What is Art Literacy?
The Art Literacy Program at Bethany is a supplemental school-wide
art education program coordinated and administered by school
volunteers in collaboration with classroom teachers. The mission is to
provide the tools for our students to increase awareness and
appreciation of artists, art, its history and how it enriches our lives.
Why is Art Literacy important?
Studies show that children demonstrate increased abilities in critical
thinking, problem solving and creativity as a result of participating in
a strong art education program. It is important to reach children at a
young age to incorporate a lifelong appreciation of the visual world
What is the time frame of this Program?
This is an on-going, yearlong program. Each class is given a
pre-designed lesson/presentation on six (6) different artists
throughout the course of the school year. Each of the presentations
includes an art project unique to the respective artist, and are
presented by Art Literacy Classroom Volunteers.
How many volunteers are needed?
A minimum of two (2) Art Literacy Classroom Volunteers are needed
for most projects, occasionally more are needed for larger projects.
What is required to be a volunteer?
Enthusiasm for art and willingness to share your enthusiasm to the
students. You DO NOT need to have an art or art history
background in order to volunteer. All volunteers will gather before
each new artist, approximately every four (4) weeks, to receive
training. The total time commitment is approximately three (3) hours
for each of the six (6) artists which includes training and classroom
Are there other ways to help with the Program?
Absolutely! If you are interested in helping in any way, whether it be
with program planning, participating in events, assembling art kits or
simply have ideas, please let Mike Ledesma know!
2016-2017 Lesson Plans will be added here.