Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dia de Muertos GIVEAWAY !!!

I will be celebrating the Day of the Dead next week and as a thank you to all of you who follow my work and postings, I want to giveaway one of my copper stamped skull pendants.

Is very simple to be the winner, you just have to post a comment and become a follower of my blog. Please remember to include your contact information. 

If you can also tell what do you think about this Mexican tradition and my work. I will really enjoy reading your comments.

I will be announcing the winner next week, November 5, in my blog.

Bonus points:  You can have more chances to win this pendant if you post my giveaway in your blog, facebook page or tweet about it.  To earn the bonus points you must add another comment on my blog letting me know where did you post it.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Say Si : Muertitos Fest 2010

I was invited to teach again this year at Say Si to a small group of talented students. Last year was my first time teaching at Say Si for this event and I LOVED what the students created, you can see their work in my blog post from last year.

I really enjoyed working with these students and seeing how their creativity emerged in every piece they made. 
All the students at Say Si are incredible talented.

During the class we made some pieces for their annual Muertitos Fest that will take place on November 4, 5 and 6.

Muertitos Fest is a day of the dead family celebration and the students at Say Si make fantastic pieces of art for this wonderful event.

 These are some of the beautiful pieces they created with bronze. All their pieces will be available for sale during their Muertitos Fest.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Dia de Muertos 2010

I spent this past weekend having a lot of FUN making my "Calaveras" for my next event.

I was invited to participate in the Dia de los Muertos Open house by Patty Henry, owner of Casa Manos Alegres located in the heart of La Villita.

The event will take place on Sunday, October 31 from 10 am to 5 pm.

Patty is a great supporter of hand crafted folk art and I am honored to be in her event this year with incredible artists like Pauline Chapa and Elvis and Arturo Castillo.

I made a group of calaveras with copper.
I really enjoyed creating the skulls and sharing this process with my two kids. They were so happy to see how the skulls transformed from the beginning to the end. 
 If you live in the area I will love to see you there !!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas

I always mention the Southwest School of Art when I am being interviewed, because this is the place were all the magic happened to me in 2006.

When I moved to live in San Antonio I was looking to do something I wanted to do for a long time, I was very happy to find out this beautiful city, San Antonio, had a wonderful school were I could take some art classes and in my case mostly Metal classes.

Since the first day I went to the school I knew this place will stay in my heart forever. The teachers and staff are so friendly and helpful and I felt very comfortable there.

Southwest School of Art is a nationally recognized leader in the arts education and offers different programs to more than 4000 adults, children and teens annually. The school offers classes and workshops taught by outstanding local, regional and national artists.

The school will offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree starting in the Fall of 2013.

Navarro Campus 
The Ursuline Campus of Southwest School of Art 
is now on the National Register of historic Places.
The Ursuline convent was established in 1851, when seven catholic nuns arrived in San Antonio to start San Antonio's first school for girls.
 Southwest School of Art Staff

If you are ever in San Antonio, you have to come to Southwest School of Art and visit this beautiful place.

The school has a beautiful Gallery shop, Historic site and Museum, Exhibitions and a lunch Cafe.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Love and tolerance

I am sad Today to know of another kid being a victim of bullies.

I just can not understand why some kids can be so rude and hurt so much other kids just because they "are" different.

We as parents have to educate our kids to love and respect everyone without any judgment.
Tolerance has to be embraced by anyone, taking time to really know each other.
My wonderful son has been a victim of bullies since he was in elementary school because he has been considered by some kids to be strange or different. My son is very smart, but this does not mean he is "different".

The bullying has caused him a lot of pain and his self-esteem was affected.

We have given him a lot of love and help, to make him recover from all this and even though he is much better, sometimes he can not take it any more. I am always close to my son and talk a lot to him to reinforce how much he is loved and what a GREAT kid he is.

Please, lets all teach LOVE, RESPECT and TOLERANCE.

I want to share a poem my son wrote when he was 9 years old.

by Christian Amodio

Just because I'm smart
don't treat me different
don't call me names
Still, I am the same as you.

Just because I'm Smart
It doesn't mean I am a nerd
It doesn't mean you can be mean to me
It doesn't mean I am better or wise
Still ask me, because I may play with you.

Just because I'm smart
I am not better
I'm not worse
Just because I am smart....
I am the same AS YOU.

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