The Art Docent Program
Docent resources:
Foundational Skills by Art Element
Foundational Skills by Grade Level
Art Docent Portal (email 
for passcode)
For questions contact Heather Burke at

Virtual Art Docent
PTA is providing art supplies (they should have come home in your 10/30 pickup) to be used in Art docent lessons throughout the year; they are yours to keep whether you use all of them or not. Most classes will have 2 lessons before winter break. Teachers will let your student know when they will be using these supplies. Additional project specific supplies may be sent in future materials pickups. Lessons have been adapted by the district team to use the supplies that were available on normal school supply lists (either crayons, markers, colored pencils and #2 pencils) and the free supplies given by the northshore foundation. East Ridge PTA is sending additional supplies like watercolors, paper, and sketchbooks. 

Want to teach a virtual art docent class? Attend at an art docent roundtable!

There is currently no expert on how to best deliver art docent lessons in a virtual environment but there are some things we have learned and know so many of you have had some great successes in the classroom. Come learn and share ideas out our monthly Art Docent Roundtables. All the dates have been scheduled into March and you can RSVP through Eventbrite. They are also listed on the docent portal under Training and Events. Please make sure to RSVP because the dates may be canceled if we do not have any sign-ups. 

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.

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






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