Abe Rodriguez always knew he wanted to be an artist. “My favorite day in school was when it rained, because recess was cancelled and I could stay inside and draw. Art is my passion.”
Schooled in Antioch (Mission, Black Diamond, Deer Valley), Abe also attended LMC, DVC and Expression College For Digital Arts in Oakland (graduating in 2012) before finding his way back to Antioch to teach painting and drawing classes at the Antioch Community Center (the same classes he took as a student).
Eventually, he was also hired at the Antioch Charter Academy to teach art to grades K-8. His experience as a teacher and relationship with the recreation department led to some other interesting assignments. Abe has been commissioned by the city to draw murals on utility boxes around town and had become involved with special events that tap his expertise. He is a very valuable member of the department and one of its most popular instructors.
What does the future hold for Abe? “In five years, I would like to be a credentialed art teacher.” That would require more education and training, which Abe is more than ready to take on. “In the end, I would like to become an even bigger part of this community.”
Written by: Dan Wall
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