Three New Units Are Landing at the Art Docent Program!

In case you missed out on the news (which we’ve been announcing in our email newsletters, which you can request more information for here), we’re adding three new units to the Program for this coming school year!

Following up on the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve gotten since introducing our new diversified bonus units last fall, we took it upon ourselves to create more curriculum that students, teachers, and Docents will find exciting and engaging. We’re thrilled to introduce students to a wide variety of art and artmaking with three new units that will be ready in time for the 2019-2020 school year. With the help of our faithful Program volunteer and doctoral candidate at Yale University Lindsay Riordan, we’re proud to unveil our new units, which you’ll find more information on below: Sculpture, Photography, and Environmental Art.

Robert Smithson's seminal work Spiral Jetty, featured in our new fifth-grade Environmental Art unit. Image c/o the Khan Academy
Robert Smithson’s seminal work Spiral Jetty, featured in our new fifth-grade Environmental Art unit. Image c/o the Khan Academy.

Our new first-grade Sculpture unit will serve as an introduction to the medium, and focus on how artists have sculpted animals throughout history. Featuring artwork ranging from the Assyrian Empire to the work of Auguste Rodin, we’re thrilled to be able to get students familiar with this exciting medium.

Rodin's Weeping Lion, a featured work in our new first-grade Sculpture unit. Image c/o the Art Docent Program.
Rodin’s Weeping Lion, a featured work in our new first-grade Sculpture unit. Image c/o the Art Docent Program.

For third-graders, our new Photography unit will explore how photography has developed as an art form over time. As a relatively “new” artistic medium, this unit will look at the development of photography, from the works of Louis Daguerre to Annie Leibovitz.

Ansel Adams' Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, featured in our new third-grade Photography unit. Image c/o Art Docent Program.
Ansel Adams’ Monolith, The Face of Half Dome, featured in our new third-grade Photography unit. Image c/o Art Docent Program.

Our new Environmental Art unit for fifth-graders will introduce students to this movement (also known as Land Art or Earthworks), which features artwork that confront nature in some way. To borrow a phrase straight out of the curriculum, the works in this unit will broaden the idea of what art can be and illustrate how humans have used the earth and nature as a medium for thousands of years, from cave paintings to Spiral Jetty and beyond.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Surrounded Islands, featured in our new Environmental Art unit. Image c/o christojeanneclaude.net.
Christo and Jeanne-Claude‘s Surrounded Islands, featured in our new Environmental Art unit. Image c/o christojeanneclaude.net.

Each of these units will give students a broader grasp on what “art” is, and how it encompasses so much more than paintings and drawings in museums or galleries. As we mentioned before, we’re thrilled to offer these units in our Program! Keep an eye out for future Artist Spotlights on the blog featuring artists from these new units, too.


Read more about last fall’s diverse new units here!

What do we do here at the Art Docent Program? Discover more about us and our curriculum here!

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