Bellevue Arts Museum


The Art of Discovery Project, developed and presented by the Junior League in collaboration with the Bellevue Arts Museum, brings learning through art to King County schools with a PTA Docent Training program which focuses on the Northwest Art Collection. PTA Art Docents are equipped with docent training, inquiry-based lesson plans, and activities to support multi-dimensional learning. These trained docents then return to their schools to teach from original artwork from the Pacific Northwest region. Through informal and intimate discussion of our thematically organized exhibits, children learn critical thinking and communication skills. This unique and innovative program enables students and teachers to experience an art museum in their own school setting.

The Collection includes works by Northwest masters Guy Anderson, Dale Chihuly, William Cumming, Morris Graves, Fay Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Sherry Markovitz, Alden Mason, Norie Sato, and many others. Click here for more information about the program >


Experienced Junior League Docents provide a mandatory workshop designed to give PTA Art Docents information and training on using an inquiry-based approach to teaching art in the school setting. At the workshop, each PTA Art Docent receives instruction for multi-sensory approaches to teaching children in small class settings and a teaching packet with EALR-specific activities and lessons. This program is designed for educating children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The workshop will include a complimentary docent-led museum tour of the BAM. The workshop also covers transportation, setup, and display of the art. This year's program will also qualify as a Washington State Clock Hour offering.

The Docent Workshops for PTA Art Docents will be held in early 2014 at the Bellevue Arts Museum located at 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 on the following dates:

  • Track 1 - Saturday, January 11, 2014, 9am - 12pm: For schools in the Lake Washington School District
  • Track 2 - Saturday, January 11, 2014, 1pm - 4pm: For schools in the Issaquah School District
  • Track 3 - Saturday, January 25, 2014, 9am - 12pm: For all other Eastside Elementary Schools, including Northshore, Mercer Island, Bellevue, Renton, Auburn School Districts and Private schools

2013 - 2014 REGISTRATION

Registration for the Art of Discovery Project is now closed.

There is a limit on the number of schools that can participate in the Art of Discovery Project, so registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants indicate their top 3 choices for 3-week blocks to host the art, and we do our best to accommodate. Please account for any scheduled breaks as well as any standardized tests and other scheduling conflicts.


Additional support for The Art of Discovery provided by: Target


If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Megan Dyer, Bellevue Arts Museum Youth & Family Education Coordinator at 425.519.0741 or

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Images (center and right): Cassidy, age 11; Photo: Team Photogenic