Plein Air is a group exhibition that explores shifting ideas of western landscape, painting, and fieldwork.
Recent work by the Pasadena-based artist that investigates our connections to nature and family, especially in the time since the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the Ground Up presents works by 17 contemporary artists who confront the specter of global environmental disaster and disruptions in food production.
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Classes for kids age 3-14 meet once a week for 10 weeks on Mondays through Fridays from 4-5:30 PM, and on Saturdays from 10-11:30 AM. All materials are included.
Classes for adults meet once a week for 10 weeks Mondays through Sundays. Times vary. Instructor will distribute recommended materials list on first day.
All artWORKS after-school classes are free for ages 13-18, and registration is required. Art supplies are provided.
Did you miss any of our virtual events this year? Visit our on-demand recordings of past events, including our Active Voice series, Alison Saar in conversation, readings by Mel Chin and Sehba Sarwar, and a performance by Tanya Aguiñiga.
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Save the Dates!
2024 Winter Studio
Art Classes for Children, Teens, and Adults
Winter Session Dates:
Tuesday, January 16 through Sunday, March 24
(Monday classes start January 22 due to the MLK...Read more.
Armory Center for the Arts announced the departure of longtime Director of Exhibition Programs and Chief Curator Irene Georgia Tsatsos. Tsatsos’ decision comes from a desire "for another mode of worki...Read more.
Off the Wall, the Armory's renowned biennial art auction and gala will return in person for the first time since the pandemic began at the Armory's Old Pasadena campus on April 8. The gala will featur...Read more.
Image: Myisha Arellano and Michelle Glass, Interwoven Stories (details), 2022-2023. Created at public workshops, in collaboration with community members and in partnership with the Armory, NAACP Pasad...Read more.
Now with more options of classes meeting twice a week or once a week for Kids and Teens! Classes everyday of the week for kids, teens, and adults! The Armory is here to support everyone's artistic jou...Read more.
Save the date!Family & Toddler classes are back!
Classes for children aged 2 to 7 are back, including Art for Two morning sessions for toddlers, and afternoon classes for ages 5 and 6. We're also bri...Read more.
For nearly 20 years, the Armory's mission was rooted in the idea of transformation — "to transform lives and communities through creating, teaching, and presenting the arts." When the Armory adopted C...Read more.
The Armory is one of 18 LA County arts organizations selected for the 2022 Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts' organizational support grants. This is the Foundation's second year awarding unrestricte...Read more.
Updated Winter Session Dates
(January 4, 2022) – Due to rising COVID cases in LA County, we are postponing the start of winter classes by one week in order to put increased prevention systems in pla...Read more.
In collaboration with our partner organizations from the Arts for Healing and Justice Network (AHJN), the Armory helped provide a series of 20 healing-informed art workshops (and 60 of these art kits)...Read more.
Pasadena Community Job Center, NAACP Pasadena, and the Armory are excited to take part in the Artists At Work (AAW), a workforce resilience program designed to support the rebuilding of healthy commun...Read more.
The Armory is excited to present Alison Saar's Catfish Dreamin’, an outdoor temporary sculpture and related online program, on view now in our front garden.
One of Saar's earliest public projects, C...Read more.
Thank you to all who joined the Armory in taking a look at emerging art technologies with artists Devon Baur and Peter Wu+. Produced and moderated by the Armory's Getty interns Shardé Alexander and Ja...Read more.
Thank you to all who joined artists and abolitionists Mims and Cecilia Sweet-Coll for "Art and Abolition in Los Angeles," the fourth installment of the Armory's Active Voice conversation series. Watch...Read more.
What does justice mean in the age of COVID? Armory Teaching Artists posed this question to young adults from across the Southland participating in our COVID Chronicles 'Zine class. This summer, the Ar...Read more.
Enjoy a reading of three works included in the Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe exhibition catalogue, recorded during the virtual catalogue release event last autumn. First up is Pomona College Presi...Read more.
Thank you to all who joined us for the Armory's new literary reading series on racial justice, presented in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe. This inaugural re...Read more.
Watch Christina Sharpe's powerful reading of an excerpt from her essay Alison Saar, Alchemist: 'the hand is in the making of textures'. You can find Sharpe's entire essay in Alison Saar: Of Aether and...Read more.
Recently, artist Michael McMillen visited the Armory to spruce up Motel (Under the World), his permanent floor installation depicting a robot, resting under glass, watching TV, and polishing off a cas...Read more.
John Ziqiang Wu’s exhibition Art Making opened at the Armory on February 9, 2020, just a few weeks before LA County’s stay at home order went into effect, triggering the closure of all indoor cultural...Read more.
The emergence and rapid proliferation of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 resulted in a global pandemic at a scale not seen since the Spanish flu of 1918. In the U.S. the virus came as a shock ...Read more.
The deadly shootings in Atlanta and the countless attacks on Asian American elders in communities across the nation have saddened me and triggered memories. As a child, I remember walking through a st...Read more.
On March 19, 2020, following the emergence and rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus, California became the first U.S. state to issue a state-wide safer-at-home order. Subsequently, the County of Los Ang...Read more.
Active Voice: Conversations at the Intersection of Art, Community, and Social Justice is a monthly conversation series hosted by Armory Center for the Arts inspired by the conversations and reflection...Read more.
Take your students on a virtual Armory exhibition tour and make art with lessons designed by Armory Teaching Artists that meet National Arts Common Core Standards.
This first round of virtual field ...Read more.
This conversation between artists Dina Abdulkarim and Hugo Hopping, moderated by artist Harry Gamboa Jr. and introduced by the Armory's Chief Curator Irene Georgia Tsatsos, was recorded on February 5,...Read more.
Tanya Aguiñiga's exhibition opened in early 2020, but regrettably closed to the public only five weeks later due to the pandemic. This opportunity to experience Aguiñiga's exhibition virtually culmina...Read more.
We are pleased to announce that the Armory has received a $100,000 research grant from the Getty Foundation for From the Ground Up: Nurturing Diversity in Hostile Environments, a forward-looking ethno...Read more.
Alison Saar: Of Aether and Earthe has been named one of the 15 best Black art books of 2020 by Culture Type—an essential resource focused on visual art from a Black perspective that explores the inter...Read more.
Artist Tanya Aguiñiga was joined by her friend and colleague Jackie Amézquita last week for an hour-long conversation about their practices, both as individual artists and collaborators. At the center...Read more.
When Pasadena Unified School District sent students home in March, the Armory followed the District's lead. It became quickly evident to the Armory's leadership team that this pandemic wasn't ending a...Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Throughout the month of February, and in honor of Black History Month, artist and designer Andre’ Barnwell’s African USA Flag project encourages Americans to genetically map their African heritage and...Read more.
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.
Bright pink and blue chairs, a television screen, and vibrant paintings fill the “Hope Center” of Camp Joseph Scott Juvenile Hall — and for a moment it feels “normal.” The Hope Center recently welcome...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.
Armory Teaching Artist Carlos Callejo recently completed a stunning collaborative mural with 15 teenage girls currently serving time inside Santa Clarita's Scudder Detention Camp.
• See Mural Pi...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.
These poignant self portraits are from a 2015 Armory exhibition of masks created by adult students from New Opportunities Charter School — a school for LA County inmates who do not have a high school ...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.