I was very pleased to teach art summer camp classes this year at the School of Arts and Culture @MHP at the corner of Alum Rock Ave and King Rd in San José, CA. During the course of the summer, I had three groups of students for my Mesoamerican Ceramics class, ages 6-8 and ages 9 and up. I showed the students how to make plates, cups, a large pot, and small animals. The picture of our clay projects below are from my final class where the students made a komitl (comitl) using the coil method.
I also had two groups of students for my Number Games (Ancestral Math) class in which I taught students 6-8 years old how to count in Nahuatl (some could count up to 24 by the first few days), also how to write numbers Mesoamerican style with dots and bars (which we made out of clay), and how to draw and paint glyphs and say the names in Nahuatl. One of their projects was a loteria game featuring Nahuatl glyphs.
We had many parents, family members, friends, artists, and community members come support the students for the closing recital. The students performed guitar, hip hop, and folklorico among other things. This final recital was a complete success with the strong performances taught by the School of Arts and Culture's committed instructors who are also performing/exhibiting artists.
Fall classes start in September 2014, also available for adults. Please visit for more information:
School of Arts and Culture @ MHP
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San José, CA
Elizabeth Jiménez Montelongo