For the past four weeks the School of Arts and Culture has immersed 45 high school freshmen and sophomore students in the visual worlds of Frida Kahlo and the Tlacuilo imagery of the Aztec Codices. Teaching artists Elba Martinez and Roberto Romo enagaged studetns with powerful connections to culture and history, and a creative process that not only built students’ painting and drawing skills, but also deep self awareness and life skills that will serve them well into future endeavors.
Aaron Ticzon remarked “What I expected from Tlaculio was, basically, a class just focused on Aztec culture and art. Mr. Romo taught us how to prepare and acknowledge what to expect of everyday
life and it’s challenges through rigorous projects and self-discipline. Personally I have learned to time manage and overcome myself whenever there was a task at hand or a deadline to be met. One of the greatest lessons I have derived from the entire process of Tlacuilo is starting small and then building up
to your potential.”
“In this class, I learned the history of our culture, and how important it was to dive deep to discover the truth behind all the stereotypes that have been stamped onto our ancestors,” said Iveth Resendiz. I also learned how to draw and communicate the way the Aztecs did. It’s amazing how one class can change the way you view your history and be proud to be who you are despite the labels placed on us.”
On January 31 the intersession culminated in an exciting exhibition where students presented their work to the community.