Art Docent Program


The Arlington Arts League Art Docent Program is conducted in partnership with the Arlington Independent School District's (AISD) Art Curriculum Department. The program is designed to recruit and train art docents who then assist with art education in the AISD's 5th & 6th grades.

Once a month, docents visit assigned elementary schools in the AISD to present a program about the art and history of a particular artist.
AISD 5th grade students experience these great American artists:

  • Winslow Homer
  • Thomas Cole
  • Navajo Indians & Ruffino Tamayo (Mexican)
  • Andrew Wyeth
  • Horace Pippin
  • Frederic Remington
  • Rosa Bonheur (French)
  • Childe Hassam
  • Maurice Prendergast

AISD 6th grade students learn about European artists such as:

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Diego Rivera
  • Peter Brueghel
  • Jacob Lawrence (American)
  • Rembrant Van Rijn
  • Edgar Degas
  • John Constable
  • Paul Cezanne
  • Mary Cassatt (American)
  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • Ando Hiroshige
  • Pablo Picasso

Volunteers are required to attend informative monthly training sessions conducted by Art Docent Trainer, Victoria Comstock. There they will be given the tools to help them discuss key learning points such as composition, personal history about the artist's life, world history, and how to observe the painting and the world around them. These sessions also provide an excellent opportunity to interact with other Art Docents and to share in their knowledge.

Volunteers are provided resources to take with them and information to assist them with further research. These materials can then be used to create a lesson plan based on the volunteer docent's vision and personal delivery style.

To become an Art Docent, or to have the program come to your school, please contact:

Linh Nguyen
Arlington Arts League
Director of Art Docents