Photography is a powerful medium of self-discovery & exploration. It’s also a powerful tool to share one’s story with others. Learn the basics of photography while creating portraits of yourself, your family and your community. Explore what it means to be bicultural in Austin in the year 2015. All materials included; beginners welcome.
Nichos: Remnants of Antiquity and Holy Layers of Devoted History Art Form and Folkways
This class focuses on introducing the history and folkways of nichos, an originating colonial art form and folk tradition of Latin America and the making of these small shrines. Objects shed a brighter light on a history than most written documents. The first half of class will focus on a discussion of its history and tradition following the recreation of making our own individual nicho. We will learn about the art and aesthetics of nichos through an in-class viewing of a small physical collection on loan. Whereas this cultural art has been antiquated, we will explore how the construction of nichos has changed over time and compare their more contemporary encounters. This class offers an opportunity to listen, discuss, and make all in one afternoon.
Class will be led by local artist Tamara Becerra Valdez. She received her BFA in Studio Art and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Valdez has worked alongside staff at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Harry Ransom Center and the Lyndon B Johnson Presidential Library and Museum. She is self-publishing a series of field guides inspired by the Texas landscape, planning a series of works to include in an exhibition at Mexic-Arte in the Summer of 2015, and driving to the Hill Country to collect wildflowers and take pictures of those found.
This program is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills for singing. The instructor will help you learn music in a style that caters to your musical interest and unleashes your creativity. Whether you want to sing for enjoyment, chorus or auditions, this program will help you reach your full potential. Limited space available; beginners level I-III.
Interested in learning to advance your guitar skills? During this 8 week program students will learn to further their abilities in reading music, discuss music theory and be introduced to additional skills of playing Mexican Folk Music. Limited space available; beginners level I-III.
Guitar I: April 7 – May 29
Guitar II: June 2 – July 24
Guitar III: August 4 – Sept 25
Saturdays, March 7, 2015 – August 28, 2015
FREE // 1:00-4:00 pm
Instructor: Isaac Galvan Now Enrolling!
Interested The Rondalla is a Mexican romantic music style that includes genres as varied as bolero, balada, ranchero and trova. Directed by Jaime Galvan, Mexican musician, the Rondalla participants will perform in different art disciplines like poetry and music through singing or in the execution of an instrument like Guitar, Tololoche, Violin and Chello. The Rondalla project is planned as an ongoing project and may represent the ESBMACC and the City of Austin in cultural events and formal presentations. Ven a cantar con nosotros!
Saturdays, through May 30th
Cost: Free // Instructor: Ellen Vazquez
Enjoy a soft and revitalizing class that will strengthen your physical, mental and emotional bodies achieving great health! Limited mats and towels provided. Skill level is beginner to intermediate. Maximum capacity is 20 participants (all on a first come first served basis).