Sherwood Education Foundation

Artist in Residence

To supplement arts programs in Sherwood schools, the Sherwood Education Foundation is directing a significant percentage of its budget to an artist-in-residence program in the district’s four elementary schools and two middle schools. Research shows that when kids have art experiences, whether it’s visual, performing arts, music, or dance, it has a profound impact and affects their abilities in other disciplines.

Since the program’s launch, Sherwood schools have brought in artists to instruct students in mask-making, making sculpture from recycled materials, drawing, ceramics, storytelling, mural-painting, and more.

Hopkins Elementary students pose in front of clay tiles created by students during the Artist in Residence program funded by the Sherwood Education Foundation. Left to right: Kassandra Perez, J.T. Ruff, Phineas Thoreson, and Diana Reynoso.

Quotes from teachers:

We don’t always have time to dream up ideas, get the supplies, and so forth, and it’s great for the kids to have an outlet for their creativity. I am very appreciative of the work the artists do and the fact that the kids get to do art.
– Jan Schmidgall, Fourth Grade Teacher, Hopkins Elementary School

Students were highly engaged in the art lesson, and were guided through the process to create some beautiful work. The mood of the room felt like an authentic artist’s studio.
– Alyssa Gunderson, Third Grade Teacher, Archer Glen Elementary School