Education Program

The Niki Charitable Art Foundation’s Education Program offers free educational opportunities through online learning recourses, online lesson series, public art tours (currently postponed) and in-class teaching at K-12 schools though our partnerships with Art CORPS and ArtReach.

Currently, we are offering three opportunities for at home learning: Drawing Break!, Artist Sketchbook Class, and Lesson Plan resources.

Drawing Break!

The Niki Charitable Art Foundation is hosting weekly live drawing sessions via Instagram. Please follow us @niki_charitable_art_foundation and tune in Wednesdays from 3:00PM-4:00PM Pacific Standard Time. All that is required is a pencil (or any writing utensil available) and paper!

All sessions will be archived and available for view on our instagram story highlights for those who would like to join in at a separate time. Or they may be viewed on our Guided Activities.

Artist Sketch Book Class

The Niki Charitable Art Foundation started an online art course recommended, but not limited, to students between the ages of 7-12. In this course we will experiment with different forms of art making such as painting, collaging, drawing, mixed media and found material. Through our creativity and learning new techniques, we will produce an Artist Sketchbook. Each page will be filled with a different prompt or project that students can save as reference for future art projects, or they may expand the prompts from the class into a larger format. This class is fully online and available to anyone with internet access. Materials are listed in the link below, as well as a questionnaire to fill out when registering for the class.

Classes will take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 PM – 4:00 PM PST starting June 16th, and via Zoom. We encourage you to apply for the class and let us know if you will need financial assistance when purchasing materials. We would be happy to mail you an art kit directly from Blick Art Supplies! If you are able to purchase materials on your own, please see the materials list below. If you would like to help to provide for our community, donate a kit to your friend, neighbor, or classmate in need.

Materials List

Download Materials List

Questionnaire:

Lesson Plans

Visit our Lesson Plans to view art projects can be done in school settings guided by education professionals or at home with parental and instructional guidance, using simple materials. Among these projects are Printmaking & Letter-writing, Abstract Plaster Sculptures, and Found Material Assemblages. 

Public Art Tours

Due to Covid-19 and in respect to our community’s health monthly Public Art Tours are currently postponed. Please check back with us to stay up to date on when the tours will start, or sign up for our newsletter here.

Photo: Children with Inflatable Nanas at Le Paradis Fantastique, Conservatory Garden Central Park, New York, May 1968. Photo: Shunk-Kender © J. Paul Getty Trust.