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This video, filmed and produced by the third-grade classes of Willow Creek Academy, showcases the fruits of the first season of the Artists Teaching Art program.

Collaboration, Cooperation, Communication

Artists Teaching Art (ATA) is an arts education program developed by the Sausalito Art Festival Foundation (SAFF) to serve students K-12 in both public and private schools throughout Marin County. As California schools transition to the Common Core Standards, ATA understands that arts integration is an important part of this transition. ATA along with participating schools, teachers and professional artists collaborate to create a variety of artist-in-residence projects designed to inspire children to think differently about core subjects such as, math, science, history, geography, literature and art through project based learning. The program supports deeper learning and thinking by connecting the core subject to an art form while maintaining the integrity of both the core subject and the artistic process.


Mission Statement:

The Artists Teaching Art mission is to support the arts in the Marin County schools by bringing professional artists directly to the classroom to inspire students to develop their creative habits: imagination, critical thinking, risk taking, reflection and to express their creativity in innovative ways, through collaboration, cooperation and communication.

I would even give up recess to work on the mural. I really enjoyed the art project and would love to do it again.
— Willow Creek Academy Student



Fall 2013

Willow Creek Academy Grade 4

California Map Project

Willow Creek Academy Teachers: Lori O'Brien & Julia Mohit
SAFF Artist Teachers: Tilly & Zero Nylin

Artists Teaching Art teachers Tilly and Zero Nylin team up with the Willow Creek Academy 4th grade students and classroom teachers Lori O’Brien and Juliet Mohit to create a 6’ x 4’ topographical map of the state of California. The 4th grade Social Studies class is studying the geographical diversity of the state of California. The students, along with Tilly and Zero, design and create individual tiles that represent their part of the state. The students experienced a deeper learning and understanding of both the map making process and the diversity of the state from the great shoreline of the Pacific to the golden sands of the Mohave Desert

Highlights from the Artists Teaching Art Pilot Program in Spring 2013


Willow Creek Academy Grade 3

Production of "It's a Wonderful Creek" Video and Mural

Willow Creek Academy Teachers: Anne Siskin and Maya Creedman
SAFF Artist Teachers: Michelle Guieu (video) and Alan Hopkins (mural)

Willow Creek Academy Grade 5

Colonial Mural

Willow Creek Academy Teacher: Meegan Devol
SAFF Artist Teacher: Debra Maddox

Willow Creek Academy Grade 6

Tile Making Project

Willow Creek Academy Teacher: Matt Helmenstein
SAFF Artist Teachers: Tilly and Zero Nylin

Brandeis Hillel Day School Grades 7 and 8

Paint Sewn Books

Brandeis Hillell Teacher: Lisa Levy
SAFF Artist Teacher: Leah Virsik

Bayside / Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy Grades 3, 4, and 5

Bookmaking, Printmaking, and Photo Montage Transfer

SAFF Artist Teacher: Mark Lindsay and Susan Wolff