Art Docents are our volunteers committed to bring art into the classrooms each month and they are generally the favorite person for students to see walk into a room. They are assigned to a class and communicate with the teacher to find a mutually agreeable time to come in, provider brief education on some aspect of art and instruct a project. It is thanks to these wonderful volunteers that our hallways feature the artistic talents of our students as well as the beautiful displays at our annual Art Fair every spring.
Our Art Docent chair takes information from everyone interested in being a Docent along with the classrooms in which they have children. Whenever possible, Docents are assigned to the classrooms in which their child is enrolled. However, sometimes we have more than one volunteer for one class and none for another. In these situations, you may be asked if you're willing to be a Docent in another class.
We have an art room which houses many common supplies such as various types of paint, paper, brushes, oil pastels, crayons, markers, glue, trays, and various other bits and pieces. Our Art Docent chair stocks the room with standard supplies and other Docents often donate remaining materials after they complete a project. There are times that a Docent wants to do a specific project, requiring specific materials. Items purchased for projects are not reimbursable unless the chair has approved the expense prior to materials being purchased. Any questions about materials should be directed to the chairperson.
We completely understand! We have several extremely talented artists who share their expertise and produce beautiful projects with the children. However, these are not the majority of our Docents! Many Docents do not feel completely comfortable when they start out!
In addition to supplies, our art room has an array of projects with instructions, lessons, and examples ready to use for every grade! Most also have a print of a professional piece of art to use as a speaking piece. Lessons can be used as provided or modified to meet the needs of your class and lesson. Many people also find inspiration on Pinterest or by talking to the teacher or other Docents on projects they've done!
Lessons don't have to be difficult and can range from discussing the artist whose work you'll be using as inspiration, a particular media or technique you'll be using or even a game to discuss warm vs cool colors or primary vs secondary and tertiary colors.
Besides, no matter how you feel walking into the room, the children's faces will light up with the knowledge that "It's art day!" They won't know if something doesn't go quite right or you fumble over your words, you'll be a hero and The Best person at school that day!
Complete the form below with your information, your child's and their classroom. The email will be delivered to the Art Docent chairperson. They'll get in contact with you to answer your questions, address your concerns or get you assigned to a classroom.
Sierra Heights Elementary PTSA
2501 Union Ave NE, Renton, Washington 98059, United States
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