Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

The Audubon Art Docent Program brings art into your students' classroom.  We are a group of parent volunteers whose goal is to bring one well structured art lesson to each classroom per month.  Some parents lead lessons and some volunteer to assist. We welcome docents to bring new lesson ideas or use tried and true lessons created by other docents in the past. Whatever your preferred role, the program needs your volunteer time to function! 

Thank you to those who joined us for the Art Docent Orientation Wednesday morning, September 26 in the Audubon cafeteria.  The PowerPoint orientation slide deck chock-full of useful links and guidance is posted here in our Lesson Library.  

We are busy planning for the International Night Art Walk (March 21, 2019)!  Please read the section below about the art walk, with the timeline and links to important files.  Thank you.

If you would like to join the art docent program, please register as a volunteer with the school and complete the background check necessary for all volunteers.  Then please contact the art docent chairs to share your interest.  We will add you to our mailing list to keep you up to date on docent events.

Docent Training & LWSD Art Docent Program 

This year we are fortunate to have a new lesson library hosted by the Lake Washington School District.  Art Docent Co-chair Audrey Guidi was involved in the effort to make these new lessons available to all elementary school docents across the district. The lessons are organized by grade with seven lessons per year, one lesson to teach each of the elements of art: color, line, shape, texture, value, space, and form.  These tested lessons and docent instructions have been created to save volunteers time and encourage broader participation in docent programs.  That said, we are always very pleased to see your original ideas brought into the classroom!
In addition to providing training sessions on these lessons at the district level, Audrey will provide training specifically for Audubon docents in October with the specific date TBD.  

Art Lesson Library

We 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:
Sharpie-2nd-Zentangle-Info.docx - files with this name have lesson plan and parent info sheet combined

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 help us expand our lesson library!  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.  


 International Night 

Art Walk and International Night 2019
For the International Night Art Walk that happens in April or May each year, each class usually chooses a more complex art project that takes the time of two 1-hour lessons to complete. The art docent program selects a theme to help docents come up with fun ideas.  You should plan to use your February and March lesson times to prepare the art walk project.
Nov. 9 – Presentation of theme, much earlier than usual 
Dec. 19 (Wednesday) – DEADLINE – Email lesson title including country and photography theme featured, with the type of medium to be used to art@audubonptsa.org & audreyguidi@me.com
January-February lessons dedicated to art walk projects
February 28 (Thursday) – DEADLINE – all projects to be completed
March 8 (Friday) – DEADLINE – All documents submitted to co-chairs via email art@audubonptsa.org
March 14 (Thursday) – DEADLINE – All projects to be displayed
March 21 (Thursday) – Plan to arrive at 5:00 PM for art walk
You will find templates for the inspiration and process documents as well as Audrey's lesson template (which you may copy if you'd like) and a presentation of the theme in our lesson library in the 2019 International Night Templates subfolder.  
Important:  We need all of the inspiration and process documents to follow this same format in order to fit on our banners.

Please remember to submit an electronic copy of PowerPoint slide deckssummary sheet/lesson plan (for future use) to art@audubonptsa.org.  Your hard work should be saved for posterity!

All check requests for reimbursements must be submitted by March 14 to Jen Jones in the art docent box for Docent Co-Chair signature.  Each lead docent may request a $20 reimbursement for special materials following the regular PTSA reimbursement process; please save and submit your original receipt with the PTSA reimbursement form (available in the PTSA office).

Please plan on taking down your art by the third week of March, so that you can post your March, April and May projects as usual. 


 Important Reminders

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

Reserve needed supplies by writing your name/class/supplies on the art room calendar to make sure that you have the materials, cart, drying rack, trays, etc. that you need when the time for your lesson comes. 
Important: If you want to use supplies that you have not reserved on the calendar, be sure to check the calendar before you take them away, to see if someone else reserved them at that time.  

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

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 and Art Room.

Always leave one drying rack in the Art Room at all times.  Multiple classes depend on the drying racks to dry their art at any given time, so we always need to keep one rack available in our shared space.

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.

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Audrey Guidi Curriculum/Planning/Comms

Jen Jones Supplies and Resources


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