After School Art Program
Art in the School’s After School Art Program was developed in consultation with the University of New Mexico College of Education’s Art Education Program faculty and Albuquerque Public Schools’ Fine Arts Program management. The program began in 2007 at one school and has expanded to serve between two to four elementary and middle schools each year based on funding availability. We plan to have the program at three elementary schools in the upcoming 2016-17 school year. Thanks! to generous funding from grants and donations, the program is provided at no cost to the children or the schools. As these funds increase, we will expand the program to more schools as there is a high demand for this program. UNM Art Education Program students, professional artists, and other qualified art teachers teach the children, which provides an opportunity for them to gain valuable teaching experience.
From the parents: “My children very much enjoyed this program – they all want to be artists now! It’s difficult to get enough art in the schools – thank goodness for such programs.” “Thank you for giving children the opportunity to show what they are capable of. Keep up the good work.” “Program is a wonderful idea. My daughter absolutely loved it. This should be an every day thing!”
A unique curriculum was created for the elementary program by artist / art teacher Bethe Sailer. The lessons introduce a wide variety of art media and explore master works of art from many cultures. Drawing, painting in watercolor and tempera, pottery, weaving, print making and tin work keep the children learning and engaged in the classes.
The middle school after school art program curriculum has focused on expressions of self-identity, exploring self portraits executed in graphite, painting mediums, collage, clay and wire sculpture. Professional local artists visit the class once or twice during each semester, sharing their art and leading the students in art making. Students enjoy a field trip to a local museum at the end of the semester.
From the students: “I learned how to draw self portraits.” “I liked it every week. Everything was perfect. I want to do it again.” “I loved the art museum! I didn’t want to leave.” “I am a better artist thanks to my teacher.”