Kids Art Smart

Studios on the Park discovered a calling in the form of the Kids Art Smart Program.

What began as an experiment resulting from a one-time grant from the Central Coast Wine Classic has developed into the heart and soul of our efforts to share the creative process with our community. Many other generous donors and volunteers enabled us to present the program to all six elementary schools in Paso Robles. Since 2011, more than 4,000 public elementary students have visited Studios on the Park for hands-on professional art classes completely free of charge. They have studied and created works of art in mediums such as marbilizing, watercolor, collage, ceramics, and printmaking.

Ordinarily, these students (47% of whom are considered low-income and at-risk) receive no formal arts education. The result is a lost opportunity to develop creative thinking and personal expression. Kids Art Smart changes this. We are currently fundraising to ensure that students from Pat Butler and Virginia Peterson elementary schools can experience the joy of art in Spring 2015.

"Please know that [the Kids Art Smart] program brings to life the beauty in our world that every child should have an opportunity to experience." -Kathy McNamara, Former Superintendent PRJUSD

"Thank you for this wonderful art experience. This is my second year with your program and I feel we are so fortunate to have a group of artists willing and able to bring this opportunity to our kids." -Marilyn Richie, Teacher

If you are interested in learning more about this amazing program, please contact Sasha Irving (805.238.9800 or

Sponsor a child for $25!


Special Note: Family and friends wishing to honor Jean Neas with a gift to Kids Art Smart are invited to send checks payable to Studios on the Park to P.O. Box 3000, Paso Robles, CA 93447. Studios is honored to be receiving these funds in tribute to Jean's interest in youth arts education. If you have any questions, please contact Jean's dear friend, Daryle Garrity at