New Mexico

Alliance for Children

Creating healthy communities through the arts

Southwestern Art for Kids!

Summer 2010

On Tuesday mornings from 9-11 during the month of June, New Mexico Alliance for Children will sponsor a series of four Southwestern Traditions art projects for children. Classes will be held in the Cope Room of the Hubbard Museum of the American West in Ruidoso Downs. The art projects, presented by different area artists each week, will celebrate the art of the Southwest through fun, brightly colored creations in a number of different modalities.

The classes are free of charge and appropriate for school-age children. Enrollment is limited, so please register early! Email julia with the names and ages of the children in your group who will be attending, or call 336-1933.

New Mexico Alliance for Children is an educational non-profit organization based in Ruidoso. For more information about our current programming, please visit our websites, and

Class Schedule

To insure smaller classes and more individual attention for the children, there will be two classes of one-hour each Tuesday morning. The first class will run from 9-10 AM and will be repeated from 10-11 AM.

Tuesday, June 1: Suzy Komara will present classes in "Mixed Media Collage for Kids," using motifs of the Southwest. Suzy brings many types of paper to her classes, from tissue to wrapping paper in all colors. Ribbons and glitter are available to adorn each piece of art and paint on stamps in Southwest subjects, such as horses or cacti, can be used to complete each masterpiece as well.

Susie has been involved with art for children for many years, starting with Brownies and working up in age. Her favorite form of art is anything with fiber. Collage, some watercolor and just experimenting with other media appeal to her creative side.

Tuesday, June 8:  Polly Chavez will present "Tissue Paper Flowers with a Southwestern Flair." Polly has developed a unique way of making tissue paper flowers and mixed media, which she will share with the children. Polly notes that colorful are a New Mexican tradition, appearing in fiestas and fairs all over our enchantment state.

Polly Chavez is an accomplished artist, writer and art teacher, who resides in Carrizozo. Polly is well known for her retablo work and other traditional art forms.

Tuesday, June 15: Patsy Blasdell will present classes in "Pop Up Petroglyph Paintings." Using ancient Southwestern petroglyph designs, the participants will decorate using their own interpretation for the motif and background. The final piece will be suspended above the base for a "pop up" effect.

Working with children has been Patsy Blasdell's area of interest for many years. She encourages each child to use their own special creativity, resulting in fresh, original art. Email Patsy for additional information.

Tuesday, June 22: Deb Wenzel will present classes in "Tooled Metal Foil Artwork." Children will learn how to create original pieces of art using tooled metal foil, in relief, brightly colored with permanent markers. The result is Southwest-themed art similar to Mexican tinwork.

Deb Wenzel is an artist and art teacher in the Ruidoso Elementary Schools for grades K-5. To learn more about her artwork, see .

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