What are Docents?
Docent is a title given to persons who serve as guides and educators for the institutions they serve, usually on a voluntary basis.
The DAC docents is an all-volunteer committee that offer multiple programs. Durango Friends of the Arts is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that has given over $380,000 in grants to visual and performing arts programs in the Durango area. 100% of the money raised for the grant fund goes back to the community through arts outreach and education. Docents share the joy and beauty of the arts with children, elders and all in between through the following offerings.
Docent Program Offerings
“Art in the Schools”
This program is for children from kindergarten through fifth grade. The docent program is presented in the classroom with information about the artists and their work. Then the docents let the children work on their own, developing an art project that reflects the artist that was presented.
Program curriculum correlates with Local, State and National Education Standards in CO and NM.
Selected Artists and Curriculum Aspects
Albert Bierstadt – American landscape painter who gave Americans of the 1800′s a glimpse of the unknown West and the desire to become a part of it. (geography and social studies)
Alexander Calder – American artist of the 20th Century whose playful mobiles added motion to the world of sculpture. (math and science)
Salvador Dali - Spanish Surrealist who used the painter’s canvas to depict images of dreams and the subconscious. (psychology)
Leonardo da Vinci – Italian Renaissance man, was one of the greatest painters in history as well as an architect, scientist, writer, sculptor and musician. (social studies, culture, and science)
Stanton Englehart – Beloved Four Corners painter, is known for his large abstract landscapes. (social studies)
Frida Kahlo – Hispanic artist most recognized for self portraits. She used broad strokes and simple yet vivid color. (culture, social studies)
Jacob Lawrence – American painter known for telling the story of African American experience in America. (social studies)
Georgia O’Keeffe - American painter known for her Southwestern landscapes and beautiful flowers. (social studies and nature)
Pablo Picasso – Spanish Cubist painter changed the world of art and reinvented his own artistic style throughout his career. (geometry)
Frederic Remington – American artist of the 19th and early 20th Century brought the action, tension, and drama of the American West to life. (geography and social studies)
Alfred Stieglitz - American photographer who raised photography to an art form. (culture)
The Art of Navajo Weaving - Clara Sherman presents the traditional Navajo textiles and D. Y. Begay exhibits contemporary works. (culture and social studies).
Art Outreach in the Community
Docents also provide art outreach in the community through scheduled visits to senior centers and other organizations. Interested groups need to contact DAC Docents to schedule a visit 2 weeks in advance.
Tours of DAC Exhibits in the Barbara Conrad Gallery
This program provides students with an orientation to gallery behavior to help them gain a level of comfort in attending gallery exhibits throughout life. It provides a way for students to engage the art that they see and experience; the docents help the students learn to “look” at art. The program provides interactive learning experiences and hands-on art projects.
For more information, call (970) 259-2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a date and time for a docent visit.