In 2005 through collaboration between the Borrego Art Institute and the Borrego Springs Unified School District, the Children’s After School Art Program was born. In those early days the average class of about 12 students was bused from the school to the Art Institute. In its second year the program was taken over by local artist and educator Leslie Duncan. As the program’s popularity and numbers grew, the sessions were moved to the elementary school cafeteria and, eventually, to a classroom which it currently shares with the music program.

In 2014 the funding was provided by a private donor enabling the program to expand into the regular school day. For the first time in many years, every child, grades Kindergarten through 5th (roughly 225) was given a full period of art education and experience each week of the school year.


In 2014 the funding was provided by a private donor enabling the program to expand into the regular school day. For the first time in many years, every child, grades Kindergarten through 5th (roughly 225) was given a full period of art education and experience each week of the school year.


Our Developmental Art Program is geared toward accumulating skills and awareness that will be important to future academic accomplishments. It encourages free expression within boundaries of the materials provided. The children are taught the basic art elements, even at the youngest level; they are encouraged to explore various possibilities and to make their own choices. It is an entirely non-competitive activity which helps children discover that the choices they make determine the results produced. Many individuals have flourished in these art sessions in spite of difficulties in other aspects of school and/or language restrictions.



An exciting aspect of our program is the inclusion of the Photography Workshop for selected 4th and 5th grade students. Instructed by professional photographer Kay Levie, the children are provided with cameras and equipment provided through a grant from the National Endowment  For the Arts. 



 


Instructed on how to think creatively and to capture their vision digitally, the students are then taken on a field trip to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park where they   photograph whatever subjects capture  their imagination. The best work from  each student is then entered into the  annual Anza Borrego Foundation Photo  Contest with the BAI students capturing  top awards each year in the  youth  division.




2015 
BAI Photo Class
Field Trip to Split Mountain

Thank You Joe Raffetto and
California Overland for a
great adventure!


 

Borrego Art Institute

665 Palm Canyon Drive

P.O. Box 2383

Borrego Springs, CA  92004

760-767-5152

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