Fremont’s Art Docent Program brings specially designed art lessons to each classroom several times a year. Administered and taught by trained parent volunteers and funded by the PTA, each lesson covers either a specific artist, artistic movement or technique and includes a short lecture followed by a hands-on project. Children work with different media ranging from watercolors and charcoal to clay and glazes and beyond. (Yes, Fremont even operates its own on-site kiln!)
As funding for the teaching of art in our schools dwindles every year, the Art Docent Program is one way the parents of Fremont have found to “Keep Art Alive” for our children.
The Program celebrates each year of creativity with a fabulous end-of-the-year Art Show in which one work of art from each child in the school is displayed. Formal art training or teaching experience is NOT necessary to volunteer for the program. Each lesson is scripted as a suggested question-and-answer approach, to follow as closely or as generally as the volunteer desires. All materials are provided.
The Art Docent Program co-chairs hold an orientation at the beginning of the year and are on hand to help when needed. This is a great way to get involved in your child’s classroom. Lessons last about an hour and a half, and are taught five times a year (three times in Kinder and first grade), typically by a team of two parent volunteers together.