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Hands On Art

"Every child is an artist. 

The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up."


South Bay Hands On Art


Madison students participate in the South Bay Hands On Art program, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Madison PTA, your PTA donations, and our parent volunteers.

The aims of South Bay Hands On Art are:

  • To encourage the child's creative and mental growth through meaningful Art experiences in a non-judgmental environment.
  • To develop the child's visual perception and awareness.
  • To make the community resources in the arts more available to children

Students carry out six art projects throughout the school year. All projects are linked by a common theme. Sessions are led by "docents", who are all parent volunteers. (See below for more information about docent responsibilities.)

For more information about this program, please visit the South Bay Hands On Art website.


There are six projects for the 2019-20 school year:
  • Sept-Oct 2019 -- It's a Small World

  • Oct-Nov 2019 -- Hockney Hills

  • Jan 2020 -- Aboriginal Animal Art

  • Feb 2020 --  Fantasy Voyage

  • Mar-April 2020 -- Alebrijes

  • April-May 2020 -- Flip Out


Docents are parent volunteers who attend training workshops for each project and then lead the project in the classroom. Besides demonstrating the project techniques, they use books, pictures, and music to provide background information about the project and enhance the children's art experience. Assistants are also parent-volunteers and they aid the docents in the classroom, helping them to set up and carry out the projects.

Docents MUST attend the monthly workshops before leading the projects. The workshops take place at Alta Vista Elementary School and are also attended by several other local schools. Brunch is provided for the docents. (Every school takes turns in providing the brunch.)  Each workshop is led by the artist who created the project and the project is presented step-by-step, with lots of tips on how to teach it at particular grade levels. The workshops are a very lively and social experience and are a chance to learn new techniques, exchange ideas and see some beautiful works of art.

Projects should be completed in class within a month of the workshop before the next workshop takes place.

You do not have a be a "great artist" to be a Hands On Art docent or assistant – all you need is curiosity and enthusiasm! And STUDENTS LOVE HANDS ON ART – one of the most rewarding aspects of being a docent or assistant is the students' appreciation for this program, from the way their faces light up when you wheel the Art Cart into their classroom to their sense of pride when they complete a project! 

If you would like to be involved in Hands On Art in your child's classroom or would like more information about the program, please contact Madson PTA's Hands on Art chairs, Jessica Wong or Kari Chatterji at