This was not what art and design sophomore Olivia Andersson had in mind for her spring quarter, as she stood on her Los Angeles balcony, putting the final touches on a painting she had spent more than 30 hours working on in that very spot.

Andersson is just one of many art and design students who had to compromise to create art from home while in-person classes were on hold.

Andersson likes to work with oil paints, which can be toxic to breathe. She has to paint outside because she no longer had access to the Cal Poly Art studios,

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It started with one social media post.

On June 1, the Laguna College of Art and Design (known as LCAD) released a solidarity statement with the Black Lives Matter movement on its social media. The letter, signed by the school’s president Jonathan Burke, looked similar to other posts by universities and companies pledging to stand against racial injustice.

But the hashtag #AllLivesMatter was the sole text on display at the top.

Students quickly noticed that their private arts school had used the hashtag associated with dismissing Black Lives Matter. They started flooding the comment section with their own experiences at

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By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter

Zoom session with Eola Jane, 2nd from left

Shrewsbury – One might not think that a Zoom call could be classified as personal but some art students at Shrewsbury High School (SHS) thought otherwise when they were treated to an up-close look into the world of four visiting artists in a series of virtual visits. There were unexpected benefits.

The visits were arranged by visual arts teacher Shari Fox who was faced with a dilemma when schools shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.  

Fox explained that prior to the pandemic she had received

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Old friend of Artblog and new Artblog contributor, Candy Alexandrara Gonzalez, (virtually) presents “Imagining Our Future Through Visual Poetry and Book Arts,” a poetry and book arts project organized by themself and Kensington Health Sciences Academy teacher Ms. Sally O’Brien. The project and features insightful poems and beautifully constructed books by KHSA students. We are proud to host them on Artblog!

Last fall, I got a compelling email from one Ms. Sally O’Brien, a passionate English teacher inquiring whether I’d be interested in collaborating on a book arts project. In it, Ms. O’Brien explained that she was teaching a senior

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