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Dolphin Art

THANK YOU Carl H. Sundahl PTA for sponsoring our 2023/2024 Dolphins A.R.T. Program!

(Dolphins Are Really Talented)

We are thrilled to announce a fantastic addition to the educational offerings at Carl H. Sundahl this upcoming school year – the Dolphin Art Program! This innovative art program, brought to you by the PTA, promises to be an enriching experience for our students, fostering creativity, artistic skills, and a deeper appreciation for the world of art.

Developed by our very own local artist, Rachel Dillon, the Dolphin Art Program aims to introduce our students to the captivating world of art through a series of six engaging lessons throughout the school year. From Kindergarten to 5th grade, your child will have the opportunity to explore the works of 36 diverse artists, ranging from living talents to historical legends and even renowned local artists.

The Dolphin Art Program will cover a wide range of artistic techniques and mediums, including drawing, coloring, watercolor, acrylic paint, chalk, clay, and oil pastels. By immersing themselves in these mediums, students will not only hone their artistic abilities but also develop a deeper understanding of the creative process and the impact of different art forms.

To ensure the success of this program, we are calling for parent volunteers to become docents. Docents will be trained to deliver these captivating art lessons in the classroom, providing our students with an interactive and engaging learning experience. If you're passionate about art and would like to contribute your time and expertise, we invite you to consider becoming a docent for the Dolphin Art Program. To express your interest and learn more, please reach out to Gabriella Mitchell.

We can't wait to see the incredible artistic journey that our students will embark upon with the Dolphin Art Program. By nurturing their creativity and encouraging their exploration of the art world, we are confident that this program will leave a lasting impact on their education and personal growth.

Thank you for your continued support and enthusiasm. Together, we can make the Dolphin Art Program a remarkable success!


PTA Dolphin Art Program

DOCENT TRAINING: About “Dolphins A.R.T.”

How: Dolphins A.R.T. is made possible by the Carl Sundahl PTA and parents volunteering as docents and teaching the lessons.

What: Dolphins A.R.T. is an art program developed for Carl Sundahl Elementary School by local artist Rachel Dillon. There are six art lessons per school year. Each lesson will take about an hour to present and create the art. 

Who: You do not need to be an artist or have any art experience to sign-up!  We need at least one (1) docent to teach the lesson and a total of 2-3 docents to assist the students along with distributing and cleaning up for each classroom.  

When:  Rachel trains the docents step-by-step how to create and teach the art lesson to the class.  There are 6 trainings per year from 7-8pm at Carl Sundahl Elementary.  Docents work with the teacher to find the best day and time to present the lesson.  Students love when the docents arrive for Dolphins A.R.T!

If you would like more information about being a docent, please contact Gabriella Mitchell at

  • Lesson #1 - Paul Klee: October 12 (6:30 to 8:30) *longer training since this is the first one
  • Lesson #2 - Romero Britton: November 2 (7:00-8:00)
  • Lesson #3 - Perspective & Color: January 4 (7:00-8:00)
  • Lesson #4 - Resistance, Growing Vegetables February 1 (7:00-8:00)
  • Lesson #5 - Reflections in Nature: March 7 (7:00-8:00)
  • Lesson #6 - Henri Matisse: April 4 (7:00-8:00)

Photo of Rachel Allen Dillon

Rachel Dillon graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1994, with a Bachelor of Science in Art, emphasizing in Graphic Design.

​In 2009, her non-fiction children’s book, “Through Endangered Eyes – a poetic journey into the wild,” was published by Windward Publishing, an imprint of Finney Company. She both wrote and illustrated it.

​Her book received an Eric Hoffer Honorable Mention award in 2010. Rachel has been a featured artist in “Wildscape Magazine,” a contributing artist in gallery and museum exhibitions, and a speaker at Art Educator conventions and conferences. The Nature Conservancy commissioned Rachel to produce two paintings for them in 2015.

​Rachel taught art and developed the art curriculum at Brighton Private Elementary School in Folsom from 2013-2015.

From 2014-2020, Rachel developed an Art Docent curriculum, which is in use by Gold Ridge Elementary School in Folsom, California.

​Rachel works as a full-time instructional designer for a global financial company. She is also an instructor at CSUS-CCE, teaching eLearning Visual Design and Architecture, and Instructional Design 101.

In 2019, Rachel earned her graduate certificate in Instructional Design from the University of California, Irvine. She is starting her Masters in Instructional Design & Technology at CSU-Fullerton in August of 2020.

For more information about Rachel, please visit her website at