BLACKWELL ART PROGRAM 2021-2022
Welcome, Art Smart Volunteers! Thank you for volunteering to be an art docent this year! For those of you who are new to the art program, we have two Art Smart co-chairs this year. We are Andrea Estrada and Katie Woolston. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and this is our first year as chair of the Blackwell art program.
Every class 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.
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, and you can use it this year as you and your fellow docents plan the lessons.
Art Smart Curriculum and Lessons
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.
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.
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.
Where Are The Materials?
The art materials are located in three places – the “B” Wing Workroom (this is the first workroom on your right after the main stairwell going up to the second floor), PTSA storage room (this is at the end of the 1st grade hallway, that is also safety patrol and Qroom), and the Shower Room located in the hallway through the main office.
- The Workroom contains general art supplies such as paint, paper, paint brushes, inking, markers, colored pencils, pastels, etc. Remember to try to use different mediums throughout the year.
- PTSA Storage Room contains glass and clay materials, glazing paints, glazing paintbrushes, tools, and the shower room is the only area allowed for cutting glass, which will have a small work area for cutting. Keeping this area clean is very important.
- Locate your materials a day ahead to no more than a week ahead of time and put them in a labelled box. The box must have your name, email, grade, class, and date and time of use.
The Workroom can be used to prep any art project. Glass needs to stay in the PTSA storage room and only cut in the shower room. And all materials need to be organized or cleaned properly the way you found them for the next volunteer. Thank you!
Once you have planned the schedule, you are ready for your first class
- Be sure to use the calendar in the art room to inform others of your intent to use materials on specific day/time
- LWSD art docent lessons have a PDF already created for each lesson, or…
- Create a Powerpoint presentation, or…
- It is fine to just use the picture that goes with the lesson.
- Research the artist
- Practice the project
- Briefly talk about the artist and the lesson you are teaching (ex. Perspective or Lines, etc.)
- Arrive early to set-up and be sure to communicate with your teacher
Ending the Lesson
- Make sure student’s name is on the picture
- Dry on cubbies in hallways (if wet) or on drying racks (we have two!)
- 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, let me know (please give me at least a few days’ notice).
- Please check with me prior to purchasing items. I must sign reimbursement forms.
- $2 per student per class is allotted for special projects that require extra embellishments (night light, frames, magnets, jewelry, etc.) Budget category is called “Designated Donation Art”.
- Deep Space Sparkle is an art curriculum that LWSD has implemented for teachers. Teachers will also do lessons so art by docents may decrease. Docents are not teaching the Deep Space Sparkle lessons – these are for teachers only. The number of docent-led art lessons will have to be worked out between classroom docents and teachers. Please plan one glass and one clay.
- Kiln Room: 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
- We have gift wrapping material for sending home art projects. Supplies include tissue paper, white paper bags (for kids to decorate if you’d like to include in the lesson), ribbon, and bubble wrap. Please feel free to use these materials! These materials are located in the 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.
Elizabeth Blackwell PTSA 2.8.54
3225 205th Pl NE
Sammamish, WA 98074
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- Thursday, September 1