La Casa Verde Art Workshops

by Laila Espinoza AKA ArteSana

“Cocoons in My Window” Mixed media painting and sculpture by Laila. 2016

La Casa Verde Workshops are interdisciplinary and mixed media art classes dedicated to healing and nurturing mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Laila Espinoza, AKA, ArteSana offers painting, drawing, writing, altar making and other forms of expressive arts to individuals and groups of all ages, including children. La Casa Verde is a movement of decolonizing that begins with the practice of Radical Self-Care as the root of healing and from this place growing healthy families and communities. Laila has been a practicing artist for over 19 years and holds a BFA in Community Arts from the California College of the Arts and an MA in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley. She is currently an art instructor for Middle and High School students through the Attitudinal Healing Connection in Oakland, CA. To learn more about Laila, please visit the Artist Bio page on this website.

Painting and making sculpture with my son at age three, Oakland. 2014
Making Art with friend and artist Samantha Javier at Home Is Where the H(Art) Is Artist Residency, Oakland. 2016
Art Workshop at AXE Oakland, March 2021
Art Workshop at AXE Oakland, March 2021
Altar in Memory of the students from Ayotzinapa, Installation at the California College of the Arts, 2016.

Here’s what “KIKI” Lyons has to say about La Casa Verde Workshops:

I first started taking private one-on-one classes with Laila in 2018 after walking by an outdoor installation she was working on at a local shop in Berkeley. I was an artist struggling to feel confident in my chosen medium and was struck by Laila’s warmth and technical painting mastery. After several months of working with Laila, I developed the confidence to begin painting at home. Recently, Laila has helped support me in creating my first original work. I am highly critical of my work, like most artists, but through Laila’s encouragement, I had the confidence to apply for the Expressive Art Therapy program at CIIS Summer 2020. I am living the life of my dreams and I owe that in part to my workshops with Laila. She has this powerful way she connects with her students that not only refines art skills but develops intuition. 

Interested in taking a Casa Verde workshop or hosting a workshop by Laila ArteSana in your space?

Contact Laila at laila_espinoza@berkeley.edu

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