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What is the Art Docent Program?
At Crestwood, we love to see students express themselves in creative ways and
are determined to bring art to the attention of even our youngest students. the PTA has partnered with Green River College's ICA (Interurban Center for the Arts - https://greenrivercollegefoundation.org/ica) to bring fine arts into the classroom by supplementing the classroom art curriculum. Docents are volunteers with varying degrees of art training or ability that work toward introducing kids to famous artists, artistic movements, and the basic elements of art and principles of art design.
In a typical year, an art docent or set of docents come into the classroom once a month to teach a small art history lesson then lead an art activity based on an artistic idea or concept. The good news is that lessons and training are provided for docents. So, no experience is required. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Art Docent Chair Tiffany Phillips at email@example.com.
During remote learning, docents will host one lesson per month for all students K-6 on the 1st Wednesday of each month. They will then be available on the Crestwood PTA 9 7 11 YouTube page.
For general information about the Art Docent Program itself, visit this page: https://www.artdocentprogram.com/the-art-docent-program/what-is-it/
Art Docent Lessons
Our 1st ever virtual lesson is Wednesday, November 4th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM PST
We will work on a neo impressionist (for definition- https://www.dictionary.com/browse/neo-expressionism) self-portrait in the style of famous street artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.
1 - 9’ X 12’ Multi-media or watercolor paper
1 - Set of crayons – basic set of 8
1 - White crayon
1 - Watercolors – basic set of 8
1 - Paintbrush
1 - Black acrylic or Tempra paint (1 oz) - optional
Materials will be available for pick up on Friday October 30th from 5-7 PM in the Crestwood parking lot and on Monday, November 2nd in the bins outside of the Crestwood main entrance.
Artist info – Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, on
December 22, 1960. With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat's
diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration. After his mother was
institutionalized for mental illness, Basquiat left home at 17 and eventually rose to prominence
as a street artist by the name of SUMO. By the time he was 20, he had his first art show, and his
art took off in the middle of the neo-expressionist movement. His work and style received critical
acclaim for the fusion of words, symbols, stick figures, and animals. Soon, his paintings came to
be adored by an art-loving public that had no problem paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat
original. Basquiat died in 1988 at 27 years old in the prime of his popularity. Art collectors value
his work, and in 2017, Basquiat’s 1982 painting of a skull called “Untitled”, sold for $110.5
million dollars, making it the most money ever paid for art created by an American artist, for
artwork created past 1980, and by a Black artist.
Please check back after Monday, November 2nd for the Zoom link.