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 Brewseter, 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...

Connection Lost: Families Unravelled by Prison. Alcatraz exhibition, 2017 September

Connection Lost: Families Unravelled by Prison. Alcatraz exhibition, 2017 September

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

Outdoor Murals at Avenal State Prison - 2017 May

Outdoor Murals 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 Institute for Women - 2016 Dec.

Creating Mandalas at California Institute for Women - 2016 Dec.

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

Visual Art and Music at California Institute 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 Institute for Women - 2014 December

Actors Gang at the California Institute 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 CIW - 2014 March

Actors Gang at CIW - 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