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Art Docent Program

October: Paleolithic Picassos (cave paintings/drawings)

Nov/Dec: Write like an Egyptian (copper tooling project)

January/February: Mandalas are all around us (mandalas)

March: Chinese brush painting and calligraphy (brush painting with the help of the Asian Art Museum docents)

May/June: Greek vases

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Art Docent


First Art Docent Lesson: Paleolithic Picassos

Attached are the notes and resources that accompany the slideshow on Paleolithic art.  If you haven't already contacted your core teacher, please do so and set up a time to come in.  We have approximately 1 1/2 hrs max to do the presentation and project.
The slideshow is attached, and also located online at: 

Once you've scheduled your lesson, please send an e-mail to your docent pair or group and teacher, plus the coordinators, so we can put it up on the schedule, and so we can see where the needs are.  We're still putting together a plan for shared Google Calendar use for scheduling.  

Supplies (paper, charcoal, pastels, and masking tape, and hairspray, for a fixative) will be all put together by Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the afternoon.   Materials will be stored in the media center, in the small hallway just off of the student entrance.  Look for the LMS Art Docents sign on the black file cabinet near the tall cabinets.  We have a black bin for supplies, and a portfolio with prints, a copy of the lesson, and some audio CD's.  There will also be a rolling cart there to hold supplies for travel out to the farther core classes if needed.
If you have any artifacts to bring in or additional information, ideas for a new twist on the project, please give it a go!  

2nd Art Docent Lesson: Egypt

Many of the classes have moved into Ancient Egypt. The Egypt slideshow - is a summary of Ancient Egyptian art, some examples from the old, middle, and new kingdoms, then transitions into hieroglyphics. 

The kids will review hieroglyphics and make cartouches using a copper tooling technique.


Click here for the step by step info for this project.  The only prep with this project is cutting the black paper that serves as a background frame, and cutting some rafia to tie the finished copper sheet to the black paper.  Copper is all pre-cut, and there are plenty of examples of hieroglyphics available.  The supplies will be in the usual place, the media center, this time in two bins, in case we have two classes going simultaneously. 

There is also a binder in each bin which contains the slideshow visuals, and project descriptions. (Thanks Amy!)

The slideshow is located at You can find the slideshow notes here.

Here are some additional slideshows in Slideshare for more information: 

also....a great youtube video <>

and a website that breaks it down well:


The general time frame for the lesson is this month through just before the Winter Break.

Please e-mail KC at or just add your time slot to the Art Docent calendar if you've already been added to the calendar.

3rd art docent lesson: Mandalas


Mandalas are the next project. They really are a lot of fun! A great tool for creativity, and for slowing down and focusing on what's important...while living in this fast-paced world.

The time frame for this project will be from the end of January to the end of February.  The Egyptian box will be replaced with the Mandalas box in the Media Center.  


Mandala (Sanskrit) – “essence” + “having” or “containing”, also translates as “circle-circumference” or “completion.”. A concentric diagram having spiritual and ritual significance in both Buddhism and Hinduism. The term is of Hindu origin and appears in the Rig Veda as the name of the sections of the work, but is also used in other Indian religions, particularly Buddhism. In the Tibetan branch of the Vajrayana Buddhism, mandalas have been developed into sand painting. They are also used as tools for meditation.
healing-mandala.jpgHealing Mandala

The slideshow can be found at:
Title: "Mandalas are all around us".  Also there is an additional, optional  show of mandalas by a local artist, Kim Lionelli. She visited one of the classrooms a few years ago and talked about her mandalas.  Please feel free to invite a visiting artist or bring in a mandala if you have one or a few at home, or know of someone who creates them.

The drawn mandala Project is largely taken from: This is a great website with some specific background on Mandalas and how they are created.

Scripts to accompany the slideshow: "MandalaScript.pdf" and "MandalaScript2.pdf" . Lesson plan is here.

For the project, use the mandala templates (8 1/2 x 11 "My Mandala")
They will already be printed and located in the Mandalas box.  Colored pencils (there are some in the box also), markers, gel pens, etc (the kids can use their supply in their desk or classroom)

Have the kids use their creativity to create a personal mandala based on what is important to them, or a mandala using designs that they come up with themselves, that help them focus, relax and enjoy. (Sample Student Mandala template )

Included with the materials will also be a display board and some mandala posters/examples in the portfolio. There will also be some kaleidoscopes in the box for the kids to enjoy and for inspiration to create their own mandalas.

Also, for early finishers, they can take the sidewalk chalk and draw mandalas outside as a welcoming symbol to their classroom. They can
work in groups on that one
. See the image belowas an example.  These are really common in India, and they often include flowers. How cool!!
~~also...for inspiration~~
***Some local folks creating mandalas inside and outside / just for fun! (a cool party idea)

Have fun, and if you have any questions, or need anything, please let the art docent coordinators know. Their contact information is at the top right side of the page.

4th and final art docent lesson: Ancient greek pottery

We're excited to introduce a new lesson to the 6th grade art docent program.  It explores Ancient Greek pottery; and most of our classes have either covered this material in social studies or are currently in Ancient Greece.
Click here for the notes.   The slideshow is uploaded to the "O" drive at LMS.  There is a lot of great background information here, and you can use as much as you wish in your presentation before the project.  The project is briefly described in the slideshow; a step by step guide is to follow.  There is a great video link in the slideshare describing the actual making and firing of the pottery -- a kylix.  Amy, one of our coordinators, will be presenting Friday morning the 9th in Ms Kesner's class, so we will be able to provide more details on the project after the launch.

As always, materials are stored in the media center, in the art docent area.  Materials include different vase templates printed on heavy colored paper  to design and cut out, (two colors, tan and terracotta), sharpies (both black and red), and paper for creating the columns and background if time allows.  Students will provide scissors, pencils for light sketching, and in some classes, glue sticks (for the columns and background.)

Our window of time is until the end of the school year.  We welcome your feedback!   Thank you so much for the time and energy you have put into this program and to being in the classroom.  The students love it!  

Have fun, and if you have any questions, or need anything, please let the art docent coordinators know. Their contact information is at the top right side of the page.

Ancient Greek Pottery - videos

We'll be wrapping up with a new lesson, Ancient Greek pottery -- scheduled to launch May 9, Friday.  We're finishing up the slideshow and organizing materials for the project.  Meanwhile, here are a couple of short viedos to introduct the topic, then we'll post the slideshow next week so you can check it out.  More soon!
Here's one on the process of making the pottery: -- from the Getty
and another general intro:

We'll have until the end of the school year to complete the lesson.  Stay tuned!

Jenna, Amy and KC

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