Warm Welcome from the Fashion District BID

Trending With: Raw Materials Art Supplies video, courtesy of LA Fashion District BID

Our friends at the Fashion District Business Improvement District (FDBID) @lafashiondistrict shot this fun video to welcome us and to introduce us to the neighborhood! 馃А

Thank you Miranda and the entire marketing team at the FDBID, you guys rock! 馃槝

David Arquette Teaches Bob Ross Technique @ Raw Materials to benefit Inner-City Arts

We’ve been lucky enough to get some press on the Bob Ross Painting Class that actor David Arquette taught at Raw Materials (thanks to Emmy-winning reporter Nic Cha Kim at Spectrum News!) but we felt it was important for you to know, as mentioned in the news story, that the proceeds from the class went to support one of the nation’s most effective arts education providers, Inner-City Arts. Not familiar with the organization? Check out this video:

Inner-City Arts inspires the next generation of creators and makers.

We recently visited Inner-City Arts‘ beautiful, award-winning campus in Downtown Los Angeles, and came away so inspired. We are even more committed to continue supporting them and invite you to join us in advocating for arts education for our communities.

Introducing an Oil Painting Master Class with Salom贸n Huerta

Artist/Teacher Salom贸n Huerta with a few of his paintings.

You asked, we did it. We scheduled a calendar full of classes and workshops in our new space. Our opening month classes and workshops have been leading up to the introduction of Master Class at Raw Materials, where prominent artists teach intensive workshops that go beyond art school. Master Class will provide intensive interaction with professional artists working in a variety of media and will draw from a broad spectrum of cultural viewpoints. Students interact closely with working artists and can gain insight into how artists approach the making of art and respond to the work of others. Teaching groups are deliberately small, intense, and personalized.

Our first class in this series is an Oil Painting Master Class taught by internationally acclaimed painter Salom贸n Huerta on Saturday, September 7. This 120-minute class is for artists of all levels and experiences. Students bring their projects and come prepared to work with Salom贸n Huerta on executing their artistic vision. This class is great for students applying to art school, artists seeking portfolios guidance, and/or gallery representation. Class size is limited to 15 students.聽

Internationally-acclaimed Los Angeles-based painter Salom贸n Huerta was born in Tijuana, raised in East L.A. and attended the Art Center College of Design on a full scholarship, where he graduated with highest honors. Huerta also holds a Master of Fine Art from UCLA and is best known for his series of paintings depicting anonymous subjects with their backs to the viewer, facades of color-saturated, suburban homes, and larger than life-sized, masked Lucha Libre wrestlers. Huerta鈥檚 paintings have been collected and exhibited internationally, including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Gagosian Gallery London, Worcester Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institute, and at the Whitney Biennal. Huerta is represented by Louise Alexander Gallery.

About a year ago, Salom贸n Huerta was nice enough to shoot this short video about his favorite art supply store and the products he uses. Check it out:

Is David Arquette the new Bob Ross?

LA Weekly asks if David Arquette is the new Bob Ross
Photo by Mia Fesmire

In their Best of LA Arts Issue, The LA Weekly asked if David Arquette is the new Bob Ross, and you answered with a resounding yes.

David Arquette teaching Bob Ross Painting Class at Raw Materials Art Supplies
August 24, 2019 – Photo by Mia Fesmire

On August 24th, Raw Materials Art Supplies was lucky to have Certified Ross Instructor David Arquette teach a Bob Ross Painting Class鈥攐ur very first class in our new location! To no one’s surprise, the class sold out quickly. 

Bob Ross Painting Class at Raw Materials Art Supplies taught by David Arquette
Photo by Mia Fesmire

In just under two hours, students eager to start a painting hobby learned how to paint an outdoor landscape. Based upon the PBS 鈥淛oy of Painting鈥 series with Bob Ross, these artists of various abilities and experience painted and learned Bob Ross’ painting techniques, thanks to David Arquette’s guidance and friendly style.

David Arquette teaches The Joy of Painting
Photo by Mia Fesmire

If you missed out and couldn’t get a seat to the class, don’t fret. David said he had so much fun he’d like to do it again.

David Arquette in a Bob Ross wig.
Bob Ross Painting Class students at Raw Materials Art Supplies
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Students in the Bob Ross painting class learn to paint landscapes.
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Students in the Bob Ross painting class learn to paint landscapes.
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Students in the Bob Ross painting class learn to paint landscapes.
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Students in the Bob Ross painting class learn to paint landscapes.
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Students in the Bob Ross painting class learn to paint landscapes.
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Big smiles and good times with proud teacher David Arquette and his students
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Big smiles and good times with proud teacher David Arquette and his students
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Bob Ross Painting Class students
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Big smiles with proud teacher David Arquette and his student with a completed painting
Photo by Mia Fesmire
Photographer Mia Fesmire poses with Bob Ross cardboard stand-up

In the meantime, all Bob Ross paints, sets, brushes, and accessories are ON SALE at 20% OFF during our Back To Whatever Sale. Come get yours.聽

Throwback Thursday: Alex Schaefer and Chris Hernandez

Alex Schaefer and Chris Hernandez shop at Raw Materials w/help from Wonton

Five years ago these guys went shopping at Raw Materials with help from our then-mascot and head of security, Wonton. Good times. And today, we open for business at our new location at 645 S. Los Angeles Street. Will you be there?

Throwback Thursday: James Wilde x Raw Materials

James Wilde x Raw Materials

August 8, 2018 we showed street artist James Wilde some love, and here we are a year later and even with all these changes and so much new stuff going on – yeah, we still love her!

BTW, one week until we open at our new location – 645 S. Los Angeles Street. Will you be there?

Throwback Thursday: S.C. Mero x Raw Materials

S.C. Mero x Raw Materials Art Supplies

This video of our friend S.C. Mero, a DTLA artist who shops at Raw Materials, is also about a year old. Have you seen her remote-controlled traffic cone zipping through the hood? 馃毀 Unfortunately the traffic cone wasn’t with her when she was walking from Sonoratown recently, and she, along with her companion, was hit by a drunk driver and rushed to the hospital with a concussion and other injuries. S.C. assured us through her social media platforms that she is okay and full of love. She’s so amazing. We’re so relieved she’s got such a hard head that she survived. Yay, artists!

Art Jobs: Marketing Coordinator, Grand Park

The Music Center is seeking a creative, energetic and highly-motivated Marketing Coordinator for Grand Park to help share all things Grand Park across the digital landscape. In this role, the Marketing Coordinator will support聽The Music Center鈥檚聽work to deepen the cultural life of every Angeleno and further Grand Park鈥檚 vital role as L.A.鈥檚聽Park For Everyone.

How to Apply:聽Click here to see the full job listing. To be fully considered please submit a cover letter, resume tojobs@musiccenter.orgor fax to:聽213-972-8029.

Our ideal Marketing Coordinator:

  • Loves to tell stories and knows how to weave them
  • Loves Los Angeles
  • Is fluent in the language and rhythms of digital platforms, including, but not limited to,Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube, etc.
  • Has exemplary organization, administrative, writing and communications skills
  • Thrives in a highly collaborative, creative event-based team and culture.鈥⑩
  • Has a basic understanding of social analytics, including Facebook+Instagram insights and Google Analytics
  • Has at least 1-2 years relevant experience in creating/developing/writing social media content
  • Has a sense of humor
  • Has working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Works from an inclusive mindset and possesses the ability to work cogently in collaboration withdiverse groups of people
  • Has a flexible schedule聽鈥撀爋pen to working occasional non-traditional business hours
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand for extended periods of time

Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Social media management (50%)
  • Website and e-newsletter management (20%)
  • Creative services administrative support (20%)
  • Event/marketing duties as necessary (10%)
  • Works closely with the marketing manager as well as larger Grand Park team to support all parkendeavors
  • Maintains positive relationships with all levels of Music Center and Grand Park staff, as well as key external stakeholders and partners
  • Keeps the marketing manager informed of work progress and potential problems and provides innovative solutions to address problems
  • Is competent in Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite and social media analytics
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the L.A. arts and culture community strongly preferred
  • Experience with scheduling seasonal event staff preferred
  • Experience in outdoor event production preferred

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor鈥檚 degree or equivalent required
  • Can operate with a flexible schedule, must be able to work events on weeknights and weekendsas well as holidays
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand for extended periods of time

馃挜 Boom. Summer is 馃敟 and we’re almost out of here

Color samples on 645 S. Los Angeles Street, which do you like E or S?

There’s a lot going on so we鈥檙e just going to jump in with some news and exciting events curated just for you. Our current location will close at 5pm on Sunday August 11 and we will re-open in our new location at 645 S. Los Angeles Street at 10am on Thursday, August 15, 2019. The picture above is the new location’s exterior. Which paint sample do you prefer, E or S?

We really don鈥檛 want to pack, so our Moving Sale Continues! Come in before August 11th and get a coupon for $5 off any purchase of $25 or more at our new location! Also, books are on clearance, July is World Watercolor Month – so you鈥檙e going to need a bigger cart.

David Arquette Photo by Jeff Vespa/@jeffvespa

Here’s the really fun and exciting part – our new location has room for classes and workshops.聽馃じ鈥嶁檧锔 We’re starting with Art Happy Hour on August 16th. 馃帹馃 Don’t miss out on the聽Oil Painting Master Class with Salomon Huerta聽or聽Learn to Paint Like Bob Ross with David Arquette! Check out the calendar of events and register for classes online.聽 Are you excited鈥 We are! See you soon!