Art Docent Program


Issaquah PTSA Art Docent Program

The Issaquah School District has over 350 art docents each year providing over 4,500 hours of volunteer instruction at the elementary school level.

The Art Docent program’s purpose is to support the state’s Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations K – 5 while offering students a positive experience with art by exposing them to various materials and artists. We introduce the elements and principles of art, art vocabulary, safety, art criticism and art’s influence on culture. The volunteer Art Docents teach four to eight art lessons in each elementary classroom per year.

Ruppert’s report Critical Evidence shows that kids with over four years immersion in the arts have SAT verbal scores 58% points higher and math scores 38% higher that kids with half a year or less. When Carnation Elementary imposed an ArtsEd arts-teaching program, reading scores climbed 23%, and 70% fewer kids got sent to the principal’s office. (From City Arts, Nov 2010)

Thanks to a grant from the Issaquah Schools Foundation in 2002 we have an outline which includes: topics for each grade level based on the elements and principles of art, a set of art prints online, and suggested art projects. Another ISF grant this year enables us to offer a training per month with professional instructors, a single day conference for all docents, and begin to put together an online presence creating a virtual art docent community.

This program fills the gap between what the district funding can provide and what our kids require. We truly appreciate the generosity of the principals, class room teachers, and the parents who support our PTA’s and in turn the Art Docent program.

Check out The 10 Lessons the Arts Teach – By Elliot Eisner 

The Issaquah PTSA Art Docents One Drive contains art information, goals, documents, lesson plans, and pictures.

Additional Lesson Plans by grade level.  (Thank you to Donna Gelinas for posting these lesson plans.)

More Lesson Plans & Resources:  Arts Impact & ArtsWa

Check out the smARTS for Students Publication.


Lesson Plan Samples
Explore our One Drive full of lesson plans, documents, goals, and more HERE

Docent training dates
*Trainings & sign-ups will be listed on artEAST web site:
Contact the coordinator if you have not received this information and would like to.

Art Docent Conference –  October 14-15, 9am – 4pm at Briarwood Elementary. More information and registration link coming soon.

Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger and Laurelle Graves


Upcoming Art Docent Training & Events:

(click on an event for details, and event links to websites or fliers for more information) 

  • October 14, 2017 9:00 amArt Docent Fall Conference
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