Prop 28 Visual Arts Education Support for California Schools

We’re delighted to offer TK-5 visual arts education instruction and training to teachers, schools, and school districts. Our specialty lies in creative expression, STEAM, craft arts, process art, and core content integration.

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"I am really enjoying your class and my kids love to see the art projects I make and love to make their own art projects!"
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Billu P.
"I have enjoyed learning new art projects to try with my class!"
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Lori H.
"I’m grateful for this creative opportunity to teach students to work together and let their creativity flow. Thank you!"
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About Prop 28

Starting in the 2023–24 academic year, the California Department of Education (CDE) will distribute funds to local educational agencies (LEAs) for TK–12th grades. To utilize these funds, school sites, principals, and program directors must create a plan outlining how the money will be spent.

Schools are permitted to allocate up to 20% of the funding obtained from Proposition 28 for arts educational programs and collaborations, including the hiring of organizations like TinkerLab. The CDE will also offers a waiver option that allows schools to exceed the funding limitations specifically for arts educational partnership programs. To obtain the waiver, a written request from the school’s principal must be submitted along with the necessary documentation.

Prop 28 Resources

Art & Creativity Workshops

TinkerLab offers high quality, affordable visual arts workshops, where we immerse educators in creativity-boosting art projects. Participants will gain effective strategies to incorporate art into their classroom teaching. Workshops include hands-on art-making, small-group discussions, and take-away materials.

In-person or at Your Location

The TinkerLab studio is located in beautiful Palo Alto, CA, about 45 minutes south of San Francisco. Our creative space can accommodate up to ten people. However, most of our clients enjoy the luxury of having us come to them! We’ll set up an on-site studio workshop at your school, library, or workplace. 

Our sessions prioritize:

  • Active learning
  • Collaboration
  • Modelling of effective practice
  • Effective pedagogy
  • Alignment with core state and national standards
  • Hands-on making, and fun!


The following are some of the topics we’re eager to explore, but we can also tailor the topic to your group’s interests.

Creative Flow: An Introduction to Process Art Basics

Beyond the Lines: Creative Drawing Experiments for the Classroom

Artistic Independence: Integrating Choice-Based Art and Mixed Media Techniques in Education

Sketchbook Savvy: Art Journaling Techniques for Classroom Creativity and Early Finishers

Creative Kickstarters: Drawing Games to Ignite Imagination in the Classroom”

Bound by Art: Crafting Handmade Books for Drawing and Writing Projects

Artful Seasons: Inspiring Classroom Activities for a Creative Year-Round Curriculum

Eco-Innovators: Creative Projects with Recycled Materials for Building, Collage, Mixed Media, and Tinkering

Pressed for Success: Printmaking Explorations in the Classroom

Weaving Wonders: Simple Weaving Techniques for the Elementary Art Classroom

Conference-style talks: Nurturing Innovation through Hands-On Activities, Encouraging Playful Learning, Strategies for Fostering Creativity at Home or in School


TinkerLab Books ($20, signed or unsigned) can be added on to any workshop for an additional fee. If ordering a large quantity, bulk rates may apply.

Schoolhouse, the TK-5 arts education curriculum, can be added to any workshop. Schoolhouse starts at $144 per teacher, per year. We offer discounted rates for large-scale orders.

Many schools enjoy the workshop perk of gaining these add-ons with the extra discounts.


Prices quoted below are for locations within a 45 mile radius of our Palo Alto studio. Rates will be adjusted to account for travel times and any extras that relate to travel. Prices are subject to change.

Art Basics: 1.5 hours, $1000. Up to 25 participants ($30 for each additional participant). All supplies and light snacks included.

Art Exploration: 3 hours, $2000. Up to 25 participants ($60 for each additional participant). All supplies and light snacks included.

Art Immersion: 5 hours, $3000. Up to 25 participants ($100 for each additional participant). All supplies and light snacks included.

Set up your next PD session with TinkerLab

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