Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation 2021-22

Parents, here’s a great opportunity to visit your child’s classroom and provide art enrichment too! Art Appreciation is a PTC-sponsored program that recruits parents like you to give a 30-45 minute presentation on an artist, technique, or art movement. This program supplements your child’s art education and all materials and instructions are provided for you!

You don’t need to be an artist or have an artistic background to help out. After some short preparation ahead of time, you will go to your child’s classroom to present the artist or topic, show examples of prominent artworks, and then direct a short art project.

We are looking for multiple volunteers for each classroom – 4 times this school year — for this fall and for the spring. Timing is flexible within the month and is coordinated with the classroom teacher.

Please consider helping out with this fun and engaging program. We will hold an informational meeting for volunteers in a few weeks to introduce the program in more detail.

Any questions? Contact Melissa Dillenbeck or Wendy Maggin.

Art Appreciation is a great way to spend time in your child’s classroom! We assign you an artist, provide background materials, art examples, and suggested hands-on projects. You’ll work with your child’s teacher to schedule and present a 30-45 minute lesson in the classroom. Lessons take place once per quarter, for a total of four lessons per grade.
Don’t hesitate to contact the committee chair for your grade with questions. Thanks again for giving your time!
Grades 1 and 2:
Grades 3 and 4:
Grades 5 and 6:
Getting Started
Step One: Find your assignment.
The Art Appreciation program is not designed to teach art, but to share an appreciation of artists and artistic expressions of all kinds. Care is taken to select lessons that are appropriate for each grade level. We also include an art lesson to coincide with each grade’s annual CCC (Celebrating Cossitt Curriculum) event. The “Lesson Plans” link below contains suggested lesson plans for each lesson by grade level.
If you are not able to volunteer during the month that you signed up, please contact another parent within the same class to determine if assignments can be traded.

Art Appreciation Assignments 2019-20

Lesson Plans by Grade Level

Step Two: Schedule your lesson.
Contact your child’s teacher directly to schedule a time for your presentation. We suggest you aim for 30-45 minutes, most of which should be a hands-on time that allows the children to directly experience the artist.
Step Three: Plan and gather materials for your lesson.
Check out the brown folder labeled with the name of your artist or CCC project, found in the PTC closet located in the northeast corner of the gym. Be sure to sign the folder out using the sheet provided! Multiple copies of CCC folders are kept in the bins since these will be presented to an entire grade in the same month.
If you can’t locate the folder you need, check the sign-out sheet to see if another volunteer has it. Contact that volunteer directly to coordinate pick-up. If you still can’t locate the folder you need, contact a committee chair.
You’ll also find the following materials in the closet:
  • Large art prints arranged by the artist’s last name. Prints must remain in the closet until the day of your presentation when they can be taken to the classroom.
  • Project supplies are located in the tall cabinet. If you need additional supplies, check with a committee chair for instructions.
  • If you need to make copies for your project, you can do that in the school office.
Your lesson should include a hands-on project that can be completed in the allotted time. For more ideas, please CLICK HERE for a sample lesson plan.
Step Four: Present in class.
Be on time, since teachers may have the children on a tight schedule. Have fun, be flexible and see where the discussion leads. Let the ideas, insights, and inspirations of the children lead the way.
Step Five: Wrap up.
Return your project folder and other materials to the Art Closet as soon as possible when your lesson is complete. You will receive an online survey from us to find out how your lesson went, we appreciate any and all feedback. Also, feel free to contact the co-chairs directly after your lesson with any suggestions. 
Submit any expenses to the Committee Chairs for reimbursement by completing a PTC Check Request Form. Please CLICK HERE to download the form. Thank you for volunteering for Art Appreciation!