Art Docent Program Objectives and Goals
Volunteers are an important and consistent part
of the elementary arts education program. Volunteer docents are trained to
introduce and familiarize elementary students with art, great artists and art
masterpieces through the use of photos of artwork found on the art docent
website, lesson plans, lively discussions and activities that reinforce the
subject matter and style of the art pieces. Docents guide students to
feel comfortable with art and to enjoy it! We accomplish all of this by
having FUN together.
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 teach elementary school children how to look at, understand, appreciate and be comfortable around art.
- To arouse interest and curiosity in students.
- To expand students’ vocabulary and strengthen observation skills.
- To familiarize elementary school children at an early age with artists in history.
- To examine elements of art that the students can apply to their own creative endeavors.
- To acquaint students with varied media as a means of expression.
- To use volunteer docents from the community as facilitators.
- To provide a resource for teachers.
- To provide cross-curriculum tie-ins of teacher and art docent lessons where possible.
- To emphasize that art lessons are a springboard for creative exploration rather than being limited to information gathering.
- To establish the legitimacy of art appreciation as a critical part of the basic curriculum.