Docents

Creating "ah ha" moments since 1962

Volunteer tour guides, also known as docents, have an interest in teaching diverse audiences, a willingness to study American and European art history, and are able to commit to the program for one year following training. Previous knowledge of art is not necessary, but candidates must be able to commit to a six month training program in addition to fulfilling a minimum service requirement. Training classes meet once a week. Bilingual skills are highly encouraged but not required.

  

Docent Benefits

  • Opportunities to gain and share information about art and art history
  • Opportunities to make a difference in the lives of visitors of all ages 
  • Meet others interested in art and teaching
  • Meet curators and artists
  • Free membership to the Museum
  • Subscription to Museum Newsletter and other mailings
  • Access to training materials, articles on art history and teaching tips
  • Advance notice of Museum programs and new exhibitions
  • Discounts in the Museum Store
  • Invitation to annual appreciation brunch and holiday potluck social

Subjects covered in Docent Classes
  • Visual Vocabulary & Art Terms
  • Mexican Colonial/Spanish Viceroyal & Retablos
  • El Paso Artists, Texas Regional, Taos & Santa Fe
  • American Modernism
  • Early American Art, American Impressionists, Luminist, Westward Expansion
  • French Impressionism
  • Art Nouveau & Art Deco
  • Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Surrealism
  • Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism
  • Italian Late Medieval, Early Renaissance, Siena
  • Italian High Renaissance, Mannerism
  • The Kress Collection: symbolism & interpretation
  • Sculpture & Contemporary Art Movements

For more information and to apply, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Sommer, Education Curator at 915-212-3056 or at SommerEX@elpasotexas.gov