The Children's Art Program
Examples of Student Artwork
Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners
At-home Educational Resources
In times of stress we are thinking about the children who will not be having an after-school program. I reached out to Karen Beltran who runs the after school program. I wanted to know how the 14 children and their families are doing. She is sending fun emails to the kids to help keep them engaged. The families have plenty of food and second harvest will be there soon.
They will be gathering some art supplies to give to the kids. We have a lot of crayons and watercolor paints in supply.
~Carla Periat, Lead teacher
The Children's Art Classes take place at the Main Street Park Apartments. Main Street Park is a 36 unit affordable housing community at 1101 Main Street, in Half Moon Bay, California. The Children's Art Program cooperates with the Family Services director of MidPen Resident Services. The children are supervised on site, in an after school program, until they are old enough to attend the Boys and Girls Club in Half Moon Bay. Fourteen children attend regularly.
Can you believe it has been a year already of having the Coastal Arts League at Main Street Park! Boy how time flies! Carla and company have done a wonderful job with our kids and community, and we would love to continue having CAL at Main Street!
~Juan Rios, Program Manager, Family Services. 2018
The project turned out great and it was obvious the kids were engaged and having fun. Good job Carla! ~Gail Dennis
It was fun watching the little artists create. ~Sue Hatfield
Classes are taught by lead teacher, Carla Periat, with other artists assisting. Karen Beltran is the staff member from Resident Services, who manages the after-school program and helps the children with homework. Together they provide art activities for the 5 to 10 year-olds at the Family Apartment complex. Art classes are scheduled every two weeks. The children appreciate the attention and interest of the teachers.
We had about 20 participants at our first family paint night. Parents and children were very happy with their paintings. I’d say it was a huge success. We couldn’t have done this without the help of Gail Dennis, Sue Hatfield and Susan Kerby. A great night for all. ~ Carla Periat
Some teaching units introduce a multi-media approach. Students recently learned how to use blue tape to resist watercolors. They created a design with blue tape, to save the white paper, and then painted over with watercolors. It was great to see our project emerge, from start-to-finish.
~ Gail Dennis
The CAL Board of Directors voted to continue our contract with MidPeninsula Family Services for another year. During school days, transportation is provided by Cabrillo Unified School District to El Granada Elementary School. After school, the children are returned to Main Street Park Apartments in Half Moon Bay. Many of the parents are working during the day, so the kids need activities and supervision in the afternoon.
Teachers are background-checked before entering the Main Street Park site. With a grant from the San Mateo County Arts Commission, we have a small budget to purchase additional supplies.