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Artistic Support

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


The Artistic Support program provides opportunities for the development of innovative thinking through arts experiences, lessons, videos, and creativity training.
The program offers free elementary art lesson plans which are aligned with state visual arts learning standards and are available district wide for use by volunteer art docents, parents, and teachers. 

Funded by the Issaquah Schools Foundation, this program provides:

  • FREE ART LESSON PLANS for Volunteer Docents: Designed around a scaffold of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design, this Elementary level curriculum has been tested by art docents in the classroom, reviewed by teachers and aligned to the Washington State Visual Arts Learning Standards.
  • Online Learning Opportunities - Join Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger for video lessons featuring arts integrated with Social Emotional Learning (SEL)  such as Drawing Practice for Mindfulness and other creativity exercises. Check back for more videos coming soon!
  • Creativity Talks: Juliette Ripley-Dunkelberger offers talks about our need for innovation training. Innovation opportunities and creative thinking skills are easily found in arts education which can enhance a quality education. Check back for upcoming dates.

Thank you so much for your interest in innovation and creativity skills through arts experiences. 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 within 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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