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.

"Why Field Trips And Arts Education Aren't Just Frills" by Natalie Wexler for Forbes Magazine

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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 programs@bluelinearts.org with any questions.

Gallery Schedule

The Crocker-Kingsly Exhibition

January 11, 2019 - February 23, 2019

In fall of 2018, Blue Line Arts Gallery will have the honor of hosting the 78th Crocker-Kingsley Exhibition. This biennial  Exhibition is a joint endeavor of the Crocker Museum and the Blue Line Arts Gallery to feature a local artist. This year 1,591 pieces were submitted to the Kingsley Art Club for review by the guest juror and Bay Area artist Squeak Carnwath. Carnwath has selected 41 pieces and named five prizewinners: Allan Gordon (Best of Show) for "Vanitas Man," as well as Rebecca Edwards, Steven Davis, Tania Houtzager, and Andy Cunningham.

Lottery for the Arts

March 2, 2019 - March 28, 2019

A fundraising event that allows art collectors to acquire original works of fine art as well as supporting Blue Line and a community of artists.

Off Center

April 5, 2019 - June 1, 2019

Blueline Arts Gallery's Second annual, International Ceramic Art Competition: where artists who pull inspiration from a a wide variety of spaces, places and world views are featured locally.

The Rock Show

Jun 7 – Aug 3, 2019 

This exciting exhibition features artists who have drawn their inspiration from modern and contemporary music. The show is dedicated to the founder of Tower Records, Russ Solomon. We hope to honor his immeasurable contributions to the Music Scene with artwork that has been touched by the spirit of rock and roll.

Membership Medley

Aug 10 – Sep 7, 2019

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.

Ken Waterstreet

September 13, 2019 - November 9, 2019

Ken Waterstreet is a California based artist, primarily known for his realist style, which often employs a somewhat conceptual twist. His work spans several decades, genres and mediums thus creating a portfolio which is as richly colored as it is versatile. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Art from that institution. Over the years he has produced a number of one person exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Additionally, he has been included in many group exhibitions in the United States, Canada, and Europe as well as being represented in a number of private and public collections.

Us Show - Artistic Reflections of our Diversity

November 15, 2019 - December 28, 2019


For this month long event Blue Line will be offering it's patrons a chance to explore the artistic world views of internationally acclaimed creative minds. The Us show features American artists  who began their early lives in other countries. Join us in exploring the variety and multiplicity of the American experience.