Have Your Artwork Featured at Caltopia 2018! RSVP by 8/15.


The Department of Art Practice is looking for students to participate as artists in the 5 MINUTE PORTRAITS booth at Caltopia 2018 on August 19th & 20th.

You will be drawing portraits of other students who attend Caltopia. You subjects will get a free drawing and they will love you forever! 😉


*** Please sign up by 11:59pm, August 15th, 2018! ***

This is an opportunity to have a laugh while practicing your art skills in public, meeting your artist peers and fans, and promoting your artwork via social media.

Caltopia which will take place on Sunday, August 20th and Monday, August 21st at the Recreational Sports Facility on campus, attracts 30,000 visitors. Cal students get free admission and get free gifts and promotions from companies, groups, and academic departments:

At the Department of Art Practice booth, run by Worth Ryder Art Gallery Director Farley Gwazda, visitors get to take home an original portrait drawn in 5 minutes. In years past this has been one of the most popular and fun things happening at Caltopia!

You can use any media or style: realistic portraiture – anime – collage – abstract expressionism – absurd pranks – it’s your call! Five minutes isn’t long enough to create a masterpiece – the point is to express yourself while interacting with your subject and enjoy the process.

We will provide basic white paper to draw on and some simple drawing supplies. You should provide any other supplies you need (cool if you bring something unique!). 

Each participant will be asked to do one or two 2-hour shifts. This means you will do up to 24 portraits. We are asking for volunteers, and we will say “thank you” with a free sketchbook and an art supplies grab bag!

You can hand out anything to promote yourself (i.e. your Instagram name, etc.). The organizers of Caltopia, who have an active social media campaign always make this project highly visible!

This event is how we get the email list we use to promote our exhibitions, lectures, and events, so you’ll be helping to promote art at Cal and the artwork of you and your peers!

Let us know you’ll participate by 11:59pm, Wednesday, August 15th!


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