What is the GREAT Art program (formerly GRACE Art)?img_7792 It is a school-wide, volunteer-driven arts enrichment program. Volunteers host a monthly, one-hour classroom session for all grades. A short presentation on a visual arts topic is combined with a related hands-on art project. 

Who pays for GREAT Art at Sunrise Valley ES? GREAT Art is funded entirely by the SVES PTA. The PTA purchases all art supplies necessary to complete the art projects. Each month (students participates in 5 months of GREAT Art), we need enough materials for at least 600 students. Your PTA membership dollars are essential to support the GREAT Art program.

How does it work? GREAT Art school coordinators provide PowerPoint presentations, background materials and art projects to volunteer lead presenters. GREAT Art classroom coordinators send out monthly sign-ups to their class families through the PTA's website.

Is it a big time commitment? Not at all! You can do all five sessions or just one depending on your schedule. The session begins with a 10-15 minute discussion guided by a PowerPoint presentation followed by an art project. With set-up and clean up, the time commitment is about 90 minutes.

Do I have to be an art expert to volunteer? Absolutely not! You will receive an annotated PowerPoint presentation with images to lead the discussion. The kids enjoy participating so your role is to keep the conversation lively and focused.

Who would I contact for more information? The GREAT Art Coordinators Phoebe Avery, Julie Hanssen Harris, Maggie Booth and Celeste Lemrow, at SVESPTAGreatArt@gmail.com.

We love our Volunteers!  Without you, there would be no GREAT Art program!

How can you get involved?

  • VOLUNTEER in the classroom as the lead presenter and/or project assistant. No special art knowledge required!
  • BE a classroom coordinator – create monthly sign-ups, be the scheduling point person with the teacher and communicate with the volunteers.
  • PARTICIPATE in one or all five sessions! The kids love it and you will have a chance to spend time with them during the school day in a fun, creative way.
  • ASK your child about the GREAT Art program and what they learned.
  • JOIN the PTA so we can keep the program funded!

Contact the SVES GREAT Art Coordinators Phoebe Avery, Julie Hanssen Harris, Maggie Booth and Celeste Lemrow at SVESPTAGreatArt@gmail.com to volunteer as a classroom coordinator or with any questions.

GREAT Art will be in presented in classrooms during October, November, February, March and April.



GREAT Art Presentation Materials

Month Theme
 October  Ben Volta (artist of the Colts Neck Drive Underpass project)
 November  Romare Bearden (20th-century American artist)
 February  Carmen Herrera (104-year-old Cuban-American artist)
 March  The Art of the Japanese Kite
 April  TBD