This year marks Slanguage’s 10 year anniversary! Please keep updated to our blog and Facebook page for all the latest happenings coming for summer. Opening June 2, 2012




Slanguage Studio is celebrating its 10th year anniversary and participating in a very important exhibition about Slanguage’s history for the first Los Angeles biennial, Made in L.A. 2012, organized by the Hammer Museum in collaboration with LAXART, will be presented at the Hammer, and the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Slanguage’s exhibition is called “THIS IS A TAKE OVER!” inspired by the Native American taking of Alcatraz, in which the artists will be taking over the LAXArt Gallery in Culver city and Programming it for three months. Events will include a Teen Art Summit, a music/spoken word Slanguage Festival, discussions, workshops, a mural and billboard. Stay tuned for further details about the events. Also, you can help support the future of Slanguage by voting for Slanguage to get a $100,000 prize in the middle of June. Go Slangasters! (Karla Diaz)

Slanguage Juniors is back and better than ever! This time, we are presenting Old Histories, New Flavors, a ten-week session for kids to explore the history of Wilmington through art-making.

There are still room, so please RSVP at and swing by this Saturday from 10-11 to register!

Here are the details:
OLD HISTORIES, NEW FLAVORS: Let’s build our own town square together! We will provide a place to explore the history of Wilmington while developing a variety of media. In this class we will work to turn our ideas and our environment into collages, drawings, stenciling, sound art and sculpture. The class will serve as an introduction to many techniques with the ultimate goal of understanding how we can mix media to create a new language that communicates our own history with a completely new flavor!

Teacher: Silvia Mantilla Ortiz, Otis College of Art + Design, MFA student
For ages: 8-13 years old

When: Saturdays, October 22 – December 20, 11.00am – 12.3opm
Where: Slanguage Studio – 640 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744
Cost: $100 or $10/class

Viva la Verde: Slanguage Juniors Summer Art Camp 2011

In the intensive week-long workshop our students will produce a wide range of multi-layered artworks that will deliver a message for environmental awareness. The camp will be composed of 8 workshops, including field trips and guest artists. Students will produce projects that will allow them to grapple with environmental restoration, reduce their trash, and implement a holistic approach to artmaking that includes painting, design, sculpture, poetry, and music.  The camp will close with an exhibit and celebration featuring our young artists!

July 11-July 15th, Monday-Friday


Closing Exhibit, Saturday July 16th, 12-2pm

Ages 8-14

Cost $150, fee includes materials and lunch daily

Pay in full on registration days, receive $25 discount!

Registration during open hours

Wednesday-Friday July 6-8th, 10am-5pm

Picture Me! An Introduction to Photography

Taught by artist Ruth Cabral (shown in Self Portrait 2009 on the left), the course will be expose young artists to photographic works of art that explore different kinds of self-expression. Students will take inspiration from their own environment to develop insight into their identity. The artists will create collages, do cyanotype printing that incorporates composition, design their own shoes, and create an awesome self-portrait based on their alter ego. By incorporating the camera, the junior artists will apply visual techniques to communicate their own unique identities in a medium that captures a moment in their lives. The class will be 10 sessions and will close with a class exhibition. All materials are included in class fee.

Class starts this Saturday, April 30th

For 10 Saturdays from 11am-12:30pm

Registration, April 30th, 10-11am

$10 per class, or $100 for 10 sessions

Teo Veliz, a member of the Slanguage Juniors Drawing Class, could be the world’s youngest art collector. Teo started collecting paintings and drawings at age 8, and is now 10 years old. When asked why he started collecting, he responds that a colorful painting caught his eye and he decided to buy it. He continues to choose new pieces based on what he likes. Collecting also spurred the idea to encourage Slanguage to start a drawing class for kids his age. Thanks Teo! His most recent acquisition is a painting called High Five by Mario Lopez, A.K.A. Dred, who recently showed in the Slanguage Gallery.

Feb 3-April 9, 2011

9 sessions plus culminating event

Cost: $100

Food Fight: Drawing the history of our food

Slanguage Juniors Drawing Class

Saturdays, 11am-12:30pm

Ages 8-13

Come learn basic skills in drawing while learning about the history of what you eat and today’s fight to grow and eat healthy food! Gain skills by:

  • Drawing with pencil, charcoal, and pastels.
  • Working from objects, still life, and drawing live models!
  • Exploring why people in Mexico and other parts of the world are struggling to grow their native food, like maiz or corn, which our ancestors have grown and eaten for hundreds of years.
  • Learning why these types of foods have been such important parts of our diet and culture and how other foods are affected today!

Materials included in class fee. Prerequisite: Must have interest in art.

STAC, Slanguage Teen Arts Council

Thursdays, 5-7pm

Ages 14-18

Join the Slanguage Teen Arts Council and learn leadership skills through art! Gain great experience for college applications by:

  • working with an arts organization and gaining marketing and production skills
  • meet with other working artists, and arts institutions
  • developing programming including events and exhibits, and community art projects for your own peers and community.

Who should apply?

Creative people who want to gain skills in organizing and art. Whether you’re a photographer, writer, poet, activist, or other artist, if you are interested in gaining experience, and being exposed to the artworld, this is the program for you.

Registration Information

The deadline to register and/or apply is Monday, January 31, 2010. Parents with children under 18, must register them in person. Please visit during open hours M-F 10am-5pm. We accept cash or checks made out to Slanguage or by making a donation on the website via our Paypal service. We will close registration after we have enrolled a maximum of 10 students. There are no refunds.