ENGAGING PARENTS THROUGH ART LESSONS!
On October 18th, two Oak Ridge Elementary parents shared their school's Art P.R.E.P program with seven other interested elementary school representatives at the CVUSD Family Engagement Center. The Committee for the Arts also attended the orientation to see how they could support the schools. Below is a synopsis of the art program and pictures of the orientation. This is a wonderful example of parent engagement at its best ---parents going into classrooms and leading art lessons for students.
THANK YOU OAK RIDGE and in particular, Tracy, Shauna, and Flory!!!
There is a new art curriculum in town! Not only is it a wonderful opportunity for all elementary schools to provide art lessons for their students but one of the best parts is that it is FREE!
You can check out this incredible curriculum at: http://artprep.weebly.com/
This art curriculum was created in 2014 by the dynamic team of Tracy Young and Shauna Hruby, both parents of children at Oak Ridge Elementary and regular classroom art volunteers. Tracy, with a BA in Fine Arts from Westmont College (and a teaching credential that allows her to routinely substitute at the elementary level), and Shauna, with an MA in Art History from UC Riverside (also adjunct faculty in Art History at Mt. San Antonio College), would frequently discuss ways of improving the outdated Picture Person program in use at Oak Ridge. After an unfortunate episode of vandalism in the spring of 2014 caused damage to the Picture Person room, the two art lovers figured it was the perfect time to create a new program.
Taking cues from teacher requests, and learning from past project successes and failures, Tracy and Shauna gathered ideas from their respective teaching experiences and then scoured the web (including Pinterest - yay!) for inspiration of art projects that fit their new curriculum, especially projects that allowed the students to do most of the creating, within one monthly art session, and could be tied in to famous art examples. The duo then tweaked the lessons to fit their specific needs, and this art curriculum was born!
The Committee for the Arts is committed to providing grant funding for the schools to purchase art supplies for this program. Check in often on this webpage to see the progress of this worthy project!