Studio Artists Program

Home page iconThe Studio Artists Program is a partnership between Tempe Elementary District #3 and the city of Tempe. The Studio Artists Program provides art instruction for 4th/5th grade students within the Tempe Elementary School District. Each artist visits fourth or fifth grade classrooms, spending a total of four hours with each class. The children and the teacher participate in a hands-on experience that focuses on that artist’s particular area of expertise. Artists in the program live and work in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and bring their personal creative experience to the teaching process in the classrooms. The participating artists are given studio spaces to use for the development of their own artwork.

The Studio Artists Program aims to inspire students to achieve more in the arts as they pursue their education and life. Artists introduce students and teachers to creative and relevant arts activities. This unique partnership offers students an opportunity to expand their understanding of the arts and interact with a professional artist from our community.

Artists teach workshops to students and teachers, and the District provides studio space to the artists.

For information on the program, contact Pat Burdette at 480-897-6063 x 5295. View childrens' artwork from recent workshops.

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Studio Artists visit fourth and fifth grade classrooms and conduct the following workshops in their fields of expertise. 

Art and design with George Heslop  

Mask Making with Kirby Soderberg 

Perspective with Candice Eisenfeld

Self-Portrait with a Twist with Sue Norton-Scott 


Click on a name to learn about each artist. 

George Heslop

Candice Eisenfeld

Shari Keith

Sue Norton-Scott

Melanie Sainz

Kirby Soderberg 

Past Artists

Deb Salac-Ashforth, 1998-2002
Kelly Barrett, 1999-2001
Deanne Hale Beachler, 2009-2012
Jennifer Bortz, 2004-2005
Cyndi Coon, 2000-2001
Crystal M. Daigle, 2005-2007
Mary Dieterich, 2001-2011
Phoebe Edge, 2005-2006
Candace Eisenfeld, 1999-present
Jeff Falk, 1999-2001
Niki Glen, 2002-2005
Carolyn Golden, 2000-2002
Kimberly Henkel, 2003-2005
George Heslop, 2006-present
Kate Humphrey, 2000-2001
Shari Keith, 2012-present
Marcia McClellan, 2006-2008
Lydia Miszuk, 2004-2006


Doree Nissenblatt, 2003-2005
Sue Norton-Scott, 2009-present
Patricia Pawlicki, 2005-2006
Carol Panaro-Smith, 1997-1999
Emily Puthoff, 2002-2003
Red Rohall, 2006-2007
Darleen Romero-Deal, 2001-2003
Beth Royalty, 2000-2003
Melanie Sainz, 2013-present
Gretchen Schermerhorn, 2004-2006
Linda Shearer-Whiting, 1999-2001
Elena Sniezek, 2000-2003
Kirby Soderberg, 2004-present
Terry Surjan, 2000
Sam Swail, 2006-2012
Marilyn Szabo, 2001-2002
Kade Twist, 2008-2009

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