Art Vistas

WELCOME TO ART VISTAS!
Thank you for volunteering to teach art in your child’s classroom this year.
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Art Vistas is a parent-run program that gets art education into our school. The school pays Art Vistas Unlimited a fee to use the program each school year. All lessons and projects are taught and guided by parent volunteers. Parent volunteers also run the program at the school, ordering supplies, preparing supplies for projects, picking up the prints from the Art Vistas office, putting on the Art Show at the end of the school year, and supporting classroom docents. Below you will find important information about the school year ahead.
HEAD DOCENTS
Stephanie Andersen s_j_and@yahoo.com  (408) 394-9991
Only Laura and Stephanie are available during the weekdays for urgent matters.
GENERAL TRAINING
This training is for New Docents who have no previous experience with Art Vistas. Attend 1 of the training classes below:
  • Wednesday, September 6, 7-8:30 pm
  • Saturday, September 9, 9:30-11am
 GRADE LEVEL TRAINING
Training for first 3 sets A,B,C
  • Kindergarten Thursday, September 21, 7-9pm
  • First Grade Wednesday, September 20, 7-9pm
  • Second Grade Tuesday, September 19, 7-9pm
  • Third Grade Thursday, September 14, 7-9pm
  • Fourth Grade Wednesday, September 13, 7-9pm
  • Fifth Grade Tuesday, September 12, 7-9pm
Training for last 3 sets D,E,F
  • Kindergarten Thursday, January 25, 7-9pm
  • First Grade Wednesday, January 24, 7-9pm
  • Second Grade Tuesday, January 23, 7-9pm
  • Third Grade Wednesday, January 18, 7-9pm
  • Fourth Grade Wednesday, January 17, 7-9pm
  • Fifth Grade Tuesday, January 16, 7-9pm
TRAINING LOCATION
The Art Vistas Unlimited office is located on the grounds of the Union School District offices. The offices are located at 5175 Union Avenue, where Union intersects Los Gatos-Almaden Road. To reach the office, drive to the back (Northwest) corner of the parking lot and then down through the gate into the large paved area. Our office is at the left end of the M&O building (look for the blue awning), which is the building furthest from the gate.
DATES FOR EACH SET (for all grades)
  • Set A  Monday, September 25 – Friday, October 6
  • Set B  Tuesday, October 24  – Friday, November 3
  • Set C  Tuesday, December 5 – Friday, December 15
  • Set D Monday,  January 29 – Friday, February 9
  • Set E  Tuesday, March 6 – Friday, March 22
  • Set F  Tuesday, April 17 – Friday, April 27
ART VISTAS PROCESS FOR CLASSROOM DOCENTS
Here is a list of items you will need to know to help your year to run smoothly. Please contact any of the lead docents if you have any questions. Your child will be very proud and happy to see you in their classroom!
PRELIMINARY SET-UP
  • Talk to your teacher to set times and dates for all presentations. It is easiest to plan all six dates at the beginning of the year to make sure you are able to schedule the materials for a time that works for your teacher. We suggest you email the schedule above with the window of dates for each set and let them send you back their preferred times for each of the six lessons.
  • This year we will be using a Shutterfly Share Site for Art Vistas at Guadalupe; we will schedule lessons on the share site calendar. We recommend that you download the Shutterfly Share Site app which makes it easy to access Art Vistas information on your phone. It is very important that you schedule your lesson times on the shared calendar. We can only have one class from each grade using the prints and art supplies at a time. To schedule your lesson dates and times:
    • Log in to the Shutterfly Site.
    • Click on the Calendar tab.
    • Double-click on the date you want to schedule a lesson for.
    • Change the event type to VOLUNTEER.
    • Title your event with the teacher’s name and grade level, for example,
1st GRADE—HULL
  • Put in the start and end times for your lesson.
  • In the notes section, type your name and a contact phone number.
  • Make sure the two boxes at the bottom are NOT CLICKED! We don’t all want to get email reminders about every scheduled lesson.
  • Add these dates to your personal calendar as well, if desired.
  • Curriculum lesson materials, which have been updated and printed in color, will be available to you at the grade level trainings. Art Vistas Unlimited is only able to make copies for those who attend training, so please only take one copy. If you miss the training meeting, email a Stephanie or Laura and we will email you a soft copy of the curriculum.
ART SUPPLIES
  • Artwork portfolios and supply bins all have a grade number listed on them and are found in the parent/teacher workroom. Portfolios are to the left as you enter the workroom, bins are under the center table.
  • In the portfolio you will find a file with the lesson plan, this also includes extra background information on the art presented.
THE PRESENTATION
  • Study the lesson ahead of time. You can make notecards to help you remember the key questions and details you’d like to point out to the students. Make sure you are prepared; it’s best not to stand in front of the class reading the curriculum to them. You don’t have to hit every point, just enjoy the art with the students and let them discuss what they notice and enjoy, while learning about the key parts of the lesson.
  • Ask the teacher for a classroom list of students. At the end of each lesson, you will need the kids to make up titles for their projects and a class list from the teacher is the best way to keep these titles handy. You will use this list for the pieces to go in the Art Vista show in May. ***It is much easier to ask for titles each time you are in the classroom than to go back and ask children to title their pieces in May when you are preparing for the art show.***
  • When a project asks for 12”x18” paper, trim it down to 10”x16” before starting the project. It makes matting the artwork for the art show a lot easier.
  • In general, you should spend no more than 1.5 hours for the entire presentation including the art project–preferably closer to 1 hour.
  • When presenting, don’t worry if you miss something, kids don’t know.
  • Always begin projects with the students writing their names on the back of the paper.
AFTER THE PRESENTATION
  • Most teachers do not have room to store the artwork, so find a spot in your home. The boxes that the school supply kits come in make perfect boxes for storing art for the year. If you do the Kindergarten fish print on t-shirts, they go home as soon as they are dry; remind kids to wear their shirts to the art show.
  • Return supplies neatly so the next person has enough to work with. Even if you’re the last docent to use the bin, supplies shift from one grade to the other with each rotation.

KINDER AND SECOND GRADE DOCENTS NOTE:

  • Kinder and second grade no longer have a clay project that needs to be communicated with the clay docent in your class or the clay chair person. We will use model magic for Kinder and air dry clay for second and we will be making a bust instead of a mask

ART SHOW
  • We put on a school-wide Art Show at the end of the school year. After you teach all six art lessons (and remember to gather titles for the children’s works of art as you go!), you will select three pieces from each child to display in the Art Show. You will mount the art on larger paper and make a title card to display with it.
  • This year the Art Show will be held on the same date as the Open House. Details about how this works and timing will come as it gets closer.

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