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 loved 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
3rd Grade Workshops
Color Box Workshop
Teacher: Sue Norton Scott
The Color Box Workshop is designed to enrich the third grade curriculum by giving students the opportunity to explore color, texture, and balance in art. While creating a personal “color box” out of a pizza box, students will learn about and apply the following concepts: primary and secondary colors; tints and shades; neutral colors, bilateral symmetry, implied and real textures. The workshop includes: an introduction to Mrs. Norton-Scott’s art, reading the book, “Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color,” actively participating in two media presentations, painting and gluing textures in an original bilateral symmetrical design on their color box, and journaling in their personal “Art Journal.”
Colorful Me Workshop
Teacher: Therosia Reynolds
The Colorful Me Workshop allows 3rd graders to express themselves in unique ways. Students learn the warm, cool and neutral color families in the creation of a colorful art piece. They also learn beginner level expression of "Word Play". Word Play is a literary technique and form of wit used by performance poets to deepen meaning and further the understanding of a thought. The workshop takes place over 2 sessions and results in visually stunning pieces that are self-affirming for each student.
4th Grade Workshops
Art Journal Pouch Workshop
Teacher: Melanie Sainz
Students explore the art of Native peoples of the Americas and the functional storage objects that they create. This workshop inspires students to create a personal pouch designed to hold their art journals. Students begin by measuring and preparing their pouch panels, then brainstorm to develop their design based upon the symmetry of the medicine wheel symbol of the Lakota people. They are encouraged to include basic visual art elements: line, shape, value, and texture. Upon completion of the design, the pouch panels are sewn together using a needle and thread to form a seam using the running stitch. Students are encourage to use their new design and construction skills to create additional objects such as book marks and more!
Transforming Junk to Treasure Workshop
Teacher: Shari Keith
In the first session, students analyze the attributes of a collection of small found objects with respect to the elements of art and select and arrange items to create a personal artifact. In the second session, students use the shape of a found object for exploring composition and the use of color and pattern as elements of design. In the third session, students generate designs using translations, rotations and reflections and experiment with using the texture of found objects as “stamps” for printing.
5th Grade Workshops
Street Art Font Workshop
Teacher: Such Stylez
We will be exploring a brief history of the Street Art movement and the involvement of custom fonts that are associated with this art genre. Each student will use their imagination and creativity to customize a word of their choice. Color fill composition and graphic options will be taught to add dynamics to their fonts. The final workshop day will conclude with each student applying all lessons learned and creating the name of their school using Street Art fonts.
Teacher: Dani Godreau
In "Papercraft: Design and Art With Paper" we will be following the invention of paper and the development of diverse paper art practices around the world. This lineage of folk art practices serves to provide context for my own art journey as well as the work of other contemporary artists working within this lesser known medium. In our three day workshop we will explore paper surface design, paper sculpture, and paper cutting while examining a theme of duality/opposites in art and design along the way.
"The activities really engaged the children"
Sue Norton-Scott creates mixed media art that asks people to think differently about contemporary topics. Norton-Scott grew up in upstate New York, but she wasn’t cut out to live in cold climates. After graduating from Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY, the young teacher moved cross country and planted roots in Chandler, Arizona. Now, thirty-some years later, she is retired from the Mesa Public Schools and lets her creative side flourish. Her surrealistic, 3-dimensional art has been displayed in New York City, Chicago, and Sacramento; as well as in the Mesa Contemporary Arts Gallery and Herberger Art Gallery in Phoenix. In addition to presenting workshops in third grade classrooms in the Tempe Elementary Schools, she teaches Art History and a variety of other Humanities classes online through Rio Salado College. Artist Website
"My students just came alive with engagement and excitement... I especially liked the connection to out mathematic curriculum!"
Shari Keith (B.F.A., M.A.Ed.) calls herself the "Junk Lady" because she collects junk, decorates her house with junk, wears only clothing that is recycled, and creates art using things that other people throw away. A former gifted education teacher, Keith is currently working as a teaching artist who shares with her students a passion for the artistic and environmental benefits of creating with junk. Artist Website
"Melanie's personality and preparedness, and the historical information she brought to the table was fabulous!"
Melanie Sainz is a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin. She is an exhibiting artist, professional teaching artist, and Director of Little Eagle Arts Foundation, an incubator for new and emerging Native American artists. As an art educator she specializes in traditional Native American folk art forms as well as contemporary mixed media, two and three-dimensional collage, and assemblage. Her art is featured at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian and has received awards from a variety of art museums and festivals: The Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis, IN), Southern Highland Craft Guild (Ashville, NC) and Shirotopia (Himeji, Japan). Melanie received a certificate in Minority Business from UW-Madison and her BFA and post-graduate degrees in Art Education from Arizona State University. She held the title of Miss Indian America (MIA) XXVI in 1980, the first and only MIA recipient chosen east of the Mississippi River.
"SuchStyles was patient and energetic. He showed enthusiasm and knowledge of his craft."
Suchstyles is a Phoenix local that initiated his craft during his youth. His Street Art career officially began in the early 80’s therefore his involvement in spray paint applications for artistic uses has been 32 full years, placing Such at the helm of Phoenix Arizona’s Street Art scene. His underground endeavors caught attention to galleries, museums and private collectors. His work has been on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Arizona Latin Arts and Cultural Center, The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Mesa’s Contemporary Arts Museum, The Arizona Historical Museum, The Scottsdale Museum of modern Art, and various Arizona galleries. Several of his pieces can be found in permanent collections, including the ASU Art Museum. Other diverse projects include creating graphics for Fox Sports that were televised during the Super Bowl XXII Show, and a live bill boarding campaign for Coca-Cola’s “Fuze” drink and Red Bull. You can also find his documentation in the latest publication “History of American Graffiti” as Arizona’s initial Street Artist. Artist Highlight
Dani Godreau is a feminist artist who is best known for her explorations of women’s traditional crafts and domestic duties through paper cutting. Her work stretches the definition of drawing by creating line and form through incisions and shadow while paying homage to the global tradition of paper cutting as an art form and valorizing devalued women’s labor. She graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Painting and BA in Art History in 2012 going on to receive her MFA in Drawing/Painting and from Arizona State University in 2016. In 2015 and 2016 Godreau was awarded funding from the Nathan Cumming’s Travel Grant and Shangyuan Artist Residency to facilitate her research in Beijing and Foshan regarding Chinese folk art and traditional paper cutting. She currently resides in Tempe AZ while teaching at ASU and within the Tempe School District's Visiting Studio Artist Program. Artist Website
Therosia is a native Phoenician inspirational artist. Her work has been described as aggressively colorful. Her childhood was spent in the shadow of South Mountain near the Japanese flower gardens amidst the African American and Mexican American cultures. Each carried an explosion of color that influenced Therosia's artwork and expression.
While she was very ill as a child, art became her escape in dealing with physical ailments that threatened to take her life. Healed, as she grew older, she decided to use art to help others as art had helped her. She creates visual art and performance art via poetry and song that is intended to inspire others to overcome obstacles.
One of her poems, “Can I Be Naked”, has been featured in the “Mending the Souls” workbook, where it received great accolades. She has opened for various artist including Musiq Soulchild, The Roots and Erykah Badu. She live paints every 3rd Sunday at Homebase Open Mic Poetry. She also teaches art classes at The Phoenix Center for the Arts and is the newest Artist in Residency for the Tempe Elementary School District. She recently performed for Chase Bank Black Professional’s Group’s Black History Celebration, Yasiel Puig and Connect and Heal’s Puig for poetry event, BMW Entertainment’ Red Dress, Red Tie Event and Connect and Heal’s MLK Celebration. Her paintings sell regularly and are often used as a part of fundraisers. Her visual art has also been featured in several art shows and she has even been one of the artist for the Chingona Soles benefiting Latin American Women Scholorships at ASU.
The Studio Artists Program supports the cultural growth of Tempe by encouraging artists to continue working in Tempe, and educating students at the Elementary School Level about a visual art form. The program supports 6 local artists per year, and provides the artists with a studio space to continue developing their work professionally.
Artists who participate in the program will receive:
- A space in one of Tempe's artist studios
- A stipend for teaching workshops at Tempe Elementary Schools
- Assistance preparing workshop lesson plans and materials
The Studio Artists Program hires visual artists with teaching experience. This partnership between Tempe Elementary District and the City of Tempe provides students with an opportunity to experience quality arts programming and provide personal studio space for the artists. Artists receive $125 per three-hour workshop taught in approximately 25 classrooms. The artist will develop a workshop that relates to his or her artistic expertise and teach that same workshop to 3rd graders. The residency commitment is two years with an option to renew. The artist will receive a studio space located at an elementary school in Tempe. The personal studio space is available to the artist at all times of the day and throughout the year.
$125/workshop (approx. 25) + studio space