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The art of the everyday

Laguna Beach instructor seeks to make craft as much a part of life as politics, business and traffic on the 5.

February 05, 2014|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Rebecca Faubion, the owner of Artful Everyday, helps Nicole Anderson and her children William, 3, and Barrett, 1, paint with cars at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center on Feb. 1.
Rebecca Faubion, the owner of Artful Everyday, helps… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Rebecca Faubion believes in Laguna Beach.

The 35-year-old has lived in other parts of Orange County, but her connection to the beach town where she now resides is like no other. Faubion is an artist — an enthusiast of all things creative — and she is drawn to the arts city's soul, which she says pulsates beneath its "resort-town glitter."

It is this heritage — this sense of building on the work of other pioneering artists — that inspired the mother of one to establish Artful Everyday in her hometown last April.

Through her arts education company, she offers training to students of all ages at the Laguna Beach Community and Susi Q Center and Top of the World Elementary School. Her goal: to draw out each person's inner artist.

"The goal of Artful Everyday is to make creativity welcome," she said. "In Laguna Beach, I'm working to build a locally inspired brand of enriching art classes.... In the bigger picture, I want to spread the message of Artful Everyday via blogging, online courses and other tools that people can access anywhere."

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Growing up, Faubion lived in a colorful home where she was able to frolick outdoors and spend hours drawing and painting. She was enamored of artists Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall — the former imparting the importance of bold lines and the latter giving her the courage to reflect emotions like love and sadness in her work.

While working her way through the Santa Cruz public education system, though, the then-young girl noticed something.

"I felt this disconnect between the extent art was valued in our home and the way it was marginalized in school," she recounted. "I knew I wanted to help change this equation."

Sticking with her passion, which was nurtured by a few dedicated teachers, Faubion earned her master's degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University, investigating the intersection of art and learning. Influenced deeply by her program director, Steve Siedel, she strove to acquire a holistic vision, balancing questions about the role and importance of arts in society with those about public policy and funding.

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Beyond hand and foot prints

In May 2011, Faubion was seven months pregnant and commuting between Costa Mesa and Fullerton. As she looked around at the bleak, vehicle-clogged 5 Freeway, it hit her — she needed to become more "radical" in her goal of making the world not only more livable, but beautiful.

And so, Artful Everyday, materialized.

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