One of the hot trends in the art world today are studio tours where visitors get a behind-the-scenes look at artists and their creative processes. Many tours cover a lot of artists and their means of expression while covering a lot of ground going from one studio location to another.
The Millard Sheets Center for the Arts at Fairplex is a one-stop studio tour with about 40 artists demonstrating their talents in painting, wood and stone carving, ceramics, art glass and much more. Fairguests can ask questions and get inspired by what they’re seeing and then try their own hand at creating art in a workshop for all ages.
MSCAF is proud to be a part of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliation Program. Through this partnership the Center shares with the community the Smithsonian Institution’s artifacts, programs and expertise.
MSCAF is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.
Here’s some of the action you’ll see at the Sheets Center:
Kazumi Svenson fashions sculptures from glass beads.
Wood sculptor Osvaldo Orellana at work.
Nelson Scherer discusses printing with a visitor.
Artists' works are on sale in the busy Gallery Store.
Each weekday of the Fair, thousands of school children rush through the gates of the Fair for an experience they won’t forget. Our FairKids Discovery Club field trip program is a hands-on one-of-a-kind adventure. And it complies with the state Department of Education curriculum standards.
Today is a big day – more than 13,000 students are visiting the Fair, including FairView Farms, Going Green, Jurassic Planet and the Flower & Garden Pavilion. I saw many kids out there this morning taking notes in Going Green, obviously preparing for in-class discussions they will have when they return to school.
Last year more than 100,000 students and their chaperones visited the Fair. We hope it is more this year.
Hey teachers and parents! I am sure many of you have attended the L.A. County Fair before and have enjoyed all the shopping and Fair food. Maybe you even brought your children and let them enjoy the carnival rides and see all the live animals. Did you know that we have a free field trip program that is in progress throughout the run of the Fair that allows students to come to the Fair and have a one-of-a-kind learning experience as well? The field trip is called The FairKids Discovery Club Field Trip Program.
It’s a free field trip for preschool through 8th grade students to attend the L.A. County Fair. The field trip is designed with Southern California teachers in mind; grade level and subject-specific, they fit easily into existing curriculum maps, and comply with California State Department of Education Curriculum Content Standards.
The 2008 L.A. County Fair had approximately 103,000 students, teachers and chaperones enrolled in field trips to the Fair. FairView Farms is one of the favorite exhibits among the field trip participants. Last year, several students and teachers witnessed an animal being born. Seeing real animals is very exciting to students who never get to see them in their city life. Teachers continuously tell us that their students enjoy visiting the Milking Parlor, learning where milk comes from and enjoying free milk afterward.
We are currently working on information to send out to all teachers, principals and parents at more than 7,000 local public, private and home schools. We are being “greener” this year by sending our information electronically and only using “snail mail” where absolutely necessary. We encourage online registration as well. Information about the FairKids Discovery Club Field Trip Program and registration/reservations will be on our Web site at lacountyfair.com/fairkids beginning mid-March. Curriculum information will go up in June.
If your students or children have not participated in this program we encourage you to get them involved. If they have come before then you already know that this program is exceptional. Please join us again this year. Spread the word and encourage other schools to come join in on the fun. It is a truly unique learning experience because it happens in a truly special 543-acre ‘classroom.’
More than 17,000 students visited the Fair today as part of the FairKids Discovery Club field trip program. Each year the Fair hosts more than 100,000 students, teachers and chaperones – all for free! Where else can they see where milk comes from, how to weave a sweater from wool, learn all about bugs and see snow in the middle of September?
Sponsors contribute to the Big Yellow Bus program, which offers transportation for some of the schools to get here. All in all, it’s a great program, educational and entertaining.