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Art Docents

The Art Docent program is a 100% parent-volunteer-run and PTA-sponsored program that provides art lessons for all Otis students. Art Docent lessons are conducted once a month and offer students the chance to express themselves in various mediums.

The PTA provides funds to purchase supplies for the program – that means art supplies for over 600 students each month of the school year!  Each spring, every student in the school selects a piece of art to display at our Art Show. In addition, each year (that we're not in the middle of a global pandemic) every class produces a collaborative art project to auction off at the Spring Auction Fundraiser.  Some of these collaborative projects have been auctioned off for more than $1,500, which greatly helps our school and supports the art program.

You don’t have to be an artist or have a Masters in Art History to be an Art Docent volunteer.  The lessons are prepared for each grade level and supplies are ready to go.  You just need to roll up your sleeves, read the lesson module, and help the kids have fun. Some art lessons cover basic art concepts; some are inspired by modern artists (Yayoi Kusama, Keith Haring, Faith Ringgold, Joseph Amedokpo, Jacob Lawrence, Frida Kahlo); some introduce students to art traditions from different cultures (aboriginal art, molas from Panama, arpilleras from Chile, Gond-inspired art).

To learn more about the Art Docent Program or volunteer, join the Art Docent group on Konstella or contact the Art Docent Program Lead at Please let the lead know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks!

art a la mode art on stage at otis
collaborative art map of alameda made of tracing of students' hands