Art Vistas Docent Trainings
Art Vistas General Training
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @ 7:00pm - OR - Saturday, September 14, 2019 @ 9:30am
New docents are strongly encouraged to attend one of these general training sessions.
The training is less than 2 hours and you will learn the art terminology and concepts covered in Art Vistas.
These trainings will be held at the Art Vistas Office which is right next to the Union District Office (5175 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124) in the Maintenance Area (go through the back gate).
Art Vistas Grade-Level Trainings
The grade-level trainings are for all docents at each grade level.
The training sessions are extremely important and helpful -- someone from your class must attend.
They are less than 2 hours each and you will receive a curriculum handout for each set and be trained to lead your class through the art prints and projects.
These trainings are at the Art Vistas Office which is right next to the Union District Office (5175 Union Avenue, San Jose, CA 95124) in the Maintenance Area (go through the back gate).
Grade-level training dates for sets A, B, and C:
5th grade: Tuesday, 9/17 @ 7:00pm
4th grade: Wednesday, 9/18 @ 7:00pm
3rd grade: Thursday, 9/19 @ 7:00pm
2nd grade: Tuesday, 9/24 @ 7:00pm
1st grade: Wednesday, 9/25 @ 7:00pm
Kindergarten: Thursday, 9/26 @ 7:00pm
Grade-level training dates for sets D, E, and F:
5th grade: Tuesday, 1/21 @ 7:00pm
4th grade: Wednesday, 1/22 @ 7:00pm
3rd grade: Thursday, 1/23 @ 7:00pm
2nd grade: Tuesday, 1/28 @ 7:00pm
1st grade: Wednesday, 1/29 @ 7:00pm
Kindergarten: Thursday, 1/30 @ 7:00pm
Art set circulation and "hands on" project practice sessions
Art set circulation
Below are the dates when each set of prints will be at our school in the Art Vistas closet (next to classroom # 6) and therefore when you need to schedule to be in your child's classroom.
The project materials are prepared for you but are shared by each class in your grade level.
Please work with the other docents in your class AND your teacher to determine the best date and time for your class. Then, you must sign up to "reserve" the prints and project materials on Sign Up Genius for each set. This will ensure that the prints and materials will be ready for you. See the "Sign Up Genius" page for links for each set.
"Hands on" practice
Prior to each set, we will have an informal "hands on" practice session at the Alta Vista lunch tables or in the cafeteria.
The "hands on" sessions are a chance for you to get prepared and ready to go into the classroom. At these sessions you can huddle with the other docents in your class, familiarize yourself with the materials, check out examples of the project, and ask us questions. The dates for each practice session are listed below.
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 9/30 - 10/11
"Hands on" practice: Friday 9/27 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 10/29 - 11/15
"Hands on" practice: Friday 10/25 at 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 12/10 - 12/20
"Hands on" practice: Friday 12/6 at 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 2/3 - 2/14
"Hands on" practice: Friday 1/31 at 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 3/11 - 3/27
"Hands on" practice: Friday 3/6 at 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
Prints and project materials at Alta Vista: 4/21 - 5/1
"Hands on" practice: Friday 4/17 at 8:15am (lunch tables outside or in the cafeteria)
List of lessons / projects by grade
Set A: Art of the First Americans / Native American Totems
Set B: Colonial Art / Limner Portraits
Set C: Revolutionary Art / Grid Drawing
Set D: Westward Movement / Asymmetrical Compositions
Set E: American Artists / Close-up Flower or Skull Watercolor
Set F: Photography / Outdoor Photography Series
Set A: Realism and Primitivism / Primitive Tempera Painting
Set B: Impressionism (and Post-Impressionism) / Impressionistic Pointillistic Painting
Set C: Expressionism (and Fauvism) / Mask Project Part 1
Set D: Introduction to Abstract Art / Mask Project Part 2
Set E: Cubism / Cubist Portraits
Set F: Surrealism / Surrealist Dream Watercolor
Set A: People and Their Feelings / Expressive Lines and Portraits
Set B: People at Work / Composition to Show Distance
Set C: People at Play / Foil Sculpture
Set D: People and Music / Painting to Music
Set E: People and Animals / Imaginary Animals
Set F: People Around the World / West African Style Print
Set A: Landscapes / Tissue Paper Lanscapes
Set B: Seascapes / Watercolor Seascapes
Set C: Cityscapes / Reflective Cityscapes
Set D: Portraits / Clay Head Sculpture
Set E: Still Life / Still Life Sketching
Set F: Review (Pierre-Auguste Renoir) / Impressionistic Painting
Set A: Line /Styrofoam Printing
Set B: Shape / Creative Rubbings
Set C: Color / Color Wheel, Fold and Dye
Set D: Texture / Abstract Texture Collage
Set E: Value / Value Scale
Set F: Review (Vincent van Gogh) / van Gogh Sunflower Drawing
Set A: Trains / Train Collages
Set B: Horses / Crayon Resist Horses
Set C: Animals / Clay Animals
Set D: Boats / Fish Prints
Set E: Houses / Oil Pastel Houses
Set F: Portraits / Drawing Self Portraits
End-of-year art show information
Every year, we host an end-of-year art show at Alta Vista in the cafeteria to showcase some of the Art Vistas projects the students did throughout the year. The art show is a favorite for students, family, and the community! Before the art show, the docents for each class will pick artwork for each student, mount it, label it with a museum card, and will help hang the art in the cafeteria.
Art Show information and artwork matting workshop: Friday, May 1 from 8:15am to 10:30am
The docents for each class are responsible for mounting artwork for their class for the Art Show.
We will have mounting supplies (museum cards, glue sticks, and construction paper for mounting); mounting instructions for each grade; and examples. You can mount at this workshop and/or grab materials to bring home.
If you can’t come to the workshop, all of the mounting supplies will be in the Art Vista closet.
It’s a good idea to get a “team” of parent volunteers to help you mount – it goes much quicker! Send a note to your class and have a mounting party at your house and offer beer! Wink!
All artwork needs to be mounted by end of day on 5/11 so that you are ready to hang it on 5/12.
Breakdown by grade of what to pieces/projects to mount:
Kinder: 3 pieces
1st: 3 pieces
2nd: 3 pieces PLUS clay head
3rd: 3 pieces PLUS foil sculpture
4th grade: 3 pieces PLUS gauze mask
5th grade: ALL pieces (Note: You don't need to mount the totem project on construction paper - they will go on totem poles. Each totem does need a museum card so kids can find their artwork)
Art show set-up/hanging artwork: Tuesday, May 12 at 8:00am
Docents are responsible for hanging the mounted artwork for their class
- We will be hanging artwork by grade and by teacher on the kiosks
Art show: Wednesday, May 13 at 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Art show take down: Thursday, May 14 at 8:15am
Docents are responsible for taking down the mounted artwork for their class
After everything is taken down, your team of docents can organize the artwork by student and create simple “portfolio” folders for each student. Making a portfolio is optional but it's a nice/polished way to make sure the kids get all of their projects before the end of the school year.
Museum card documents (if you want to print them via a Word doc vs. hand-writing them)
Download all 3 of the Museum Card documents below.
Follow the instructions in the "Museum Card Instructions" document.
We have cream colored card stock in the Art Vistas closet for printing the Museum Cards.
Please contact us with any questions.