My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community
My Masterpieces provides an arts education curriculum for Pasadena Unified School District’s elementary classrooms. Currently in place at twelve PUSD elementary schools, it serves 280 classrooms and approximately 6,800 students. Fourth-grade teachers distribute the book, Painting the Beautiful, which was created by PMH with support from the Ann Peppers Foundation, in their classrooms to facilitate discussions on art and art history concepts. The program culminates with a special field trip to PMH, focusing on Museum patron Eva Scott Fenyes and her art collection. Students also create their own sketches in the Fenyes Estate Garden. In 2010, My Masterpieces was awarded the Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association as a model of school-community collaboration and arts education. Education Interns will be able to develop their own leadership skills and background in history, art, and education, while simultaneously increasing the supervisory component of the field trip. With their assistance in supervision and volunteer training, the program’s expansion will be more feasible.
Junior Docent Program
Junior Docents are seventh- and eighth-grade students from Pasadena’s public and private schools who have been trained to lead an interactive tour for third- and fourth-grade students. They use PMH’s collection as a teaching tool to explore local history, as well as local life and culture at the turn of the twentieth century. Tours are conducted twice a week throughout winter and spring. The Junior Docents develop skills in leadership, time management, and public speaking, while simultaneously learning and making a significant contribution to the community. Elementary students benefit from the program’s inter-generational learning model. Drawing on the great success this program has had over more than twenty years, the interns will help this program take in more Junior Docents and reach more elementary students than ever before.
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