Artists Teaching Art (ATA) is an arts education program developed by the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation (SAFF) to serve students K-12 in both public and private schools throughout Marin County. As California schools transition to the Common Core Standards, ATA understand that arts integration is an important part of this transition. ATA along with participating schools, teachers and professional artists collaborate to create a variety of artist-in-residence projects designed to inspire children to think differently about core subjects such as, math, science, history, geography and literature. The program supports deeper learning and thinking by connecting the core subject to an art form while maintaining the integrity of both the core subject and the artistic process.

Artists Teaching Art is an ongoing arts integration program which provides the following support to Marin County K-12 schools:

Funding to pay for the professional artist to collaborate with the classroom teacher. An agreed upon lesson plan for a curriculum based art activity. Funding to pay for materials and art supplies for the project. ATA Director to plan, schedule and evaluate the results of the class. The ATA Director will collaborate with the classroom teachers and artist teachers to create a custom designed, curriculum based art activity. There will be a total of 5 hours of classroom time with the professional artist per session. Director/Artist will monitor pre and post evaluations with the classroom teachers, students and artists.

Artists Teaching Art Framework

The frame work of the Artists Teaching Art program is based on the "Studio Habits of Mind." The Studio Habits of Mind provides a simple framework and language for the students, classroom teacher and the artist teacher. The Studio Habits of Mind promotes good habits for the classroom and for life learning as well. (Studio Habits of Mind from Studio Thinking, Hetland, Winner, et al, Teachers College Press, 2007.)


ATA Evaluation process

An important aspect of the Artists Teaching Art program is the evaluation process. The classroom teacher, artist teacher and students complete an evaluation form at the beginning and the end of the class so we can measure our progress and the impact that the Artists Teaching Art program has on student creativity and learning.


Artists Teaching Art continues to grow by leaps and bounds adhering to our mission to bring art to every student throughout Marin County's K-12 classrooms. Artists Teaching Art has reached many milestones. To date, Artists Teaching Art has completed ninety-seven K-12 classes in Fifteen Schools in Five Marin County School Districts.

Bahia Vista Elementary School, Bayside, Marin Luther King, Jr. Academy, Bolinas, Stinson School, Boys & Girls Club of Southern Sonoma and Marin County, Brandeis Hillel Day School, Davidson Middle School, Edna Maguire Elementary School, Hamilton Meadow Park School, Hannah Freedom School, Laurel Dell Elementary School, Marin Horizon School, Marin Oaks School, Marin School of the Arts, San Ramon Elementary School, Willow Creek Academy

School Districts:
Bolinas Stinson Unified School District, Mill Valley School District, Novato Unified School District, San Rafael School District, Sausalito, Marin City School District 

Integrated Learning Specialist Program

In addition to funding the Artists Teaching Art program the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation in partnership with the Alameda County Office of Education and the Marin County Office of Education funded the "Integrated Learning Specialist Program" in Marin County to support our classroom teachers and artists teachers with the common core mandate of arts integration in every classroom. Check out the program here:  Here