Studio Clips: Meet Sarah Berkeley

Creative Prompt

Project: Create a dynamic colorful mosaic using Zoom

Materials Needed:

  1. 3 or more people
  2. 2 or more different colored pieces of paper per person. Letter size or larger works best. Thicker material like file folders or cardstock is ideal
  3. 1 laptop per person
  4. 1 Zoom account per person

Here’s how:

  1. Schedule a Zoom meeting with participants
  2. Make sure each person is facing a window or had a bright light shining toward their face, not in the background.
  3. Decide who will record the video. This person will be the team leader.
  4. Mute everyone except the team leader.
  5. Team leader uses a metronome or music to set the pace with a beat.
  6. Everyone holds up a piece of paper to the camera on their computer, filling the screen.
  7. On the beat everyone puts up a different color of paper. Practice this to make the transitions smooth. Tip: hold the paper close to the camera.
  8. Post your video and tag me on Facebook or Instagram @s.berkeley. I want to see what you make!
  9. That’s it!
  10. If you want to get fancy you can have some people switching papers on the off-beat.

About Sarah Berkeley

Sarah Berkeley is a professional artist who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in 2019. She creates photography, video and performances that question cultural norms such as the 9:00 to 5:00 workday, indoor living, gender stereotypes, and the voluntary sharing of personal data.

Berkeley holds an MFA in Art + Design from the University of Michigan and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council Distinguished Artist Award, the Lincoln Mayor’s Kimmel Award, numerous Nebraska Wesleyan Faculty Development Grants, the Ameritas Grant, the City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) Grant, the Smucker-Wagstaff Research Grant, the Rackham Research Grant, and the University of Michigan School of Art & Design International Travel Grant.

Her artwork has been collected and exhibited internationally including at the Joslyn Museum of Art, Museum of Nebraska Art, Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival, Louisville Photo Biennial, Rutgers University, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, Defibrillator Gallery, New Capital, Roman Susan, Mana Contemporary, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, Work Gallery Detroit and Mercury 20. Her artwork has been published in Quarterly West, the Archways Magazine, and OVERVIEW by LAND and SEA. She has completed residencies at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, The Ragdale Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, ACRE, the Cedar Point Biological Station and 8550 OHIO.