Picture Presenter FAQs
What is a Picture Presenter?
A Picture Presenter is a mother, father, caregiver, or person interested in children and art. An art background is not necessary.
What does a Picture Presenter Do?
Each Picture Presenter is given a classroom with which s/he remains all year, October through May. If multiple people volunteer for a classroom, the months are divided between the volunteers. Each month the Picture Presenter introduces a print and facilitates a student discussion for 20-30 minutes. A project or craft may be completed to further introduce the artist, print, or teach a technique.
Why is the Picture Presenter Program Important?
The program introduces fine art to children. A whole new world is opened when we help children look at works of art with an “artist’s eyes” so that they may enjoy the quality and story-telling elements in all pictures. It is designed to familiarize children with great art and to create their interest and enthusiasm in it. The picture presenter program encourages children to look for and enjoy beauty in their everyday life. This program is one in which the volunteers work directly with the students in a classroom setting. The program is for kindergarten through fifth grade classes. When a child has completed the fifth grade, s/he has been exposed to 48 different picture presentations. Each year a child is introduced to eight new artists and their works. This program also introduces new vocabulary and further encourages analytical thinking.
Who sponsors and supports the Picture Presenter Program?
The program was originally financed by the Oswego Woman’s Civic Club. It is supported by the Homestead PTA and organized by the current year’s PTA Picture Presenter chairman.