Support Comes in the Form of Design!
We are extraordinarily lucky to be the recipients of a generous donation from the uniquely creative charity, Elusan, Inc., which exists exclusively to provide graphic design and printing services to non-profit organizations. This such a particularly valuable service because attractive and abundant printed materials promote a clean image, which is essential to fundraising. However, it's difficult to for us, internally, to bring ourselves to allocate many donor funds to our image, when we work to be conscious of every possible dollar going directly to help kids in the classroom. This windfall of support will allow us to move forward beyond our wildest expectations for the next several years to come, while maximizing our ability to serve our kiddos. All of us at Bright Artists send much gratitude to Dawn at Elusen Inc.!
Some of the AMAZING 2015/16 Bright Artists show off their work!
The 2016 Artwork Fundraiser is ON!
Our Curriculum Receives a Motif Award!
After a Successful, First Year, We Are Excited to Expand for This School Year!
After a successful year of three 8-week sessions for 16 or more kids at Walt Disney Elementary, we are excited to report that we will be continuing there during the 2016/17 school year, as well as starting classes in the Placentia-Yorba Linda School District's CASA after school program! We will start teaching at Ruby Drive Elementary in the fall, with plans to start at Ruby Drive Elementary for the winter session!
Last year, the sense of excitement and wonder from the kids was clear, and these 9-year-olds focused exceptionally well, learning to make shapes with light lines as their first lesson. After the class, one young lady exclaimed, " One hour felt like 5 minutes! It's like we were in a time machine to the future!" This kid was in the "zone", where artists use "right brain" thinking to notice shapes, lines, color, texture and tone, rather than verbal thinking; time flies when artists are at work. This state of mind is also inherently relaxing, a benefit to anyone. By the end of the year, teachers reported that kids were drawing much more independently, with more efficiency and attention to detail, loving it all the while. They learned a checklist of measuring tools they can take with them anywhere, and we wish them well!
Onward and upward! We look forward to meeting the next batch of Bright Artists! Thank you for your support!
Thank you, Volunteers!
Many thanks to our studio students, both in high school, Halie and Ryanne, for helping so much with our program during the 2015/16 school year. If you know of an Orange County teen who would like to use community service hours to help kids to connect to the artist within themselves, let us know!
We use the time-honored Warren curriculum and methodology, used and enjoyed by thousands of children in elite studio and enrichment programs throughout California and Washington State for nearly 30 years. This method requires teacher training, which can often be provided by local art studios to Bright Artists, free of charge. Curriculum includes skill-based lessons using markers, color pencils, oil pastels, watercolors and more.