The Los Altos Art Docent program is designed to develop visual literacy in the students of the Los Altos Elementary School District by having students:
Visual arts stimulate the imagination, enhance observation skills and self-expression, encourage creative problem-solving and underscore the innate relationships between history, culture, science, math and the humanities.
We provide art lessons that combine appreciation and hands-on activities designed to build on each other from year to year. Discussion and application of the art elements are woven throughout the curriculum, such that by the end of sixth grade students have gained an appreciation for fine art, learned a basic art vocabulary and participated in the process of creating their own individual works of art.
Students visually explore a selection of art from the United States and around the world, experiencing different cultures and time periods as seen through artists’ eyes. Students are encouraged to relate their own life experiences to what they see in the various works. Looking at various media and using the vocabulary of the art elements, students learn to describe, analyze and interpret the form and content of art reproductions.
Lessons in a variety of media, including watercolor, clay, cut paper, printmaking, and drawing are offered in sequence. Rather than focusing primarily on the end result, these lessons are technique based and focus on the process of creating art. Each year new techniques and the principles of design are added to create more sophisticated artwork. All lessons complement the academic curriculum and meet California State Visual Arts Content Standards.