Art is the wee ones’ favorite class. We’re lucky that our school has a strong art program with a fantastic and extremely enthusiastic teacher. They have class twice a week for an hour each time. I love seeing what they come home with, although much of it is a secret until Success Night each May. That’s when some of the best pieces of art from each student – along with stellar academic work – is hung throughout the school for an open house where the parents ooo and ahh over the creations.
So many schools are struggling to keep their art programs alive, however. The district next to ours actually had to cut art – amongst many other “optional” programs – a few years ago. Any art taught comes from the teachers or parent volunteers. And their art supplies? Minimal.
Most districts fall somewhere in between. They have art programs, but it’s a challenge. The teachers have to make do with less or lower quality supplies but still do their best to instill an appreciation for art, in addition to an understanding of so many important concepts that come from those art classes.
There is now a program called Art Room Aid that can help – and so can you! Blick Art Materials – a supplier of some of my favorite art supplies – is helping teachers across the country gather support from parents, families, friends, and other art advocates to fund their art projects and keep the creative learning happening.
Want to learn more about what they’re doing? Join The Motherhood on Wednesday January 16 at 2pm Eastern for a Twitter party to find out how you can support art in the classroom locally. You’ll learn more about the Art Room Aid program in your own community, and we’ll share projects you can do with your kids, as well as sharing sources of inspiration.
Follow the #BlickARA hashtag to track the conversation. See this Twitvite for more info and to RSVP: http://twtvite.com/
Prizes: We will give away five total prizes – two $25 Blick gift coupons, two $50 Blick gift coupons, and one $75 Blick gift coupon.
Hosts: @theMotherhood, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann
In the interest of full disclosure, I am participating in a compensated campaign for Blick and Art Room Aid with The Motherhood. That said, all opinions remain my own.