151 N. Sunrise Ave., Suite 1303

Roseville, Calif.  95661

(916) 771-7575 (Office); (916) 771-7576 (Fax)

Program Director:  Gus Garner


The philosophy of ArtWorks! is simple.


We believe that it is human nature to be curious, to want to learn. That in fact we all are good at something (or many things). Traditional teaching methods work acceptably for some people, but they also leave many people out of the loop of learning.

ArtWorks! is geared toward those left out of the loop, participants who need to learn by doing, maybe doing many times, in small instructor to student ratios. ArtWorks! incorporates kinesthetic, aural, visual teaching methods, hand over hand, whatever works! Our goal is to make participants feel comfortable with structure and expectations, so they can access the wealth of inner resources that lie just below the surface. We challenge participants and facilitate their growth by NOT “helping” but directing them to access their own powers of inquiry and problem solving. A question posed at ArtWorks! may very well be answered by another question, stimulating independence, self-reliance, and ultimately inter-dependence.

At ArtWorks! we think basic life skills like effective communication, hygiene, courtesy, initiative, accountability, responsibility, and self-reflection, are the building blocks upon which real learning is founded. And when real learning takes place, self-esteem rockets, when self-esteem soars, cooperation is a natural by product. Art is the perfect vehicle for the re-ignition of learning, a balanced blend of freedom, self expression, and discipline.


And there you have it: ArtWorks!

ArtWorks! integrates basic life skill mastery (problem solving, genuine communication, self advocacy, hygiene, respect for self and others) into every creative class we offer and all
community based activities. Too often the basic life skills are not effectively addressed, and
the participant remains marginalized. Where expectations are low, participant investment,
and consequent results will be low also. The skill sets our art classes emphasize and
develop are transferable to vocation, recreation, good citizenship, and self-determination.
Our number one goal is getting participants to “own” their learning process.


We have also found that asking participants to simply choose activities from their limited
realm of experience is not the most effective method for facilitating self-direction, and is not
real world choice. If someone has only had oranges, apples, and bananas and you ask
them what kind of fruit would you like, you can have any kind of fruit in the world, the
answer will be one of those three. If you show them and let them taste some of the almost
infinite varieties of fruit they are likely to move beyond apples, oranges, bananas.
ArtWorks! will continuously provide new experiences, new methods, an “outside the box” approach to promote participant choice, from a large menu of options.