The arts help students succeed in academics and life, by engaging their interest, stimulating creativity, improving critical thinking, encouraging collaboration, and building self esteem.
AmadorArts is committed to encouraging, supporting, and promoting the arts in our schools because Arts Education is an unfunded mandate in California.
Arts Education is REQUIRED for
K through 12.
Elementary Visual Arts Education
Each year AmadorArts brings in-depth, standards-based curriculum taught by local, professional artists into all of our district’s elementary schools. More than 2,000 amador county elementary students participate in a visual arts class facilitated by AmadorArts. Classes include: Kindergarten Color Wheel, 1st grade Lines, 2nd grade Doodle Art, 3rd grade Matisse-inspired Paper Collage, 4th grade Watercolor Technique, 5th grade Chalk Pastel, and 6th grade Ancient Chinese art integrated curriculum.
Community Arts Programs
AmadorArts coordinates art cllasses, such as doodle art, watercolor, music, theatre, costuming, and more, at the ARC of Amador, which serves adults with disabilities, and at the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp, a state correctional facility.
B Street Theatre School Tours
AmadorArts also contracts with B Street Theater of Sacramento to bring their School Tour performances to all amador county elementary schools. These performances are fun, engaging theatre experiences which address subjects like science and history with a comedic twist.
Poetry Out Loud
This poetry recitation competition has been offered by AmadorArts to high schools in Amador since the 2016-17 school year. Students from Amador, Argonaut, and Independence High schools learn great poetry from the anthology available to the public at poetryoutloud.org. This Common Core and NCTE standard-based curriculum teaches literacy, public speaking, and self confidence. The County winner is sent on to compete at the State level for cash prizes. The state winner goes on to compete in Washington D.C. This curriculum is provided by AmadorArts as a result of a grant from the California Arts Council with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation
Student Voices Campaign
AmadorArts plays a limited role in this student-driven film curriculum. In 2018, Argonaut won FIRST PLACE IN THE STATE for this short film competition that meetings standards in digital/media arts, writing, language, and performance. The Student Voices Campaign is a project-based learning opportunity recommended for grades 7-12 for any subject area, with elements of civic participation, creative expression, media production, and community engagement. It uses California Social Studies Standards, National Core Media Arts Standards, and Common Core Anchor Standards. Lessons can be scaled from periods of a few weeks to several months over the course of a school year.
If you would like to help support our Arts Education Programs, click here to become a member or contact AmadorArts about an Arts Education Sponsorship.
Practices on paper
Horizontal, vertical lines
Sphere and cubes and oblongs”
4th Grade Poet : Artists in the Schools