How does volunteering for the Art Docents compare to other volunteer experiences you’ve had?
Its been fun to see how student’s have made their own art work on the bookmarks we passed out this year.
They are a great way for the students to be reminded of the
Elements of Art and Principles of Design that we teach.
Above is one picture we received of a student’s artwork.
Do you have any bookmark pictures to share?
All 18 trainees are on point to graduate. They have been working hard.
This class has observed more print presentations
and helped with more workshops than any other class.
This may also be the first class that has stayed together from start to finish.
The Trainees came to class prepared with questions regarding
their homework assignment that introduced them to the
Committee Description & Selection form.
Executive board members visited expressing the organization’s needs,
and provided in depth descriptions of specific jobs.
They also shared the fulfillment received from volunteering
and being a part of an exciting, every growing organization.
After break docent Stacey C taught the California Architecture
a 4th grade, January lesson, digital format.
Her presentation inspired a trainee to learn the digital format
for their final full print presentation.
Week Eight, Nine and Ten
Every minute of class time during the last three weeks are filled with K – 5th grade full print presentation.
This year a Full Print Evaluation Form was created. Each trainee receives a thorough critique from all three trainers.
This will not only make them aware of their strengths but also areas that may need improvement.
Celebrations – The graduation class of 2016 will attend a Thank You Luncheon after their last class.
The luncheon is hosted by the trainers to show their appreciation to the trainees for their commitment, drive and desire.
They have truly been a remarkable class.
We have a lot to be thankful for. As one of the most successful art groups in the Bay, The Art Docents of Los Gatos are committed to being the very best in all that we do. Through our focus on print presentations, community outreach and local partnerships, our collaborative and coordinated approach to art appreciation enables our members to work together and apply lessons and high levels of passion in the classroom to benefit the lives of our students. And through our personalized and enthusiastic approach to teach art, we continue to set the standard and raise the bar in making high quality educational programs, in a useful and relevant format.
Support our program by purchasing tickets for our December 2016 event,“The Lights of Vasona”. On December 8, Thursday, 6:30-9pm, we are combining our love of art with a magical bus tour through the “Vasona Festival of Light”. Children’s sing-a-long bus and Art Tour bus will provide a great way to enjoy the holidays and our town’s magical sparkle.
And visit us at the downtown Farmers Market on Sunday, November 20th, from 9-noon. We will have free art prints to giveaway, and crafts for children.
These highlights are just a few of the ways we transform art appreciation, improving the quality of education. These and other events reflect the excellent work we are doing across our district, and demonstrate our ongoing commitment to set the standard for how art education can best be delivered. We hope you enjoy our Newsletter, and we welcome your thoughts about our truly special program.
Art Docents of Los Gatos
Training Update – November 2016
Training Class Update – The class continues to show their commitment, drive and desire. Proof in the pudding is all 18 are still with us after 6 weeks. They’re eagerly learning from observing and helping seasoned docents. Many attended their first General Meeting and the Trainee mixer.
Week three the class broke up into small groups and presented a 5 min. single print. This was their first time in front of the class. They got their nervousness out of the way and learned a great deal from each of the print presentations.
Week four Tabitha J. gave a full 3rd grade – Abstract Art lesson and Workshop. Learning by example and participation is key to their training. They all enjoyed the presentation and created beautiful abstract art.
Week five was our field trip to Daves Avenue to watch Marisa D. (Class of 2016) teach a 2nd grade – Color & Value lesson. When we returned discussion centered around her presentation and how it related to the homework – AD curriculum, classroom skills, and classroom preparation. Trainees are not only learning from seasoned docents but from the open dialogue shared about what they observe.
Week six each trainee presented in class a single print for 5 mins. They were each given a grade level, specific visual art terms and a fine art print. Each and everyone did a fantastic job. They introduced themselves. Told us what grade they were presenting. Then introduced the visual art terms with detailed explanations. From there came the fine art print with three well prepared questions. They engaged the entire class, generated additional questions from answers given and even fielded off distractions with re-directions and composure. At the end they beautifully recapped the visual art terms and thanked the class for their participation.