Arts Programs

Our goal at Starting Arts is to offer professional arts instruction, both during the school day and after school, to every child in all of the San Francisco Bay Area communities.

As educators we understand that each school’s culture is unique. Consequently we tailor every arts program to fit the needs of the individual school. To find out more about how Starting Arts programs can work at your school, please contact Starting Arts Executive Director, Ann Watts.

Visual and Performing Arts Program Guide Interactive Version

View and print a PDF version of our Program Guide.

During School Programs

During school programs may include both integrated (art taught with another subject) and independent (art for art’s sake) classes. Careful consideration is taken to design arts programs that support and enhance general education goals and incorporate the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards. (See our current Content Priorities here). We offer several types of during school programs, including:

Visual and Performing “Rotating Arts Wheel” – This program provides concentrated educational instruction in each arts discipline on a rotating basis throughout the school year. Class instruction is provided in Dance, Visual Arts, Music and Theatre for single or combined grades, K-12.ย  Typically, class is in session twice a week for 8 weeks.ย  Weekly or biweekly single subject classes on a quarter, semester or yearly basis for single or combined grades, K-12.

Starting Arts can also provide professional staff development in all four arts disciplines for grades K-12, as well as “ready to teach” integrated lesson plans for grades K-5. Artists are available to facilitate individual school productions on a contractual basis as directors, choreographers, set designers, vocal directors, etc.

To find out if your school participates in the Starting Arts during school programs see Schools.

After School Programs

After school programs routinely offer independent arts classes in all four disciplines: Dance, Visual Art, Music and Theatre. Starting Arts offers fall and spring sessions scheduled to coordinate with the school calendar year. Classes generally meet twice a week (a total of 2 – 2 1/2 hours per week) for 12 weeks, and conclude with a professionally produced performance/exhibition.

To find out if your school participates in the Starting Arts after school programs see Schools.

Before School Programs

Before school programs offer classes in choir and band. Starting Arts offers fall and spring sessions scheduled to coordinate with the school calendar year. Classes generally meet twice a week (a total of 2 – 2 1/2 hours per week) for 12 weeks, and conclude with a professionally produced performance/exhibition.

To find out if your school participates in the Starting Arts before school programs see Schools.

Preschool Programs

Starting Arts offers introductory classes for preschool age students to explore movement, music, and visual arts.ย  We are very careful to create a curriculum that is tailor made for preschool age children so that their introduction to the arts is a great experience.ย  Parents are welcome to learn along side their little ones! We have onsite classes, but also delight in traveling to your school.

To find out more about our preschool programs, see Preschool.