This gallery documents a variety of art classes in California state prisons. Most of them are part of Arts in Corrections, which is funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and administered by the California Arts Council. For a history and details of this program, see the book I published with Larry Brewster, Paths of Discovery: Art Practice and Its Impact in California Prisons (2nd edition).

A few of the classes seen here are not part of Arts in Corrections; these are indicated by the description on the thumbnail page.

Tip: Folders are in reverse chronological order—newest ones on top. An easy way to locate an older shoot is with a browser search of folder titles—just press command-F (for pc, control-F) then enter your search term.

A representative selection from the many folders in this gallery...

A representative selection from the many folders in this gallery...

Drumming & Dance at California Training Facility, Soledad - 2018 Oct.

Drumming & Dance at California Training Facility, Soledad - 2018 Oct.

Multi-disciplinary art at Calipatria State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Multi-disciplinary art at Calipatria State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Playwriting at RJ Donovan State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Playwriting at RJ Donovan State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Playwriting at Centinela State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Playwriting at Centinela State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Drawing at California Correctional Center, Susanville - 2018 Sept.

Drawing at California Correctional Center, Susanville - 2018 Sept.

Choir at California Correctional Center, Susanville - 2018 Sept.

Choir at California Correctional Center, Susanville - 2018 Sept.

Theater at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Theater at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Voice at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Voice at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Guitar at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Guitar at California Men's Colony - 2018 Sept.

Creative Writing at Kern Valley State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Creative Writing at Kern Valley State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Poetry/Spoken Word at Kern Valley State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Poetry/Spoken Word at Kern Valley State Prison - 2018 Sept.

Theater at Deuel Vocational Institution - 2018 August

Theater at Deuel Vocational Institution - 2018 August

Theater at Folsom Women's Facility - 2018 August

Theater at Folsom Women's Facility - 2018 August

Theater at Folsom State Prison - 2018 August

Theater at Folsom State Prison - 2018 August

Theater at California Medical Facility - 2018 August

Theater at California Medical Facility - 2018 August

Drumming at California Medical Facility - 2018 August

Drumming at California Medical Facility - 2018 August

Theater at California Health Care Facility - 2018 July

Theater at California Health Care Facility - 2018 July

Creative Writing at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison - 2018 July

Creative Writing at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison - 2018 July

Drumming at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison - 2018 July

Drumming at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison - 2018 July

Guitar at Mule Creek State Prison - 2018 July

Guitar at Mule Creek State Prison - 2018 July

Painting at Wasco State Prison - 2018 June

Painting at Wasco State Prison - 2018 June

Theater at Central California Women's Facility - 2018 June

Theater at Central California Women's Facility - 2018 June

Birds from San Quentin State Prison - 2018 June

Birds from San Quentin State Prison - 2018 June

Self-portraits from San Quentin State Prison - 2018 June

Self-portraits from San Quentin State Prison - 2018 June

Music class at CCI Tehachapi - 2018 May

Music class at CCI Tehachapi - 2018 May

Drawing class at CCI Tehachapi - 2018 May

Drawing class at CCI Tehachapi - 2018 May

Miscellaneous Murals at Avenal State Prison

Miscellaneous Murals at Avenal State Prison

Mural painters at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Mural painters at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Latin drumming at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Latin drumming at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Mexican Guitar at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Mexican Guitar at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

African drumming at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

African drumming at Avenal State Prison - 2018 May

Painting at North Kern State Prison - 2018 April

Painting at North Kern State Prison - 2018 April

Guitar at North Kern State Prison - 2018 April

Guitar at North Kern State Prison - 2018 April

Creative Writing at California City Correctional Facility- 2018 April

Creative Writing at California City Correctional Facility- 2018 April

Storytelling at California City Correctional Facility-(afternoon class) - 2018 April

Storytelling at California City Correctional Facility-(afternoon class) - 2018 April

Storytelling at California City Correctional Facility - (morning class) - 2018 April

Storytelling at California City Correctional Facility - (morning class) - 2018 April

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin State Prison - 2018 Jan.

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin State Prison - 2018 Jan.

Dance Class at Central CA Women's Facility - 2017 Nov.

Dance Class at Central CA Women's Facility - 2017 Nov.

Origami Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2017 Oct.

Origami Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2017 Oct.

Connection Lost: Families Unravelled by Prison. Alcatraz exhibition - 2017 Sept.

Connection Lost: Families Unravelled by Prison. Alcatraz exhibition - 2017 Sept.

Connection Lost.... and Found! Art Exhibit and Panel at Alcatraz - 2017 Aug.

Connection Lost.... and Found! Art Exhibit and Panel at Alcatraz - 2017 Aug.

Icon Painting at CSP-Sacramento - 2017 July

Icon Painting at CSP-Sacramento - 2017 July

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Art at CIM and CIW (week 3) - 2017 June

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Art at CIM and CIW (week 3) - 2017 June

Arts in Corrections Conference - 2017 June

Arts in Corrections Conference - 2017 June

Completion Ceremonies at CIM & CIW - 2017 June

Completion Ceremonies at CIM & CIW - 2017 June

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Art at CIM and CIW (week 1) - 2017 June

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Art at CIM and CIW (week 1) - 2017 June

Songwriting at Avenal State Prison - 2017 June

Songwriting at Avenal State Prison - 2017 June

Storytelling at Wasco State Prison - 2017 June

Storytelling at Wasco State Prison - 2017 June

Dance at Central California Women's Facility - 2017 June

Dance at Central California Women's Facility - 2017 June

Guitar and Band Class at Solano State Prison - 2017 May

Guitar and Band Class at Solano State Prison - 2017 May

Graphic Arts at Avenal State Prison - 2017 May

Graphic Arts at Avenal State Prison - 2017 May

Poetic Justice Project at SATF - 2017 May

Poetic Justice Project at SATF - 2017 May

Artwork & Artists at San Quentin State Prison - 2017 May

Artwork & Artists at San Quentin State Prison - 2017 May

Visual Art at Lancaster State Prison - 2017 April

Visual Art at Lancaster State Prison - 2017 April

Visual Art Classes at Lancaster State Prison - 2017 April

Visual Art Classes at Lancaster State Prison - 2017 April

Actors' Gang at CCI Tehachapi - 2017 Feb.

Actors' Gang at CCI Tehachapi - 2017 Feb.

Mural Painters at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Mural Painters at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Poetry Class at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Poetry Class at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Gospel Choir at Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Gospel Choir at Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Mural Artists at Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Mural Artists at Valley State Prison - 2017 Feb.

Creating Mandalas at California Institution for Women - 2016 Dec.

Creating Mandalas at California Institution for Women - 2016 Dec.

Visual Art and Music at California Institution for Men - 2016 Dec.

Visual Art and Music at California Institution for Men - 2016 Dec.

Storytelling at Norco State Prison - 2016 Dec.

Storytelling at Norco State Prison - 2016 Dec.

Hip-hop Dance at Ironwood State Prison - 2016 Dec.

Hip-hop Dance at Ironwood State Prison - 2016 Dec.

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin State Prison - 2016 Nov.

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin State Prison - 2016 Nov.

Visual Art from San Quentin State Prison - 2016 Nov.

Visual Art from San Quentin State Prison - 2016 Nov.

Readings by San Quentin Creative Writers - 2016 Nov.

Readings by San Quentin Creative Writers - 2016 Nov.

Guitar Class at Corcoran State Prison - 2016 May

Guitar Class at Corcoran State Prison - 2016 May

Painting and Drawing at SATF - 2016 May

Painting and Drawing at SATF - 2016 May

Music at CSP Sacramento (New Folsom) - 2016 May

Music at CSP Sacramento (New Folsom) - 2016 May

Visual Art at CSP Sacramento (New Folsom) - 2016 May

Visual Art at CSP Sacramento (New Folsom) - 2016 May

Various Art Programs at Sierra Conservation Center - 2016 May

Various Art Programs at Sierra Conservation Center - 2016 May

Dance at Central California Women's Facility - 2016 April

Dance at Central California Women's Facility - 2016 April

Guitar at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 March

Guitar at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 March

Theater and Voice at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 March

Theater and Voice at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Portraits - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Portraits - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Rehearsal - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Rehearsal - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Performance - 2016 March

Theater at Lancaster State Prison: Performance - 2016 March

Guitar at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Guitar at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Creative Writing at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Creative Writing at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Storytelling at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Storytelling at High Desert State Prison - 2016 March

Visual Arts at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 Jan.

Visual Arts at Pelican Bay State Prison - 2016 Jan.

Beadworking at Valley State Prison - 2016 Jan.

Beadworking at Valley State Prison - 2016 Jan.

Drawing at SATF - 2016 Jan.

Drawing at SATF - 2016 Jan.

Drumming at Valley State Prison - 2015 Dec.

Drumming at Valley State Prison - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at San Quentin State Prison - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at San Quentin State Prison - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at Solano State Prison (afternoon class) - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at Solano State Prison (afternoon class) - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at Solano State Prison (morning class) - 2015 Dec.

Visual Art at Solano State Prison (morning class) - 2015 Dec.

Creative Writing at San Quentin State Prison - 2015 Nov.

Creative Writing at San Quentin State Prison - 2015 Nov.

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin - 2015 Nov.

Artistic Ensemble at San Quentin - 2015 Nov.

San Quentin Day of Peace - 2015 April

San Quentin Day of Peace - 2015 April

Arts in Corrections conference visits San Quentin arts programs - 2015 June

Arts in Corrections conference visits San Quentin arts programs - 2015 June

Murals at Solano State Prison - 2015 Feb.

Murals at Solano State Prison - 2015 Feb.

Murals and Paintings at Chino State Prison

Murals and Paintings at Chino State Prison

Project PAINT Exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art - 2015 July

Project PAINT Exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art - 2015 July

Playwrights Project at Donovan State Prison - 2015 July

Playwrights Project at Donovan State Prison - 2015 July

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2015 June

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2015 June

Guitar and Drawing with ACTA at Pleasant Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Guitar and Drawing with ACTA at Pleasant Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Drumming at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Drumming at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Guitar Class at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Guitar Class at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Painting at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Painting at Salinas Valley State Prison - 2015 June

Marin Shakespeare at Solano State Prison, Macbeth performance - 2015 May

Marin Shakespeare at Solano State Prison, Macbeth performance - 2015 May

Artworks from San Quentin - 2015 March

Artworks from San Quentin - 2015 March

Marin Shakespeare at Solano State Prison, Macbeth rehearsal - 2015 Feb.

Marin Shakespeare at Solano State Prison, Macbeth rehearsal - 2015 Feb.

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Project PAINT murals at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Project PAINT murals at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Playwrights Project at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Playwrights Project at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Dec.

Actors Gang at the California Institution for Women - 2014 December

Actors Gang at the California Institution for Women - 2014 December

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2014 Nov.

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2014 Nov.

Actors' Gang at Norco State Prison - 2014 Sept.

Actors' Gang at Norco State Prison - 2014 Sept.

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Sept.

Project PAINT at Donovan State Prison - 2014 Sept.

Poetic Justice Project at Alcatraz - 2014 April

Poetic Justice Project at Alcatraz - 2014 April

Actors Gang at California Institution for Women - 2014 March

Actors Gang at California Institution for Women - 2014 March

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2014 Feb

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2014 Feb

Singing Workshop at San Francisco County Jail - 2013 Nov.

Singing Workshop at San Francisco County Jail - 2013 Nov.

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2013 July

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2013 July

Actors Gang at Norco State Prison - 2013 June

Actors Gang at Norco State Prison - 2013 June

Artworks from San Quentin - 2013 May

Artworks from San Quentin - 2013 May

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2012 Oct.

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2012 Oct.

Artworks from San Quentin - 2012 June

Artworks from San Quentin - 2012 June

Painting Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2012 June

Painting Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2012 June

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2011 & 2008

Creative Writing Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2011 & 2008

San Quentin artworks exhibit at Alcatraz National Park - 2011 Aug.

San Quentin artworks exhibit at Alcatraz National Park - 2011 Aug.

The art of Ronnie Goodman - 2011

The art of Ronnie Goodman - 2011

Artworks from the archives of the William James Association

Artworks from the archives of the William James Association

Collaborative Block Print at San Quentin State Prison - 2008 Sept.

Collaborative Block Print at San Quentin State Prison - 2008 Sept.

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2008

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2008

Shakespeare at San Quentin State Prison - 2008 March

Shakespeare at San Quentin State Prison - 2008 March

Shakespeare at San Quentin State Prison - 2007 May

Shakespeare at San Quentin State Prison - 2007 May

Bookbinding Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Bookbinding Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Painting Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Painting Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Printmaking Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Printmaking Class at San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2006

Artworks from San Quentin State Prison - 2006