Art Literacy

Welcome to Findley Art Literacy!

2022/2023 Volunteer Training Schedule:

OCT. 6th: Henri Rousseau (Christa Brask, Lead)

NOV 17th: Jacques Louis David (Rebecca Greene, Lead)

JAN 12th: Faith Ringgold

FEB 16th: Peter Carl Faberge (Deidre Trusley, Lead)

APRIL 6th: India

MAY 11th: Joan Miro (Rikki Nouri, Lead)

    • For Classroom 'Lead' Volunteers, monthly Art Lit trainings will all begin at 10:00 a.m.

                  • All volunteers will need to be registered in the BSD volunteer management system and have a vaccination card

or a medical or religious exception on file before coming to volunteer.

                  • Masks are optional indoors for vaccinated volunteers.

Christa Brask (Findley Art Lit Coordinator)

This website is for Findley Art Literacy Volunteers:

Art Literacy Needs Volunteers!

  • No art background is required and all materials are provided.

  • Volunteers for each classroom are needed in the following roles:

  • Lead Volunteer: Responsible for:

        • Attending the Art Lit trainings

        • Scheduling presentation dates with your teacher

        • Reserving the Art Lit cart on the calendar

        • Communicating scheduled Art Lit lessons with your teacher and support volunteer

        • Present the lesson and art making to your class

  • Support Volunteer: Responsible for:

                  • Assisting with the art production in the classroom

Art Literacy Overview

Since 1979, the Beaverton School District is home to an exceptional volunteer-run elementary and middle school art education program called Art Literacy.

The district's Art Literacy curriculum at present is based on more than 100 artist-inspired lessons, including European masters, renowned American artists, cultural arts, some living and local artists.

Findley's Art Literacy program consists of six different lessons presented throughout the year. Morning volunteer trainings are scheduled for each lesson to learn about the upcoming artist-inspired projects.

In the classroom, 'lead' and 'assisting' volunteers work together to teach about the featured artist and assist in the art-making process, resulting in unique and creative student art productions to display and take home.

No previous artistic experience is required and all materials are provided.

All volunteers must have an mVP profile.

We Believe Art Literacy:

  • Helps students to think creatively and problem solve, both which help prepare them for the future.

  • Helps students learn how to observe, something naturalists, climatologists, writers and doctors need to know how to do.

  • Encourages students to form mental images - an ability chemists, engineers, architects, designers and inventors use to think up new ideas!

  • Celebrates many perspectives. Students learn to value diverse views and cultures, something ever important in a global society.

  • Has the unique ability to communicate ideas and emotions of the human spirit, connecting us to our history, traditions and heritage.

  • Helps students to realize there are many ways to see and interpret the world.