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 General Meeting Refreshments
 
4th Grade Face and Figure Drawing Workshop


Coming Soon...January Print Presentation Signups
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​Important Reminders

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President's Letter
November Art Challenge!

Our First Grade lesson for November includes this famous painting, “Freedom from Want”, by Norman Rockwell.  In our lesson we talk about Genre Paintings, Contrast and Emphasis.
  • Contrast: art experts refer to the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama.
  • Emphasis: an area or object within the artwork that draws attention and becomes a focal point.
  • Genre: Art depicting scenes of everyday life.
As I think of the Art Docents and also how this Fall has been a hard one with so many natural disasters as well as extremely disturbing violence happening around the world….I started to think about November and taking the time to be thankful for all the good in our lives.
  • Contrast:  Looking at the extremes of what has been happening in our world and comparing it to the blessings we have in our lives.
  • Emphasis:  I want to emphasize the kind deeds that so many people have done in response to tragedies.
  • Genre:  What art can you find in your everyday life that depicts something you can be thankful for – lets emphasize the positive you experience.

For example….the Art Docents Help Santa Rosa

A group of Los Gatos volunteers including a number of Art Docents
came together quickly at House of Hope to make “Kid Kits”
to help those in need after the devastating wild fires in Santa Rosa.  

 
So here is my November Art Challenge!
Take a photo inspired by Norman Rockwell’s “Freedom From Want” Genre Painting.
Emphasize what you are thankful for! 
​Send your photos to artdocents@me.com and we will share them with you all.

....READ MORE on our website


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Thank you to all Art Docents who participated. Nice job!

Thank you to Bonnie W., an Art Docent Board of Director,
for inspiring us to help and taking the time to make this happen!
Committee Updates
Hospitality

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Art​ ​ Docents ​ ​ of ​ ​ Los ​ ​ Gatos Annual ​ ​ Holiday​ ​ Party 
Please ​ ​ join ​ ​ your ​ ​ fellow ​ ​ Art ​ ​ Docents ​ ​ for ​ ​ a ​ ​ Potluck ​ ​ Luncheon 

Tuesday, ​ ​ December ​ ​ 12, ​ ​ 2017 
11:30am- ​ ​ 2:00pm 

Graciously ​ ​ hosted ​ ​ by ​ ​ Tanya ​ ​ Kurland ​ ​ at ​ ​ her ​ ​ lovely ​ ​ home.
15275 ​ ​ Suview ​ ​ Drive 
       Los ​ ​ Gatos, ​ ​ CA ​ ​ 95032  ​ ​ (off ​ ​ Shannon ​ ​ Rd) 

$10.00 ​ ​ per ​ ​ guest
Baked
​ ​ Ham ​ ​ & ​ ​ Roasted ​ ​ Turkey, ​ ​ coffee,
tea ​ ​ & ​ ​ rolls ​ ​ will ​ ​ be ​ ​ provided. Please ​ ​ sign ​ ​ up ​ ​
to ​ ​ bring ​ ​ a ​ ​ dish ​ ​ or ​ ​ beverage ​ ​ to ​ ​ share. 

Kindly ​ ​ RSVP ​ here:
HOLIDAY PARTY ​ by ​ ​ December ​ ​ 8th ​ ​ at ​ ​ artdocents.com 

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Look ​ ​ forward ​ ​ to ​ ​ seeing ​ ​ you ​ ​ there! 
Continuing Education/Events  
Art Docents needed for the 61st Annual Children's Holiday Parade 

Calling all artists and engineers!

​Even if you're not able to walk with us in the 12/2 Christmas Parade, consider staying after our General Meeting to help create posters and brainstorm how to turn this Jeep into a working STEAM engine! 

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Walk with the Art Docents!
This year marks the 61st Annual Los Gatos Children’s
Christmas/Holiday Parade through downtown LG.
Walking in the parade is a great way to show your support for the Art Docents and
to include your kids and neighbors in the effort! Sign up if you’re interested and we’ll keep you
in the loop about meeting times, etc. Please be sure to include your cell phone
number so we can get a hold of you the day of the event.

Click Here to go to Sign Up Page

LOCATION:   Downtown Los Gatos
DATE:  Saturday, December 2nd
TIME:   Meet at 10:00 am, parade starts at 11:00
MORE INFO:  More details to come as we get closer to the date.
DOCENT LEAD/CONTACT:   Stacey Closser,  staceyrclosser@gmail.com

Fundraising
The Holiday Art And Home Extravaganza 
Save the date: November 30th 4-7 pm

Mark your calendars for The Holiday Art And Home Extravaganza hosted by SummerHill Homes and The Art Docents of Los Gatos. Tour the design homes at Sorellas in Los Gatos featuring selected artworks by JCO’s Art Haus and the Whitney Modern.

More details on how you can participate as an Art Docent will be given at
​the next General Meeting on 11/14.

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Holiday Shopping starts NOW!!

Holiday Shopping starts NOW!!
Yes, before we know it, the holidays will be here. 

​Best of all, you can support Art Docents by using a few simple tools:

ESCRIP: this is a program where ADLG earns when you grocery shop OR shop online through the escrip.com online mall.  It’s easy to do:
Sign up with eScrip. It’s free!  www.escrip.com                 
Register your payment cards: debit or credit (Visa, MasterCard, Discover accepted).
Shop at Lunardi’s and pay with your registered cards to earn up to 4% for Art Docents of Los Gatos.
If you already support your school, you can split your donation amount between your school and Art Docents
 
BENEFIT MOBILE:
  This is a mobile app where you can purchase digital gift cards and use them either in a store or on-line.  It’s really easy!! 
Check out: www.benefit-mobile.com for more info
 Download the Benefit app from the Android market or the Apple app store
Sign up with your payment information
Choose Art Docents of Los Gatos
Buy gift cards from any of the retailers and either use in store or online. 
Gift cards can also be sent via email as gifts!
Gift cards never expire!!
 
AMAZON SMILE:  Who doesn’t do a lot of shopping on Amazon?  If you go to Amazon via:
www.smile.amazon.com and select Art Docents as your beneficiary, we earn when you shop!!
BUT, you must go through www.smile.amazon.com to earn for the Art Docents.

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Training 
Training Update - November 2017

The small but competent class of 7 continues to develop their knowledge and skills towards becoming our newest art docents!  They have been observing active docents in the classroom and helping with workshops.  Most of them attended our first general meeting and our trainee mixer at Julie H.’s home.

They have been divided into small groups and gave two 5 minute mini print presentations to practice their skills.  The trainees also participated in the full 3rd Grade Abstract Art Lesson and Workshop led by Michelle K. in their 4th week of class.  It was beneficial to learn through participation and they each created their own beautiful piece of art.

The following week we all ventured to Daves Avenue to observe a 2nd grade Color & Value Lesson taught by the experienced docent Mary L.  After returning to  class, we had discussion about this and other observations and how it related to their homework on topics of curriculum, classroom skills and preparation.  

Week 6 was the opportunity for each of the trainees to present a 5 minute single print on their own.  We assigned them each one print, one grade level and a few of the visual art terms to incorporate into their quick presentation.  We evaluated them based on our expectations that they each introduce themselves, present their art terms clearly and grade appropriately, ask questions, repeat answers, formulate more discussion from the answers, summarize their terms/lesson, thanking the class and ending with a positive comment.  

​All 7 trainees successfully completed this task and we look forward to seeing their skills as they prepare for the full print presentations they will be doing the final weeks of training


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Dave's Ave Request for Artists Help
Daves Avenue school installed a
​Native & Sensory Garden on Earth Day 2017.
As part of that, the school’s Green Team would like to create art that would enhance the garden. We would like to build something that is from recycled products and can be permanent outdoors in all weather. The thought is to do something with metal or rocks or recycled plastic. Lisa Hanson leads the Daves Green Team and hopes for artistic input for possible projects. One project could involve many students creating one small part each, or another may be just something that the Green Team (22 student members) builds during one of their after school meetings. 

If you are interested in helping Lisa Hanson
dream up a project and how to create it,
​and how to source materials and install it,
please contact her at lisa@nikopartners.com.

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Here was the space before and after on Earth Day 2017. Note that the stumps on their sides in this photo have since been fixed into the grown on their ends, creating an outdoor classroom of 24 stump stools. Note also that we are getting a donation of 6x 5-gallon native plants to go into the ground, and assorted succulents that we are planting into the 6x colorfully painted barrels. 

The art project would be to increase the color, texture, and height of the “sensory garden”.

There are several ways your child can become involved in
the Art Docents of Los Gatos!


Click Here for More Information
or
Email Art Docents

  • May 2018 – Annual Student Art Show
  • Opportunities for High School Students - Form a club:  The Art Docents of Los Gatos will assist you with material for Club Day at LGHS, including table set up materials, sign up sheets, marketing material, balloons, etc.