Artist in Residency

For one week, a professional artist will create a piece of art at a local City of Santa Clarita elementary and junior high school. During the artist residency, the artist will share a presentation to all grade levels regarding the process and her concept for the art piece being created.  During the week, the artist will draw inspiration from the students, be available for students to watch the creation of the art piece, and open for questions from the students.  At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will present the finished artwork to all students at two assemblies, and discuss the process of its creation.

AinR_Assembly AinR_blank canvas AinR_Explaination
Presentation to K-6th graders Artist, Suzi Kades, with the starting blank canvas and students Students able to ask the artist questions

2015 Schools Participating:

Skyblue Mesa Elementary School
Tesoro Elementary School
Newhall Elememtary School
Rio Norte Junior High School

2014 Schools Participating:

West Creek Elementary School
Santa Clarita Elementary School
Mountainview Elememtary School
SCVi Charter School
Arroyo Seco Junior High School

2013 Pilot Program:

Rosedale Elementary School
West Creek Elementary School

Artist: Suzi KadesSuzi Kades

Suzi Kades has made art for as long as she can remember.  Trained in Fine Art at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and in Illustration at Parsons School of Design in NYC. Suzi has been an illustrator, fine artist, hand weaver, sculptor, decorative painter, muralist, and art teacher for over thirty years.  Currently the director of Allstars Enrichment, an after school Enrichment Company, which provides a variety of classes to elementary school students.  She is happily married to husband Steve and the proud mother of son Griffin and daughter Shay.

Artist: Dianne Foderero

Dianne Foderero

Dianne Foderaro is a metal sculptor who incorporates discarded metal objects into the whimsical characters she creates. Her dancers and skaters depict pursuits of childhood. The use of uncommon materials and the poses of her sculptures remind the viewer to revisit simpler times. Dianne’s works can be seen in private homes, gardens and commercial buildings throughout California. She also has personal and collaborative works installed in public areas in Santa Clarita.

As an educator, Dianne has shared her love of art with thousands of children. She is the vice president and education chair of the local nonprofit, The ARTree. She is a teaching artist with the Artist in Residence program sponsored by the City of Santa Clarita where her love of children prevails as she creates small art pieces at local elementary schools.



Donna Avila
20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Mezzanine
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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