Arts Reach Catalog

Arts Reach to Schools

Summer ARTS Camp 2010 created ceramic frogs with Gini Seibert!

Arts Reach To Schools (ARTS) Program is in its 21st year of providing standards based art experiences to the students of Tuolumne County. Tuolumne County Schools and Central Sierra Arts Council (CSAC) have developed a partnership that works enthusiastically to bring high quality visual, literary and performing arts instruction to your schools and classrooms. CSAC highlights local artists as well as keeping you informed on touring groups and events. New artists and events will be posted within this online catalog as they become available.

The Role of the Arts

Dance, drama, music and the visual arts provide a balance in curriculum that is particularly important for the development of the whole person. They foster a student’s ability to create, experience, analyze, and reorganize information, thereby encouraging intuitive, emotional and verbal responses. The arts assist students in realizing their full potential by providing avenues for self-discovery and for harmonizing the mind, body and spirit. By increasing the capacity for nonverbal expression, the arts contribute directly to the academic and social learning process.

Five Components of a Comprehensive Arts Program

A balanced comprehensive arts program is studied from the vantage point of five components. Although each of the arts is unique, these five components are common to the instruction of each discipline.

  • ARTISTIC PERCEPTION refers to processing, analyzing, and responding to sensory information through the language and skills unique to the arts
  • CREATIVE EXPRESSION refers to creating, performing and participating in the arts
  • HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXT promotes the understanding of historical and cultural dimensions of the arts
  • AESTHETIC VALUING refers to responding to, analyzing, and making judgments about works in the arts
  • CONNECTIONS, RELATIONS, AND APPLICATIONS refers to connecting and applying what is learned in each art form to learning in other art forms, subject areas, and careers

Best Practices in Teaching Art

Students have much to learn in art classes. By providing students with the best practices in the teaching of the four arts disciplines we build a foundation that serves as a springboard into deeper study, broader views of the world and the role the arts play in people’s lives.

  • Art making: more doing of art, music, dance, and drama
  • Student originality, choice and responsibility in art making
  • Stress on the process of creation, the steps and stages of careful craftmanship
  • Art as an element of talent development for all students
  • Exploration of an array of art forms, different time periods, cultures and ethnic groups
  • Support for every student’s quest to find and develop personal media, style and tastes
  • Time for art in the school day and curriculum
  • Integration of arts across the curriculum
  • Using art as a tool for doing, learning and thinking
  • Artists in schools as performers and partners
  • Long-term partnerships with artists and arts organizations
  • Principal, teacher, and parent involvement in the arts

Participation Process–How to Schedule an Arts-Reach Experience

Scheduling Arrangements

Become familiar with this year’s offerings. Try to schedule as far in advance as possible. Schedule your art experiences throughout the year. Art should happen all year long.


1.  Review the online catalog and select your program(s). Programs are available in the following Art Discipline Areas:

Visual Arts

2.  Contact the artist directly by phone or email. You will find Artist Contact Information at the end of each program listing and on the alphabetical, Artist Biographical page of the Catalog.

3.  Confirm availability of dates and time with artist.  This will let you be in charge of the schedule and be able to coordinate with your classroom activities.

4.  Clarify focus, expectations and curricular needs with the artist ahead of time.

5.  At your school site, contact your ARTS-Lead Teacher and/or school administrator to coordinate materials needed, class size, logistics of experience and scheduling.

6.  Return to the CSAC website to complete the online registration form. You will receive a response within three business days from a CSAC coordinator.

7.  Following the art experience, complete the program evaluation, signing, dating, and returning copy (for artist payment) to CSAC within 48 hours.  This last step notifies CSAC that it is time to initiate payment to the artist for his/her time.

Artists :

Schedule your event

CSAC will send copy of Artist/Teacher Contract to you

Notify CSAC of any changes

Confirm your event with teacher prior to your arrival

Obtain completed contract before leaving school site (save for your records)

Artist / Teacher Contract

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