Art of Discovery

Hello Docents!

Participate in an exciting new art program at the Audubon Library this month, the Art of Discovery. This is a mini exhibit of Northwest artists curated by the Seattle Junior League Collection in collaboration with the Bellevue Art Museum that will be in the Audubon library from January 30 through February 15.

As docents, we would love your help in guiding the students through looking at this artwork. A representative from the Junior League of Seattle came to offer training on January 30.  Many thanks to Art of Discovery Kari Tai.
Links to supporting materials about the artwork:
Animals in Art - slideshow overview with photos of the artwork
Animals in Art - helpful talking points distilled by Kari to facilitate student discussions
Just think, the kids get a museum experience without having to leave the school! Thanks for helping to share this artwork with the students.
Please email Kari Tai (Art of Discovery Coordinator) if you have any questions!

 International Night

Thank you for making our "Animals in Art" International Night Art Walk a rousing success! Each class chose an animal, artist and country to represent with their project. Here is a link to photos of the many wonderful displays enjoyed on the evening of May 25:!AhHgavJESWum-Uciz6FFq_67TxmY.  These photos will remain available on Audrey's personal share for about a month.  Please feel free to download photos of your display to keep as a souvenir.

Please remember to submit of electronic copy of PowerPoint slide deckssummary sheet and lesson plan (for future use) to  Your hard work should be saved for posterity!

All check requests for reimbursements must be submitted by Friday, June 2 to the art docent box for Conni's signature. Our treasurer is going on vacation in mid June and she won't be back until July (i.e. after the end of our fiscal year). So if you submit your check request late, there is no guarantee that you will be reimbursed for the money you spent.

Please plan on taking down your art by June 16th to get it returned to students before the end of school. Also remove the bulletin board paper. If it is in decent shape to use to cover desks. Fold it and bring it to the art room for reuse. Remove all staples from the bulletin boards.

Art Lesson Library

We now have a growing Art Docent Lesson Library of PowerPoint presentations on artists and art styles created by our dedicated volunteers. Artist/styles include Paul Klee, Winslow Homer, Gustav Klimt, John James Audubon, Joan Miró, Georgia O'Keefe, Georges Seurat, Aboriginal dot painting, Native American art, Zentangle and more. Feel free to reuse these lessons or download them to help inspire your own lesson planning.  You may contact Audrey Guidi (co-chair for art curriculum) if you have questions.

The lessons in the Art Docent Lesson Library have been organized into subfolders by art medium, (3D Clay, 3D Not Clay, Collage, Drawing, Mixed Media, Printmaking, Soft Pastel, Tempera or Acrylic, Watercolor), and consistently named to make clear which files belong to a project.  In some cases there are several files for the same project, for example:

Docents should not edit the files in the Lesson Library, but you should be able to download files and edit them on your local machine if you would like to adapt them for your own lesson plans. 

The Art Docent Handbook is available at this location as well.  It contains helpful planning guidance and definitions of art terminology. 

Please donate your completed art lessons!  To upload files:  Click on this link, Upload Lessons Here - Thanks, and upload your files.  Audrey will periodically sort them to the appropriate medium subfolder.  

 Important Reminders

To make the end last part of the year go as smoothly as possible, please remember to:

Write your name/class/needed supplies in the art room calendar to make sure that you have the supplies, cart, drying rack, trays, etc. that you need when the time for your lesson comes.

Label the supplies that you assemble for an upcoming class with your name, phone, number, teacher name, and date of class. Please gather supplies just a day or two before your class so that the supplies are available for other docents to use.

Store partially completed projects, or finished projects, at home, in your child’s classroom, or on top of the rolling cabinets in the Art Room labeled with your name, your class, and your phone number. We have limited space in the PTSA office.

Clean up after yourself. Every class needs to wipe tables, sweep the floor, empty the recycle bin, clean supplies (especially brushes), put away supplies. The same goes for the PTSA office.

Display, label, and return artwork. Please include a label with displayed artwork. See example attached to email. There are many artworks in the hallway that would be interesting to know more about, but there is no information about how it was done or whether it was an art docent project.




Athena Rospo Communications

Conni Irias Supplies and Resources

Audrey Guidi Curriculum

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