LEAP is at West Oakland Library on Fridays

Artists in Libraries

LEAP @ the libraries with MOCHA!

MOCHA offers FREE weekly art workshops at four Oakland Public Library branches as part of LEAP (Library Education and Art Program). LEAP is funded by Art.com for the 2017-2018 school year, their $20,000 donation that they made in September 2017 is keeping our library program accessible to the greater Oakland community.

Days, Times & Locations

From January 18 – June 7, 2019

3:30 – 5:30

West Oakland Library
1801 Adeline St
Oakland, CA



Art Workshops

Workshops are led by our teaching artists and are focused on building creativity, socioemotional and academic skills through painting, drawing, sculpting, collage and numerous other art forms.


This fall, in collaboration with our friends at Oakland Public Libraries and made possible from a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, MOCHA will offer FREE weekly art workshops at four library branches.


Katie Sammon
Director of Programs
510.465.8770 ext. 110

Spring Brings Trips to the Field

Field Trips

MOCHA Field Trips are a great way to spend the school year. We offer an array of art lessons and can customize curriculum based on what you are learning in your classroom. Your class or community group will participate in an engaging art lesson led by a professional teaching artist.

Lessons include an educational presentation as well as opportunities for hands-on making. Each lesson is 1.5 hours long (grades K-12), and 1 hour (Pre-K). Our studios can accommodate up to 30 students (K-12), or 20 students (Pre-K). For groups larger than 30 students, a second reservation may be required and groups may need to be staggered.

Save time and money on transportation by having a MOCHA Teaching Artist come to you for an in-school art lesson. MOCHA Field Trips are not just for children; we frequently have middle school and high school students participate too!

Days & Times

Monday – Friday
9:00 – 10:30am
11:00am – 12:30pm
1:00 – 2:30pm


(up to 20 students)

$175 (up to 30 students)


+$50 (custom lesson)
+$50 (to come to your classroom-inside Oakland City limits)
+$125 (to come to your classroom-outside Oakland City limits)

MOCHA requires at least 2 weeks notice to book a field trip. MOCHA does not allow lessons to be changed under 72 hours. Full payment is due at the time of booking.

Cancellation Policy:
We need at leasts two weeks notice to cancel a field trip and will retain a $25 admin fee, If you cancel a field trip within 2 weeks of the trip, no refund will be given. If you need to reschedule we need at least 1 weeks notice and will retain a $25 admin fee. If you want to reschedule and do not give at leasts 1 weeks notice we will retain half of the cost of the filed trip.

NOTE: MOCHA has recently moved to a new location. We are located in the Lower Level of Oakland City Center plaza, Suite 49. If you enter via the Clorox building from Broadway, you will need to go down the escalator in the lobby, go back outside and turn left. MOCHA is located on the left hand side of the lower level of the plaza. Our address is below. 

Museum of Children’s Art
1221 Broadway, Lower Level, Suite 45
Oakland, CA 94612

K – 12 Art Lessons

All of our lessons are developmentally appropriate and based on the California Visual Arts Standards. Choose a lesson from our list below and a MOCHA teaching artist will discuss how to adapt projects to your curriculum goals.

Alexander Calder Mobiles

Students study the work of Alexander Calder and create stationary mobiles inspired by his work. Using clay, wire and other materials students will learn sculpturing techniques and design skills.

Art of the Mask

Observe mask designs from around the world. Using papers, oil pastel or paint and collage materials, students create colorful masks that teach the elements of shape, pattern and symmetry.

Dreamtime Animals

An introduction to the art of the Aboriginal peoples of Australia and the meaning and stories behind their stylized artworks. Using paints and oil pastels students create their own dreamtime animals that inspire stories.

Clay Exploration & Pinch Pots

The history of pottery is discussed as students learn about what clay is and where it comes from. A hands-on lesson where students learn various techniques including the ancient method of pinch pots and coil pots.They will also learn how to shape three-dimensional figures and incorporate them into sculptures.

Color Theory

Students will use primary colors to mix secondary colors and create a color wheel. Then they get a chance to paint pictures using their own personally created paint palettes.
For grades 2+ Tertiary mixing is also available.

Faith Ringgold Quilt Collage

Students will first take a look at the work of Faith Ringgold and discuss what is important to them and why they are thankful for their families, friends and communities. Next, they will draw and paint a mini scene that captures an important memory. Lastly, they will collage an elaborate border using mixed media paper and fabric.


Artists like Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh and Henry Matisse are viewed as students discuss what makes a portrait and then learn how to use proportion to create colorful and whimsical pictures of themselves or any other abstract faces they can come up with.
Medium Options: Collage / Watercolor


After discussing printmaking and how it has evolved today, a brief lesson on the horizon line is followed by students creating one of a kind landscape prints while also mixing colors on their print plates.

Recycled Sculpture

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Students learn about taking one person’s trash and turning it into their own personal treasures. They discover how to construct sculptures or architectural structures out of recycled materials.

Sumi-e Brush Painting

Students learn about the history and art of brush painting. Practice several painting techniques and create an Asian-type scroll in the traditional Sumi style.

Pre – K Art Lessons

Students will explore art through literature by hearing a story then exploring hands on art stations related to the book. Activities will include painting, drawing, clay sculpture, color mixing, clay and collage.

Choose from the book selection below:

It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

From Head To Toe by Eric Carle

Book a Field Trip


Isobel Aveston
Museum Manager
510.465.8770 ext. 100

Summer Art Camps are now online

Summer Camp

Its cool to make art when it’s hot outside!

Join us for innovative, hands-on arts activities for children and youth, ages 6-12. MOCHA campers work on a variety of engaging projects based on weekly topics.


Days & Times

June 3 – August 23

Pre-care: 8:00 – 8:30am
Drop-off: 8:30 – 9:00am
Camp: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Pick-up: 3:30 – 3:45pm
Aftercare: 3:30 – 5:30pm

Summer Camp Schedule: A typical day @ MOCHA Camp


Camp: $350 per week
10% sibling discount on second child


Pre-care: $5 per day
After-care: $20 per day


June 3 – 7  Starter Art

Learn the basics: shape, line, form, texture, pattern, space and color.
Teaching Artist: Leticia Padgett
Field Trip: TBD

June 10 – 14  Observe, Question, Hypothesize

Dissect color, experiment with materials and test hypotheses.
Teaching Artist: Brandy Gardner
Field Trip: TBD

June 17 – 21  Wonder Women

From O’Keefe to Kahlo to Kusama, learn about the contributions of women in art.
Teaching Artist: Leticia Padgett
Field Trip: TBD

June 24 – 28  Architectonics

Develop skills in structural engineering while imagining buildings of the future.
Teaching Artist: Brandy Gardner
Field Trip: TBD

July 8 – 12  Zines & Comics

Blend the worlds of art, literature and characterizations to create scenes, stories and graphics.
Teaching Artist: Alexandria Martinez
Field Trip: TBD

July 15 – 19  Street Graffiti Fashion

Utilize a variety of materials and learn techniques by combining media.
Teaching Artist: Kaya Fortune
Field Trip: TBD

July 22 – 26  From Sketches to Prints

A survey of the process of printmaking using blocks, plates and stencils.
Teaching Artist: Alexandria Martinez
Field Trip: TBD

July 29 – August 2  pARTy Animals

Spend the week exploring the shapes and forms of all your favorite animals through paint, collage and mixed media.
Teaching Artist: Leticia Padgett
Field Trip: TBD

August 5 – 9  Poetic Pictures

Putting imagery to literal expressions is the concentration of this week’s camps.
Teaching Artist: Leticia Padgett
Field Trip: TBD

August 12 – 16  Across the Globe

Take a journey across the world as we explore different cultures and countries to learn how they express themselves through art.
Teaching Artist: TBD
Field Trip: TBD

August 19 – 23  Drawing & Painting

Learn techniques for portraits, life drawings and landscapes while focusing on composition, shading, color mixing and proportions.
Teaching Artist: TBD
Field Trip: TBD



Isobel Aveston
Museum Manager
510.465.8770 ext. 100