ART DOCENT PROGRAM
WHAT IS ART DOCENT?
Art Docent is an HSA-sponsored program offered by TIC TOC (To Introduce Culture To Our Children). Each month, TicToc rotates forty collections of art and artifacts among 14 area schools. Art Docent parent volunteers go into the classrooms to discuss the art and create a project with students.
As a Willard Art Docent, you will have the unique opportunity to inspire an appreciation for art in your child's classroom. Drawing from the traveling exhibits from TicToc, you can share pivotal pieces as a means to open discussion and engage in activities that help students grow in their understanding of an artist, time period or artistic technique.
Not so artsy?
Don't worry! We have compiled a ton of suggested activities and discussions to help, and we are always available to discuss. We will share all the details at the Art Docent Orientation (see Calendar for date/time). We promise you'll love it, and your child will love having you in class for what also becomes his or her special day!
Click the Art Docent Session Sign-Up button above to volunteer for a session during the scheduled weeks this year. Once the schedule is finalized you will be reminded to contact your teacher about what day and time during the scheduled week works best with the class schedule. Please only sign up for one time slot per classroom.
HOW DO I FIND MY ARTWORK?
Willard Art Painting Rotation Schedule
Click the Art Painting Rotation Schedule button above. This list shows which of the 32 collections of paintings are displayed at Willard at any given time. Please do not schedule a classroom session with one of the paintings in the school on the day before or after they are rotating as we need time to pack and unpack them.
Art Docent Painting Collections
Click the Art Docent Painting Collections button above. Learn more about each painting and all of the collections in the Art Docent program.
Reserve Your Artwork
To ensure that the artwork you want to use is available for you to bring to the classroom on your selected date and time, please click the Reserve Artwork button above. Select the day and time that you will need to reserve an artwork for your session in the classroom. Please add (1) your name, (2) email address, and (3) the name of the piece of art to the reservation.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IN CLASS? SAMPLE SESSIONS CAN HELP:
Here are some things docents have used in the class. Remember, your approach to your session is yours, and digital supplements are NOT required. Please feel free to download, use, borrow from and modify the following sample sessions in your child’s classroom. Or just use as inspiration for your own session. Most session ideas can be leveled up or down as appropriate for your child’s grade.
Tic Toc also offers two local art events in Ridgewood each year. Click the TIC TOC button above and get more information about Tic Toc and Tic Toc Theatre.
or go to TicToc.org for more information.
Feel free to make your own and share here with other docents. We hope to add ideas for everyone. Click on the icons above to see sample projects.
Christo & Jeanne-Claude - Gates Installation
Salvadore Dali - The Persistence of Memory
Wosene Worke Kosrof - Scent of Spring
Grant Wood - American Gothic
Cave Paintings - Art of the Stone Age
Jackson Pollock - ‘Drip’ Paintings - Lavender Mist
Henri Matisse - Drawing with Scissors - Icarus