Art Start is typically taught once per month. The day and time is determined by the teacher. The lessons conducted by Art Start volunteers are based on elements of art such as line, value, texture, form, space, color, and shape. Volunteer art teachers are encouraged to reference a work of art, historical time period, or specific subject matter being studied in class when teaching their lessons, helping to introduce students to other artists and their influences.
No experience is necessary to volunteer for art start and an art background is certainly not needed. Elements of art can be highlighted in any creative work. There are so many amazing artists to discuss and get kids jazzed about art. Just to name a few, contemporary artist Dale Chihuly or classics such as Picasso and Salvador Dali are fun, interesting and result in amazing creativity from our students.
Our hope is that our Art Start program inspires our kids to learn collaboratively and individually, to discover their own styles and truly believe they can create something amazing! McAuliffe Art Start offers a means to get involved with your child's education, and be present in the classroom in a fun and creative way.
Why is Art Education Important?
Some common misconceptions of art education are that it is an extracurricular activity lacking serious academic dimension and depth, it is lovely but non-essential, or it is just doing crafts. Funding for art education throughout the United States has been cut by school districts because they are non-tested subjects. What is so often overlooked is that a comprehensive education in the arts is what makes students more dimensional in their understanding and their thinking, as it encourages students to also think creatively. Studies indicate that students tend to problem-solve in creative terms rather than storing and retrieving knowledge. Research has also proven that the study of arts has a direct correlation to improved social and emotional development.
Looking for inspiration?
Check out the amazing art from our students displayed by our dedicated art start volunteers!
Square 1 Art is our annual art start fundraiser that highlights the creativity of our children.
Did you know that Square 1 Art has artwork that dates all the way back to 2007? You can add your child's art from years past to your personal online art gallery. Contact Square 1 Art Customer Care for your art access codes.
Visit the McAuliffe Art website to get lesson plan ideas and book the kiln for your clay or glass project.
Looking for Art Start docs? The following documents will help you get a great start on planning and executing your art start projects.