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Welcome to the Berkeley City College Visual Art Department. Our program features studio classes, art history classes, a Certificate in Figure Drawing, a Public Art program, and many talented faculty. Here you can find information on student and faculty shows, projects, faculty profiles, course descriptions, links to faculty web sites, contact and course information.

BCC Art Exhibit at Berkeley Public Library:
Exquisite Corpse @Central A&M

August 1, 2016 – 8:00am to September 11, 2016 – 8:00pm

Come on up to the 5th floor to view the amazing results of a collaboration between the Berkeley Community College Art Department and Creative Writing classes! [See an exquisite corpse art image!]

An interesting technique, Exquisite Corpse (from the French term Le cadavre exquis) was invented by French Surrealists in 1925, and is similar to an old parlour game called Consequences in which players write in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing, and then pass it to the next player for a further contribution. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when Surrealists first played the game, “Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau.” (“The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.”)

For this project, paper was folded in sections so that each collaborator could not see the previous drawing except for marks indicating key elements: head to neck; neck to waist; waist to knees; knees to feet. Artists were cautioned not to peek until all sections were completed. The final text was added by the Poetry Writing Class who commented on the completed drawings.

Sharon Siskin’s Drawing and Composition Class
Jennie Braman’s Drawing and Composition Classes
Louise Stanley’s Figure Drawing, Anatomy
Sharon Coleman’s Poetry Writing Class
Curators / Advisors: M. Louise Stanley, Jan Dove
With Special thanks to Jessica Phrogus

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Mural Fall 2016
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BCC True Colors Mural Project at YMCA Teen Center

BCC True Colors Mural Project at YMCA Teen Center, Public Art Program

 Certificates of Achievements in  Public Art, Figure Drawing

and Art History

We are currently very excited to announce the new Public Art Certificate of Achievement, in addition to our existing certificate programs in Figure Drawing and Art History. The petition to  to apply or petition is March 21st,   and you can do so here:

Please note that it is a different form that the one used for Associates degrees.The details for the Art certificates are available to students here:
Updated AAT and Certificate Info

Students can complete their portion of the petition form and then they are recommended to contact the counseling office to schedule an appointment with a counselor to file the petition, if they have completed all the requirements or a currently taking the final requirements needed. Please contact Department Chair Jennifer Braman at for more information.


“Big Head Self-Portrait” Wasinee Tantiveerabut, charcoal and pastel 24″ x 18″ Fall 2010


3 women on scaffolding

Students on scaffolding of “Day”, Berkeley City College Student Lounge Mural

Arturo Avila, working on the Berkeley City College "Night" mural, 5th Floor Student Lounge. Photo: Juana Alicia ©2008

Arturo Avila, working on the Berkeley City College “Night” mural, 5th Floor Student Lounge. Photo: Juana Alicia ©2008

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