Art studio Atelier 708 donates to children
Paso Robles artists Janice Pluma, David Butz, and Kim Snyder will welcome the public to their art studio, Atelier 708, located at 708-D Paso Robles Street in Paso Robles, during the countywide Open Studios Art Tour, Oct. 11, 12, 18, and 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ten percent of any sales made during the tour will be donated to support two local non-profits, ART for Children and Kids Art Smart. Both programs provide art classes for school- aged children. Participating in the Open Studios Art Tour gives Pluma, Butz, and Snyder the opportunity to take part in the art community while promoting art education through their donations.
Art for Children began in 2010 when parents in Templeton organized and created the Artistic Resources Team. ART for Children is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and improving the arts curriculum for Templeton’s K-5 elementary students. Art for Children provides all materials and trained art docents for the program.
Kids Art Smart program started in 2011. Since then, more than 4,000 public elementary students have visited Studios on the Park for hands-on professional art classes completely free of charge. The program has served all six elementary schools in Paso Robles. They have studied and created works of art in mediums such as marbling, watercolor, collage, ceramics, and printmaking.
Pluma, Butz and Snyder know there are real benefits for children who learn artistic skills. Art teaches creativity, problem solving, perseverance, and self-confidence, they say.