Old - Art Docent Program

Elementary students working on construction paper art projects

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.  

Program Goals

  • 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.

Art Docent Handbook

With the launch of the new Northshore School District website, our Art Docent Programs materials have moved. Please visit the 2018 Art Docent Manual for the program overview, art docent lessons and prints. 

If you have difficulty accessing the materials, please email partnerships@nsd.org. 

"The information pertaining to the Northshore School District Art Docent Program is the property of the Northshore School District. This information is intended for use and reproduction by Northshore employees and volunteers. Reproductions for any other use must be approved by the Northshore School District."

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