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I am an artist born and raised in San Antonio; my art work has been described as “Painting with Paper"

I went from teenage delinquent, high school drop out and pregnant teen to General Manager, Business Owner and Community service volunteer; all due to the Arts.

I endured the consequences of bad teenage decisions including being arrested and beaten by a couple of men. At the age of 28 I found myself as a single mother with two children (a newborn and a 10yr old), I had managed to escape two abusive relationships, I did not have a penny to my name and I had a GED education. The corporate world was not offering jobs to GED graduates so I made a change and enrolled in weekend college courses in order to get a business degree and/or a marketing degree. In my art appreciation class I was assigned a project that required me to cut different colored card stock into very small pieces. I was to construct a mosaic replica of a picture of my choice. I chose to recreate a photo of my son. Upon completion of the project I submitted it to my instructor. When she looked at it her mouth fell to the floor and she began to cry. At that moment my hidden talent was revealed. Take a look at some of my work and view a power point presentation on how it is done!

Profile Summary:
Ceramic workshops Converse, TX
Mosaic Converse, TX
More About Me
Ceramic art, mosaic art, website and media design, gardening, jazz music
Work Experience:
I spent my twenties in retail management. Went back to school for some college courses and spent some time as administrative type work for a couple more years. Eventually, I landed a position as an assistant to an owner of a Security alarm company until I worked my way into the general manager’s position. Worked in the corporate world for 11 years, but now work in my garage as a starving artist and loving every minute of it!
some college
Organizations / Affilations:
Boysville of Texas (an orphanage for abused and neglected children).
Elena Castillo is located in Converse, TX and has the following skills: Ceramic workshops, Mosaic
Art / Creative
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Ceramic workshops

Category: Art / Creative
I offer ceramic painting sessions for kids 8 yrs and older on Sunday afternoons from 2pm-3:30pm. This workshop is hosted in my garage. For only $10 your child receives a small pillow vase, chooses a design and paint colors of their choice. Each child gets to take home their ceramic piece the same day! Please contact Elena at 210-867-2708 for details or to schedule your next Sunday afternoon.

(Children 7yrs or younger may attend for free with an enrolled sibling or friend; they will enjoy painting small ceramic ornaments and/or other crafts)

I also offer ceramic lessons for ages 12yrs and older. These lessons consist of 4 classes on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings from 6:30pm-8pm. in this workshop you will learn how to make a ceramic vase from start to finish. (I teach slip casting technique) The workshop is only $45 per student and includes all the materials you need to make your vase (includes up to two firings). The next workshop begins on Tue. April 14th. Please contact Elena at 210-867-2708 to schedule your class.

I have over 20yrs experience and currently volunteer my teaching skills at Boysville of Texas in Converse. Please see some of my art work
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 20


Category: Art / Creative
I design images in mosaic form using paper. It has been described as "Painting with paper" I specialize in photographs of people faces.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Years Experience: 7