The Art Docent program at Peter Kirk is a parent volunteer led program. Each class has a parent volunteer that is leading the art lessons for that class, with additional parents assisting with the lesson.
Your student will receive a minimum of six lessons led by their Art Docent. These include grade appropriate lessons in a variety of mediums and techniques, introductions to artists, and art history. The Docents use the Common Core State Standards as a guideline.
Your student will also do one clay project per year which will include two lessons. The first lesson is to build a grade specific project and the second is to glaze the project. The students learn different hand building techniques throughout the different grades, such as slab, pinch pot, and sculpture. This year we are in the process of updating all the lessons, so expect to see new items come home this year!
The PTSA funds all art supplies and provides all the resources needed for the Docent led lessons in the classroom. All artwork is kept by the Docents throughout the year so that it can be used in Peter Kirk’s annual Gallery Walk in May.
Becoming an Art Docent:
Each class has a parent volunteer that is leading the art lessons for that class. At the beginning of the school year you will receive a volunteer sign up form where you can sign up to the lead docent or assistant to the art docent. Sometimes parents share the lead and switch off months to help reduce the amount of work. We encourage all Docents in a grade to work together and share lessons. In addition we have a Shutterfly site where lessons can be downloaded, and portfolios in the art supply room with examples of past lessons. There is an Art Docent orientation at the beginning of the school year, typically in early October. You do not need to have any artistic skills to volunteer for this program, just a willingness to bring a series of art lessons to your child’s classroom and maybe get a little messy!