BLACKWELL ART PROGRAM 2023-2024
Whether you are a new art docent, returning, or simply just interested in helping support a lesson, thank you for enriching the overall visual arts experience for students. No prior art experience is required.
Classroom Volunteers Needed! This could be YOU!
If you are looking for time in the classroom, this in-class volunteer opportunity is for you!
• No teaching or art experience is needed.
• Supplies are all provided by the PTSA.
• You can select from our library of easy-to-follow art lessons.
• Students will create take-home projects and YOU will be helping enrich their classroom experience.
• Our art program is intended to allow students to exercise their creativity with ample space for self-expression.
Join the FUN and make a DIFFERENCE!
Welcome, Art Volunteers! Thank you for volunteering to be an art docent or volunteer this year! Have immediate questions? Contact: Jessie firstname.lastname@example.org
Missed a training? No problem!
All training decks are updated yearly on our training page!
Can’t volunteer in the classroom – there are other opportunities available!
Currently we are seeking volunteers to help with:
- Tracking Inventory
- Maintaining Art Room Supplies (Sharpen Pencils, Consolidating Paint Containers, Etc)
- Resurfacing Kiln Shelves
- Media Manager (be the central hub for photos, lessons, etc – update one website a bonus)
- Assist with Square1 Art Program
Have some spare time and would like to help, reach out to Jessie at Art@blackwellptsa.org
Have Please note: Before volunteering you will need to be a LWSD Approved Volunteer. Approvals are granted for two years at a time. Please see this link for more information and to apply:
The art program at Blackwell is run by parent volunteers who present monthly art lessons in the classrooms. A curriculum called Art Smart has been used for a number of years at Blackwell. You do not have to follow these lesson plans.
However, I want to encourage you to visit the LWSD website for art docents:
Complete art lessons for each grade are available to use – and they follow the school art curriculum guidelines. Art Smart Lessons are now in PDF format, so no more paper copies unless you really need one. This year I have stocked the art room primarily with supplies intended for these LWSD lessons. Many other supplies are available, so you may continue to use the Art Smart curriculum or create your own lessons. Before starting the lessons, classroom parents (that is you!) meet or discuss over email and plan the year, trying to incorporate different art mediums and concepts. At this time, your individual class group decides who will lead each lesson and who will be a “helper”. (Some parents enjoy leading the lessons and volunteer to lead the majority of classes. Others prefer to help. Other groups divide leading and helping evenly. Whatever works best for your group is fine.) Once the schedule is decided, the parents discuss with the classroom teacher a time and a day each month to hold the lesson.
Every class is encouraged to do one clay and one glass project per year. Go to https://www.blackwellptsa.org/art/clayandglass to learn more about the processes.
For glass and clay projects, each class is allotted 1 bag/chunk of clay per class. For glass projects, each class gets 1 large clear sheet of glass and 2 ½ of color. The kilns must be reserved with Linda Kramer in the main office. Plan ahead and reserve your dates as soon as possible. One kiln will be used only for glass, and the other only for clay. They will be clearly labeled.
Art Smart Curriculum and Lessons
Elements of Art
Line: Line is the path of a moving point. Lines define the edges of shapes and form.
Shape: Shape is an area enclosed by line. It is 2 dimensional and be geometric or organic.
Form: Forms are 3-Dimensional. They occupy space of give the illusion that they occupy space.
Color: Color is the most expressive element of art and is seen by the way light reflects off a surface.
Value: Value is the lightness or darkness of a surface. It is often referred to when shading, but value is also important in the study of color
Space: Space is the illusion of objects having depth on the 2-Dimensional surface. Linear and aerial perspective are used.
The Art Workroom (located in “b” wing - first workroom on your right after the main stairwell going up to the second floor) contains general art supplies such as paint, paper, paint brushes, inking, markers, colored pencils, pastels, clay materials and tools, etc. Remember to try to use different mediums throughout the year.
The Shower Room (located off the staff hallway) contains glass and clay materials, glazing paints and paintbrushes. This is the only area allowed for cutting glass. Keeping this area clean and swept is very important.
The Kiln Room (located in the custodial room off the lunchroom) is where both kilns and kiln supplies are. Please keep all objects away from the kiln, they get Very hot! Remember to turn on both kiln fans, even if you are only firing one. Follow all directions and please ask for help with any questions.
Plan Your Lesson
Be sure to use the calendar in the art room to inform others of your intent to use materials on specific day/time
Plan or familiarize yourself with the lesson
Practice the project
Arrive early to prepare your supplies, set-up and be sure to communicate with your teacher
Briefly talk about the artist and the lesson you are teaching (ex. Perspective or Lines, etc.)
Ending the Lesson
- Make sure student’s name is on the picture
- Dry on cubbies in hallways
- Return all materials to workroom
- Put the materials away neatly for the next volunteer to use
- Please keep the workroom neat
- Please keep the workrooms clean! Clean paint brushes thoroughly and use Masters Brush Cleaner.
- Put items back and clean counters. We all use and share this space.
- Separate paint brushes are to be used for clay glazing – please don’t use the paint brushes designated for watercolor, tempera and acrylic. The glazing brushes will be stored in the PTSA shower room where the glass and clay are stored.
- If we are low on a particular supply, please post on the supply list for reorder ASAP
- Please plan one glass and one clay project
- We have gift wrapping material for sending home art projects. Supplies include rolls of brown expandable padded wrap, white paper bags (for kids to decorate if you’d like to include in the lesson), and ribbon. Please feel free to use these materials! These materials are located in the Art Workroom.
Because space is at a premium, it is important that we are conscientious in keeping all work areas clean. Please be considerate of others and try to keep the work areas cleaner than they were when you got there.