This fun and inspirational Walnut Acres program is completely run by parent volunteers who go into the classrooms approximately once a month to teach and reinforce art concepts such as: color, story art/murals, printing, center of interest/all over design, lines, texture, architecture, sculpture, realism and abstract art. It's a well run and well thought-out program with a lot of dedicated supporters. Funding for this program is provided through contributions to the PFC.
Since this is an all volunteer program and art is an important part of a well-rounded education we need as many volunteers as we can get to give our students the hands on attention they deserve. Art training or teaching experience are not required - lesson and project plans are available for your use and mentor/trainers are always glad to help. This is a really great way to get involved in your child's education and development. Please consider volunteering year after year.
What exactly is Art Awareness?
Art Awareness is a parent facilitated enrichment program that directs students in their appreciation of art by teaching how to see and talk about Art using appropriate vocabulary and how to recognize techniques utilized by Artists. Through introducing Fine Art Prints into the classroom, Art Awareness volunteers illustrate the basic building blocks of art – color, line and shape. The program builds the understanding of these concepts through each grade level and develops into larger discussions such as “What is Art?” It eventually leads to understanding and appreciation of the variations expressed in different movements such as Realism, Cubism, Expressionism, Impressionism and Pop Art.
Art Awareness is process focused and was designed to educate through critical viewing and hands-on experimentation. We stress experimentation and challenge students to apply ideas that are often foreign and difficult to understand. Challenging students to imitate the ways artists use basic concepts encourages them to express their own ideas in unique and pleasing ways. Fun, hands-on projects enforce the concepts learned in each session - one project from each class is chosen to be displayed at the Walnut Acres Art Show in the Spring.
Art Awareness develops an appreciation of the world around us and the role of creativity in expression. It can mean the beginning of a life rich with artistic endeavors or simply one that understands and appreciates works of creativity. Certainly, both are our goals.
Click here for the 2023-2024 Art Awareness Orientation Presentation
Click here for the art schedule, and example lessons for each grade.
If you have any questions, please contact us.