Parents around the Valley can learn about art and how to talk to kids about it tomorrow at the Phoenix Art Museum.

The museum’s Art Masterpiece Program will host a boot camp tomorrow, training school-based volunteers and parents with tools and techniques to teach elementary-level students about the visual arts. The new one-day training format this year will be filled with informative lectures, gallery presentations and interactive workshops.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Camilla Pettibone went through the program more than a decade ago and has been a docent volunteer at the museum for 11 years.

“It is unique that we are reaching out to parents,” Pettibone said. “My son became an artist and I wanted to be able to talk to him about art, now other parents can do the same.”

Now in her third year of co-chairing the 20-year-old program, Pettibone said the opportunity to appreciate art with the program is a good adjunct to curriculum.

“Art is so deeply connected to other school subjects,” she said.

Pettibone explained several aspects of art are tied in with other school subjects like math, history and English. Angles, shapes and even volume tie in to mathematics, history of art in general is related, and students learn new vocabulary words in terms of art techniques and theories.

“The (volunteers) have activities to help them relate to the each workshop throughout the day,” Pettibone said of the program.

Following the boot camp, each volunteer will receive a poster with activities, light curriculum and other information to present to classrooms to relate to each workshop lesson.

Art Masterpiece Program volunteers then spend an hour every month presenting projects to schools.

“My son was inspired by a parent volunteer and their project, and now he has a career in art,” said Pettibone, who’s now adult son was a former student at Kyrene de la Colina Elementary.

“This is real beneficial, and it’s about understanding art,” she added.

The Art Masterpiece Boot Camp will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and conclude around 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and lunch will be included.

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave. in central Phoenix.

For tickets, visit, or to register, call (602) 257-4356.


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