The Art of Discovery Project is a program developed and presented by the Junior League of Seattle in collaboration with Bellevue Arts Museum. It provides an extraordinary opportunity for elementary school students to interact with original artwork from the Junior League of Seattle's Northwest Art Collection.
The Junior League of Seattle's Northwest Art Collection introduces children, educators and the community to the rich production of Northwest artists through their highly respected collection of Northwest Art. Since its inception in 1960, the Northwest Art Collection has toured schools in the greater Seattle and Eastside area, exposing children to some of the region's most prominent artists.
The Collection includes works by Northwest masters Guy Anderson, Dale Chihuly, William Cumming, Morris Graves, Fay Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Sherry Markovitz, Alden Mason, Norie Sato, and many others.
The Art of Discovery Project brings learning through art to King County schools through their train-the-trainer program. Educators are equipped with docent training, inquiry-based lesson plans and activities to support multi-dimensional learning. Through informal and intimate discussion of the thematically organized exhibitions in the school setting, children learn critical thinking and communication skills. This unique and innovative program enables students and teachers to experience an art museum in their own school setting.
HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS
Register for a workshop held at the Museum in which educators learn how to engage elementary students in the art from trained Junior League volunteers. These trained docents then return to their schools to teach from original artworks from the Pacific Northwest region for one week each. The three-hour workshop qualifies for Washington State Clock Hours.
2012 - 2013 REGISTRATION
Registration materials for the 2012 - 2013 Art of Discovery Project are now available to download. Training workshops will take place in January 2013 and the artwork will be rotating among the participating elementary schools from February through May 2013. $150 registration fee per school before November 20, 2012. $200 registration fee per school after November 20. Space is limited. First come, first served.
- The Art of Discovery Program Overview >
- TRACK 1 Registration - Lake Washington School District >
- TRACK 2 Registration - Northshore, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Issaquah and Renton School Districts & private schools >
If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Megan Dyer, Bellevue Arts Museum Youth & Family Education Coordinator at 425.519.0741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Junior League of Seattle is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.. For more information about The Junior League of Seattle, please visit www.jrleagueseattle.org.
Images (center and right): Cassidy, age 11; Photo: Team Photogenic