SOUTH BAY HANDS 0N ART
Your Passport to Anywhere
South Bay Hands on Art also offers our Reaching Out program to bring art education to under-served schools and community centers in the Los Angeles area. With schools and centers facing many budgetary issues, art is usually the first thing cut. But through Reaching Out, our docents and volunteers are able to give young students and high schoolers a fun introduction to art and hopefully spark a lifelong passion.
Our 67 Reaching Out volunteers currently serve 1,665 aspiring artists at:
Jefferson Elementary, Lennox
Felton Elementary, Lennox
Moffett Elementary, Lennox
Washington Elementary, Compton
George Washington Carver Elementary, Compton
Richstone Family Center, Hawthorne
Thomas Riley High School for Pregnant & Parenting Teens, Watts
Patricia Dreizler Continuing High School (Redondo Shores), Redondo Beach
WHAT IS SBHOA?
Welcome to South Bay Hands on Art. More than 9,000 students in the South Bay benefit from Hands on Art, a nonprofit organization dedicated to continuing art education in our schools.
Volunteer docents attend six workshops per school year, learning projects based on individual artists or styles of art and then teach the children in the classrooms step by step.
Hands on Art encourages creative expression. Children have the freedom to touch, handle and experiment with art materials and various artistic techniques.
Twenty-Two schools participate in the program, including all Redondo Beach public schools and seven local private schools.
Hands on Art also operates a “Reaching Out” program, teaching art to students at elementary schools in Lennox, Hawthorne and Compton.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about South Bay Hands on Art and answer any questions you may have.
Our success is founded on the high quality of the projects we teach.
Over forty local artists offer us their projects every year. They develop these projects, test them out on some kids and provide us with a lesson plan, supplies list (and cost) and some samples.
We usually end up with over fifty projects and have to choose only six!
We do this in design committee. This is an all-day event with representatives from each school. Each volunteer meets with the artist, learns about the project and presents it to a room of roughly 40 others. We each grade the projects on their suitability for all grades, on the potential for student’s creativity, on the art history content and cost …and then we vote.
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”