Tour | Talk | Create


F O R    S C H O O L S ,    S C O U T    T R O O P S ,    &    H O M E    S C H O O L   G R O U P S



Students will be given an introduction to our organization as well as the current shows on display, before being guided through each of our five galleries by one of our Teaching Artists.


Our tour guides will use Visual Thinking Strategies to start a conversation with students about the art on display.

The Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method was created by Abigail Housen, a cognitive psychologist in the Harvard Graduate School of Education. VTS is targeted at developing creativity and thinking skills. It also presents a very effective method for tapping into students' background knowledge and to encourage exploration.


During a hands-on art making session, students will use their own creativity by exploring new art techniques.   

All activities are curated by our professional teaching artists and are inspired by work discovered during the tour & talk.


California is falling behind. For the past thirty years arts education in California’s schools has been disappearing at an alarming rate.  Only 11% of the public schools are meeting state goals for arts instruction.  The state’s fiscal crisis has resulted in dramatic cuts to visual and performing arts education programs.


Extensive research has demonstrated that arts education engages students in learning, contributes to higher test scores, and reduces truancy
and dropout rates.



A Harris Poll shows that a resounding 93% of Americans consider the arts to be vital
to providing a well-rounded education for children and a critical link to learning and


Arts education helps prepare our students for the expectations of the twenty- first
century workforce, which includes the ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate.
One in six jobs in Southern California is now in the creative industries, including
entertainment and communication arts, digital design, product and industrial design.


As schools have felt increasing pressure from standardized tests and federal mandates to
spend more time on reading and math, school curricula is narrowing in focus, leading to a
22% reduction in the amount of time spent on arts and music instruction.

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Bring your class to Blue Line Arts for a multifaceted and engaging arts experience!

Tour, Talk, and Create includes a tour of our high caliber exhibitions using Visual Thinking Strategies to promote discussion. After the tour, students will participate in a hands-on art making activity curated by a professional artist.

Tour size is limited to 25 students. Fee is $10 per student with a $150 minimum. A $50 deposit is needed to confirm tour. Cancellation requests must be made two weeks in advance of your visit.

Please allow 60 - 90 minutes for the Tour, Talk & Create program. 

Email with any questions.



April 13, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Triumphing over adversity JAPANESE AMERICAN WWII INCARCERATION REFLECTIONS Then and Now: Historic photographs of Japanese-Americans during WWII taken by War Relocation Authority photographers, including Dorothea Lange and Tom Parker, juxtaposed with contemporary portaits of the same individuals or their descendants from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. A visual exploration of the Japanese concept of gambatte, or to triumph over adversity, through a display of past and present images.

WestPark Workshop Gallery | Portrait photography show capturing the characters and personalities of the people around us.

Off Center:

June 8, 2018 - July 21, 2018

An International Ceramic Art Competition: international artists sharing their vision of ceramics.

WestPark Workshop Gallery | Ceramic Wall Work Show

Membership Medley:

July 27 - September 8, 2018

A show celebrating work by Blue Line members to show our appreciation of member support. A great opportunity to show off the amazing talent we have in our membership.

Milton Bowens:

September 14, 2018 - October 20, 2018

Featuring Milton Bowens who enlisted in the Armed Forces and became an Illustrator after one year of studies at the California College of the Arts and Crafts. He received his Associates Degree in Commercial art under the Army's College Education Assistance Program, continued his education in the Arts at two different schools while serving his tour of duty in the military, and had his work collected by two of the military's most prestigious museums. After serving his tour of duty, Milton learned from a couple of esteemed fine artists and changed his focus to fine art. He became a speaker, community activist, and has created exhibitions to try to bring inspiration to the community.

WestPark Workshop Gallery | Art Bra: Benefit for Breast Cancer

Hell on Wheels - Art of the Rails:

October 26, 2018 - November 24, 2018

A show honoring the history of Roseville's role in Rail commerce. Artists are incouraged to submit a conteporarty view of the history and beauty of railroads through art. Any medium may be used, but cast iron must be used in the work in some way. Works will be selected from emerging and established artists from around the world. The goal of this exhibition is to showcase works that relate closely to Roseville' railroad history - including but not limited to - Roseville's beginnings serving as the junction for the Central Pacific Railroad, the home of largest ice manufacturing plant in the world to ship California produce to other parts of the country, the temporary boom communities know as "Hell on Wheels, to current day the largest rail yard on the west coast and the role rail cars play as a mobile canvas for art.

WestPark Workshop Gallery | Planes and Automobiles: Transportation Themed Art Show

British Invasion:

November 30, 2018 - January 5, 2019

Featuring four different artists who Zoran Peshich was born in Yugoslavia but raised in England, and has received a degree in Fine Art and Environmental Design. He currently lives in Sacramento, California, and continues to paint, work on his digital art projects, and create ceramic sculpture. Carol Hodgson is a British artist who now lives in Northern California and creates work using pastel and paint. She has over twenty-five years of experience as a self-employed professional artist. Margaret Realica creates sculpture using contemporary porcelain and acrylic. She is influenced by her heritage and experiences and uses past and present images to convey these ideas through deconstructing and reconstructing the images. Tom McKeith was born in Scotland and moved to America to study photography at the University of Connecticut. He studied with Ansel Adams in California and obtained a Masters Degree in photography. He now lives in Sacramento and utilizes computers as a visal tool to combine with his knowledge of photography, drawing, and painting.

WestPark Workshop Gallery | Us Show: Artistic Reflections of our Diversity