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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