Art Workshops

Self Help Graphics is one of the few places in Los Angeles that offers artists a space where they can develop artistically in a peer to peer setting.

Self Help Graphics promotes and supports the work of emerging, established and mid-career Chicanx/Latinx visual artists and provides a space where they can work in an egalitarian atmosphere of creativity and cooperation. These art workshops attract all levels of artists to work in a variety of art mediums such as intaglio printmaking, DIY silkscreening, and many other forms.


Ongoing Workshops

  • DIY Silkscreening
  • Aerosol Art
  • Ceramics

DIY Screen-Printing

Fee: $30
Instructor: Dewey Tafoya

Attendees are required to bring two transparency copies of an original black and white image, no bigger than 8 1/2″ X 11″. A limited number of screens available for purchase. Bring paper and a blank t-shirt or 2 to print your work of art on! Space is limited to only 15 participants but we plan on making this an ongoing workshop.



Fee: $15
Instructor: Wayne Perry

Participants will learn various techniques and theories of ceramic art including tile making, slab building, hand building, wheel-throwing, painting, and glazing. Participants will explore how ceramic art is used in public art as well as functional pottery. No experience necessary. Bring an apron or work clothes. All Materials provided.

Aerosol Art

Saturdays 10am to 1pm
Fee: Free for Youth | $10 Adults
Instructor: Vyal

Workshop focuses on teaching participants of all levels and ages how to create artwork using aerosol paint and other painting tools used in creating aerosol based art such as paint markers, color pencils, sharpies, stencils, and stickers.


Art Para Hoy!
Youth & Community Art Programs

As a part of its mission to nurture emerging Chicanx/Latinx artists, Self Help Graphics is dedicated to its Art Para Hoy! (Youth & Community Art Programs) by providing over 8,000 local families and children with quality art programming and instruction every year. The goals of Art Para Hoy! are to fortify and expand the use of and access to art for youth 12-18 through SHG’s facilities and resources. We serve youth and families with this critical need for programming while providing positive and alternative models for creativity in an environment that is nurturing and reflective of our community.


CalArts Community Arts Partnership
(CAP) Digital Media Program

This is a 20-week, free-of-charge program for teenagers, to explore a multitude of disciplines while focusing on specific social issues. Participants may choose to collaborate with others in the class or work independently to develop their own way of self-expression and make creative choices within the visual arts. Media includes but is not limited to various forms of printmaking (linocuts, T-Shirt design), stop-motion animation, and digital video production.


Fall 2016/Spring 2017 (20 classes)
Time: Tuesdays, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Level: High School (ages 16 – 24)
October 4 – December 13 (10 classes)
January 31 – April 18 (10 classes)

  • No Class 11/22 (Thanksgiving Week)
  • No Class 3/28 (CalArts Spring Break)
  • No Class 4/11 (LAUSD Spring Break)

FROM A TO ZINE PROGRAM (Writing, Photography, and DIY Publishing)

This 20-week writing and digital photography program is for teenagers interested in creating zines, newspapers or books that relate to their experiences and their communities. Topics and layout design will be decided upon collectively and through a series of writing and photography exercises, students will incorporate the exploration of local community issues into their artwork. CalArts Photography and Writing professors teach the program, with the assistance of CalArts Student Instructors.

Fall 2016/Spring 2017 (20 classes)
Time: Saturdays, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Level: High School (ages 16 – 24)
October 8 – December 17
January 14  – June 3 (10 classes)

  • No Class 4/8 (CalArts Spring Break)



S.O.Y. Artista is a free five-week (60 hour) summer art-training workshop for local youths (12-24 years old) from underserved communities of East Los Angeles, Boyle Heights and the greater LA area who are recruited from local youth groups, schools, and other community centers. This youth program’s goal is to fortify and expand the use and access to art through Self Help’s facilities and resources. The five-week course is taught by local, professional artists and consists of various workshops including multi-color screen printing, mobile phone/tablet based art, stencil making, woodblock printing, etching, mono printing and photography. S.O.Y. Artista is a summer program that serves local youth during a time when youth programming is scarce.

We serve youth with this critical need for programming while providing positive and alternative models for creativity in an environment that is nurturing and reflective of this particular group of youth. In some cases, students use the work created in the program for admission portfolios to LA County High School of the Arts or for admission/scholarship consideration for college art programs. Our goal is to serve 60-80 local students through the summer. Classes are meant to inspire one on one instruction and provide in-depth art experiences that culturally connect youth to their community, develop critical analysis, and create stronger coalitions between community organizations, students and higher learning.

Self Help Graphics & Art’s Youth and Community Programs are sponsored in part by Bank of America, Cal Arts Partnership, California Community Foundation, Southern California Edison, Vernon Community Fund, and the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.



Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) – BMAS serves our mission to nurture emerging artists and present Latino art to a broad audience, and address the vast demographic that is Los Angeles, while also expanding our audiences and community beyond the East Los Angeles community.


Founded in 1974 and re-launched in 2014 through a generous grant by the James Irvine Foundation, Barrio Mobile Art Studio (BMAS) takes art creation to the streets with arts programming that features both youth and multi-generational workshops. Trained in 2014 on peer-to-peer workshop facilitation, professional development, and social entrepreneurship, twenty-five artists administer BMAS. This allows Self Help Graphics & Art (SHG) to hire artists, pay them a competitive fee, and enact its mission of self-help. BMAS assists the artists in their professional development (lesson planning and curriculum development) by providing field experience through the facilitation of SHG’s acclaimed workshops. The BMAS creative team facilitates workshops in the community that include: printmaking (silkscreening, linocut, dry point, monotype), digital art using mobile devices and tablets, aerosol art (including temporary murals), and stencil work, among other workshops that can be customized to fit any scenario. The BMAS was founded as a program that works towards equity and social justice through art.


History-SHG’s famous Barrio Mobile Arts Studio (BMAS), was a converted step van that was used as a moving cultural center between 1975-1985. Contracted by public and parochial schools throughout East Los Angeles to teach art, SHG hired artists to who specialized in a variety of art forms to engage with community and youth through art.

2011-2015 partners include: Casa0101; La Plaza de Cultura y Artes; Legacy LA; Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park; Mercado La Paloma; Proyecto Pastoral and Semillas del Pueblo (El Sereno), Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Amnesty International – Manifest Justice, Los Angeles County Libraries, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council, Los Angeles Education Partners, among others.


Exhibition Print Program

Self Help Graphics’ Exhibition Print Program is an active lending/consignment program that allows organizations and companies to host curated exhibitions of Self Help Graphics’ print collection. Local and regional organizations are asked to partner with Self Help Graphics by providing a venue for exhibition and are either lent the work at no charge, or are invoiced a nominal fee. Corporate and for-profit clients are asked to make a contribution of $1,000 – $5,000 to rent suites of prints for up to six month, which helps support ongoing partnerships.
Through SHG’s Exhibition Print Program (EPP), new work in all print mediums has been exhibited to local, regional, national and international audiences. The focus of the EPP has been to provide broad audiences access to art in both traditional and non-traditional venues, but especially to underserved segments of the community, who might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience the art and culture represented through the artwork. The EPP has also enabled Self Help to show the work of local artists in museums and art centers in key regional exhibits. Self Help has also reached a national audience through major endeavors such as Across the Street: Self Help Graphics & Art and Chicano Art in Los Angeles (1995-97). Between 2010 and 2011, Self Help will work with the following organizations and businesses to present uniquely curated print exhibitions:


Mexican Cultural Institute (Olvera Street), Oct. 2010

Fremont Gallery (Pasadena), Nov. 2010

Camachos Café (Olvera Street), Ongoing

La Fonda Restaurant (McArthur Park), Jan. 2011

Mercado La Paloma (South Central LA), Aug. – Oct. 2011

LA vs WAR II (Los Angeles), Sep. 2011

Los Angeles County Musuem of Art, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987, Sep. – Dec. 2011

Autry National Center, Art Along the Hyphen: The Mexican-American Generation, Oct. 2011 – Jan. 2012

Fowler Museum at UCLA, Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement, Oct. 2011 – Feb. 2012

Paley Center (Beverly Hills), Nov. 2011

Casa 0101, (Boyle Heights), Nov. 2011

Academia Semillas del Pueblo (El Sereno), Dec. 2011-Mar. 2012

L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Mariposas Presente, Oct. – Nov. 2012

Lexus, Sabor (Beverly Hills), March 2014

LACMA, Futbol: The Beautiful Game, Feb. – Jul. 2014

La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, ¡Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and the Struggle for Justice, Apr. – Jul. 2014

Musée d’Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France), Chicano Dream, Jun. – Oct. 2014

City Hall, 2014 – Present

Tonalli Studio, May 2015 – June 2015

Mi Centro (LGBT Center – Boyle Heights), September 2015 – Present

Mis Propios Espacios / My Own Spaces, DAC Gallery, September 10 – October 29, 2016

Welcome!, Cal State LA Fine Arts Gallery, April 206


Self Help Graphics & Art has a loyal international following, and has expanded its audience to Africa (nine nations), Germany, France and Spain through its Arts America touring show Chicano Expressions. The success of the USA tour has resulted in an extension into Mexico. Self Help has also presented the first ever Day of the Dead at the Glasgow Print Studio in Scotland in November 1996. SHG will continue to target university and other public exhibition spaces to.