Art Adventure and Bravo

Art Adventure

What is Art Adventure?   The Art Adventure Program is through the Minneapolis Institute of Art and trains school volunteers to visit classrooms to discuss various works of art relating to a common theme.   At WestWood, grades 3-5 participate in Art Adventure.  Fifth graders go on a field trip to the museum in the spring.

What are the benefits of this program?  Studies show that going to art museums and discussing art has all kinds of benefits for kids–critical thinking skills, compassion, cultural understanding.  It’s a great big world out there and art helps kids connect to it, understand themselves and each other.

How does the PTC support Art Adventure? The PTC pays for Picture Person training and materials, purchases some of the craft project materials, provides buses for the 5th grade field trip, and organizes the classroom volunteers via the Art Adventure Coordinator.

** Volunteers Needed **

What would I do as a volunteer?   You will become a classroom presenter (known as a “Picture Person”) and will present approximately 4 to 6 times in classrooms within the school year.  Art Adventure is generally done in winter/spring (Jan-May).  You’ll work with the classroom teacher to work out the details of when to hold the sessions in the classroom.  Before giving classroom presentations, “Picture People” attend a Picture Person Training Session at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Note that volunteering and scheduling is flexible!

  • You can teach 4-6 lessons to one classroom
  • You can combine similar artworks into one lesson
  • You can partner with a second teacher and classroom volunteer to split the lessons into two groups so you each teach 2-3 lessons twice (to two different classrooms). This allows for preparing once and delivering twice on your lessons.

What do I do in the classroom?   View a picture of the art piece(s), discuss it, and make a related art project!  You will be provided with a PowerPoint or website that includes photos of the works of art along with some additional info, like timeline and geography info, sometimes a short related video, sometimes a few related props, and a few notes for you.  The training and the training booklet from the MIA also have a wealth of info and ideas.  You may use the PowerPoint on the smart board to show the work or works of art for that session, and then if you would like, work on a small, quick, related art project.  Suggestions are provided for that as well, or you can use your own ideas. The classroom teacher remains in the class with you (and is available for support).

How do I get museum training?   Picture Person Training takes place in the galleries at MIA with original works of art. You’ll interact with a small group led by a trained museum volunteer. You’ll learn about the works of art. You’ll discuss how to transfer your museum experience into your own classroom presentations.  You won’t need a background in art or art history. You won’t spend time in a classroom. You won’t need to take lots of notes—background information is provided in training booklets you can refer to at home.  Art Adventure training is usually offered at the museum October through March, multiple times per month.

Why would I want to do this?  Art Adventure and BRAVO are two programs that allow parent volunteers INTO the classroom with direct student interaction.  It is a great way to make an impact on students and promote the arts. And it is a fun experience!

I want to volunteer – who do I contact?  Thank you! Please send an email to ptcwestwood@gmail.com and your contact info will be shared with the Art Adventure coordinator.

Bravo

What is Bravo! Music Appreciation?   The Bravo Music Appreciation program is a curriculum enrichment program.  BRAVO lessons invite young minds into the world of classical music to experience the wonder of sound, and explore the creativity, imagination and inspiration found in classical music masterpieces.  At WestWood, grades K-2 participate in Bravo.

What are the benefits of this program?   Within each BRAVO lesson, students sharpen their critical listening skills, learn about history, geography and math concepts as well as tap into their own unique creative expressions.

How does the PTC support Bravo? The PTC pays a per-student fee for the program, which includes training and materials for our volunteers.  We also may purchase some of the craft project materials and we organize the classroom volunteers via the Bravo Coordinator.

** Volunteers Needed **

What would I do as a volunteer?   You will present 30 minute lessons approximately 6 times in the classroom, generally October through May (working with the classroom teacher on scheduling).  Before giving classroom presentations, you will attend a training session at Schmitt Music; the fall training covers sessions 1-3 and the winter training covers sessions 4-6.  This helps keep the content and ideas fresh!  You do not need a background in music or history, just enthusiasm!

Attend ONE of the trainings in October/November on lessons 1-3, and then another training for the second half in January/February.  (Less to remember all at once and a chance to ask questions and discuss with other volunteers!)

Note that volunteering and scheduling is flexible!

  • You can teach 6 lessons to one (or two!) classroom(s)
  • You can partner with a second teacher and volunteer to split the lessons into two groups so you each teach 2-3 lessons twice (to two – or more – different classrooms). This allows for preparing once and delivering twice on your lessons.

What do I do in the classroom?  You will be provided with an editable PowerPoint that includes additional info, like the composer’s childhood, timeline and geography info, sometimes a short related video, as well as some listening pieces.  The training and the training booklet offer multiple options and you can adapt to the age of your students.  You may use the PowerPoint on the smart board, and then if you would like, work on a related art/craft project or activity.  Suggestions are provided for that as well, or you can use your own ideas. The classroom teacher remains in the class with you (and is available for support). We also have a WestWood Bravo coordinator available for support and ideas.

How do I get training?  Training takes place at Schmitt Music and a training booklet is provided along with a CD (or digital version) of listening options.  You do not need a background in music or history.

Why would I want to do this?  Art Adventure and BRAVO are two programs that allow parent volunteers INTO the classroom with direct student interaction.  It is a great way to make an impact on students and promote the arts. And it is a fun experience!

I want to volunteer – who do I contact?  Thank you! Please send an email to ptcwestwood@gmail.com and your contact info will be shared with the Bravo coordinator.