SWPTA supports many art programs within the school and community. Along with Green River community college, our volunteers are able to visit each classroom once a month for an hour-long art lesson. Without funding, our students would lose this valuable art enrichment in school.

Programs

Art Docents
Our docents volunteer once a month to teach a one hour art lesson in the classrooms. Students are guided through lessons about the artist, style, and techniques, which also adhere to the state's EALR guidelines.

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Reflections
The Reflections Program is a National PTA and WSPTA cultural arts competition. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

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Covington Art Show
The Covington Arts Commission promotes and highlights this event, showcasing young artists from local area schools. Many businesses generously offer “gallery” space to display works of art from grades k-12 in our area.

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Art Docent Program

Sawyer Woods does not have art instructors on staff. To provide art education to our students, our PTA has partnered with the Interurban Center for the Arts, located within the Green River Community College, to provide us with resources. The ICA provides us with 8 large prints of famous works of art to use during the school year. Every print comes with accompanying lesson notes and a corresponding project binder with classroom-tested art project ideas.  

 

We need the participation of parents to continue this enrichment program. No art background is necessary as training and continuous workshops are offered by the ICA. Our students enjoy learning about famous artists and their masterpieces. This year, we will be presenting Seurat, Matisse, Monet, Rauschenberg, Rousseau, Ansel Adams, Dale Chihuly and Frida Kahlo.

 

As a docent, you're assigned to a class and you schedule the lesson with the teacher, finding a day and time that works for the both of you. Each lesson covers one influential artist and their work, basic art concepts, and concludes with an age-appropriate, hands-on art project. You will meet with the students once a month, for 60 minutes, October through May, for a total of 8 times. You will also help out with the Covington Art Walk and our end-of-year art auction.

Madeleine Mikos

Chairperson
Volunteer Opportunities
If you have considered being a docent for your child's class, now is the time. This position can be shared or done by a team. We will be posting a list of classes that need docents and helpers in late September. If you're interested in signing up now, please contact Madeleine at swpta.artdocent@gmail.com for more information.

 
Art Docent Training Workshops

Projects! Projects!

Held in the Lindbloom Student Union - River Room.  **NO CHILDREN, PLEASE.
Monday, November 6th   9am-2pm   SU/River Room  REGISTER

Tuesday, November 7th   9am-2pm   SU/River Room  REGISTER

  

EALRs Workshop

All classes will be held in WT16 on GRC Main Campus. **NO CHILDREN, PLEASE.

Wednesday, October 11th,  1-3pm  REGISTER

Tuesday, October 17th,  4-6pm   REGISTER

Friday, October 27th,  10am-noon    REGISTER

Monday, October 30th,  1-3pm    REGISTER

Thursday, November 2nd,  10am-noon    REGISTER

If you are a registered volunteer and would like to help out with an art lesson that's scheduled on our calendar, please contact your child's teacher or the docent to let them know you will be attending the class. 

Reflections Program

The Reflections Program is a National PTA and Washington State PTA cultural arts competition. The purpose of this program is to provide an opportunity for students to use their creative talents by expressing themselves through their own original works.

Each year, Reflections challenges students to create art that supports a specific theme. Themes are selected from thousands of ideas submitted by students to National PTA's Reflections Theme Search.

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are: Visual Arts Photography, Literature, Music Composition, Dance Choreography, and Film Production.

Rebecca Soriano

Chairperson

Young artists get involved in Reflections through their local PTA or PTSA. A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted.

Literature
works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics
Music Composition

original musical composition, with or without words

Choreography/Dance

originally choreographed dance composition

Photography
color or black and white, including techniques: photogram, retouched, montage, sandwich and multiple exposure
Visual Arts
drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling
Film/Video
original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film

The theme for 2017-2018 is, "Within Reach"

The submission deadline is Monday, November 27th. Workshops will be held in early November - dates will be announced shortly. 

For more information about the competition, please visit the Washington State PTA site.  

Covington Community Art Show

The Covington Arts Commission in conjunction with the City of Covington puts on an Annual Student Art Show, which showcases young artists from local area schools. The Covington Arts Commission coordinates the effort that included students, teachers, parents, businesses, and the City to bring attention to arts in schools, and the amazing amount of young talent in our community. 

Just prior to March, students from kindergarten through high school submit their works through their teachers, art docent coordinators and PTSA.  The event has grown and taken shape with the combined effort of these groups and volunteers who carefully organize and hang the art. 

Many businesses who generously offered “gallery” space last year shared that customers and visitors were thrilled to have such a visual celebration of the artistic talents of the young people in our community.  The city is definitely more colorful during the month of March and the show makes it more fun to linger at the “galleries.”

 

Kaci Ingram

Chairperson

Art Auction

Every year, Sawyer Woods hosts an art auction during the carnival.  This is a great opportunity for parents to take home a classroom art piece while directly helping to fund the art program.  We are very excited to present the artwork this year. You can view the galleries of what our students and docents have put together over the past few years.