• Edie Fake: Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, 2019; courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions, Chicago. Photo: JKA Photography.

Virtual Gallery + Studio: Homes for Our Communities

For ages 6–12 with accompanying adult(s)

  • With artist

    Jill McLennan documents her constantly changing urban environment in paintings and mixed-media artworks that explore history, industry, and urban nature, imbued with a hopeful, futuristic vision. She is the director of JMAC: Jill McLennan Arts & Community, and a member of the artist-run Mercury 20 Gallery in Oakland.

How can an artist use their art to answer a question and address a social need, such as housing for a community of elders who identify as nonbinary? What might such a home be like? This is the visionary project of Edie Fake’s Affordable Housing for Trans Elders, painted on BAMPFA’s Art Wall. Inspired by these questions, Fake’s mural, and artist Jill McLennan’s photos of Bay Area homes, use drawing and collage to imagine a multilayered building that provides housing—a decorative façade expressing diversity and acceptance, with doors and windows that open to reveal the people inside.

Please gather these materials before our session:

  • Sketching paper
  • 2 sheets of 12 x 18” paper—cardstock or construction paper—in white, off-white, or different colors
  • Oil pastels or colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • A glue-stick
  • A ruler (optional)

Other optional items:

  • magazines/shopping catalogues with pictures of parts of homes, windows, furniture, people, etc.