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Tip # 8 –  Do-it-yourself parent-led art programs by Christine Claringbold

Christine is one of our Buckman art camp teachers
she also teaches How to Sell on

This is a small excerpt from the Storque (Etsy’s blog):

Where I live, there are billboards all over town that simply say, “Art. Ask for More.” At the bottom is a line of smaller print that says, “Are your kids getting enough?”

As an artist and a mother of two, I feel fortunate that my kids attended a public elementary school with a thriving, well-established, award-winning art education program that is available to every student during the regular school day for twelve weeks out of the year.

This is rare. Many schools have after-school programs with enrichment classes or occasional projects with artists-in-residence, but very few public schools have a comprehensive art program incorporated into their regular curriculum.  Portland, Oregon’s Duniway School, which my kids attended, is even more impressive when you consider that they don’t even have an art teacher. Instead, the entire program is organized, funded and taught by parent volunteers.

Are you a parent who is frustrated by the lack of art education at your child’s school? Are you “asking for more” but still not getting enough? Maybe it’s time to take matters into your own hands, in the true DIY spirit. This is the first in a two-part series that will provide some tips and resources for starting and maintaining a parent-led art program at the elementary school level.  Read more here.

Part 2 of the article here

See what Christine has been up to at the Buckman Camp we ran the first week of school.  Check out the daily log Christine has kept:

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4 & 5

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