Visit the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas–best kept secret for Kids/Adults

This post was written by Valerie on December 17, 2011
Posted Under: Grandma Quotes

Lux Art 1550 So. El Camino Real

The Lux Art institute is located just off of South El Camino Real. It is a bit tricky to find it but take a right and go straight up the hill and park in the visitor lot. To find more details and directions go to .

I admit I got a bit lost. I first pulled in to the Preschool parking lot but the congenial crew there were so kind and pointed me up the hill.

I can not begin to tell you how I went from  a city setting  to Sedona, Arizona or at least that is the feeling you get once you arrive at the beautiful center that has not only Artists in residence but children artist in residence as well.

School systems are cutting out art programs so anytime I can find one to tell you about I will because having taught art for the Carlsbad Unified School District I can honestly tell you what a great difference art makes in children’s lives.


The gallery hours are Thur-Fri 1pm to 5pm and Sat. 11am to 5pm. Currently on exhibit is Emilio Perez. A sample of his work can be described as explosive colors and vibrant life. You can still catch his paintings and art through December 31, 2011.

Painting by Artist in Residence Emilio Perez

Shopping at their store is available and you can find beautiful things like Hulga’s jewelry on sale. You will not only find a unique gift but you will also experience other artist’s work like Demi Thomloudis’s wooden pieces of magic.

They have an extensive learning opportunity for children and young artists so visit their website for further details. They also have family days and student tours. Admission is $10. for adults and anyone 21 and younger are free.

You can actually experience the artists as they work on their art and can ask questions related to the hands on art projects you and your family can participate in  while becoming artists yourselves.

They have a hands on art program called the Valise Project which features a collection of portable works and has reached over 20,000 students! Amazing. The projects require 90-120 minutes and includes interactive presentati0ns with most materials provided for approximately $200/per class.

In addition  to the internal exhibits the building was designed to be environmentally efficient by architect Renzo Zecchetto. Even the storm water run off is filtered to prevent contamination of the ocean and the nearby lagoon.

Nearly 75% of the construction waste was recycled and diverted from the landfill.

The grounds themselves contain only native plant species designed by noted landscape designer Greg Rubin.

A seating area in the GardensAnother view of the seating area outside the Lux.









One of the outside art projects

Driving away from my Lux Art visit

I left the Lux feeling like I just took a vacation similar to one I experienced in Sedona. I felt energized and excited about the endless possibilities this institute offers students and adults.
I hope your visit makes you feel contentment and enriches your mind and soul. You can also call the institue at 760-436-6611 or email them at .




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