During the month of January, the Monroe Elementary PTO sponsors the Art Adventure program from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
(MIA). Art Adventure is an enrichment program that provides students with an opportunity to explore and experience art up-close and personal through the use of art reproductions, technology, and touch-and-feel props supplied by the MIA. Specially trained classroom volunteers (often parents of Monroe students) share works of art that represent various cultures, types of art, and time periods that center around a common theme. Students are encouraged to think critically and creatively about the works of art through open-ended, in-depth classroom discussions, often with a hands-on component (feeling pottery, photos of artist, etc). 5Th grade students at Monore also follow-up the class presentation with a visit to the MIA. MIA docents lead the students on a tour of the themed works allowing students to make connections back to their Art Adventure classroom discussions.
Volunteering as a picture person is a great way to work directly with Monroe students and present art in a meaningful way. Our goal is to have one picture person per classroom, so please consider volunteering in one or more classrooms for this rewarding opportunity. Volunteers typically come in 30 minutes once a week for the month of January. No art experience or prior knowledge is required since all volunteers will spend a half-day in the galleries at the MIA to receive training from the experts as well as lots of project and presentation ideas. Click here
to watch a video showing picture people in action and here
to see a sample artwork lesson. If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the Art Adventure program, please contact Donna Riberich at 763-506-3630 or complete the volunteer form and send it to school with your student.