The Art Docent Program began in 1969 with equal shares of money from Instructional Materials and elementary principals’ budgets and an unequal amount of volunteer hours. The program has flourished and continues to be a quality arts literacy enrichment program provided by volunteers for all of Northshore elementary schools.
Volunteers are an important and consistent part of the elementary arts education program. By being an approving, suggesting, challenging, guiding, questioning, and prompting visitor to the classroom each month, volunteers introduce children (and teachers) to the wonders of art appreciation.
No two interpretations or dialogues of a shared experience by children are the same. Students soon learn that their creative ideas are valued and that there are no “right” or “wrong” answers. Everyone appreciates art for different reasons.
Art Docent Useful Links
We’ve included links recommended by the Art Docent committee. The second link included from Canyon Creek Elementary contains some great ideas for art projects. Do you have any other ideas? Contact Nicki Foran firstname.lastname@example.org or Jean Tracy email@example.com.