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Docent Information

We welcome our newest volunteer Docents and School Chairpersons!

The Art to Grow On program is a great opportunity for you to enrich the students at your school. Through the volunteer efforts of our local artists, docents and board members we are able to provide a one-of-a-kind learning opportunity for students in the San Pedro, Lomita, and Palos Verdes area schools.

So where do you start?

Every year the Art to Grow On program offers 5 different and unique multimedia art projects to participating schools. Projects are prepared by local artists and focus on a variety of past and modern artists and their techniques and creative styles. Each project is designed for students in grade levels K-8 and the overall cost is kept to under $1.50/student. Past projects include sand sculptures, painting, modeling with clay, and drawing with a variety of media. Instruction also includes information on the artist who inspired the project and/or the history of the techniques. It is hoped that the students will take away not only their finished art projects, but a bit of art appreciation as well.

The Art to Grow On Board meets monthly through the school year (Sept - May) and at least 1 representative from each participating school is encouraged to attend. Paperwork and docent training project fees need to be paid at the beginning of the year, and each school will be asked to participate in a set-up and cleanup group on one of the 5 project training days.

Docents from each school will meet at the United Methodist Church in San Pedro five times throughout the year to learn the new project. These hands-on trainings are a lot of fun. We ask that each school send everyone who will be involved in teaching the projects to students to this group docent training. You will learn great techniques and see anywhere from 80-100 other finished works from the attending docents.

The schedule for ATGO board meetings and the five training workshops is available on the calendar page.

Park Western Elementary has created a docent information forum if you are interested in collaborating or getting more information about the programs and projects that we are presenting. Click the link below.