Text + -

Arts & Culture Newsletter

Photographs characterizing impact of pandemic sought

covid archive

The Mission Viejo Library and Cultural Arts department is documenting the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on our community and region for our local history archive. If you have photographs, images, artwork or other visual records that capture the impact of the crisis, consider submitting them for inclusion in our COVID-19 archive. We would love to see artistic representations of this time!

All images must be submitted digitally. Submissions can include photographs, artwork or other similar mediums. Images will be curated and made available for public use without restrictions on the library’s local history website.

We are especially interested in images that show:

  • Places that have been impacted such as closed shopping centers, restaurants, schools, etc.
  • Ways in which daily life changed such as school/work from home, wearing masks, social distancing in public places, etc.
  • Signs and informational postings
  • Programs and/or events that are specific to the pandemic

As we live through this historic time, your contributions to the archive will help future researchers more fully understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community. For more information, email localhistory@cityofmissionviejo.org. Thank you!

Artist and students offering free graphic design support

fernando del rosario

To help businesses during the pandemic, artist and instructor Fernando Del Rosario is offering free graphic design support to small local businesses.

Fernando, a creative director, artist and teacher, teamed up with his visual arts students from California State University, Fullerton to provide free creative services to local and small businesses struggling through the pandemic. This past semester, Fernando and his talented students assisted 11 different companies, businesses and organizations by creating content they could upload on their social media platforms.

“Through their efforts, my students created and designed much-needed advertising and marketing materials to help ensure businesses continue to stay open,” Fernando said. “In return, my students received the experience of applying their skills to real-world scenarios.  In most instances, we created several weeks-worth of free content to use – from store hours and gift certificate promotions to brand awareness and simple communications to stay connected with their customers.” 

Businesses interested in obtaining free graphic design services should visit www.conceptzombie.com/creativeaid.

Importance of arts education 

arts education

During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, more than ever, we need to embrace and nurture our creative sides and the creativity of others.  In spite of quarantine or physical distancing, you can still see innovation in the visual arts, performing arts and so many musical masterpieces cropping up on social media and Zoom.  There is no shortage of creative activities online.

With schools providing virtual instruction, we must continue to maintain and provide arts education to our students of all ages.  Let’s review the writings of the late Elliot Wayne Eisner, PhD, a professor of art and education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education who was one of the leading academic minds in the U.S..  He was active in several fields including arts education, curriculum reform and qualitative research.  Dr. Eisner crafted the following 10 lessons the arts teach:

  1. The arts teach children to make GOOD JUDGMENTS about qualitative relationships.  Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.
  2. The arts teach children that problems can have MORE than ONE solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
  3. The arts celebrate multiple PERSPECTIVES.  One of their large lessons is  there are many ways to SEE and INTERPRET the world.
  4. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.  Learning in the arts requires the ABILITY and a WILLINGNESS to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds.
  5. The arts make VIVID the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can KNOW.  The limits of our language do not define the limits of our COGNITION.
  6. The arts teach students that SMALL DIFFERENCES can make LARGE IMPACTS.  The arts traffic in subtleties.
  7. The arts teach students to think through and within a material.  All art forms employ some means through which IMAGES become REAL.
  8. The arts help CHILDREN LEARN to say what cannot be said.  When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them FEEL, they must reach into their POETIC CAPACITIES to find the words that will do the job.
  9. The arts ENABLE us to have EXPERIENCE we can have from no other source and through such experience to DISCOVER the range and variety of what we are capable of FEELING.
  10. The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults BELIEVE is IMPORTANT.

Please encourage and support your children to trust their creative expression.  We believe these truths will help guide them through academic and creative challenges with confidence.

-Excerpts from the National Art Education Association.


Virtual Art Classes will complement your creativity

virtual art classes

From learning to strum a guitar, take the perfect portrait or paint like Picasso, the City’s fall virtual art classes will help you tap your creative side in style.  Register today for an array of fun and engaging virtual classes including beginning ukulele, abstract painting, pouring with acrylics and more.

Registration is underway for the following classes, so don’t delay in signing up today!    

Beginning Ukulele

Just one strum of the ukulele brings a smile and soothes the soul during these uncertain times. Grab your ukulele and enjoy learning to play the world’s easiest string instrument in a supportive and small virtual class environment.  The classes are held from 4 to 5 pm on Tuesdays for age 10 and older.  Supplies needed: ukulele, music stand (optional), and downloadable sheet music, which will be provided.

#56658 / October 13 to November 10 / $109
#56659 / November 17 to December 15 (no class November 24) / $89

Beginning Guitar 

Now is the perfect time to learn to play guitar!  Enjoy learning to play easy cords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular tunes in a small virtual class environment. Grab your guitar and have fun! The classes are held from 5 to 6 pm on Tuesdays for age 10 and older.  Supplies needed include guitar, music stand (optional), and downloadable sheet music, which will be provided.

#56660 / October 13 to November 10 / $109
#56661 / November 17 to December 15 (no class November 24) / $89

Intuitive Abstract Painting

Learn techniques, use of mediums, acrylic paint, types of abstracts, tools, collage, and how to unleash your creative abilities.  These classes for age 14 and older include 30 minutes of demonstration and two hours of painting and instructions, from 10 am to 12:30 pm every Tuesday during the months of September, October, and November.  A supply list will be provided upon registration. 

#56683 / Sept 1 – 22 / $120
#56687 / Sept 29 – Oct 20 / $120
#56691 / Oct 27 – Nov 17 / $120

Online Painting Classes

Learn to paint in a fun, creative and relaxed atmosphere!  For students of all ages, the classes teach you the basic techniques of painting, how to hold a brush and create brush strokes, use fine art tools, mix colors, and create depth and interest through light, shade and color.  Beginner to advanced students are welcome for these classes held Fridays from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm during the months of September, October, and November.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.  

#56665 / September 4-25 / $100
#56666 / October 2-30 / $125
#56667 / November 6-20 / $75

Online Drawing Classes

Learn to create simple drawing projects to develop the skills and techniques of drawing.  For students of all ages, the classes will teach you basic shape and form to build subjects from simple to complex. Students will also learn the principles of light and shadow, line, composition and the techniques of using drawing materials and tools in these classes held Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 am during the months of September, October, and November.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.  

#56662 / September 1-29 / $75
#56663 / October 6-27 / $60
#56664 / November 3-17 / $45

Paint like the Pros

Students ages 6 to 12 will enjoy learning painting techniques through color, tools and brushstrokes. Projects include color mixing, still life, and use of pointillism and abstraction.  Classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5 pm for three weeks in October. Supply kits will be available for curbside pick-up at the Mission Viejo Library. Call 949-470-8470 to schedule a pick-up.  

#56823 / October 6-22 / $100

Pouring with Acrylics

Learn all styles and methods of pouring, mixing, materials, tools and mediums, and explore the unlimited aspects of pouring.  These classes for age 14 and older include 30 minutes of demonstration and two hours of pouring with the instructor from 1:30 to 4 pm every Tuesday during the months of September, October, and November.  A supply list will be provided upon registration.  

#56668 / Sept 1 - 22 / $120
#56675 / Sept 29 – Oct 20 / $120
#56679 / Oct 27 – Nov 17 / $120

iPhone Photography

Learn everything you need to know to maximize your iPhone photos and videos. Focus, exposure, flash, HDR, panoramas, accessories and apps will all be discussed.  For age 16 and older, this class is from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturdays.

#57399 / October 10 / $35
#57403 / November 14 / $35

Digital Photography 101

Focus on storytelling and creating moods with your camera using composition, perspective, color and light. Friendly critiques are included in this class offered from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays for age 16 and older.

#57405 / October 6 to November 3 / $70

For more information, contact 949-470-8470 or arts@cityofmissionviejo.org.


MV Life

Stay apprised of the latest coronavirus news, information, and resources by visiting our dedicated COVID-19 webpage today.
Keep your finger on the pulse of Mission Viejo with the Mission Viejo Life App.
Download App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.missionviejo
MV Life