About Art To Grow On

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About Art To Grow On

Post by Admin on Wed Sep 23, 2015 11:43 am

As indicated in the “About this Site” post, www.ATGOtalk.com and www.atgo.forumotion.com were created to exchange information and ideas between volunteers of the Park Western Place Elementary School chapter of Art To Grow On (ATGO).

ATGO is a regional, non-profit organization serving more than 15 harbor-area schools. As a result, the following description reflects my personal perception of the program and how it relates to the volunteers and students at Park Western.

ATGO strives to provide free art education to all kids in the Los Angeles Harbor Area.

ATGO is funded primarily by local PTAs and staffed entirely by volunteers.

ATGO teaches five art projects a year to elementary and junior high school students. Classes are taught on-campus, during the school day.

This year’s projects include a simple pencil sketch based on maritime paintings from the 1800s; a gold-plated, three-dimensional hieroglyph; and a print inspired by the American Pop Art Movement. While each project is different, they all foster student creativity and require creative decision making.    

Of course, our young artists will take home some great frame-worthy artwork. But teaching students to exercise their creative muscle is what ATGO is all about.

People often think that “being creative” is a talent born to artists alone. This is simply not true.

Creativity is a skill that can be learned. And creative decision making is vital for success in fields from math to medicine, to teaching.

So, ATGO-PW’s mission is to enhance our kids’ education with experiences that nurture creativity and provide tools necessary for future success.

For more information about Art To Grow On, checkout the official ATGO site, www.arttogrowon.com or take a look at this year’s ATGO pamphlet.


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