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Art Project Submissions 
 
Art To Grow On is very fortunate to operate in Southern California with it's rich artistic traditions and the ongoing creative innovations of it's numerous artistic enclaves.  If you are an artist, or have art education experience ATGO is currently reviewing project submissions.  Read on for more details.
 
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ATGO selects 10 projects (5/year) every other school year (selections on odd years.   Each year we assign a theme to the projects selected for that year.  ATGO prefers to have the selected project winners inspire each year’s theme. 

 

Please contact our Program Design Chair at program@ArtToGrowOn.com. An ATGO representative will contact you shortly to set up a meeting and learn enough about your project(s) to present it/them at our Program Design Review Voting Day.  You  will need to prepare a presentation board that includes the lesson plan and provides lots of examples.  Refer to the Lesson Plan/Docent Handout description.  Projects will be selected using the following criteria:
     
  • Quality of the student’s experience.
  • Adaptability for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Ease of preparation, presentation, and clean up by the docents.
  • Availability of material and safety (Refer to Attachment 2).
  • Time Limitations: should take no more than 1 ½ hours to complete.
  • Project should be success-oriented in the student’s eyes.
  • The cost per student should average $1.00 per project.
  • The projects that have an historical lesson and/or a lesson of an
  • art technique are the most favored.
The honorarium for being chosen and fulfilling the workshop requirements is $250.  The workshop requirements consist of teaching an ATGO workshop for approximately 2 hours to approximately 150 docents.  ATGO workshops are held at the San Pedro United Methodist Church (SPUMC)
580 W. 6th Street, San Pedr, CA
.  The objective is to describe how your project will be taught to students in grades (K-8th) by preparing a presentation board and docent lesson plan.  If your project is selected, another requirement is to have your presentation board and samples displayed at the ATGO Docent Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for May 21, 2009.

 

Art to Grow On is extremely greatful to you for submitting your project designs which enable the organization to preserve its wonderful art enrichment program and cultivate future artists.  We look forward to working together with you in the future.  Thank you.

 
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GUIDELINES FOR THE SAFE USE OF ART AND CRAFT MATERIALS (UPDATED 2014)

California Education Code prohibits the purchase of art or craft materials containing a toxic substance for use by students in kindergarten and grades 1-6. For the complete list of unapproved art supplies click here.

Partial list of unapproved craft and art supplies:

Rubber cement, household cement, aerosol glue sprays/mounting sprays/glitter sprays, Krazy glue or permanent bonding glues, various ceramic glazes, oil-based stains, varnishes, solvents (any liquid used to dilute or disperse other substance), permanent inks, etching inks, oil paints, artist grade watercolor paints, any products with a negative health hazard label. See the full list for specific items at the link above.

 Art and Craft Materials to Avoid and Recommended Substitutes

1. AVOID: Products that may generate an inhalation hazard. Examples include clay in dry form, powdered paints, glazes, pigments, wheat paste, and aerosols (for example, spray paints, fixatives).

SUBSTITUTE: Wet or liquid non-aerosol products. (If dry products are used, they should be mixed while young children are not present.)

2. AVOID: Hazardous solvent-based products. Examples include rubber cement and its thinner, turpentine and other paint thinners, and solvent-based markers.

SUBSTITUTE: Water-based glues, paints, markers.

3. AVOID: Materials that contain lead or other heavy metals. Examples include some paints, glazes, and enamels.

SUBSTITUTE: Products that do not contain heavy metals.

4. AVOID: Cold water dyes or commercial dyes.

SUBSTITUTE: Vegetable dyes(onion skins and so forth).

5. AVOID: Instant papier-mâché, which may contain asbestos fibers or lead or other metals from pigments in colored printing inks.

SUBSTITUTE: Papier-mâché made from black and white newspaper and library or white paste (or flour and water paste).

Some art and craft projects involve processes that are inappropriate for young children. Some examples are airbrushing, enameling, photo developing, and soldering. Instructors are encouraged to avoid projects that would involve these processes.

*Information obtained from the State of California Education Board http://oehha.ca.gov/education/art/guidelinesforart.html


 
Lesson Plan/Docent Handouts
 
The California State Board of Education has stated that students in grades K-8 perceive and respond to works of art, objects in nature, events and the environment*. 
 

The project’s lesson plan should be explicit and precise.  The art project should be made out of materials that are non-toxic and safe for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. (Refer to Attachment 2).  Please use this outline to assist you in the preparation of the lesson plan to be handed out to the ATGO docents.

 

Description/Goal: (The description should include the history and background of the project and/or the artist, art technique, or art movement being studied.  Also state the project’s objective, medium(s), and list of glossary of art terms.)

 

Motivation: (Where does this project get its inspiration from?  Can you recommend a selection of music to set the mood?)

 

Materials/Supplies: (Please list specific sizes, colors, grades of paper, pencils, markers, brushes, brand names, inclusive of resources, suppliers and unit price of $1/student or less.  We would appreciate any names and phone numbers of any supplier you can refer to us.)

 

Instructions: (Step by step instructions/demonstrations are most helpful and required.)

 

Print References: (include any books, periodicals, etc.)

 

Visual Aides: (include any posters, paintings, videos, etc.)

 

Project Examples: (Provide many examples, student examples are preferred.)

 

Artist Biography: (Provide a brief history of your personal background, career, qualifications, accomplishments, and experience working with children.)

 
*Information obtained from the State of California Education Board http://oehha.ca.gov/education/art/guidelinesforart.html
 
 
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