Close Encounters with Art

Bend Art Center offers engaging arts education programs to schools throughout Central Oregon. Our programs are designed around special exhibits of particular educational value and take advantage of our unique facility which houses a large exhibit space and professional art studio.

Our programs  expose kids to unique and challenging art forms through current or virtual exhibits. Through art, we explore history, math, science, social studies, or language arts. We look at the hows and whys—and then learn about the world through the lens of art.

Our programs also include art making, so students can process their newly-acquired knowledge in a creative way. Students learn new art techniques and concepts and create a personal work of art to take home.

Schools can participate in these programs at Bend Art Center during exhibit dates, or we can bring travel-friendly versions to your classroom all year round.

Education Standards

Our school programs support Oregon State Education Visual Arts Standards, and frequently support standards in other subjects. Refer to school program descriptions for a select list of standards, or contact us for more information.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available for Title 1 and rural schools. For more information, email or call 541.330.8759.

2018-19 School Programs

Water Tables
Fall 2018

Learn about local hydrology and how water tables shape our experience in the high desert. Explore a group exhibit featuring sculpture, photography and mixed media works. Create a cross section of a water table using ink and mixed media.

Cold-Blooded Neighbors
Winter/Spring 2019

Learn about our 19 native reptile species in this program focused on biological adaptation. Examine original woodcut prints of local snakes, reptiles (and one turtle!) and create a snake print using elements and principles of design.

Illustrator, Problem-Solver
Spring 2019

Learn how illustrators use elements and principles of design to make stories come to life. Explore the work of popular illustrator JooHee Yoon and illustrate a story or poem using Yoon’s colorful methods.



“The speakers are very knowledgeable about the exhibits, but more importantly, are able to engage children. The artwork the children get to do is phenomenal.  The kids talked about the field trip all year long, and included it in their favorite things of the whole school year.  I highly recommend a visit to A6!”

—Allison, 3rd Grade Teacher



Clabough Foundation  |  Art on the River  |  Oregon Arts Commission  |  Deschutes Cultural Coalition