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Children's Painted Ceramics Project

More than 1,000 fifth-grade SFPS students participate in this annual program of creating paintings for placemats whose themes are inspired by their SFPS art teachers. The ARTsmart Board selects approximately 100 of the placemat designs to be reproduced on kiln-fired ceramics. Students transfer and paint their designs on a variety of objects, including large and small plates, bowls, vases, and platters.

Each student creates two objects—one to keep and another that is auctioned at the ARTsmart Annual Dinner & Auction to raise funds for our Visiting Artist Program. The laminated placemats are used at place settings during ARTsmart events, and attendees are encouraged to take them home.

For more information please contact: 505.992.2787 info@artsmartnm.org

The 2020 and 2021 auctions have been postponed and ARTsmart is selling ceramics from the 2020-21 Children’s Painted Ceramics Project through our Online Store.

Buy Ceramics from the Online Store

The 2021 Project will include designs from adult artists in addition to students in Santa Fe.
This program is made possible by generous support from Nusenda Credit Union.

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A Student from Aspen Community School shows her watermelon painting from home

Student from Aspen Community School submits painting digitally for the 2021 project.

ARTsmart Children’s Painted Ceramics Project


More than 1,000 fifth-grade SFPS students participate in this annual program of creating paintings for placemats whose themes are inspired by their SFPS art teachers. The ARTsmart Board selects approximately 100 of the placemat designs to be reproduced on kiln-fired ceramics. Students transfer and paint their designs on a variety of objects, including large and small plates, bowls, vases, and platters.

Each student creates two objects—one to keep and another that is auctioned at the ARTsmart Annual Dinner & Auction to raise funds for our Visiting Artist Program. The laminated placemats are used at place settings during ARTsmart events, and attendees are encouraged to take them home. In 2020 and 2021 we offer the ceramics for sale online rather than at an in-person auction.