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Volunteer teachers needed in Tahoe

Gina Calderon Stowell

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune file/ Gina Calderon Stowell works with students at Al Tahoe Elementary School as part of the Elementary Arts Program, an art appreciation/art history program created for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade.

The Elementary Arts Program is looking for volunteers to teach art in elementary school classrooms.

The Elementary Arts Program is a nonprofit organization that teaches art appreciation and art history to children in kindergarten through fifth grade. This visual arts program presents a unique opportunity for elementary students to become more informed about classic works of art, their meanings, and the styles and movements that inspired them.

The art class starts with a group discussion using five poster-size reproduction art prints of famous masters’ art work. Through careful observation of the prints, questioning strategies, comparisons, and related art project activities, students participate in learning that leads to a higher level of understanding and appreciation of art.

Volunteers are assigned one room to teach or assist in. The E.A.P. will train volunteers with a grade-level introduction class as well as hands-on training class where you will have a chance to try the art projects. Then you will schedule a time with a teacher to present monthly art lessons a total of five lessons a year.

History of the Elementary Arts Program

The vision of the E.A.P was started by Darlynn Sharpe in the 2001-2002 school year at Al Tahoe Elementary and the following year Bijou Community School was added. In 2003 Gina Calderon Stowell replaced Darlyn Sharpe when she and her family had to relocate to Reno. Today, E.A.P is officially a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. With the help of dedicated volunteers, private foundations and community group donations, Sierra House, Tahoe Valley, Bijou Community, Saint Theresa, and the Environmental Magnet school all implement the Elementary Arts Program.

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If you’d like to be an art class volunteer for the Elementary Arts Program, contact Gina Calderon Stowell at (530) 318-3639.