Artist and drama instructor Grace Lacques challenges you to invent a character based on this single word: HOPE. Your character will perso...Read more.

How To Hang Art April 23, 2020
1:40 PM

This handy how-to guide from the Armory's exhibitions team shows you the essential steps and simple math used by professionals to hang art. You can also use this information to securely hang other thi...Read more.

Faculty Feature: Gabriella Carboni April 21, 2020
10:00 PM

On April 20, 2020, we asked Armory Teaching Artist Gabriella Carboni to take over our Instagram account for the day. Here's what she shared. Be sure to follow us @ArmoryArts for future #TakeOverTuesda...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Sandra Gallegos asked us to share one of her favorite collages with you that she made in 2017. "I thought it would be nice for children to hunt for things," like a scavenger hun...Read more.

Matt MacFarland: 7 Cartoonists I Love April 15, 2020
4:30 PM

Armory Teaching Artist Matt MacFarland loves drawing and comics. "I went to school for art, but still made cartoons. Then I went to grad school for art. I still made cartoons...then my son was born an...Read more.

In 10 minutes, draw as many popular cartoon characters as possible...from memory! Forget about details. Be quick & loose. It's not about being "good." It's about discovering your unique cartooning sty...Read more.

For 2nd & 3rd Graders: How do artists purchase materials for creating a project? This lesson a goal is for students to work within a given budget, create proposals, purchase materials from a classroom...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Kate Lain's Cabin Fever Playlist is a crowd-sourced list of experimental films that are currently free online. Kate started the list on March 13 for her video art students at th...Read more.

For 3rd Graders: How do we use math and art to represent our living spaces? This lesson’s goal is for students to create a floor plan collage, using graph paper to calculate area and sewing with embro...Read more.

Make a creature using ONLY materials you have in your home. Give your creature a name and back-story. Is it real or imaginary? Does it have hobbies or talents? What does it like to eat? What fun thing...Read more.

With generous support from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Armory partnered with Proyecto Pastoral, Public Works, and the Art for Incarcerated Youth Network to present art ...Read more.

If she lived during the age of smart phones, what would Sara Kathryn Arledge think of Twitter? It's an intriguing question, because decades before the advent of the tweet, Arledge wrote and archived h...Read more.

2020 Curators Award and $80,000 Grant December 18, 2018
10:05 AM

Fellows of Contemporary Art Bestows 2020 Curators Award and $80,000 Grant to the Curators at Armory Center for the Arts and Pomona College Museum of Art The Fellows of Contemporary Art (FOCA) has awar...Read more.

Following a 6-month national search conducted by the executive search firm of Morris & Berger, Armory Center for the Arts' Board of Directors have announced that Leslie A. Ito of South Pasadena will b...Read more.

Armory Teaching Artist Kristofferson San Pablo will be exhibiting as part of a group show at Beyond the Streets in Los Angeles. Along with teaching an array of classes from Crazy Caricature, Anime, Co...Read more.

Coachella music festival organizers Goldenvoice will debut the Arroyo Seco Weekend— with three stages of live music along with curated menus from LA’s celebrated restaurants and chefs at the Rose Bowl...Read more.

Connie Samaras
The Past is Another Planet:
Huntington Tropical Garden; OEB 7185, Octavia E. Butler and Large Tree,
Amazon River Region, July 1985.
Archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Fine ...Read more.

Teen photographer Dalon Poole of Pasadena and Executive Director Scott Ward represented the Armory at the White House on November 17 to accept a major award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Since 200...Read more.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the Armory $120,000 to support exhibitions and related programming over the next 2 years. The Armory is the only Pasadena institution to rece...Read more.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded $150,000 to Armory Center for the Arts to develop, deliver, and evaluate Artful Connections with Science — a new visual arts/science integra...Read more.

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