Lietz Elementary students receive Fine Art instruction and participate in hands-on art projects 6 times per year in the classroom with Art Vistas Inc. docents.
Art Vistas Inc. is a non-profit organization formed in 1984 to provide instruction and enrichment in art history, art appreciation, and art techniques for all children in the Union School District. The organization is served district-wide by an elected executive board, a head docent from each participating school and classroom docents at each school. All members of Art Vistas Inc. are parent volunteers.
Each classroom requires 3-4 parent volunteers (1 lead docent and 2-3 helpers) to make this program a success. The docents are provided with "mini exhibits" of great works of art to bring into the classrooms and conduct easy-to-understand discussions with the children; this is followed by hands-on projects that provide unique creative opportunities for each student. All supplies for the projects are provided by the Home & School Club.
Docents are required to attend training programs provided by Art Vistas Inc. First-time docents are required to attend one general training session in addition to the appropriate grade level training. The general training session dates are offered twice in the month of September. See the District calendar for dates.
Every classroom lead docent is required to participate in grade-level training.Grade-level training is required twice per year, in October and February. Please check the District calendar for dates.
Lietz Elementary hosts it's own Art Vistas Art Show each year, where student art from each classroom can be observed and appreciated in a gallery format.