Schools receive funding for arts education programs from school districts, PTA/PTOs, grants, foundations, and/or parent donations. If your school requires additional resources due to lack of school funding for the arts or state/district budget cuts for arts education, here are some ways via grants and fundraising options for arts education programs:

“Adequate funding is often an issue for schools wanting to offer a first-class fine arts program” according to Larry Osterink, co-founder and CEO of Arts Attack.  “We have addressed this issue by offering programs that are highly successful when taught by classroom teachers or parent volunteers, as well as by art specialists; and we are excited to partner with PledgeCents to give our schools, PTO’s and teachers another vehicle for funding their visual art curriculum.”

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THE Journal: Why is arts education important for kids?

Q & A With Art Educator Marcia Osterink

Marcia Osterink is a Southern California arts teacher and the creator of Arts Attack, an award-winning art curriculum designed for K-8 that’s available on DVD and streamable online.

Since 1991, Osterink has reached tens of thousands of students and teachers, sharing fundamental arts principles — such as color, line, shape, texture and perspective — as well as step-by-step lessons on creating original art. She has also crafted detailed lessons on art history and appreciation.

Her Arts Attack (Art Training for Teachers and Creative Kids) series has won a Mayor’s Award in her hometown of Del Mar and a Golden Bell Award for outstanding fine arts program from the California School Board Association. Osterink has re-filmed all of her lessons in high definition and created new episodes using Apple’s iMovie. She and her husband Larry have made the entire project available to schools and teachers online since 2014.

Since the beginning of this year, Arts Attack has recognized a Teacher of the Month who’s using the curriculum successfully in his/her class. Tori Foley, a teacher from La Costa Meadows Elementary School in Carlsbad, CA, is April’s honoree.

Osterink (and her husband) shared her thoughts on the arts, technology and why arts education is critical in K-8 education.

THE Journal: Why is arts education important for kids?

Marcia Osterink: Well, I don’t consider it just important, I consider it essential. If you want to get technical, I’m just going to talk about what goes on in kids’ brains, and educators caring about the whole child. Teaching art is teaching how to access the right side of the brain, which is where all imagination, visualization, holistic thinking, synthesizing takes place. Any new idea takes place in the right side of the brain.

We’re helping to develop creative kids who can really express themselves. You can see it when kids are writing, writing a term paper. If they really can’t enter the right side of the brain, they can’t see how all this information goes together, how all these bits and pieces pull together.

THE Journal: Why do there always seem to be cutbacks in arts education?

Osterink: I really think it dates back to the administrators. It dates back to their own art experience, where they didn’t feel good about themselves in art. They don’t value it. It’s like they kind of don’t believe it. Over the years, there have been studies that prove SAT scores go up when young people are involved in art. The kids in the arts outperform kids across the line.

[The administrators] don’t really grasp the full value of it. They kind of think of it as playtime. I just think the decision makers, the administrators just think it’s fluff still. It definitely is not that. I’ve been doing this since 1979, and it’s the same old story. It’s probably worse now than it was then. With No Child Left Behind, there’s been a heavy emphasis on testing and test scores. Teachers are under so much pressure to have high test scores. We don’t have time for art. Art isn’t one of our disciplines that they are testing.

THE Journal: How does art education carry over into other areas of study?

Osterink: When you read, you visualize. Every concept starts with an image. This ability to visualize and imagine does carry over into reading. It carries over into writing. Just this thing I was talking about, the right side of the brain. You have to be able to put things together and make connections between things. When you’re creating art, you have a big piece of paper in front of you, and you try to put something together that has some kind of meaningful whole. That’s what scientists do when they’re doing experiments. If they don’t ever get that vision, that insight of, “Oh, I can see how this all pulls together,” then they can’t invent.

Teacher of the Month – April

Mrs. Tori Foley, La Costa Meadows Elementary
Carlsbad, California

 Tori Foley was born in Guatemala, and adopted at 3 1/2 months. She lived in Colorado for 8-years before moving to California. She has now lived in California for 30-years, all in the San Diego County area. She graduated from Cal State San Marcos with a Bachelor of the Arts degree with a double major in Liberal Studies and Visual and Performing Arts. During her studies at CSUSM, she completed her preliminary multiple subject teaching credential through the Integrated Credential Program. Tori has been married for 13-years and has two boys Brandon (11) and Carter (7) along with their dog (Lucky), a bunny (Oreo), and a fish (Goldie). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to the National Parks with her family, scrapbooking, competing in 1/2 marathons or running a 5K with her family. Tori also has a huge passion for photography.
This is Tori’s first year teaching at La Costa Meadows Elementary and piloting the new art program using “Arts Attack” as the main curriculum. When Tori was nominated for Teacher of the Month we were told that Tori has done an outstanding job integrating the art curriculum into La Costa Meadows. She had some hurdles to jump such as being a traveling Art Teacher since the school does not have a designated Art Room. Another challenge was working Art into the schedule for all 980 students, this meant having slightly less time then would be ideal to complete lessons. Her solution was to recruit the help of volunteer parents and had them set up the class room with the necessary supplies, she then could walk right in and get started. The volunteers also helped during the lesson and for clean-up. We are also really impressed with her! Congratulations Tori, keep up the good work. (P.S. we are excited for you since we just found out that you are getting your own Art Room)!

Ideas for an Amazing School Art Show

Are you looking for ideas for hosting an Elementary or Middle School Art Show?

Why an art show?

It is really great to put on an Art show at the end of the year. The kids love showing off their work, it’s fun for the parents, and it’s important for your art program. Don’t pass up the opportunity to show off the culmination of your year of art.

Most schools combine their Art Show with the Open House night or another event where most parents and students will be on campus. There are many ways to create an art gallery atmosphere, have music, serve refreshments, make invitations. If you have pictures of your students creating art, make a slideshow and project it on the wall. Some teachers prefer to select the students favorite piece of art from the year and others prefer to use all the same lesson from each class. Either way it is good to group your artwork by subject and what you were trying to accomplish, lesson names, Elements studied, etc. There are many variables on how to display the students’ artwork. Here are some examples of how to create displays:

Hanging Posterboard Displays
Use 22″ x 28″ Posterboards, mat artwork as desired, mount artwork to posterboards. Hang them together by using a hole punch and large paper. Use plastic chains or rope to hang them from the tile ceiling.


Art Week, or Hallway Display
If you’re lucky enough to be able to leave your display up for a period of time how about Art Week! Cover your hallways with Art!


Cardboard Display

Collect refrigerator boxes from your local hardware store. Slice them open, lay them flat and cover with butcher paper. Staple artwork right onto the boards.


Folding Lunch Tables!
This is a great, easy display idea. Just cover them in butcher paper.




Need more ideas and inspiration?  Check out our Pinterest board that is all about Art Show Ideas.



Arts Attack teacher of the Month – March

St. Peters Lutheran School’s Becky Thoma Named Teacher of the Month by Arts Attack Publications. Arts Attack is a national program dedicated to developing high quality, easy-to-teach, visual arts curricula for elementary and middle schools STURGEON BAY, Wisc. – Becky Thoma, a kindergarten teacher from St. Peters Lutheran School, has been named as National Teacher of the Month for March by Arts Attack, an online visual arts curriculum for elementary and middle schools. While research confirms the importance in the role art plays in the creative growth of students, budgets continue to be trimmed for arts programs. Thoma has been a kindergarten teacher at St. Peters Lutheran School in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. for the past 11 years.
“The focus of the Arts Attack program is in its name, Art Training for Teachers And Creative Kids” said Marcia Osterink, founder of Arts Attack. “Our goal is to enable teachers to achieve exceptional artwork from their students by providing high quality, easy-to-teach, visual arts curricula for elementary and middle schools. But, it’s through incredible teachers such as Becky Thoma, that brings creativity to life with her students.”
The arts focus at St. Peters Lutheran School is across all grades. The school has been a multiyear customer of Arts Attack but they recently adopted and implemented the online version of the curriculum in thousands of schools and districts throughout the country to teach children how to express themselves through art.
The Arts Attack National Teacher of the Month recognizes a K-8 teacher who:
• Exemplifies adherence to the online curriculum while exhibiting out-of-the box thinking with arts techniques provided by the program.
• Demonstrates cross curriculum integration leveraging art as a form of teaching required subjects (i.e., leveraging art to celebrate the Renaissance period in a history class).
• Allows children to exhibit their art for parental and/or classroom viewing (i.e., launching an online museum, leveraging arts projects to tell a story via video, hosting an art exhibit).
Founded in 1991, Arts Attack enables teachers to achieve exceptional artwork from their students.