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Art is a Universal Language

Students at Miguel Angel Ramirez art school “Casa Taller Encuentros” painting a giant mural during workshop

Students at Miguel Angel Ramirez art school “Casa Taller Encuentros” painting a giant mural during workshop

There is no doubt that ART is the UNIVERSAL language. Yesterday I had the opportunity to give my Captain Color art workshop to about 45 young El Salvadorian art students at the studio/school of Miguel Angel Ramirez founder of the arts school “Casa Taller Encuentros”.
Captain Color kicks of workshop with a slide presentation about the basic art concept

Captain Color kicks of workshop with a slide presentation about the basic art concepts

Even though I stumbled my way through with speaking Spanish the children were able to understand the art concepts I was teaching them. I could not have done the presentation without the help of Regina Tia Bubu who helped translate for me.
Captain Color helps the students get the mural started by flinging some paint on the canvas.

Captain Color helps the students get the mural started by flinging some paint on the canvas.

I must admit I was a little nervous when I started the workshop because my Spanish speaking skills are poor “poquito espanol” at best, but within the first 10 minutes of my presentation I realized the children where “getting” the art concepts I was teaching them and from that point on it was smooth sailing because Art is a language unto its own and transcends all other spoken languages.
After putting hand prints on their abstract mural the young artists put them on my painting smock

After putting hand prints on their abstract mural the young artists put them on my painting smock

Its so refreshing and inspiring to see young people channeling their creative energy into making art.  Miguel Angel Ramirez gives the young people of San Salvador and opportunity and positive (safe) environment to explore their creativity and to learn about all aspects of art from painting, drawing and sculpture. He also invites guest artists (like Captain Color) to share their love, knowledge and passion for art with his students.
Young art students posing with their finished abstract mural with their teacher and mentor Miguel Angel Ramirez looking on from far left.

Young art students posing with their finished abstract mural with their teacher and mentor Miguel Angel Ramirez looking on from far left.

You can’t walk anywhere around his grounds without encountering amazing paintings, large photographs, sculptures and a wide array of sculptural reliefs carved into large blocks of stone created primarily by his students.
Three of Miguel Angel Ramirez's assistants who carved the sculptural relief behind them in photo.

Three of Miguel Angel Ramirez’s assistants who carved the sculptural relief behind them in photo.

Miguel Ramirez has a dynamic and thriving art school for the local children – a very nurturing and conducive environment for making art and giving kids a constructive and positive outlet for their energy both after school and on weekends.
Tia Bubu (translator) and Captain Color before the workshop started.

Tia Bubu (translator) and Captain Color before the workshop started.

I must admit I had as much fun conducting the “Captain Color” art workshop as the students did.  My morning at the studio of Miguel Angel Ramirez was very special and rewarding and I commend all artists like Miguel who are sharing their love and passion for art with the next generation of artists.
You can read more about the workshop (in Spanish) @ Regina Tia Bubu’s Art Blog. Click Here!!!
Here are a few more photos from the workshop….
Adding pant prints to the large abstract mural was a highlight of the painting event

Adding hand prints to the large abstract mural was a highlight of the painting event

Even the older kids got into the mural painting.

Even the older kids got into the mural painting.

Captain Color gets a tour of the sculpture garden outside of the studio.

Captain Color gets a tour of the sculpture garden outside of the studio.

Tia Bubu and Captain color with all the students outside the studio of

Tia Bubu and Captain color with all the students outside the studio of Miguel Angel Ramirez.

Having some fun after the workshop with  Miguel Angel Ramirez.

Having some fun after the workshop with Miguel Angel Ramirez.

Abstract Mural Detail - Notice picture of Captain Color with Mustache.

Abstract Mural Detail – Notice picture of Captain Color with Mustache.

 

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6 comments on “Art is a Universal Language

  1. The Mind of RD Revilo
    January 6, 2013

    Reblogged this on RD Revilo.

  2. Maryann
    January 10, 2013

    You are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Maryann
    January 10, 2013

    PS ……….”HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

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