Each year, the Studio Artists Program provides visual arts education to over 4,500 students, and supports the careers of 6 professional artists. The program is a partnership between Tempe Elementary District #3 and the City of Tempe, and is funded by State Farm from 2016-2021. The program developed out of a need to provide students with an opportunity to experience professional quality arts, and also provide work and studio space for local artists. The Studio Artists Program provides art instruction for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students and teachers within the Tempe Elementary School District, in hands-on workshops that focus on their assigned artist’s area of expertise. Each artist visits the classrooms spending four hours with 4th and 5th graders, and three hours with 3rd graders per workshop.
The Studio Artists Program aims to inspire students to achieve more in the arts as they pursue their education and life. Artists introduce students and teachers to creative and relevant arts principles and activities. This unique partnership offers students an opportunity to expand their understanding of the arts and interact with a professional artist from our community.
"My students lover seeing her real work! They didn't realize that artists made the art around the city, they never really thought an adult did art!"
- Quote from a Tempe Elementary School Teacher after a workshop with Lauren Lee
"My students really adored the artist. They loved the activities and were eager to take them home to show their parents."
- Quote from a Tempe Elementary School Teacher after a workshop with SuchStylez