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. Gifts from many other generous donors and volunteers enable us to continue to present the program to all six elementary schools in Paso Robles and now all elementary and middle schools in neighboring districts.

Since 2011 more than 5,000 schoolchildren 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 little to 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 even more students from local schools can experience the joy of art!

To see photos from the Fall 2015 session, please click here.

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

Sponsor a child for $25!


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Teachers in northern San Luis Obispo County are invited to apply to be part of the Spring 2016 session.
Grades 1-5 Public School Application
Grades 1-5 Private School Application
Grade 6 Public School Application 

“Kids Art Smart has been an outstanding program and provided numerous opportunities for our Paso Robles students. We greatly appreciate Studios leadership and commitment to our district and look forward to continuing our partnership.” -Chris Williams, Superintendent PRJUSD

"Your efforts and hard work through the Kids Art Smart Program had a profound and positive impact on our students. The art lesson, coupled with the splendors of the "Castle," was simply tremendous! We at Pleasant Valley School are extremely grateful to all of you and your staff for making this program available to our kids." -Gil Campos, Superintendent Pleasant Valley

"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

"Thank you for a wonderful experience for my class. We loved making our bowls and learned a lot. The opportunity provided by Studios on the Park is life changing for these kids." -Julie Schuffle, Teacher

"Thank you so so much for everything!! The kids had a wonderful time yesterday! What a great experience for them! We are so grateful to have been a part of this program and cannot thank you enough!!!' -Jennifer Bennett, Teacher

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

*PRJUSD only