UCSB Urban Art Workshop completes seventh mural for the Isla Vista Mural Project

Students to celebrate mural with an unveiling at The KOTO Group - 6696 Del Playa.

Isla Vista, CA, March 9, 2017: UCSB students will be celebrating their hard work from Fall Quarter’s Urban Art Workshop, a class taught by artist Gabriel Cardenas. Join the artist, students, property owner, and other community members as they talk about the process of the mural, the impacts that murals have in Isla Vista, and why they’ve chosen to leave their mark in the form of art in Isla Vista. The unveiling will take place from 330-5pm on Thursday, March, 9, 2017 at 6696 Del Playa. Everyone welcome!

Refreshments will be provided by local Isla Vista restaurants - HiWi, Giovanni’s Pizza, IV Drip and Spudnuts IV

The Urban Art Workshop was sponsored by the UCSB Community Housing Office (CHO), Isla Vista Arts, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, and property management company, The Koto Group.
· For further information, contact Jenn Ja Birchim,, 805-893-4371

Artist Statement from Gabriel Cardenas:

Interdisciplinary 185 Urban Art was an all around fabulous experience for the students and myself. It was my first time teaching at a university level and, for many of the students, the first time creating and painting a mural. The class combined for a total of 15 vibrant minds, cross-examining each others work and pushing each other to imagine a finished product. Teaching the class came easily because every student had an idea which another student would quickly add on to. Reducing our ambitions and concepts for the mural site in regards to site parameters was, perhaps, the most difficult part of class- we only had so much room.

Once an approved Mural Idea was set in play we began meeting weekends to engage the wall in an artistic duel. All in all, the Mural took about 20 hours to complete. It was beautiful to see my students take confidence in their skills and apply brush mark after brush mark, constructing a masterpiece. In addition, it was educational to see students apply the knowledge and skills I prepared them for in the class room. Simple reminders of how to hold your brush and brush stroke comprehension came to show in the various line works found within the Waves.

This was another example of art building community. Not only by creating a beautiful piece of art for the world to see, but by creating lasting friendships and networks for those who participated in the process. I would like to Thank the Community Housing Office (CHO) and Kim Yasuda for making this art class such a successful event year in and year out. I would also like to Thank the Koto Group for providing a lovely location for our Art. It really takes a village.


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Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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