Junior Docent School Program

Program Overview: Multiple-visit Elementary School Program for 3rd Through 5th Grade Students: School students participating in Milwaukee Art Museum’s Junior Docent School Program (JDSP) visit the Museum for themed tours over the course of three years, building on concepts and skills around art while engaging with the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Collection.

JDSP is designed to teach elementary school students vocabulary, history, and interpretation strategies in visual arts. The instruction provided assists students in developing awareness and understanding of the visual arts in relation to history and cultures. Additionally, students explore and develop various verbal, visual, and critical-thinking skills that can be applied to discussing works of art. They also develop a sense of ownership and belonging to a vital cultural institution in their community and encourages their continued attendance to museums in the future.

  • Community partnership program for over 40 years!
  • 10 themed field trips to the Milwaukee Art Museum for participating 3rd-5th grade students/schools
  • Flexible program is implemented in over 50 public, charter, private, and home schools
  • Over 1,200 students are expected to graduate from the program this year
  • Cost: $5 per student per field trip + transportation
JDSP Classroom

For participating JDSP Educators, insert login credentials to access program resources including tour request forms, planning guides, optional activities, videos, and more.

In Year 3 of the program students will:

  • Select a favorite work of art from the Museum’s collection for further investigation
  • Create a reproduction and a creative response to the selected artwork
  • Research and develop a 3-5 minute presentation of the selected work of art
  • Deliver the presentation, artistic reproduction, and creative response to a group of peers, family, and Museum staff as Junior Docents during the graduation tour

For more information, email teachers@mam.org or call the Educator for School and Teacher Programs at 414-224-3818.

Junior Docent School Programs are supported by Herzfeld Foundation, Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust and We Energies Foundation.