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Students will be given an introduction to Blue Line Arts and the work we do for the community before browsing the current shows on display through each of our five galleries by one of our Teaching Artists.  Our gallery shows rotate every 6-8 weeks so there is always a compelling new show to discover!


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

The VTS method 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.

Tour Talk & Create has gone Virtual!

At Blue Line Arts, we believe every student deserves equal access to art education. Select one of the programs below to sign your class up for free access to lesson plans, project outlines, instructional videos and materials kits.

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Bring your class, group or troop to Blue Line Arts for a multifaceted and engaging arts experience!

Tour Talk & 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 10 students (in accordance with current CDC guidelines and facility capacity for social distancing in the classroom).

Fee is $15 per student with a $90 minimum. A $50 deposit is needed to confirm tour.

Cancellation requests must be made two weeks in advance of your visit.

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

Sign up here to schedule your on-site visit

Blue Line Arts has extended the Tour Talk & Create program for the 2020-2021 school year thanks to grant funding received from the California Arts Council!

Free for Title 1 Schools and P.C.O.E. Schools in Placer County (including reimbursement for bus travel to and from Blue Line Arts).  We are excited to announce grant funding will cover even more of our Placer County School Districts this year! 

Teachers and Administrators please inquire below for your free art exposure field trip:

Cancellation requests must be made two weeks in advance of your visit.

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

Thanks to funding through the California Arts Council, our Tour, Talk, & Create program, had a wonderful year of visits from Placer County Schools!

Lead Exhibitions on Display for 2019-2020 Tours:

The US Show: Artistic Reflections of Our Diversity   &   Craft Nouveau: An International Fine Craft Competition 

Participating Students in Placer County: 503

90% of classes had never experienced an Art Exposure field trip before coming to Blue Line Arts

Only 20% of participating classes have a designated art teacher at their school

Over 140 local, national, and international Artists participated in exhibitions on display during class visits! 

*Data from 2019-2020 Participating Placer County Schools, Graphics Below!

The Importance of Art Education

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*Data Source Placer County 2019-2020 Participants

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*Data source Create CA


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