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The Artist in Residence Program

A program for our preschool through 5th grade students

Through its Artist in Residence Program, the International School of Orange County welcomes artists of various genres to work with our community on an artistic project in collaboration with students and faculty. The program is integral to our curriculum which exposes students to multiple world views, alternative ideas, and different viewpoints.

Each artist works with students from preschool through 5th grade over the course of 12 weeks. They begin by working directly with the students in the classroom to introduce them to different artistic practices and to the creative process. They then collaborate with the entire campus community to develop a piece of art that will remain with the campus long-term.


Recent projects have included a collaboration with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts to teach our students the art of Italian Street Painters.

The Artist-in-Residence program is one that is cherished by our school community. Welcoming artists into the school world gives all parties involved – students, teachers, and artist – to learn from each other. There is an exchange of ideas, a questioning of one’s typical approach, and a broadening of understanding and viewpoint that can only be accomplished by full immersion in the artistic or creative process.


  • Expose students to artistic practices and to the creative process

  • Provide the community with a dedicated art project

Selection of Artists

A pedagogical team consisting of the Campus Director, along with our secondary art teacher, makes a decision based on referrals from the community and clear possibilities of integration with the curriculum.

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