Art Literacy

Art Lit Training Dates

Training will be held in the cafeteria from 8:30-10 a.m. on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 3rd

Tuesday, November 14th

Tuesday, January 9 9th

Tuesday, February 13th

Tuesday, April 3rd

Tuesday, May 8th

Art Literacy Overview

The Beaverton School District in Beaverton, Oregon is home to an exceptional volunteer-staffed elementary and middle school art education program called Art Literacy.

The program consists of volunteers who go into classrooms to give a visual presentation on an artist which is followed by a hands-on art project with the students. Typically during the year, there are six different lessons presented for elementary and three lessons at the middle school level.

Volunteers are trained for every lesson they teach by a site based coordinator at each school. The program’s curriculum at present is based on more than 100 artists, including European masters, renowned American artists, cultural arts, some living and local artists.

NO ART BACKGROUND IS REQUIRED AND ALL MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED.

What is Art Literacy at Hiteon?

The Art Literacy Program at Hiteon is a supplemental school-wide art education program coordinated and administered by school volunteers in collaboration with classroom teachers. The mission is to provide the tools for our students to increase awareness and appreciation of artists, art, its history and how it enriches our lives.

Why is Art Literacy important?

Studies show that children demonstrate increased abilities in critical thinking, problem solving and creativity as a result of participating in a strong art education program.  It is important to reach children at a young age to incorporate a lifelong appreciation of the visual world they inhabit.

What is the time frame of this Program?

This is an on-going, yearlong program.  Each class is given a pre-designed lesson/presentation on six (6) different artists throughout the course of the school year.  Each of the presentations includes an art project unique to the respective artist, and are presented by Art Literacy Classroom Volunteers.

How many volunteers are needed?

Art Literacy Classroom Volunteers are needed a minimum of one (1) per classroom to present a prepared slideshow presentation and demonstrate the art project. Volunteers are also needed to help with setup and cleanup of the room and assist students during the lesson.

What is required to be a volunteer?

Enthusiasm for art and willingness to share your enthusiasm to the students.  You DO NOT need to have an art or art history background in order to volunteer.  All volunteers will gather before each new artist, approximately every six (6) weeks, to receive training.  The total time commitment is approximately four (4) hours for each of the six (6) artists which includes training and classroom presentation time.

Aside from volunteering in the classroom, are there other ways to help with the Program?

Absolutely!  If you are interested in helping in any way, whether it be with program planning, participating in events, assembling art kits or simply have ideas and donations submit, please let us know!

How Do I Participate?

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Art Lit Committee Chairs- Cynthia Hedgecock or Angeliou Hafer.