Artists in the Classroom

Artists-in-the Classroom – Teaching Residency Program
VCAC’s Artists in the Classroom (AIC) is the only multi-disciplinary arts residency program available to every K-8 school in the county. AIC offers eight week residencies in dance, music, poetry, visual and performing arts.

Our professional artist educators have taught children of all ages. When a classroom teacher selects a residency, the teaching artist tailors the eight-week program to the appropriate grade level. Many instructors bring a multi-cultural and historical awareness to their lessons, helping students gain an understanding of their own and other cultures, past and present.

The fee for an eight week residency is $550.00, payable to the Ventura County Arts Council. We secure additional funding to help pay for arts supplies not generally available in a school’s materials inventory and not included in the cost of the residency. VCAC is the Custodian of Records for our teaching artists. Each teacher carries personal liability insurance.

VCAC’s Artists in the Classroom Programs – Thanks our Generous Community Sponsors: ABC Auto Care, Brian Brennan, Ventura County Potters’ Guild, and the Walter & Goldschmidt Family Foundation

Artists in the classroom

Program History and Growth

In 2014, the Ventura County Office of Education turned over administration of its Artists in the Classroom program to VCAC. A primary focus of our mission is increasing arts instruction in schools while striving for inclusivity. This is the only arts education program available to every K-8 school in the county.
In year one, VCAC facilitated 112 artist residencies, a 40% increase over the previous year. In 2016, that number grew to 134, a 20% increase, serving 12 elementary schools in 8 county districts, 7 that were Title 1 schools.

This summer, VCAC received a grant from the California Arts Council for a Dual Language Full Immersion arts program at Bard Elementary. Julie Sanchez is our Artists in the Classroom Program Director, working to increase residencies, expand the number of schools where our teaching artists work, and improve the overall quality of arts education in Ventura County schools.

There is an open call to artist educators to apply to VCAC for a teaching position.

Arts teachers in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to placed on the Instructors’ List.  CLICK HERE for an Arts Instructor’s application form.

For more information on the VCAC Artists in the Classroom Program Director Julie Sanchez, please visit our Staff Page.

Teaching Roster

Visual Arts Educators
Marci Hersel-Chorpash – Art Experience & Appreciation
Michele Foster – Ceramics, Art Mixed Media, & Meet the Masters
Gabriel Hath – Multi-Media & Cultural Arts
Yenelli Law – Ancient Cultures, Diverse Focus, Aztec Symbolism, & Mixed Media Shapes in Nature
Jeff Loudermilk – Basic Cartoon Sketching
Lorrie Milton – Make Art Like the Masters & the Chumash Experience
Shirley Palomino – Reimagining Retablos, Artmaking as Selfcare, Art as Activism
Performing Arts Educators
Andrea Arriaga – Yoga & Movement
Alina Cenal – Theater Arts, Storytelling, & Latin Dance
Maria Durant – Ballroom Dancing
Eden Flynn – Creative Dance, West African Dance, & Yoga
Diane Ippel – Hammer Dulcimer
Yenelli Law – Storytelling in Spanish & Ancient Cultures
Linda Lockwood – Music, Vocal, & Instrumentation Basics
Karen Narula – Dance Creation & Everyone Can Dance!
Fernando A. Salinas – Poetry & Creative Writing, Metaphor & Simile, Ekphrastic, & Spoken Word
James Swing – Musicology: From Blues to Bluegrass

*Residencies are intended for one average classroom of students.

If you wish to depart from this model please contact VCAC.

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