Vallejo Community Art Gallery offers free online art tutorials as people continue to shelter in place
VALLEJO, Calif., (KRON) – As people continue to stay home with shelter-in-place orders still in effect, a local artist is helping his community through an unprecedented time by teaching art classes in free online. Edgar-Arturo Camacho of Collectif El Comalito, a community art gallery in Vallejo, wanted to continue helping his community express itself.
“We decided how to continue to reach out to our community and offer support,” Camacho said. “We have decided to start offering art tutorials every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, free virtual painting tutorials online.”
Every week, Camacho and his partner Abel stream tutorials live via Facebook and Instagram where nearly 2,000 people log on to learn how to paint.
As shelter-in-place orders continue, many people have had to find a way to control their mental health.
Camacho’s virtual classes have grown in the thousands as the tutorials are given in Spanish and English – with an emphasis on positivity through art.
“Throughout the process, we try to make it as positive as possible by talking about body positivity, by talking about how to relieve anxiety,” Camacho said. “We linked it to mental health because there is a lot of scientific data showing that artistic creation has positive effects on a person’s mental health. “
Through online virtual tutorials, a local family has been deeply touched by the efforts of the El Comalito collective to help people cope with current circumstances.
Elsa Perez and her kids stumbled across classes and Perez tells KRON4 that it’s something her family looks forward to every week.
“With all of these different things, my sanity was really starting to deteriorate,” Perez said. “With him offering these classes, he really helped me emotionally.”
After Camacho learned that Perez and his family did not have art supplies, he took it upon himself to equip the family with all the supplies they would need.
Camacho tells KRON4 that he is fortunate enough to continue working from home and that he wanted to give the community something positive to look forward to.
“Our belief is that while we have the privilege of obtaining higher education, we have a responsibility to the community to give something back,” Camacho said. “If there is a way to continue to contribute to the positive energy of our community, this is what we need to do.”
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