Since our inception, we have been sharing the art process with the young people in our community. From private lessons and school field trips to our COLORbar, to the Kids Art Smart corner; there’s always something fun and interactive for kids to do Studios on the Park!
Since 2011 more than 18,000 schoolchildren have visited Studios on the Park for hands-on professional art classes completely free of charge as part of our Kids Art Smart program. They have studied and created works of art in mediums such as marbilizing, sumi-e resist painting, watercolor, collage, sculpting, ceramics, and printmaking.
What began as an experiment resulting from a one-time grant from the Central Coast Wine Classic has developed into the heart and soul of our efforts to share the creative process with our community. Gifts from many other generous donors and volunteers enable us to continue to present the program to all six elementary schools in Paso Robles and now all elementary, middle and high schools in neighboring districts.
Ordinarily, Kids Art Smart students (55% of whom are considered low-income and at-risk*) receive little to no formal arts education. The result is a lost opportunity to develop creative thinking and personal expression. Kids Art Smart changes this. We are currently fundraising to ensure that even more students from local schools can experience the joy of art! Sponsor a child for $33 or a classroom for $900.Donate Now
If your child does not have access to Kids Art Smart through their school, please talk to their teacher about applying to be part of the program.
If you are a teacher and are interested in participating, request an application today.
Your efforts and hard work through the Kids Art Smart Program had a profound and positive impact on our students. The art lesson, coupled with the splendors of the "Castle," was simply tremendous! We at Pleasant Valley School are extremely grateful to all of you and your staff for making this program available to our kids.
Every class/teacher in grades 4 and 5 have raved about this trip. They say it is the best trip ever, and we owe many thanks to the Studios for providing this opportunity. I hope that this can become an annual tradition!
Kids Art Smart has been an outstanding program and provided numerous opportunities for our Paso Robles students. We greatly appreciate Studios leadership and commitment to our district and look forward to continuing our partnership
Education is a key focus for Studios on the Park, which seeks to explore and celebrate the creative process and promote critical thinking. The following offerings for students K-12 will help students and teachers to extend their learning experience above and beyond the classroom walls.
A school visit to Studios on the Park gives students the chance to experience the art of creation. Through artist-centered guided discussions Studios encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and foster an appreciation for works of art and the creative process. Students learn to look carefully at works of art, speak with resident artists, and share their ideas. This emphasis on analytic skills provides a vital support to art studies as well as other areas of the school curriculum - from observation, analysis, and problem-solving in science to conversation, vocabulary- building, and writing skills in language classes.
We offer three tour packages to choose from:
Studios on the Park is looking for teaching artists to join our team and educate and inspire our community and visitors. We are interested in instructors to teach one-time camps and workshops as well as classes throughout the year. Programming can be in any medium and for learners of any ability or age. Please contact Studios staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 805.238.9800 with your proposal and images of your artwork and student artwork if applicable.