SOY Artista 2019



S.O.Y. Artista is a free five-week summer art program for youth, 12-24 years old, from the communities of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, and the greater Los Angeles area. The program provides youth with access to the arts, one on one instruction, and an in-depth art experience that culturally connects them to their community, establishing translatable skills towards their participation in higher education and the workforce.  No prior experience is necessary. All materials will be provided to students.

THEME: Narrative Art, The Art of Visual Storytelling

Narrative Art is art that tells a story. Learn how to transform personal or fictional stories into imagery through printmaking, photography, animation and virtual reality!


***Registration for Summer 2019 is NOW closed***

Schedule: July 9- August 10, 2019

Tuesday- Friday, 10 am- 3 pm

Ages 12 – 24

  • Group A: 12-17 yrs old

  • Group B: 18-24 yrs old

July 9-12, 2019

Group A: Photography

Students: 20

Group B: Silkscreen Printing

Students: 20

July 16-19, 2019

Group A: Silkscreen Printing

Students: 20

Group B: Relief Printing

Students: 20

July 23-26, 2019

Group A: Accordion Book with Prints

Students: 20

Group B: Sculptural Prints

Students: 12 Max 

July 30- Aug 2, 2019

Group A: Anime Drawing

Students: 20

Group B: Transforming Sculptural Prints to VR

Students: 12 Max

Aug 6-8, 2019

Group A: Transforming Anime Drawing to Stop Motion Film

Students: 20

Group B: Transforming Sculptural Prints to VR (continue)

Students: 12 Max

August 9, 2019

Group A & B: Installation, Art Portfolio Preparation, and Public Presentation

August 10, 2019

Exhibition of SOY Artista work, 11-2 pm


***Registration for Summer 2019 is now closed***

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About S.O.Y. Artista

The weekly courses, taught by local artists, are an in-depth study of different art disciplines including multi-color screen printing, mobile phone/tablet based art, stencil making, woodblock printing, etching, monoprint, and photography. The program will help the students cultivate a critical analysis of their artwork, develop an art portfolio, and conduct public presentation of their work through an exhibition.

We serve youth with this critical programming while providing positive and alternative models for creativity in an environment that is nurturing and reflective of this particular group.


Self Help Graphics & Art’s Youth and Community Programs are sponsored in part by Cal Arts Partnership, California Community Foundation, Southern California Edison, Union Pacific Foundation, Vernon Community Fund, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.