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A Chester Elementary School student works diligently on their one-point perspective drawings with Prisma color pencils in Dorothy Hudson’s drawing, water color, and mixed media program. Photo submitted

Artists in the Schools going strong on Plumas campuses

Quincy Elementary School Alder Campus 4th grade student Learning to carve negative space in Amy Napoleon’s Lino Stamp Printing program. Photo submitted

Plumas Arts’ Artists in the Schools program is currently going strong and working around snow days and school closures. Artists in the Schools brings local artists into K-6 classrooms at all public and charter schools in Plumas County. The 2023 program started Feb. 6, will offer 10 weeks of arts programming to each participating classroom, and has 757 total students creating art with this program. The artists visit the classroom once a week to present and run an art project with the students for an hour, bringing all supplies and lesson plans with them. Plumas Arts has been running the program since 1989.

Plumas Arts is lucky to have eight talented artists who are teaching through the Artists in the Schools program this winter and spring throughout Plumas County. Diane Bowman is working in Portola at C. Roy Carmichael Elementary teaching Artistic Book Making. We have five artists working in Quincy schools: Lindsey Kimzey is teaching Zumba; Patricia Llamas is teaching Exploration of Art; Julie Lewis is teaching Dance and Costume Making; and Amy Napoleon is teaching Lino Stamp Printing and Mixed Media 3D. Ramona Eaglesmith, who has been teaching students to dance with Artists in the Schools for decades, is working at Greenville Elementary, Plumas Charter School in Taylorsville, and all schools in Quincy too!  We also have Rebecca Glaspy teaching Drawing at Greenville Elementary. Dorothy Hudson is working at Chester Elementary and Plumas Charter School in Chester teaching Drawing, Water Color, and Mixed Media.  THANK YOU to all of our fantastic 2023 artists! We could not run this program without all of you.

“Arts Education, and access to it at a public-school level, is a fundamental aspect of one of our organizational goals of making a quality arts education available to all students regardless of means’ – says Plumas Arts Executive Director, Kara Rockett-Arsenault.

This arts education program is the result of a multi decade relationship between Plumas Arts and Plumas County Office of Education (PCOE) and Plumas Unified School District. Funding for the program is provided by the California Arts Council with financial support from PCOE and each school site.

Visit the Plumas Arts website at https://www.plumasarts.org/artist-in-the-schools.html or call us at 530-283-3402 to find out more about this program and anything else Plumas Arts offers.


A student finishing their mixed media 3D portrait with Amy Napoleon’s program in a second/third grade class at Plumas Charter School in Quincy. Photo submitted
Chester Elementary students working at their desks on one point perspective drawings with Prisma color pencils in Dorothy Hudson’s drawing, water color, and mixed media program. Photo submitted

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