From the Education Department: Docents for Docents

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From the Education Department: Docents for Docents

Docents for Docents is a workshop that is what it sounds like. Docent-Volunteers on the Tours Committee of the council develop two workshops each year for their peers, with the oversight and guidance of the Education Department. Beth Hoover-DeBerry expertly works with this group and all in the Docent-Volunteer Association.

This workshop had three components, which attendees rotated between:

  • Looking at and discussing art at Reynolda House with tour groups. Pam Kahl asked groups to think about leading tours for elementary school students, high school students and adult visitors and what 4-5 artworks would they focus on.
  • Exploring the decorative arts at Reynolda. Wilba Brady created a quiz to test individuals' knowledge of dec arts items like the helmet and humidor in the library, the mauve sofas and chandelier in the reception room and Katherine's desk and the punch bowl set, which R.J. Reynolds gave her for their fourth wedding anniversary.
  • Exploring hands-on art-making, with a focus on Arts for Special Needs tours. Ken White showed examples of art projects that groups may do in the studio and invited Docents to create their own robot collage inspired by Nam June Paik's Leonardo da Vinci (1991), an activity that Julia Hood, our Coordinator of Education, developed for use with groups this past spring.

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