Class #11: Research, Practice and Preparation

The second-to-last class of the Teen Docent Program snuck up on everybody! It seemed like only a couple of weeks ago that the students were first starting to learn about folk art and suddenly, they’re leading their own tours!

The Teen Docents spent the class working in their partnerships to finalize their tour themes and the objects they will lead conversations around with their visitors on May 23rd. As they tweaked initial ideas, their plans became stronger and stronger. They studied articles, books, and other research materials, as well as the artworks themselves, to bolster their knowledge of the artists they’ll discuss: William Matthew Prior, Paul D. Humphrey, Inez Nathaniel Walker, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Edward Hicks. They practiced hard when it came to pronouncing “Bruenchenhein!”

Going into their final week of practicing, the students’ emotions range from confidence to excitement to nervousness—often all at once. Their commitment to the program and passion about their ideas really shows.

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