Alameda County Office of Education

Organizational Info

The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) is dedicated to cultivating lifelong meaningful experiences and educational opportunities in the arts for all Alameda County residents. As part of this mission to advance excellence in and access to arts education throughout the County, ACOE serves as the Core Lead for Arts and Creativity programming at REACH. Arts and Creativity programming supports the youth center’s mission, vision, core values and goals. ACOE focuses on providing opportunities for creative self-expression through classes, projects, and activities that are designed with themes that are relevant to youth and that develop life skills such as group collaboration,problem-solving and positive decision making. Through the creative practice, youth build their self-confidence and build skills to prepare for more difficult projects, while the themes addressed in programming contribute to youth development. ACOE brings professional teaching artists to work with youth at REACH and engages in integrated learning with other core service areas.

Program Info and Areas of Focus

Arts and Creativity programming is offered to youth, ages 11 – 24 in a variety of art forms in the visual arts studio and the digital media lab. Services are provided during the youth center’s operating hours and peak hours of service (12 – 6 p.m. during the summer and 4 – 8 p.m. during the school year). Class offerings change throughout the year. Please refer to the class schedule for information on our current class offerings.

  • Visual Arts Classes in the Visual Arts Studio focus on: Painting, Drawing, Collage, Sculpture, Mixed-media, Bookmaking, Paper Arts and Sewing. Other art forms will be introduced in the future. Visual Arts studio classes give students an introduction to visual arts skills, materials and self-expression through art while building artistic skills. Students work both individually and collaboratively on projects.
  • Digital Arts Classes in the Media Center focus on: Digital Compositing, Digital Painting, Digital Photography, Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Digital Music, Video Production and Independent Digital Arts Projects. Arts Programming in Sound Production will be introduced in the future. Digital Arts studio classes will give students the opportunity to develop the necessary design and technical skills just like professional artists. Students will have the opportunity to work with Adobe’s Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere video editing, After Effects) as well as Propellerhead’s Reason 6.5 (Music Production) and Flash. Students work both individually and collaboratively on projects.


Contact Info:

Alameda County Office of Education
Arts and Creativity Program Coordinators |
Media Arts Instructors:

Joaquin Newman
Phone: (510) 481-4519

Jerarde Gutierrez
Phone: (510) 481-4519

Click here for the Arts Calendar!

Sign-up here for the Spring 2019 Children’s Book Making Workshop!

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