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Artistic Support

A volunteer Art Docent helps students make clay bird nests.Artistic Support Program



The Artistic Support program provides free art instruction and lesson plans for volunteer art docents in each elementary school which align with our states visual arts learning standards. 



Funded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation’s Fine Arts Fund, this program provides:

  • Online Art Lessons for Volunteer Docents: Designed around a scaffold of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, this curriculum has been tested by art docents in the classroom, reviewed by teachers and aligned to the Washington State Visual Arts Learning Standards.
  • Ongoing Training - FREE ART CLASSES for Docents: Monthly art docent training sessions with professional instructors expose our docents to multiple mediums and provide the opportunity to work through a lesson they can then take back to school and teach. 
  • Annual Artistic Support Conference: A daylong event where docents can learn new mediums, create examples of lessons, get to know other docents and develop a network of support throughout the district. Please check back to find out when the next conference will be held.
  • Creativity Talks: Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger offers talks about our need for arts education and how creative opportunities in the classroom can enhance a quality education. Join us for Creativity is Essential: Parent Education & Maker Night, January 24, 2019, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Gibson Ek High School in Issaquah. Learn More & Register Now.
  • Art Docent program support through district level and business partnerships.
  • Various art projects that affect our students district wide.

Thank you so much for your interest in giving our kids arts experience. If you are interested in helping to find more solutions to provide arts education in our schools please contact Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger.

The *PTSA Art Docent program supports the state’s Visual Arts Grade Level Expectations K – 5, the Common Core, 21st Century Thinking Skills and Habits of Mind while offering students a positive experience with art by exposing them to various materials and artists. Volunteer Art Docents introduce the elements of design and principles of art, art vocabulary, safety, art criticism, art history and art’s intersection with culture. Students gain essential experience being creative in an open-ended environment.

The PTSA at each elementary school funds their program and defines their individual approach to their community. The PTSA volunteer Art Docents teach four to eight art lessons per year. The Issaquah School District has over 550 PTSA Volunteer art docents each year providing over 8,500 hours of volunteer instruction at the elementary school level.

These programs fill the gap between what state and district funding provides and what our kids require. We truly appreciate the generosity of the district, principals, classroom teachers, and parents who support our PTAs and in turn the Art Docent program.

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