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Training Program

Docents are trained in three ways: weekly training sessions, classroom visits, and meeting and working with experienced docents. Prospective trainees do not need or require any formal art background or skills, just an interest in teaching art to elementary school children.

Weekly Training Sessions: Trainees meet Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. September through March. Recruits learn a variety of art docent lessons in different media, art theory, teaching and classroom management skills.

Training sessions are held at the District Office on the Covington School campus. New trainees are expected to attend all the training classes, make additional classroom visits and start co-teaching lessons in their first year.

Classroom Visits: Trainees visit TK-6 classrooms throughout the Los Altos School District.

Meet Experienced Docents: In place of a training session, a general meeting of all docents is held one Thursday of each month. General meetings begin with business, and then feature an enjoyable educational program, such as a guest lecturer or adult art lesson! Enjoy special docents-only tours, field trips and social events, too!


Attend training classes and the monthly general meeting Thursday mornings from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. September through March. Monthly general meetings continue through May.

Please note: Training is conducted every Thursday morning except school holidays. Classroom visits are required in addition to these morning sessions. Because of the time commitment involved in becoming an Art Docent, childcare and work conflicts must be resolved before enrolling in the program.

Check the FAQ page for more information.