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Art for San Miguel’s Children

The young artist Ximena Hernández

By Jade Arroyo

La Biblioteca is one of the community’s educational avenues, providing access for many San Miguel people (including young people and children) to spaces for art, reflection, and cultural and intellectual exchange. La Biblioteca also offers free programs to promote the talent of the new generations.

The Children’s Room, besides offering the loan of books and access to computers, also has various classes and workshops for children, providing support for math, English, the web, oral narration, and painting. All workshops are completely free, and children learn cultural and human values and experience being part of a community.

Another workshop that is offered weekly is modeling in plastiline. This class opened in 2000, and it is the fundamental kick-off into the world of sculpture for many children. One of the students, Ximena Hernández, is currently working on a large-scale piece that portrays the figure of the Greek god Zeus. Ximena began this workshop last October and, faithful to her fascination for the Hellenic culture, she chose the powerful father of the gods to represent in this art project. Moving from what was expected, she went for modeling on a large scale. The sculpture is almost finished. It will be presented as a finished project at the Jean Piaget elementary school on April 4. The event is free to the public.

Subsequently, this sculpture by the 11-year-old artist who dreams of becoming an engineer will become part of the artistic collection of La Biblioteca.

The director of the children’s area and instructor of these art classes, Eduardo Sánchez, told us the importance of promoting art in children: “From childhood, art has to be shown to children. It opens the scene for them, inspires them to create something new and expand their possibilities.” The plastiline modeling classes for kids between 8 and 14 years old take place every Friday from 5–6pm.


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