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Testimonials
I am and have always been interested in art, especially ceramics. The trip had me constantly interested. What was cool about this trip was that I was shown that I could actually go places with art. I thought it was extremely hard to be successful but it is truly a passion of mine and I plan on going to art school for ceramics and glass. There were so many techniques which the artists’ used from, wood kilns to blowing up a piece of clay. The trip actually helped me on my next project where I used glass to melt in to a “pond” in my fantasy landscape.

Rica Dow, CB West High School Student
Thank you...
Bob and Joyce Byers - "Corn" level supporters of the Tour.

This project is supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, through its regional arts funding partnership, Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA). State government funding of the arts depends upon an annual appropriation by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. PPA is administered in the region by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. Additional support of the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Partnership in Southeastern Pennsylvania is provided by PECO.



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Educational Outreach

Every May, The Elephant's Eye Studio Tour creates access for the public into the private working spaces of nationally and internationally known contemporary artists living in Bucks County, PA. Education is an important goal of the Elephants Eye tour. The day before the tour opens to the public, participating artists meet privately with groups from local schools and senior centers. At these gatherings, artists lecture, demonstrate and dialogue with the visitors. And sometimes there are hands on" opportunities.

If you are an educator and would like to schedule one of these studio visits, please contact our Director of Education at edu@elephantseyetour.org

If you would like to help us fund our Educational Outreach - please make a donation today. A contribution of just $25.00 can fund busing for five students.


Here are some testimonials from past visitors to the Elephant’s Eye Tour:

From Mark Sfirri: woodworking professor at Bucks County Community College.

"Opening up the Elephants Eye Tour with an educational component is very forward thinking and inclusive to students studying craft. A group of ten students from Bucks County Community College had the wonderful opportunity to visit David Ellsworth's studio and home. This event had a very positive impact on the group, being able to see an important figure in his own surrounds and talk about his work and philosophy. All of the students have taken wood turning classes with me, but this provided a look into the studio of a premiere maker. David was gracious enough to actually make a piece while we were there. Kudos to Lisa Naples and Elephants Eye Studio Tour for making this opportunity possible."


From an Occupational Therapist (Pat King) at Warwick Elementary School. CBSD who, with other teachers brought a high functioning group of autistic 4th, 5th and 6th graders out to Lisa Naples’ studio on the education day.

“Lisa organized an outdoor work station that was fantastically worry free and a full sensory experience. The hands on project (not just 1 but 2) was wonderful for the students. It completely engrossed them. The day went beyond our expectations.”

Later, when asked what a successful out come would be she replied:
“If the kids could hold the experience in working memory and talk about it at home. We heard from 3 parents that their kids were talking about it later.”

We queried the kids about the day. Keep in mind that for autistic kids, any change in routine schedule causes alarm and anxiety. The two most rigid come first:

"I didn't like it so much at first, but in the end I really liked seeing the pottery wheel going."

"At first I didn't like the trip, but then the pottery we made made me change my mind."

"I thought it was cool being able to meet somebody who was nice and let us look at her work. It was nice to see something different and art that was so different."

"Four syllables: IN CRED IB LE!"

"We loved what great craftsmanship you could do."

"Tell her THANKS FOR SHOWING US YOUR COOL ART."

"I liked the pottery wheel, I liked the squiggly lines that she made on the pot."

"It was neat to learn about new things."



Tina Warren. Art Teacher, Central Bucks South High School Warrington, PA Brought high school art students to 3 studios

"This was my second year attending the Elephant's Eye Tour with high school students and this year was even better than last year. The opportunity for students to meet the artists in person, see where they work and speak with them in a small group or one on one setting is rare and incredibly valuable for their education. Prior to this, the art world was far removed from theirs and their only experience with artists was seeing names on a label in a museum or in a book. I have seen a brand new energy and enthusiasm in my students upon our return and they have already begun talking about next year's trip. The Elephant's Eye Tour is the highlight of my advanced courses."

And now, a sampling of comments from Tina Warren’s CBSD-South High School students:
“I didn’t realize how hard an artists life is.”

“The artists, that they live in our community, they’re all around here and I didn’t know it.”

“Talking to the actual artists and seeing what it is they actually do was amazing.”

“It was great to learn how the artists work and what inspires them.”

“It was awesome to look at all the artists and see how they do their work and see another perspective.”

“What worked well was being able to talk one on one with the artists and get their opinion and be able to ask questions.”



From a CBSD art teacher who brought a bus load of high school students out for a field trip to 3 of the EE studios on the education day.

"Lisa, (Central Bucks) East students loved the trip. They are so excited to make mosaics after Diabase.” (This is a reference to Tom Kazary’s studio) Thanks, Ann Huuki"
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