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Art is central to a healthy brain.

Visual, Dance, Music, Theatre (includes Creative Writing & Industrial Arts), & Media Arts

Teaching 100% of Amador County public elementary students each year.

Amador Arts Council works closely with Amador County Unified Schools District 7 Amador County Office of Education to hire professional Teaching Artists to provide art classes to local classrooms through Amador County. Amador Arts provides equitable, standard-based, and sequential arts classes at all public elementary schools in Amador County, grades K through 6th, including disabled youth.

Our Poetry Out Loud program is available to all local high schools, offering free poetry workshops to high school students grades 9th through 12th.

In 2021-2022 school year, Amador Arts paid local teaching artists over $25,000 to teach more than 200 class session in the schools.

Amador Arts Council plays an advocacy role in local arts education by facilitating the Amador Alliance for Arts Education which has helped the school district build sustainable infrastructure to support TK-12 Arts Education and Arts Integration. This work includes the adoption of the Declaration for Equity in Arts Education in 2018 and the development and adoption of the Amador District Arts Plan in 2019. Want to join the effort? Contact us at 209-256-8166 or

FRIDAYS at Amador Arts:


  • Drawing techniques for adults on First Fridays with Judy Day, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Watercolor techniques for adults on Second Fridays with Julie Trail, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Collage techniques for adults on third Fridays with Sandra Campbell, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Guidance for adults on drawing, watercolor, and/or collage with Sandra, Julie, and Judy on the fourth and fifth Fridays
  • Family Art Classes every Friday with Professor Pam Sharp, 1:30 to 4 PM

Please PRE-REGISTER for Adult classes by contacting Teaching Artist, Julie Trail at

Classes taught by Professor Pam Sharp are available for drop-ins (limited space). Children must be accompanied by an adult. Question may be directed to Pam at: (209)304-0413.

These classes are free. A $2 donation is suggested to support the costs of supplies and Teaching Artists.

Amador Arts Council supports Life-Long Arts Learning

Arts Education from Amador Arts Council is available with special thanks to the Poetry Out Loud grant and donor Thomas Violich.

This program is supported in-part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Poetry Foundation, and the California Arts Council, a state agency. Find out more at

Art classes in the public schools are sponsored by the Amador County Office of Education.

Get into art this summer!

Did you know?

Art Education is required for all youth and all grades.

The Amador Arts coalition of citizens known as Amador Alliance for Arts Education helped the Amador County Unified School District adopt the Declaration in 2018.

Our Teaching Artists

Amador Arts Council puts local, professional artists to work. Read below to learn about our artists and their classes.

Liz Grandsaert teaches storyboarding & graphic novels to 4th graders. Liz holds a BFA in painting from UCLA and is the founder of The Pony Farm Artist Residency Project.

AmadorArts Board of Directors

Christie Lane is a retired teacher who teaches art classes to several grades.
TK-K: Color Theory
1st: Element of Line
2nd: Elements of Line and Color

Rosie Grillo holds a BFA in Theatre from Southern Oregon University, Ashland and teaches poetry to High School students grades 9 through 12.

Bruce Peccianti teaches Visual Arts to several grades. Bruce is a retired teacher and administrator who launched several art education programs in Amador County schools.
TK-K: Color Theory
1st: Element of Line
2nd: Elements of Line & Color
5th: Indigenous Ledger Art
6th: Ancient Chinese Painting and Japanese Chop Printing

Marie Schembri teaches Nature Arts to third graders and holds a BA in Studio Arts with a concentration in Visual Media from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Pam Sharp is a retired  Arts professor of San Jose State University who teaches family and adult classes.

Marty Natividad is a Cultural Specialist and Lifetime Fellow for the California Arts Council. Marty teaches Aztec Dance to 5th graders.

Claudia Schwalm is a professional artist and retired teacher who has travaled all over the world and teaches traditional art and music to 2nd graders.

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