Veterans Art Project

An Innovative Ceramics Program Giving Veterans an Outlet for Creativity

A Grant-Funded Project For Military Veterans, Active Duty Personnel, And Their Spouses.
This class offers physical and emotional support to military veterans, active duty personnel, and their spouses. Privately funded, the Veterans Art Project is being implemented through the support of Saddleback College. Military identification will be checked at the door each meeting.

Don Ryan  /  Saddleback FA 209
Mon 6 - 10 PM    Jun 5 – Aug 7    (10x)

To Donate To The Veteran's Art Project, Contact:
Saddleback College Foundation
Phone: (949) 582-4479
Fax: (949) 364-9312
Email:  Feedback Form


“When we’re talking about ceramics, we touch on chemistry, geology, anthropology, and a lot of other areas of study. This may be a way for these students to find their calling and career path …”
— Steve Dilley, Veterans Art Project founder

Inspired by research into alternative treatments for veterans experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Steve Dilley started a ceramics program for veterans as a free activity for growth and personal enrichment.Working closely with the college’s VETS Center, specifically with the Applied Psychology 140 class for veterans, Dilley touted the benefits of having an intellectually engaging course like ceramics.

Dilley says: “Everyone can do ceramics. It is fun, relaxing, and enjoyable – a great social activity.”

Ceramics can help improve fine motor skills and concentration. In addition, problem solving and creativity are natural outgrowths of working with earth materials.

The Veteran's Art Project is a bridge to academic success, especially for those who are not yet ready to take traditional classes. Students enrolled in regular academic courses can also benefit from ceramics classes. As an activity, ceramics leads to a deeper understanding of the materials, processes, and opportunities a college education offers.