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Krannert Art Museum Fall 2015 Docent Training Class

Krannert Art Museum (KAM) volunteer docents lead tours of the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions to pre K-12 student and adult groups. They receive training on art history and teaching techniques.

Candidates must have a strong interest in learning about art and enjoy interacting with groups of all ages. Knowledge of art and teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Fluency in Spanish is a plus. Must have time available during weekdays to give tours.

Training and Time Commitment
Training will begin in Fall 2015. Docents will attend eight training sessions each semester, which are scheduled on Mondays from 9:30–11:00 am. Sessions cover the museum’s collections, art history, and teaching techniques to engage audiences of all ages.

Docents will begin leading tours in January 2016. Docents are expected to make a two-year commitment, give a minimum of five tours per year, and attend all training sessions (and make-up missed sessions).

Admission to the Program
To apply to the Docent Program, please email a one-page letter of interest to Director of Education, Anne Sautman [asautman(at)] or use the "contact" button at the bottom of the page. Your letter of interest should explain why you would like to be a KAM docent as well as your interest in art, experience teaching and public speaking, and other related skills or experience. An interview and background check will be required.
Application deadline is June 15, 2015.

Please note: This position is security sensitive. Eligibility is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The University ensures that all background checks are held in compliance with all federal and state statutes, and campus policy. Information attained from background check will be kept strictly confidential. Docents will have the right to request a copy of the report the University receives.

Useful Links

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Docent Training Videos

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Docent Training 1
Introduction and Pissarro

Docent Training 2
Looking Closely and Wiggins

Docent Training 3
Active Learning, Van Diest, and Van der Helst

Docent Training 4
Tour Logistics, Sowei Helmet Mask, and Chi Wara Headcrest

Docent Training 5
Mock Tours, Nasca Drum, Chimu Earspools, Inca Khipu

Docent Training 6
Greek Vases

Docent Training 7
Taft and Fremiet

Docent Training 8
Kindergarten Tours – Homes Around the World (Part 1)

Docent Training 9
Kindergarten Tours – Homes Around the World (Part 2)

Docent Training 10
Building a Modern Collection

Docent Training 11
Special Exhibitions: The Speaker Project, Iona Rozeal Brown, The Kangarok Epic, and Astral Convertible Stage Set

Docent Training 12
Ancient Chinese Funerary Objects

Docent Training 13
Petals and Paintings

Docent Training 14
Ancient Egypt

Docent Training 15
Decorative Arts

Docent Training 16
Portraits: Gainsborough and Copley

Docent Training 17
Steen Castle and Love or Money

Docent Training 18
Dutch Still Life and Moche Portrait Vessel

Docent Training 19
Pre-Columbian Gallery: The Paracas and Nasca Civilizations


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