Art Literacy is a hands-on program providing opportunities for parents to get involved in the classroom each trimester.  After a volunteer training in the RGS Commons, parents present a PowerPoint slideshow on an artist or movement and facilitate a corresponding art project in each classroom.  You do NOT have to be artistically inclined to help out with this program!  Contact our Art Literacy chairs, Naomi Hand and Marti Long for more information.

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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.

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This Year’s Art Literacy Artists

This year the students will be learning about Mary Cassatt, Auguste Rodin and Jacob Lawrence.

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (/kəˈsæt/; May 22, 1844 – June 14, 1926) was an American painter and printmaker. She was born in Pennsylvania, but lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists. Cassatt often created images of the social and private lives of women, with particular emphasis on the intimate bonds between mothers and children.

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Volunteering for Art Literacy

Volunteering for Art Literacy is a fun opportunity for you to get involved in the classroom and it requires no art skills or art knowledge. Please find details about volunteering by clicking the sign up button below.

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Art Literacy: Rodin Exhibit at Portland Art Museum

This spring RGS students will learn about the French artist Auguste Rodin through the parent-led Art Literacy Program.  This artist was timed to coincide with Rodin: The Human Experience at the Portland Art Museum, showing until April 16th. Consider taking your child to see an impressive local exhibit featuring 52 bronzes by the groundbreaking sculptor. 

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