Docents are trained in three ways: weekly training sessions, classroom visits, and meeting 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 Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. September through March. New docents learn one Art Appreciation and one Hands-On art lesson each week. Other topics may include discussion of different docent roles, training in art theory or classroom management, and watercolor or clay “play days”.
Training sessions are held at the District Office on the Covington School campus. New trainees are expected to attend all the training classes in their first year. Docents are trained in three ways: weekly training sessions, classroom visits, and meeting 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.
Classroom Visits: Trainees visit K-6 classrooms throughout the Los Altos School District. Art Appreciation lessons: observe a focused discussion between the docent and the classroom students. Hands-On lessons: assist the lead docent with lesson materials and students' work.
Meet Experienced Docents: In place of a training session, a general meeting of all docents is held one Wednesday 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 Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. September through March. Monthly general meetings continue through May.
Please note: Training is conducted every Wednesday morning except school holidays. Classroom visits are required in addition to Wednesday 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.
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