Aleta Jacobson

Artist, Designer, Instructor

Aleta Jacobson is an award-winning collage, acrylic and mixed media artist living and working in Southern California. Aleta’s love for artistic expression developed at an early age. The child of a highly creative family, Aleta’s earliest tools were crayons and her brother’s art books. As a student, Aleta leaned more toward artistic pursuits, often skipping other classes to hang out in her art teacher’s room and do art.

Aleta studied art at Riverside City College, Citrus Community College, and California Polytechnic University at Pomona. Before college, she studied art in Europe for two months. She began creating commissioned art in the 1970’s for friends and loved ones. In addition, she has studied under artists such as Skip Lawrence, Christopher Schinks, Sylvia Megerdichian, Gerald Bromxmer, Robert Burridge, and Chris Cozen. Aleta is now a working artist, teacher, and designer who specializes in creating powerful collage, mixed media, and acrylic paintings using a variety of tools and materials, including art tissues that she stains by hand. In addition, Aleta creates and sells beautiful jewelry with found objects, beads, crystals, and handmade metal pieces. In her art, Aleta aims to find the beauty and creativity in everyday ephemera, incorporating found objects and cast-off bits of material in her work. She enjoys using these materials to emphasize the beauty in the everyday.

Aleta is inspired by life events, current events, and the environment. While her work is predominantly abstract in nature, she still seeks to allow the viewer’s imagination to find familiar images and themes. She creates her work using the same basic design principles and structure that artists have traditionally used. Each piece typically evolves from a thought, a vision, a memory, a photograph or a scrap that moves her. She counts many of the great 20th Century Collage and Mixed Media artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Robert Motherwell, Nathan Oliveira, Richard Diebenkorn, Kurt Schwitters, and Raymond Saunders as influential and inspirational to her work.

Aleta demonstrates throughout Southern California, teaches art lessons and group classes, and facilitates open studio time for art students of all ages. She has forty years experience working with children, first as a preschool teacher, Girl Scout leader, and room mother, now as a private art instructor for children as young as 4 and teens as old as 18. In 2016, she had the pleasure of collaborating with the Ovitt Family Community Library in Ontario, California on a series of art workshops for children and teens as part of the Library’s STEAM curriculum. While Aleta is passionate about teaching art at any age, she finds particular satisfaction in teaching children the fundamentals of art, for their unbridled creativity and eagerness to learn. Further, she is a firm believer in the educational enrichment of an arts education in fostering creative problem solving and higher order thinking. In educating student artists of all ages, she can give back to her community, using art to bring individuals together in shared experience and bringing artists together to share and talk about art. Aleta believes that the key to improvement in the arts is creating every day and communing and sharing with other artists, rather than confining creativity to a solitary space.

Aleta’s work has been exhibited in shows, local galleries and various collections nationally since 2000. Most recently, Aleta’s work hangs on the walls of the refurbished City of Riverside convention center. She has also been published in North Light Books’ Incite: Dreams Realized, their second edition, Incite 2: Color Passions, and Incite 3: The Art of Storytelling. She has also been published in Green Craft and Somerset Studio, imprints of Stampington Magazine. You can see more of her work at her home studio Claremont, California as well as various other shows and galleries around the Inland Empire. Email a.jacobson511@gmail.com for more details.

511 Art Studio

When Aleta Jacobson began her professional arts business, she wanted to establish a place in the Inland Empire where all artists, regardless of skill level or age, could explore their creativity and grow as artists in a safe, judgement-free zone. To this end, she established the 511 Art Studio and ran it out of her home in Claremont, CA. Classes, workshops, and individual lessons were offered and held around her dining room table until the demand exceeded capacity and she was compelled to open a stand-alone space in Upland, CA. 

The newly dubbed 511 Art Studio operated at full capacity for six years, inviting artists and instructors of all mediums and techniques to participate in this arts-focused, community-building society with day, weekend, and sometimes week-long workshops that encouraged students to explore new avenues for artistic creation. The studio would later become an approved vendor for local homeschooling charter schools as well as a venue for Speak Easy art parties and children’s birthday parties.

When the business complex that managed the studio’s facility increased rent and fees, Aleta was forced to make the decision to move the business back to her home in Claremont and resume classes from her home studio space. Aleta counted this as a positive change, however, as she would then be afforded more time to work on her own art. She now conducts lessons under her name, Aleta Jacobson, artist, designer, instructor. While the business name and location may have changed, the same commitment to arts education for all ages has not. Students can still enroll in Tuesday Open Studios and private lessons where the receive individual, intensive instruction in whatever medium they wish to pursue.

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