Participants making art in the Docent Room, photograph courtesy of Jaime Ursic

Programs for Children and Families

The Center offers children’s programs and family festivals that explore the collections and special exhibitions. Through in-gallery experiences and art activities, children and families learn about British art and culture.

Docent talking to a group of older adults in front of Benjaimin West painting

Programs for Older Adults

Making Sense of Art

The Center welcomes older adults from independent learning centers, senior care facilities, and retirement communities for Making Sense of Art, a multivisit program created around looking closely at an artwork, conversation, and art appreciation. Docents teach theme-based art lessons with related supporting materials used to enhance a multisensory experience. The program actively engages participants through thoughtful observation of an artwork, sharing ideas, and relating narratives to their own life and experiences. For information about bringing your group to the Center, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Self-Guided Activities

We encourage you to explore the galleries using our self-guided family activities inspired by the Center’s architecture, available near the Information Desk. Our family guides are designed to be used in the gallery spaces to help you look more closely at the space and to enjoy your time at the Center.

Programs for Colleges and Universities

The Center encourages faculty from all departments at nearby colleges and universities to explore the rich educational opportunities afforded by the study of original works of art. The Center’s collections can be searched online.  

To discuss how the Center’s collections can become a valuable component for teaching or for inquiries related to public programs, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Using the Collections

As both a public museum and a university research institute, the Center aims to promote the awareness, study, and enjoyment of its collection of British art. Using the Collections is intended to help scholars, students, and the general public learn more about using the Center’s physical and digital collections.

Teaching with Collections

The Center welcomes educators who wish to use the collections for teaching, whether it is a kindergarten class or a group of graduate students. Visit Teaching with Collections to learn more.

2018 Docents, Library Court, Yale Center for British Art, photograph by Richard Caspole

Docent Program

Docents facilitate teaching from the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions. They lead interactive tours for visitors of all ages and abilities as well as teach specially designed programs. The docents include Steven Balser, Leah Begg, Anne Bolin, Judy Brennan, Ewa Buttolph, Berclee Cameron (Head Docent), Susan Cayer Stout, Louise Ciulla, Catherine Crawford, Susan Dardik, Serena Guerrette, Jane Harvey, Anneke Hathaway, Amy Hudnall, Mary Kee, Louise La Montagne, Boots Landwirth, Susan Lewis, Margaret Mann, Joya Marks, Mona Pierpaoli, Bob Potter, Mary Sagarin, Robin Schuldt, and James Wilson.

Becoming a docent requires a three-year commitment: one year of training followed by two years of service. Docents train every Monday during the academic year, with additional time spent on research and special projects.

The Center is not accepting applications at this time, but for further information about the program and docent-led tours, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Information Volunteer Program

The Center offers volunteer programs for individuals with a passion for the arts and an interest in contributing to the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Center’s Get Involved page for more information.

Information Volunteers, the visitor’s first contact with the museum, greet and orient the public to the Center’s collections, exhibitions, and programs. Their role is vital to shaping a positive visitor experience. A minimum commitment of one year is required; applicants must be at least eighteen years of age. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator ( | +1 203 432 2858).