Art Literacy in the Classroom

Art Literacy lessons are presented six times a year at the elementary level, October to June and three times a year at middle school, during regular school hours. 

As a community volunteer, if you have no preference, you are assigned a classroom at a school where there is a need. You may  present the lessons/art projects or choose to act as an assistant to the presenter and help students with the art project.

The Beaverton School District requires you to fill out and pass an online background check and create a Volunteer Profile Account for signing in prior to volunteering in any school.

Please visit the BSD website under Volunteers to find and complete this step.

This is an opportunity for those who enjoy working with students in a teacher-like role. The classroom teacher remains with the class, but you are presenting or assisting with the lesson.

We ask all Art Literacy volunteers at every school to attend a training meeting before each classroom presentation. The times and days for these differ, but most have an evening and a daytime training time.

At a training meeting the volunteers receive a copy of the lesson they will be teaching and go though it as if they were in the classroom setting. The art project students will be doing is demonstrated and explained. All of the art supplies are provided by each school program. Classroom assignments for volunteers are made at the beginning of the school year and the presentations are scheduled with the teacher to take place during regular school hours.

The PowerPoint lesson presentations vary in length depending upon the age of the students, followed by the production time which is usually an additional 30 minutes.The lessons are written for the volunteer to follow in presenting the PowerPoint portion of the presentation. They cover objectives which help meet the Oregon State and Beaverton School District curriculum standards for the visual arts.

There are six artist lessons presented during the year from October to June at the elementary level and three lessons in the middle school.The artists that are presented during the year are pre-selected according to a rotation that includes a painting, non-painting, 20th century artist, woman, minority or regional artist as well as introducing art from another culture. At the elementary level the arts education focus is on the Elements of Art.

The middle school program varies slightly in that generally there are only three presentations each year, one each trimester. The arts focus for the middle school program is on the Principles of Art.

You can see the rotations and a schedule of the artists month by month by looking at the Box Rotation section on this website. Each year the rotation adjusts to bring a new set of artist lessons to the students.

Generally, each classroom lesson and art project take about an hour. Total time commitment for each lesson is about three hours, which includes training, classroom time, any prep and clean up time. 

It is an extremely rewarding volunteer opportunity for both the volunteer and the students.

If you would like more information about volunteering for the Art Literacy program in the Beaverton School District in one of our elementary or middle schools, please contact Jill Bogle at Jill_Bogle@beaverton.k12.or.us

The Beaverton School District requires every volunteer to complete an application and  background check. Please visit the Beaverton School District website to complete the application. Thank you.