MARITZA RUIZ-KIM

Artist, San Francisco Bay Area

Mindful Painting at CoG

Week 2 at the Center of Gravity, here are the youngest kids getting a close look at their brushes and applying paint to their hands watercolor paper. 🙂 This week we worked with the colors red, yellow, green, and blue. Read more…


Basic Brush Skills at CoG

It’s back to school week, and I’ve made a lot of new little friends at the Center of Gravity (CoG) where I teach two year olds through six year olds. I’m meeting mini-reflections of older sibs I’ve had in recent Read more…


My Many Colored Days

Well I do have a second to tell what my art class has been doing the last two weeks. I got the main idea from Princeton Online (early childhood art lessons section) and then I added my own twist. I Read more…


These Days

I haven’t posted my art lessons as much these days- with the adoption process & the time spent now taking Enn to several classes a week (how’d that happen?) it’s enough work just trying to keep up with the day Read more…


Ming Dynasty Ceramics

  This was from last week’s lesson… I had them work on the background separately from the vase. They drew a horizontal line in pencil, and used washable markers, then painted water over them for the wash effect you see. Read more…


Seurat’s “Sunday Afternoon in the Park…”

We took a look at Seurat’s famous park painting, then a close up of the profile of a man from another- it’s easy to get lost in those dots Seurat spent many afternoons in the park sketching & preparing for Read more…


Art lessons pending…

So just wanted to say that the posting of my art lessons hinges on the fixing of my Internet. Anyone? Anyone? 🙂 Our techy friend thinks our router is kaput. GK would’ve made a visit to Best Buy tonight if Read more…


Hokusai’s “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”

Well, my internet has been down at my house since Saturday morning when my mom was “fixing” something that was working 🙂 (thanks mom!) 🙂 ha ha. I’m having trouble uploading photos here at the library. I’ll do that someday Read more…


Paul Klee’s “The Twittering Machine”

Art History: We took a look at Paul Klee’s The Twittering Machine (I make sure the children say “Clay” instead of “Kleeeeee”) Klee was a friend of Kandinsky’s (who we discussed last week.) This was a painting with a message- Read more…


“Swinging” by Wassily Kandinsky

So yesterday we had another wonderful time in the studio- me & The Kids. We time travelled at lightening speed from last week’s Lascaux Caves to the turn of the 20th Century and Wassily Kandinsky. I am loving how I Read more…


Lascaux Caves

I had my first Art Class in my Art Studio. It actually looks like a studio now since I set up this class and had to bust a move to get it ready in time. It has been a storage Read more…