Hands-on iPad Design Class Focuses on Design Philosophy Behind Eichler Homes

Los Altos, CA – The Los Altos History Museum will present a design class focused on the design philosophy of the Eichler homes of the mid-20th century on Saturday, June 3, 10-1pm led by artist and educator, Caroline Mustard. Mustard adopted the iPad as her canvas of choice five years ago and has become well known throughout Silicon Valley for her iPad classes from Filoli to Stanford.

She will lead a hands-on workshop that allows participants to design their own Eichler-inspired decor using two free apps: Paper 53 and Sketchbook Express. Participants with an iPad, can download both apps. Or on an Android or Microsoft tablet, download Sketchbook Express. Participants will create their own exercises using color, shapes and lines to understand simple design principles used by mid-century architects designing Eichler homes. Mustard will introduce the movements that influenced these architects with a lecture and slides. Notable influences were Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Roth, Walter Gropius, Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Jenneret and JP Oud.

These three inspirational hours will allow attendees to explore the creative potential of a tablet, and maybe take home some great design ideas! $75.00 per adult. Seating is limited so reserve now! Register at losaltoshistory.org 650.948-9427 x14

“We are excited to offer this opportunity for attendees to learn more about the Eichler design concepts while using their own creativity. The iPad and other mobile devices are expanding how we perceive great art,” observed Jane Reed, co-curator of Eichler Homes: Modernism for the Masses. The exhibit is on display from now until October 8th, in the Main Gallery of the Los Altos History Museum.

Mustard was born in England and graduated from Brighton College of Art (now Brighton University) with a BA in Fine Arts Painting. She is an accomplished artist with years of experience in scenic painting and faux painting. She recently returned to her roots as an artist and has embraced mobile art, specializing in use of Paper by FiftyThree that has featured her work on its website. A member of the Mobile Artists Collective and currently teaching mobile art to middle school students at Los Altos Christian School, Filoli, the Pacific Art League and Menlo Park Recreation. She is the Education Director at Mobile Art Academy. Her work can be seen at carolinemustard.com

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth Ward, 650.948.9427 x14, eward@losaltoshistory.org