In reflection, all of the demonstrations of art presentation in this style were done by a single docent, and Friday's presentations were all done by groups. In this case, the dynamic of the presentation is changed. It was not mine; it was the group's. It was not exactly how I would have presented the discussion. I usually refrain from providing too much information about an object, an image, or a video, and allow students to notice and lead the discussion as much as possible, all the while knowing which information I need to lead them to if necessary. As a group, I felt like some didn't have as much patience and went into leading questions or information a little more quickly than they should have. I kept thinking to myself, Don't give them that information! Stop pointing out things the students didn't bring up. They'll get there if you wait. At the same time, members of the group seemed to pull against each other, wanting to direct students in different directions.
Our portion of the workshops will continue as we bring all of this back to the school, this year. Mrs. Mintert, the teaching artist who will visit our staff and our students this year, was also in attendance and we got to know each other better and do some bonding. She should be an excellent and knowledgable resource for our school, and she will accompany our students when we visit Crystal Bridges with them sometime in April.