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Co-create culture and enjoy a moment to yourself by downloading, coloring, and sharing your story through the East Los Luv coloring sheets.


There are many ways you can participate and join the discussion about what makes East Los Angeles special. The coloring sheets, family photos and stories will be a resource for the artist to begin developing the concept for the mural on 3rd & Dangler. 


Each sheet will have an element where you can add your own drawing, text, or photo. Coloring sheet number one has a picture frame hanging from the string of lanterns. There is also blank space in the background for you to expand the drawing or add collage.

CO-CREATING CULTURE THROUGH COLORING ACTIVITIES

FOLLOW THESE STEPS:

  • Download and print coloring sheet.
    Color  the image your way.
  • Add a drawing, photo, or your name in the frame.
    The photo or drawing can be a family photo, a self portrait, someone you want   to honor, your favorite food, a word that you feel defines East Los Angeles, etc.
  • Extend the drawing in the blank area or add collaged elements.
  • Email or send your completed work to eastlosluv@gmail.com, send through social media @eastlosluv,  or upload the file on this Google Form. 

SHARE THIS PROJECT WITH YOUR FRIENDS

We encourage you to share this project with anyone interested in participating or learning about art and culture in the heart of East L.A. Download the East Los Luv trifold that includes a short  overview of the project and a coloring sheet on the reverse side. 

DID YOU KNOW?!

Coloring books were once hand-printed using relief printing and copper-plates? They were produced in the 1600’s to help people learn to paint and as a non-verbal form of communicating ideas. Today we use coloring sheets as learning activities and as a form of therapy. East Los Luv is using coloring sheets to Co-Create culture, share ideas, and engage communities. Stay tuned for future releases of coloring sheets.


*Content may be downloaded for educational and personal use. Reproduction for commercial use may be granted with the written permission of the artist.

*Select coloring sheets, photos, and anecdotes submitted to East Los Luv may be chosen to be featured on the website and through social media platforms.

COLORING SHEET

Celebrating Grandparents, Family, and Home

Stephanie Mercado East Los Luv Coloring Sheet Grandparents

What are your grandparents’ legacy? Did they help create the  community where you live? Color the activity sheet and add portraits of your grandparents, parents or family members. you can print out their photo and collage their image within the frame, or you can draw their their portrait and color them in. You can also write words in the frames that describe how you feel about your home and your family. Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form  or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

COLORING SHEET

What does your car's paint job look like?

Stephanie Mercado East Los Luv Car Coloring Sheet

Personalize this classic car and add symbols that represent you. Do you like bright colors, dark colors, flowers or skulls? Then add a picture or drawing of your favorite place in the background – or draw your name in big bold letters. Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

COLORING SHEET

What is your favorite food?

Stephanie Mercado Food Coloring Sheet

Color in the cross stitch table cloth then draw, collage or write about your favorite food in the center of the plate.  What reminds you of your home or family? Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

COLORING SHEET

Honoring people through portraiture.

East Los Luv Coloring Sheet Portraits

Color the activity sheet with your favorite colors and add a portrait of someone you want to honor. You can also create a self-portrait in the frame. You can draw the portrait, or paste a photo in the frame. Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

COLORING & COLLAGE ACTIVITY

Frida Kahlo Portrait.

Color the activity sheets with your favorite colors. Cut out the pieces and arrange them around the portrait of Frida. Glue them to a sheet of paper or without a background to get a shaped artwork. Personalize the portrait by adding your own photos, drawings, or text.  Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

COLORING SHEET

East Los Angeles Essential Worker

Stephanie Mercado Doctor Essential Worker Coloring Sheet

Doctor Diana with Child, East Los Angeles Medical Provider Coloring Sheet

This coloring sheet adapts the portrait of Doctor Diana, a Family Care Physician in East Los Angeles. This portrait is from a series of seven images paying tribute to LA’s diverse workforce—especially those disproportionately affected by the pandemic—the collection highlights the ways in which community sustains us during crises and is essential to creating a more just and humane society. The current pandemic heightened the inequities and digital divide in East Los Angeles and low- income communities globally. Doctor Diana made a commitment while in medical school to help her community of East Los Angeles. She is the mother of a toddler and was expecting a child during the pandemic. She was treating patients in a medical clinic in East Los Angeles, managing appointments and treatment, working long hours, and finding ways to help people heal and protect her family and staff from exposure to the Covid-19 virus. Together, she and the nurses at the East LA medical clinic have selflessly served the communities of East Los Angeles through medical care and emotional support. The portraits are currently on view at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Color the portrait of Doctor Diana  with your favorite colors. Personalize the portrait by adding your own photos, drawings, or text.  Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

Do you know essential workers you would like to see honored through a portrait? Send us their photos. We may include them in the design of the East Los Luv Mural. 

COLORING SHEET

Ana Rodriguez Cactus Painting

east los luv ana rodriguez cactus painting coloring sheet

Ana Rodriguez South East Los Angeles High School Teacher and Artist's Coloring Activity

This coloring sheet adapts one of Ana Rodriguez paintings into a coloring activity. Ana Rodrigues is a South East Los Angeles High School Teacher and Artist who grew up in Maywood and currently teaches in Huntington Park. Ana was featured in the Essential Workers Portrait Series on exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center. Ana is an abstract painter and lover of metal music, and she is passionate about teaching. The pandemic forced her school to a virtual format and she witnessed first-hand how the quarantine and lack of social interaction was affecting her students. She made it her mission to be available around the clock for her students and their parents, encouraging them to make their physical and mental health a priority, above everything else. She believes the emotional support provided to youth and parents is more important in times of crisis, than homework assignments and grades.

Color the still life with your favorite colors. Personalize the coloring sheet by adding your own photos, drawings, or text.  Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

Do you know essential workers or artists you would like to see honored through a portrait? Send us their photos. We may include them in the design of the East Los Luv Mural. 

COLORING & COLLAGE ACTIVITY

Día de los Muertos Ofrenda Coloring and Collage Activity

Directions: Color in the pieces and cut them out. Add photos of loved ones, notable people, or social issues you would like to honor in the frames. Glue your pieces onto a sheet a paper or onto a box to make a three-dimensional altar. Share images of your work with East Los Luv by using #Eastlosluv on social or through email eastlosluv@gmail.com

Pro-tip: Print more than one copy for extra pieces or print on card stock or watercolor paper to use paint or watercolor. 

Once you have completed the activity upload it using this Google form or email it to Eastlosluv@gmail.com

LESSON PLAN GUIDE

For teachers and teaching artists.

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