What's Up at TES?

Jenny Lindsey, our much-loved art docent at TES, has done multiple, hour-long sessions for all classes K through grade 2.

Using the teaching of the "masters," Jenny incorporates appropriate art vocabulary and art history in her instruction. Her step by step art lessons allow for individual creativity, while at the same time give students the steps they can use for the lesson and beyond on their own. There were seasonal scenes, self-portraits, and snowmen, among other projects. Students not only learn about color theory (complementary, primary, secondary colors, etc.), they also understand why colors are put together.

We look forward to seeing what else our students will create through the awesome program at Templeton Elementary! Please feel free to stop by the office to see a sampling of art hanging on the office walls.

Thank you Templeton Families!

Thank you to all who responded to the ART for Children Back to School donation request last fall. Donations raised will help keep art alive in Templeton K-5 schools.

Current News:


We are taking a hiatus for summer 2018, but we will be back in summer

2019 with new direction and classes. We look forward to seeing everyone

again in 2019!

A word with Lauren Birkhahn,

Art Docent at VES

​Lauren has kept a dizzying pace, spinning California State Visual Arts Content Standards into fun and engaging lessons for our students. These lessons introduce concepts of color theory, development of visual rhythm, understanding human propor-tion, and creating emphasis with color and composition—just for starters!
Ms. Birkhahn earned a BFA in Art and Design from Cal Poly and has five years experience teaching art. You might be familiar with her public art piece, The Radiant Reading Oak, a collaborative fiber art sculpture she designed for the Atascadero Children’s Library.
Lauren says she enjoys teaching art because she loves “seeing all students reap the benefits that art education offers, opening up worlds of understanding and opportunity for life long learning.”  She enjoys “preparing hands-on lessons that offer a learning experience, process, and the potential for a great result.” She finds it rewarding that the students at VES are eager, enthusiastic and appreciative of their time in the art studio!

Artwork is always changing! if you are on campus, be sure to stop in to view the artwork decorating the walls in room C1.

3rd Grade Quotes

"I like art because there are no limits."

"I like art because you can use your imagination."

"I love art because there are really cool textures, and it's beautiful to see different kinds of pictures."

"I like art because it's fun to draw and create fun things."

"I like art because it's interesting, and you can make cool stuff."

Donate Today

We accept donations year-round to fund ART's efforts in keeping art alive in the schools. ART for Children is a non-profit 501(c)3, and 100% of the funds raised go back to the program. Thank you for your support!

Get Involved!

Five simple ways to bring more art into kids' lives:

  • Participate in activities with your child: sing, play music, read, dance, draw!
  • ​Encourage your child's participation in arts activities in and out of school.
  • Read together! Visit the library and find books on inspiring figures from history, artists, explorers, inventors, athletes, ...
  • Find local cultural events to attend together. Get involved in your community!
  • Volunteer!​ Donate time, supplies or money to help keep arts education in TUSD!

ART for Children Volunteer Board of Directors

Gina Taylor          Vanessa Tolley         Lauri Coalwell         

        Stacy Enoch                    

***We would love your input! Send us an email with your ART for Children suggestions!***

PO Box 1599, Templeton CA 93465 

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