Laurel PTA Art-in-Action
Laurel Elementary is proud to offer the Art in Action Art Program, a comprehensive, visual-art curriculum designed around the works of the Great Masters. The unique spiral curriculum, introducing and reinforcing concepts through the 9 program levels, gives students a solid foundation in drawing, painting, and sculpture techniques. The multifaceted lessons teach art appreciation, art history and art techniques, developing students’ critical-thinking skills, creativity, visual literacy, and self-esteem, as well as an appreciation of other cultures. Now in its 23rd year at Laurel, the Art in Action program is aligned with California and National Visual Arts Standards, and is fully funded by the Laurel PTA.
At Laurel Elementary, the Art in Action program includes monthly art classes taught by trained parent volunteers. Parents lead children through a guided discussion and hands-on art project, drawn from the Art in Action program curriculum, exposing them to a variety of artistic media, including watercolor, clay, and oil and chalk pastels. Laurel students create more than 4000 pieces of art throughout the year, which are displayed in various locations in San Mateo, including Mollie Stone’s and the Hillsdale Library; and at the Annual Art Show during the school’s Open House. We are incredibly fortunate to have this program available to our children, which would not be possible without your support. Thank you!
How can I get involved?
Success of the program depends on parent support. Each classroom needs a parent leader (docent) and assistants.
No art experience or background is needed to become a docent or an assistant, just a helpful set of hands and a desire to make art a positive experience for all.
Docent: The docent is a trained parent that leads the discussion and art project. There are Zoom trainings available, hosted by Art in Action corporate offices in Redwood City. This, coupled with a detailed lesson book, which outlines both the discussion and specific instructions for the art lesson, and interactive, online lessons and videos available for each lesson, is all you need to lead your classroom’s art lessons.
Assistant: Assistants help the docent prepare, set-up, clean-up, launders smocks and assist the children with each art lesson.
What is the time commitment?
Lessons occur about once a month, during the school day. Each lesson is about 2 hours long, including set-up and clean up.
The Art in Action Organization
Art in Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing visual arts education to the classroom. Art in Action fosters the educational development and creativity of children across America through innovative visual arts programs and communities. They believe that a quality art education is critical for every student's preparation for success in the 21st century, and actively assist schools in implementing a comprehensive, standards based visual art program.
Art in Action Program Volunteers
Lisa Azar & Johanna King
Ser Gabler & Open Position
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