The Art Docent Program is meant to teach art concepts while having fun doing art. Many projects do not necessarily become a “finished product” because students are learning. For example, they do not use erasers. It’s not about doing it just right, but rather practicing to get better. In an art docent class, the student may create 10-20 practice sketches instead of one polished and completed sketch. This is important to understand particularly for children who are more finished-product-oriented. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of art media. For example:
- Drawing – lines, animals, self portraits, buildings, nature
- Water color pencils
- Oil pastels
- Tempera paints
- Acrylic paints
- Clay or wire and/or paper sculptures
Thoreau’s Art Docent program is a collaborative effort between the parents and the teachers. Parent volunteers help prepare and plan for classroom lessons, collect and prepare art supplies, assist the classroom teacher during lessons, hand out supplies during the lesson, clean and return supplies to the art/science room and maintain notes and documentation for use by future volunteers. Some parents may also teach the lessons. This is arranged individually with the parent based on the teacher’s knowledge and the parent’s knowledge and willingness. Volunteers are almost always needed – if you’re interested in helping out, please contact the front office or a PTA board member.