The Art Docent Program began in 1969 with equal contributions 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.
- To expand children's ability to form definitions of their visual world.
- To familiarize elementary school children with artists in history.
- To examine elements of art that the children can apply to their own creative endeavors.
- To acquaint the children with varied media as a means of expression.
- To use volunteer docents from the community as facilitators.
- To provide a resource for teachers.
- To emphasize that lessons are a springboard for creative exploration rather than being limited to information gathering.
- To establish the legitimacy of art as a critical part of the basic curriculum.
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