Francisco Martinez

Francisco Martinez

Francisco is a Veracruz-born Oakland native, scholar, musician, and luthier. He is currently pursuing a Masters’s degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University and holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote his undergraduate thesis on Afro-Mexico and Son Jarocho. All of Francisco’s pre-tertiary education was within the Oakland Unified School District. His family has practiced Son Jarocho and traditional luthiers for generations and he now carries on this cultural heirloom. In 2016, Francisco studied with his uncle, musician, and luthier Tacho Utrera, the traditional craft of luthiers (musical instrument making) from Veracruz. Francisco continues to make instruments in Oakland at his workshop, Guacamayas Lauderia. Francisco’s academic interests drive him to explore the intersection of education, arts, and culture as tools of empowerment for all youth.

Sketching Classes English Language

Time Zone Pacific Standard Time – (GMT -7)

Classes are 45mn long

Age Range

7  years old to 12 years old

Material Needed 

Pen, Pencil, Paper, Eraser

Online

ENGLISH – Sketching – Art is Fun with Francisco!

Thursdays – 9 classes – $135

Start March 17th, 2022

End May 12th, 2022

This art class is intended for students to tap into the creators we all embody and start thinking visually and creatively.
Through visual images, more information can be expressed or perceived compared to letters and writing alone; ancient civilizations like Egypt (Kemet) were aware of this. For this reason, it is crucial to commence a visual arts education in the early years of schooling and onward.
The class will introduce students to various art form materials, concepts, and approaches. We will present art and artists in “snack” sized bits so that any elementary school student can grasp them. The class starts with the basics of sketching, then shapes, followed by basic representation of light so that the students may establish a “toolset” that they can draw from to express their imagination and creativity. The student will also learn art appreciation and respect through a simulated or digital “Gallery exhibition.”
Ultimately, the class aims to instill an enriching appreciation for the visual arts and encourage students to pursue a career path in the arts.

ENGLISH – 5:15 pm – 6 pm

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Sketching and Drawing Spanish Languages Classes

Time Zone Pacific Standard Time – (GMT -7)

Classes are 45mn long

Age Range

7  years old to 12 years old

Material Needed 

Pen, Pencil, Paper, Eraser

Online

SPANISH – Sketching – Art is Fun with Francisco!

Thursdays – 9 classes – $135

Start March 17th, 2022

End May 12th, 2022

This art class is intended for students to tap into the creators we all embody and start thinking visually and creatively.
Through visual images, more information can be expressed or perceived compared to letters and writing alone; ancient civilizations like Egypt (Kemet) were aware of this. For this reason, it is crucial to commence a visual arts education in the early years of schooling and onward.
The class will introduce students to various art form materials, concepts, and approaches. We will present art and artists in “snack” sized bits so that any elementary school student can grasp them. The class starts with the basics of sketching, then shapes, followed by basic representation of light so that the students may establish a “toolset” that they can draw from to express their imagination and creativity. The student will also learn art appreciation and respect through a simulated or digital “Gallery exhibition.”
Ultimately, the class aims to instill an enriching appreciation for the visual arts and encourage students to pursue a career path in the arts.

SPANISH – 4:15 pm – 5 pm

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Ukulele Classes - English Language

Time Zone Pacific Standard Time – (GMT -7)

Class is 45mn long

Age Range

3  years old to 6 years old

Material Needed

Ukulele, Picks

Online

ENGLISH – Ukulele – “String Theory”

Tuesdays – 9 Classes – $135

Start March 15th, 2022

End May 10th, 2022

Ukulele “String Theory” is a fun and stress-free approach to musicianship for elementary school students. Given the popularity and widespread adoption of chordophones across cultures, space, and time, this class aims to introduce the Ukulele and its execution and instill a love for music-making.
Students will learn the basic concept of how most stringed instruments work to produce the notes and music our ears enjoy so much. Students will review all of the parts on the Ukulele to understand their respective functions in creating sound; the introduction of proper technique and execution will follow. Moreover, students will learn the basics of making music: understanding the difference between rhythm and melody, tuning the Ukulele, instrumental breaks, and when to accompany with singing. A crucial component will be musical games and activities; this class component is still being researched and developed. The idea is to draw from successful music education curriculums, like Orph training or similar, to make learning fun and increase material retention by the students. Ultimately, students will learn to play the Ukulele and express basic ideas in musical terms while instilling music appreciation.

ENGLISH 5:15 pm  – 6 pm

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Ukulele Classes - Spanish Language

Time Zone Pacific Standard Time – (GMT -7)

Class is 45mn long

Age Range

3  years old to 6 years old

Material Needed

Ukulele, Picks

Online

SPANISH – Ukulele – “String Theory”

Tuesdays – 9 Classes – $135

Start March 15th, 2022

End May 10th, 2022

Ukulele “String Theory” is a fun and stress-free approach to musicianship for elementary school students. Given the popularity and widespread adoption of chordophones across cultures, space, and time, this class aims to introduce the Ukulele and its execution and instill a love for music-making.
Students will learn the basic concept of how most stringed instruments work to produce the notes and music our ears enjoy so much. Students will review all of the parts on the Ukulele to understand their respective functions in creating sound; the introduction of proper technique and execution will follow. Moreover, students will learn the basics of making music: understanding the difference between rhythm and melody, tuning the Ukulele, instrumental breaks, and when to accompany with singing. A crucial component will be musical games and activities; this class component is still being researched and developed. The idea is to draw from successful music education curriculums, like Orph training or similar, to make learning fun and increase material retention by the students. Ultimately, students will learn to play the Ukulele and express basic ideas in musical terms while instilling music appreciation.

SPANISH 4:15 pm  – 5 pm

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