Children’s art in the campo! A grand mural

By Hannah Jarmain

To apply what they have learned in their Literacy through Art class every Saturday morning with the Children’s Art Foundation, the young artists (age 6 to 12) from Palo Colorado collectively show their work in a meaningful mural project “Mother Nature- Our Teacher.” Each child did his or her own research and designed an individual inspiration on a sketch pad. After reviewing all the input, the group and their teacher Emily, a mural artist, put together the final compilation which was then transferred on the freshly washed wall. First they applied the coat of paint for the background which they finished quickly for more exciting work, and then they drew the contour of shapes and painted the negative spaces. Only then the interesting and fun details of the birds, the cactus blooms and the fish will be done. They worked well in a team; little children worked at the lower part of the wall or stood on chairs while bigger kids reached up to the top to paint the sky and the mountains. The children took five long days to complete the project, as they worked on the mural after a regular school day.

Visit the first mural art in the campo
Sat, Nov 23, 11am
Palo Colorado Community
Meet in front of Bellas Artes
Return 12:30pm

Their first mural is proudly displayed on the wall by the entrance to the Feed the Hungry dining room in Palo Colorado. This fantastic effort is a permanent gift to the community so that the children can come back to see their work many years from now. Their faces lit up when I mentioned the permanency of a mural, like the expressive work by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and the famous mural inside the Bellas Artes by David Siqueiros. Art and their voices are for posterity.

The children of the campo love to paint! Their creativity, talent and passion, individually and collectively, are well reflected in their mural. And they would love to create many more given the chance. I hope you will enjoy their efforts. To see the first mural in Palo Colorado our group will meet this Saturday, November 23, at 11am, in front of the Bellas Artes on Hernández Macías. Please contact us to confirm seating and if you can offer transportation. Return to centro at 12:30pm. For further information please contact 415 114- 0346.

An Important Reminder:

Gallery One, formerly on Codo 1, which was the children’s art point of contact for three years, is now closed, but this is just to lend priority to several new programs for children in rural and urban areas of San Miguel. If you wish to purchase for the children new books and greeting cards, please visit Jessica at Galeria Ascender, telephone 415 154 5694 (closed Tuesdays). It is located on Hernández Macías, opposite the well-known Bellas Artes. Our delicious cookies are available at some well-appointed gourmet deli stores: Carne Vino on Ancha de San Antonio, next door to the Instutito Allende school; El Cardinal, Hidalgo 67 near Calzada de la Luz; and Café Ventanas at the corner of Sollano and Correo. All proceeds go to support the kids’ programs. Please follow the children’s art progress on the


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