Artist Bios

Michael Cortes

Michael has been serving the community as an artist for nearly 20 years, but he's been a life long artist. He has a passion for art and sharing the creative spirit. He was an artist-in-residence and instructor with St. Elmo Village in Los Angeles, California for over five years where he taught art workshops to children every Saturday morning.

He also does web design, sign painting and mural painting for both the private and public sector. Please check out some of his work on his artist page on Facebook.

Michael has a heart for children, at-risk youth, and he enjoys reaching out to the community and bringing people together to create something that is positive and uplifting.

To contact Michael to teach an art session at your school, community group, charter school learning center, homeschool co-op, or group home in the Southern California area, please e-mail at Mike at

A taste of Michael's creativity:

Denise Cortes

Denise aspired to be an artist since the third grade. She studied Art/Design with an emphasis on illustration at California State University, Long Beach and California State University, Los Angeles, where she received her Bachelors of Art. She is a fine artist and her Dia de los Muertos-themed artwork have been in several art galleries and shows.

She has also been teaching art to children ages 7--18 for eight years, teaching the fundamentals of painting, drawing, collage and sculpture. Denise enjoys sharing her love of modern art history with her students by reinterpreting their techniques and creating fresh and new works of art.

You can also check out a few recent Modern Art 4 Kids projects from our main blog,, here:

Denise is a contributing writer to BabyCenter, Blog de BabyCenter, and Sherwin-Williams Latino. She was named one of's 50 Favorite Design & DIY Bloggers,  LATISM's Top Blogueras 2013 and Babble 100 Best Bloggers. To see more featured content, go here. She is available for all types of creative consultation, such as: leading art sessions, creating art lessons, writing help and blogging tips.

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