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COVID-19: FAQ on Distance Learning

Covid FAQs 2021-2022


Why no docents this year?

Even if schools return to a hybrid or in-person learning model, we anticipate that classroom visitors will be limited or prohibited.  So realistically, in-person, docent-led instruction will not be possible.


What will Young at Art look like during distance learning?

Young at Art is committed to providing students access to rich art experiences, even during a pandemic.  Through our website (young-at-art.info), we will post artist-produced video lessons that can be accessed from home.  These videos are designed for students in grades 3 through 8 to be able to follow independently, pausing as needed.  Students grades K-2 should need minimal support (e.g. accessing files/video, gathering materials, pausing the video, repeating instructions).  We encourage parents and teachers to create their own art using these lessons as well, and to reap the inherent social-emotional benefits of making art themselves.  A few moments of zen - you deserve it!


What about materials?

One of the goals of Young at Art is to provide exposure to artist-grade materials.  We are pivoting this year to include readily accessible materials to enable students (and teachers and parents!) to continue engaging in art making during this unprecedented time.


Along with the video lessons, we will post suggested materials, including links to specific supplies online from companies like Amazon and Blick.  However, purchasing materials is not required.  The videos and accompanying materials lists will include options that are commonly found at home.  In the first lesson, for example, students may use art paper, copy paper, lined notebook paper, newspaper, or a paper grocery bag.  They may also use sharpies and watercolors, or markers, crayons, ball-point pen, or a pencil.   Creative supply selection is encouraged.


How will Young at Art communicate?

Communication will flow through YAA school chairs, room parents, teachers, school newsletters, and our website: young-at-art.info.  When new lessons are posted, students and parents will be informed through these channels.


Will there be a virtual art show or gallery?

Yes!  Students’ work can be posted on the YAA Shutterfly site: youngatartgallery.shutterfly.com  (accessible link at each project through the Young-at-Art.info website).  This is purely optional and whole family sharing is encouraged.  Email your student’s work to:  young.at.art.lessons@gmail.com  so that we can add it to the gallery display.  Directions are also available on the Share Gallery site when you visit.


Teachers may also opt to have students share work with their class live (e.g. via Zoom) or via a gallery of the teacher’s creation (e.g. in Google Classroom).


What if my student can’t keep up with the video or makes a mistake during the lesson?

Firstly, all Young at Art students know there are no mistakes in art!  Doing something unintentional can lead you somewhere you didn’t expect, and that’s a good thing.  You (or your student) can pause the video at any point and resume at any time.  New videos will be introduced throughout the year and will remain posted until the end of the school year.


Can I share these videos with others outside my school or district?

Schools participating in the Young at Art program make contributions to support the maintenance and expenses during this time, out of which we compensate the artists that develop these lessons and own the rights to their content.  


If you wish to share these lessons with your organization or network, please contact the artist(s) directly.  Their contact info is available through the Directors of Young at Art. directors@young-at-art.info 


Who can I contact for further information about YAA?

Regina Patton & Marisa Checa, YAA Co-Directors



Frequently asked questions

How are projects selected for Young at Art?

In January of each year, each member of the Young at Art Design Committee receives a list of atists to contact to see if they would like to submit a project for the selection process; if they do, the DC member works closely with their artist to test each project with students ranging in grades K-8. Each project must meet all project submission criteria to be considered for selection: including, but not limited to a detailed lesson plan for a rich and meaningful art project, a background/history for the project, a supply list, student samples, a project presentation board, and cost limit of $1 per project.

How can I become a Young at Art docent?

Contact your schools Young at Art School Chair(s) to let them know that you are interested in becoming a docent. At the very start of each school year, the school chairs are thrown curve balls to fill in docents for each class; often the entire grade-level of docents from the last year are all in the same class the current year making it necessary to recruit new docents.

How is Young at Art Funded?

Depends, It is different for each school. There are 2 HBCSD schools. Hermosa Valley and Hermosa View work together as a team to raise funds to pay for all Hermosa docents & students to participate in Young at Art. There are 6 MBUSD schools. Each school is funded in varying ways. Each school manages some amount of fundraising (i.e. Note Card, Calendar, and/or Bake sales). School PTA's generously allocate an annual Young at Art budget in varying amounts that is paid through receipts from school chairs and invoices from Young at Art. There are 5 local, private schools that participate in Young at Art. There are 13 schools in all, Approximately 7500 students, that participate in the Young at Art program, which is a 501 c (3) Non-profit organization. Young at Art is 100% volunteer.

What can I do to support Young at Art?

AWESOME! There are so many ways to particpate in the function and success of the Young at Art Program. Be a Young at Art Parent-helper in your childs classroom. Your childs teacher will work with the docent to create a schedule for 6 lessons. ASK when these will be taught throughout the school year. Become a Young at Art Docent for your childs classroom. Participate in Young at Art Fundraisers that specifically benefit your childs school. Attend your schools Young at Art Gallery to show support and take in the gradeur of the showing of student art. To see a public display of their artwork in a community installation is a vital part to the students creativity. Go to art museums and local art galleries when time allows.