Frequently Asked Questions

Our organization has students in grades 3-5. Does the Dive Into Art program accommodate organizations with varying grade level configurations?

Yes! Please contact us regarding your specific needs.

Our organization has a very limited budget. What are some ways to assist our purchase of the Dive Into Art program?

Dive Into Art understands that many organizations face budget constraints. For your convenience, Dive Into Art has compiled suggestions on how to secure funds. Please visit our Fundraising page for more details.

How does our organization implement the Dive Into Art program?

It’s easy! The Dive Into Art Handbook has streamlined step-by-step guidelines proven over years of experience. Included in the Handbook are essential tips from holding a volunteer orientation session to organizing materials. The Handbook will save your organization valuable time and help to ensure success.

Where can we find posters, sculptures, art materials, books, and organizational supplies?

For your convenience, Dive Into Art provides specific lists of materials and suggested vendors. Purchases from these vendors can be made using links located on the Dive Into Art website.

How can our organization replenish the Dive Into Art program materials?

Simply revisit the Dive Into Art website and make purchases using the vendor links provided.

What sort of annual maintenance can be expected once our organization implements the Dive Into Art program?

Following the organizational guidelines in the Dive Into Art Handbook will keep the annual maintenance of the program to a minimum. For your convenience, the Dive Into Art Handbook offers suggestions for preserving your materials and for periodic management of inventory.

How many volunteers are needed for the Dive Into Art program?

Typically, an organization needs a Dive Into Art Coordinator or Co-Coordinators to organize the materials and volunteers who will present the lessons. The number of volunteers needed to present the lessons is contingent upon the size and needs of your organization. Depending on volunteer interest, each lesson may be presented by a different volunteer or a volunteer may present multiple lessons. The Dive Into Art program quickly attracts enthusiastic volunteers, due to the fun, easy, and comprehensive format of the lessons.

Who can present a Dive Into Art lesson?

Dive Into Art believes that art should be accessible to all. Toward that end, each comprehensive lesson has been deliberately designed to create a community of inclusion. The 30-60 minute lesson format allows all volunteers such as parents, grandparents, camp counselors, and teachers flexibility in scheduling and a unique opportunity to successfully share a meaningful learning experience with students.

Do you need specific art training or previous experience to use the Dive Into Art program?

No. Dive Into Art volunteers can confidently present a lesson. Volunteers from art novices to art history experts enjoy participating in the Dive Into Art program.

How can our organization prepare volunteers for the Dive Into Art program?

Following the proven step-by-step guidelines in the Dive Into Art Handbook, your organization can easily prepare volunteers. The Handbook includes everything from sample notices to tips on how to conduct a brief orientation session introducing the program and explaining the procedures.

How can our organization prepare students for the Dive Into Art program?

Students are naturally curious and creative. The Dive Into Art team provides guidelines on how to encourage students to experience and appreciate art in the Dive Into Art Handbook.

What is included in the Dive Into Art program?

The complete Dive Into Art program for elementary schools includes:

  • 42 age appropriate lessons on specific artists and works of art, including lesson extensions and extensive lists of resources
  • a Dive Into Art Handbook to facilitate program implementation including guidelines about everything from training volunteers to organizing and preserving materials

*Dive Into Art also provides of specific lists of materials and links to recommended vendors to facilitate the purchase of posters, art materials, books, and organizational supplies.

Do you add new artists to your program?

Yes! The Dive Into Art library of lessons is ever expanding. Please let us know if you are interested in a particular artist.

Does Dive Into Art offer additional lessons on secondary works of art for any of the artists?

Yes! Selected artists in the Dive Into Art program have lesson appendices examining additional works of art for a more in depth study. Contact us for more information.

Which specific curriculum standards does the Dive Into Art program meet?

The Dive Into Art program meets National Curriculum Standards and New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards. For information about these standards, visit the Standards page.

How does the Dive Into Art program tie in with math, science, language arts, social studies, music, etc.?

Following an integrated approach to learning, as well as accommodating a variety of students’ learning styles, each Dive Into Art lesson includes multi-disciplinary lesson extensions. For example, following a lesson about Diego Rivera, students may study the Mayan calendar and a base twenty number system. Following the Leonardo da Vinci lesson, students could explore Renaissance medicine and gardening. After lessons on Ogata Korin or Yann Arthus-Bertrand, students might discuss diverse family traditions such as Japanese tea ceremonies or read Balinese folktales.

How does the Dive Into Art program support specific curriculum strands?

In addition to meeting curriculum standards, Dive Into Art lessons are designed to dovetail with many age appropriate curriculum strands. For example, a lesson on Alexander Calder’s mobiles adds another dimension to a study on balance and motion in a second grade class. Similarly, a third grade class studying immigration can also learn about American migration during the Dust Bowl through a lesson about photographer, Dorothea Lange. A fifth grade class might visualize frontier life and discover the art of the West through lessons about Georgia O’Keeffe and Frederic Remington.

How does the Dive Into Art program accommodate a variety of learning styles?

With Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences in mind, Dive Into Art lessons were created to provide a variety of experiences (e.g. visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) that engage students’ minds in active learning.

For information on Gardner’s theories see:
http://www.howardgardner.com/FAQ/faq.htm

Our organization is interested in a specific artist or genre of art. Can the Dive Into Art program be customized to suit our needs?

The Dive Into Art team would be happy to discuss the specific interests of your organization and do our best to meet those needs. Please contact us for more information.

What is the typical time commitment to present a Dive Into Art lesson?

Each Dive Into Art lesson can be presented in a 30–60 minute timeframe. Preparation to present each lesson is minimal. Generally, a quick read through of the lesson will suffice. The complete Dive Into Art program includes six lessons for each age group. The concise structure of Dive Into Art lessons allows flexibility for organizations to incorporate the program into the average day. However, occasionally some organizations prefer to introduce the Dive Into Art lessons through an after school enrichment program or in an extra-curricular workshop format.