Mrs. Sarah from Art Reach is a caring and organized teacher who is passionate about her art. Her enthusiasm for art sake has spilled over and overflowed into my students. They are truly engaged and engrossed in their work. Nobody ever needs to use the restroom during art class...Nope, not even a mouse.
The tools are simple: crayons, chalks, paint, paper; however, the techniques are challenging. Students created translucent bubbles that seemed to float off the paper. We created sunsets and learned about proportions by drawing horizontal lines in threes. We created black and white stripes of animals like tigers as we learned about light and dark colors. The parents especially loved their children acrylic canvas which we displayed in Open House. The students' artwork are forever priceless in their parents eyes.
Thank you for allowing funding Art Reach and allowing Art Reach to come to Foster Elementary. Students and teachers alike have learned so much. Thank you for making this possible. We hope to see Ms. Sarah back next year. Again, thank you for enriching the lives of our students with color and joy.
I wrote an email earlier on this site and added 4 photos. Somehow it did not go through. I will try again. I have sent some pictures to Mrs. Sarah as well. We appreciate your support of Foster Elementary. We hope to see ArtReach come again next year.
Mrs. Linda Lee
Foster Elementary School (SDUSD)
I have been a teacher in the Cajon Valley Union School District for 20 years. During my teaching career, I have witnessed the harsh reality of the decline in funding for programs such as art. Art in schools has had little, if any, funding. Madison Avenue Elementary School, where I currently teach, is a Title 1 school and the majority of our students have very little experience with art. For the last two years we have had the incredible great fortune to have Sarah Holbach, from ArtReach, come to our school to teach art lessons to the entire first grade population.
ArtReach’s program has provided an invaluable experience for our first graders. The ArtReach program provides a consistent instructional art program with weekly lessons over a ten-week period. Although art is taught in school, it is not with this regularity or rigor. The regularity of instruction is what promotes student growth in artistic ability and confidence. Additionally, the ArtReach teachers use materials that are not readily supplied at elementary schools, thereby allowing students to learn new techniques and medium.
ArtReach teachers teach art from the artist’s perspective. Teachers are well-meaning and we do our best to teach art, but the vast majority of us do not have degrees or work experience in the arts. The ArtReach teachers meet students as artists, not as struggling students, behavior problems, or underachievers. This fresh perspective gives students a new opportunity to meet someone’s high expectations; it also gives students a new opportunity for success.
Madison’s first graders beam with pride when they show their friends and family’s the art that they created. It is for these reasons that I strongly support ArtReach and I hope that many more students at Madison will have the opportunity to learn to love art with the teachers of ArtReach. Madison loves ArtReach!
Artreach has been providing much needed fine arts instruction and fun projects to our students for the past few years. The students love the projects and always learn new appreciation for various art techniques and styles. They provide wonderful lesson plans for the teachers to see in advance. The students are engaged and on-task. We enjoy this program so much that when we received a grant for arts education we bought more Artreach sessions for our students!
My name is Sadhana Bhatt. I am a First Grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in North Park, San Diego. Having ArtReach at our school is a personal experience for me. My young students--who are popping with imagination--are thoroughly engaged and expertly guided to create works of art at each session! It is important for me to know that the teachers are practicing artists themselves. Their creativity and expertise shows and is infectious!
ArtReach makes the "A" in our STEAM Magnet Program. In my mind, they are a truly Great Nonprofits organization.
My name is Lynn Minor and I am a teacher at Jefferson Elementary in North Park. Our school is 100% free and reduced lunch, Title One, and the majority of our students are second language learners. Last year, we were fortunate to have ArtReach teach four workshop classes to each of the third , fourth, and fifth graders. They loved it! It wasn't easy for every one. Children were challenged to use their own ideas and trust their choices ( Not an easy task when there is no right or wrong answer. . However, the artist /teacher Ms. Catherine guided them with such clarity , compassion and understanding that each and everyone of them competed all of the projects. Their creations were showcased at our school's Centennial Celebration last year and they truly stole the show!
As a teacher who believes that all children can learn, ArtReach, opens up a wide variety of avenues for students to be successful at school. This is one of the best Non- Profits I have ever known.
As a third and fourth grade teacher I had the opportunity to work with ArtReach over the course of 3 years. My students were engaged during the art lessons and I was able to apply what I learned to my classroom art lessons. Before each visit by ArtReach, I was given a lesson plan (including resources) that outlined what my students would experience.
The ArtReach instructors demonstrated a genuine love and excitement for the visual arts. They asked for my feedback on how to improve what they were doing with my students. I highly recommended ArtReach for all grade levels!
My second grade students really looked forward to the different art lessons provided by the very skillful and extremely patient art instructors . Students were able to use their creative skills to produce wonderful art pieces that give them a sense of accomplishment and pride. The students were excited to shared their art portfolios with parents during Open House. The art lessons were beneficial for all. Even my "high flyer" was willing to focus and follow directions. I, too, was inspired to learn some how-to art strategies to use later in my classroom. I am looking forward to another year of ArtReach at Lee Elementary for the next group of 2nd graders to enjoy.
Art Reach is a fabulous organization that provided standards-based and real-world content based arts lessons to our 5th grade classes. The lessons were high-interest, challenging and full of fun! Our students learned an incredible amount about art, Science, math and Language Arts during the lessons provided by Art Reach. I would highly recommend these classes to all school aged-children! What a super experience!
Artreach is amazing! They bring in hands on art lessons taught by actual artists. Our students faces light up when they find out they are going to an Artreach lesson. The work they produce is very creative and it helps students become more reflective and joyful. I am so thankful to this wonderful group for bring art to our students.
ArtReach has become a source of joy at Ramona Elementary School. When the students see the artists come in the morning and begin to set up for the lesson, they can hardly contain themselves until it is their turn for an ArtReach lesson. This organization has been coming to our school for almost 3 years. Many of the students at this school face extreme hardships and challenges that most 9 and 10 years olds do not face. ArtReach has provided a creative outlet for these students, and their art is outstanding. They often express their frustrations in their artwork. Other students, who face the normal challenges of a 9 and 10 year old, continue to be creative with their parent's support. Thanks to ArtReach, the arts have returned to Ramona Elementary school.
ArtReach has a special place at Ramona Elementary School. Students at this school have little opportunity to experience the arts. The location of the town and the income of the families makes art experiences. ArtReach came to Ramona and provided the 4th - 6th graders an educational art experience. The superintendent was so impressed that he invited the media to cover the story. Each student took home an art project and there is a culminating art piece displayed in the Computer Lab at our school. Thank you to ArtReach and please come back