Porfirio’s parents with one of their family’s weavings.
Visit their website at porfiriogutierrez.com.
Weavings inspired by Porfirio Gutierrez
Porfirio’s Zapotec ancestors have been passing his family’s weaving traditions of using natural dyes for their fibers and incorporating important symbols from generation to generation. Learning To See students learned this time-honored tradition and gained appreciation for the dedication it takes to create a weaving.
The artwork below was produced in AVID classrooms at DeAnza Academy of Technology and the Arts, Cabrillo Middle School, Anacapa Middle School and Rio del Valle Middle School. These Learning To See Outreach residencies were generously funded by the California Arts Council.
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Learning To See has been adapted for comprehensive online learning! We utilize Zoom (& other video platforms) and have webpages to support each lesson. Art supply packets are provided for each student.
Our standard 8-week in-the-classroom residency is $550 (including instructor and supplies).
You can “Adopt A Classroom” for $550.00. Click HERE to donate.
Four week and single lessons are also available. Our lessons are cross-curricular and support the California content standards. Many of them can be tailored and grouped to work with a particular unit of study, i.e. zoology, social studies, history, language arts, sciences, etc. They are adaptable to a wide range of grade levels from elementary through secondary grades and beyond, including community groups and programs. Programs are supported in a variety of ways, including school and PTA funds, grants, or personal donations from an individual or group of parents/grandparents.
Our program is taught by professional artists who have extensive educational experience. We feel that this criterion helps to guide the student with a deeper understanding of the art making process.
For more information, or to arrange a residency in your neighborhood, call 805.653.2501 or email Education@FocusontheMasters.com.