The Art Docent Program
Docent resources:
Foundational Skills by Art Element
Foundational Skills by Grade Level
Art Docent Portal (email
 for passcode)

The Art Docent program brings interesting and exciting art education and experiences into the classroom each month.

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, art history and elements of art. You do not have to be an artist or even have any art background at all to be an Art Docent. The district has detailed lesson plans and artist backgrounds that you can use and the art room has a lot of supplies for use for the monthly projects. We also have a pinterest board full of potential projects and projects done in previous years.

The Art Docent program is a great way to volunteer directly in the classroom and work with your child and their classmates. You will work with a team of parents to rotate teaching lessons, set up and clean up lessons, and aid students during the lessons; the more hands you have to help guide the students the more they can do each month. You can volunteer to pass out crayons or to plan and teach a lesson.  All help is needed and appreciated.

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.

East Ridge is also fortunate to participate in the Art of Discovery from the Bellevue Art Museum in collaboration with the Junior League of Seattle. This program brings a curated art show from local PNW artists to our library. Last year students got to see artwork from artists such as Chihuly and George Tsutakawa among others.

Please consider becoming an Art Docent - it is a wonderful experience that both you and your child will surely enjoy!

For questions contact Heather Burke at






"Activities on this site are not sponsored nor endorsed by the Northshore School District or any of its schools. The district assumes no responsibility for the conduct during or the safety of the activities. Northshore School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action, claim, or petition filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of these materials including attorney's fees and judgment or awards."