For the past two weeks, the Teen Docents have been working on organizing and researching their final tours, which they will present on April 9th. After deciding on a theme and three tour stops, they set to work finding information on the objects they’ll be presenting, using articles, books, the exhibition catalog and the wonderful resource, fashionandfolkart.tumblr.com. After so many weeks of active conversation, the move to reading, writing, and researching hasn’t been without challenges, but the students understand that it is important to have a solid foundation of facts before they can begin to lead the creative conversations they’re all looking forward to facilitating.
One of the students who will be doing a piece of writing for her final project has been reading, sketching, and brainstorming a work of fiction that might bring together a contemporary piece of fashion, a kimono wall-hanging, and a 19th century quilt. It will be exciting to see what she comes up with!
At the end of their second research session, the students spent ten minutes on an energizing public speaking activity. All but two of them realized that they need to be louder when presenting to a group and will be working on projecting their voices!