Marla Love is the founder and director of the children’s art studio Art First Arte Primero, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her artistic goals are centered around teaching children, to expand their creativity and knowledge of art from around the globe. The Arte Primero model explores artists, art themes and techniques, using a variety of mediums including pastels, watercolors, oil and more. Infused in each art lesson, is discussion of the artist’s unique culture and background so students get a fuller picture of the historical context and significance of each artist. Art First offers virtual art instruction and in person for After School programming, Summer Camp and toddler program.
Marla’s family is from Morelia Michoacan, Mexico. Both Marla and her mother Rocio Mejía honor the traditions of Mexico by hosting community celebrations for Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead. She shares her love for art with her two daughters Naeemah and Jaseena who serve as her inspiration every day. She is passionate about art creativity and techniques, and is honored to work with children to expand their cultural understanding through art.