The RGS Art Literacy program provides students the opportunity to learn about individual artists and to do art projects inspired by those artists. This year (Fall 2021), the program is being organized by parent volunteer chairs in collaborations with the new art teacher, Ms. Fox.
Traditionally, sessions are facilitated by parent volunteers and take place each trimester. The PTC coordinates the program and funds the supplies used by our budding artists. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to get involved in the classroom, consider becoming an art lit volunteer! No art skills or knowledge is required; all information necessary is provided during program training.
WHY ART LITERACY?
The parent-led Art Literacy program works to help students learn and appreciate how others have expressed themselves through art. The curriculum for the program is designed and/or identified by lead parent volunteers. The art supplies used during the lessons are funded by the PTC.
From our art teacher, Ms. Randall:
“I am thrilled that parents are willing to further expose the students to art through the Art Literacy Program. Since the mission of the school’s art program is to give students a well rounded experience based on state and national standards, I often only do a brief overview of specific artists or the historical context of an art style. Art Lit allows students the chance to go deeper over a period of time (the school year) about artists and art movements that we may only touch on briefly in the normal art curriculum. This program also provides 7th and 8th graders taking other electives further exposure to art and artists. Riverdale students are fortunate to have this opportunity and experience as a part of their education. It takes art out of the art room and shows students the connections to the larger world.”