Back to present time, this "shadowing" exercise turned out to be yet another enriching learning experience for me. In short this is how it works:
- Shadow Docents report to the Lead Docent around 30 mins prior to a tour.
- Lead Docent explains the tour strategy / guidelines to the new docents.
- A quick discussion on background of viewers is done prior to the tour.
- Following a strict time-line before and during the tour is very essential.
- Shadow Docent is supposed to pay close attention to tour, viewers' responses, touring style of lead docent and identify any specific areas of improvements (if any).
[Guided Tour @ Danforth - Marriage at Cana by David Aronson]
Next we moved on to see Aronson's "Marriage at Cana" artwork and this time Doreen began the tour with our museum's VTS Style and connection with audience was almost immediate. Together with enthusiatic Doreen, all of us truly enjoyed hunting down interesting objects in the artwork. Impromptu doses of light humor by Janis & Ellie (fellow shadow docents) as we stood before this artwork made the exercise even more fun!During the last 30 mins of the tour, we walked through gallieries exhbits by Garry Bergstein and Morgan Bulkley.
Like all other good things, our tour ended around 1500 EST. As we bid good-bye to amazing team from HRCA, we thanked them for visiting Danforth and for being a group passionate in thinking and youthful at heart! We hope to see more people from HRCA at Danforth in the days to come.
If you like works by Boston Expressionists, check out this video by Metrowest featuring Katherine French, who talks about David Aronson's artworks.
"It takes a very long time to become young." Pablo Picasso