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Getting Started as an Art Docent

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Art Docent at Horace Mann. Our art program would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers like you. If needed, please apply or update your LWSD Volunteer Application (expires after 2 years).

What is an Art Docent?

Art Docents act as art instructors, leading classrooms in hands-on lessons in the visual arts, usually once a month. Lessons can be based on a well-known work of art, in the style of a famous artist, teach a specific technique, reflect the current season, inspired by a favorite children’s book – just about anything! Our Docents are parent and grandparent volunteers who have a passion for encouraging creativity in the visual arts. No artistic skill is required.

Art Docent Training

In the fall, there will be an evening training session that gives you everything you need to know to lead your first art lesson. You’ll meet the PTSA Co-VPs of Art and other docents, where an overview of the Art Docent program, as well as learn about other volunteer opportunities such as NW Art Project and Art Night. We will cover ideas for lessons plans, showing how you can incorporate the Elements of Art and Principles of Design in your projects, and see what types of materials are available in the Art and Science Room.



Important Information for Docents

Planning, Preparing, and Completing an Art Lesson
A walkthrough of the steps to prepare an art lesson, from planning to completion and beyond

Art Lessons

Here are some lesson plans to get you going right off the bat


Art Resources
Links around the web to find and plan lessons, as well as free online art education

Caring for Art Supplies
The dos and don'ts for keeping our art supplies in top working order

Map of the Art and Science Room
Can't find erasers? This map will show you where everything is kept  
How to use the ActivBoard
If you would like to utilize the screen, here is a guide to using the ActivBoard 


Helpful Resources

ABCs of Art

Visual Arts Glossary

Elements of Art and the Principles of Design

Washington State Visual Arts Standards


Questions? Contact 

NWArt">NW Art Project


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Redmond, WA 98052
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