ArtReach was launched in 2010 as a visual arts program that partners San Luis Obispo County’s talented artists with Artist Kathi Rippe presents ArtReach protégés with certificates of achievement and color wheels at the conclusion of Friends of Hearst Castle’s fourth ArtReach, April 6, 2011 underserved youth seeking artistic outlets and visual expression. Funded in part by proceeds from Plein Air Invitational art sales at Twilight on the Terrace and bids for education at Enchanted Evening auctions, the ArtReach program has been a collaboration with the North County Regional Division of the YMCA of San Luis Obispo County and to date has given over 60 youngsters the hands-on opportunity to experiment with various forms of media – watercolor, pastel, charcoal and pencil – all under the guidance of producing artists.
Three ArtReach programs took place in 2010, allowing mentors and mentees to paint from the observation deck and surrounding grounds at the Visitor Center. A fourth program was held on April 6, 2011 that granted artists and protégés a rare opportunity to paint from a hilltop terrace beneath Hearst Castle’s main house, La Casa Grande.
ArtReach students capture the beautyof Hearst Castle from the hilltop, April 6, 2011.As part of the day’s activities, artists and students were treated to the movie, Hearst Castle, Building the Dream in the Hearst Castle Theater, a tour of the Castle and a picnic style lunch. At the conclusion of the mentoring session, refreshments were served while each student was introduced and presented a Certificate of Achievement along with a color wheel in recognition of their work.
Are you looking for a free educational activity to share with the children in your life? Bring them to the William Randolph Hearst exhibit and participate in the Children’s Treasure Hunt, sponsored by Friends!
Located in the back building of the Visitor Center, the W.R. Hearst exhibit is open to the public. Docents at the desk inside the exhibit hall will sign up the children who want to participate, and supply them with maps and pencils. Map questions direct visitors to a variety of displays throughout the exhibit and encourage learning through the exploration of objects from Hearst’s collection. When finished with the treasure hunt, each child receives a special prize for participating.
Friends of Hearst Castle supports a variety of educational and interpretive programs at Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument.
Young visitors can explore the displays at the free William Randolph Hearst Exhibit with the “Children's Treasure Hunt.” When finished, they receive a free prize, as well as a richer experience and better understanding of Hearst’s life.
FHC supports the Hearst Castle School Tours program by providing educational materials and other items to enhance the experience of these young visitors to The Enchanted Hill.
Friends is also a proud sponsor of the SLO Arts Council's "Art Ops for Schools" program, which provides transportation for local school children to visit Hearst Castle.