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Creating a New Generation of Artists

By Jade Arroyo

The coolest art class in town is the one that gathers every Tuesday and Thursday on La Biblioteca’s second floor. The Children’s Art Guild is named after the beloved Stirling Dickinson—a famous personality in current San Miguel history, culture, and philanthropy. Eleven talented kids and one teacher, Rick Brunson, participate, and the place is filled with light and a dynamic, creative energy.

Although this is a workshop for children and teens, kids must have a degree of experience that allows them to rise up to the high level expected by the teacher. In order to enroll, they must bring a portfolio. The current class started in January of this year. The plan is divided into sections of knowledge in art: figurative drawing, color theory, and 3D.

All the students must have, besides talent, other traits required of successful artists: discipline, respect, passion, and perseverance.

The class just initiated a big project: the creation of a mural within the Biblioteca facilities, on the wall in front of the stairs. The theme of the mural centers on books and the imagination. They’re planning on doing a mural every fall, which will be a great exercise for the class and an example of ephemeral art.

Rick is an art teacher who taught in high school and college and whose specialty is in collaborative mural work, a technique developed in China and the US.

The class is completely free for the students, and includes both the instruction and the art supplies.

Currently, the class is trying to start fundraising to build a larger art room for a free top-quality art college for San Miguel kids. If you want to get involved in this project, you can contact Rick at or come directly to La Biblioteca’s offices on Insurgentes 25.


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