Docent Training

Our experienced core staff provides training for volunteer docents at monthly hands-on workshops at your school. We discuss teaching philosophies, methods and strategies for different grade levels while we do the art projects. Before the parents become docents, they become students! Docents complete each lesson themselves, after which they go into the classroom and deliver sequential, hands-on art lessons. All volunteer docents will have clear plans, tasks and identified roles. Together we create, discuss, trouble-shoot and role-play the art experience.

Our lessons are designed not only to impart rendering, painting, and sculpting skills, but also to build student confidence and community ties.

This program meets the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools.

Docent Volunteers Will:

  • Complete related projects that they will teach.
  • Receive monthly training on effective teaching methods. 
  • Spend time discussing and troubleshooting questions that have arisen or might arise while teaching each lesson. 


Docents coordinate with teachers to set bi-weekly schedules. One hour allows for warm-up, lesson, project, and cool-down (share).


Materials will be supplied by Art Trek, organized for each lesson and stored in one accessible space on campus. 

The Art Trek Docent Training Program is a cost-effective and wonderful way to bring the visual arts into the classroom and to strengthen the volunteer core of a school.


Docent Program Costs

Costs include the following:

  • 8 docent workshops
  • 16 student classes — K–8th grade
  • Optional art extensions
  • Literary art extensions
  • Coordination of docents, supplies & shows
  • Written lesson plans, posters & prints

Docent Program Fee: $475 per month

Supply Fee: $9.25 per student per year

Let us tailor a program to meet your needs.