craig roland wrote: > > This discussion provokes memories of a school-sponsored trip I took as a > 14-year old to New York City. I recall seeing two works by Andrew Wyeth > and one by Picasso that left a lasting impression on me. <snip> > I > don't recall any docent talking with us about these works, reading any > literature, playing any museum game, etc., <snip> > I'm not saying that a museum educator or docent can not strengthen this > experience. It just seems to me that the museum (art-viewing) experience is a > very personal one and it is the power of the work itself that leaves "a > lasting impression."
Craig's right. As teachers, we have to know when to step back and just let our students
experience things for themselves. I take a vanload of students to the Phoenix Art
Museum every year (an 8 hour round trip); and yes, we have a great docent for about an
hour, but then I let them loose to explore the museum on their own. There are always a
few students who make the trip every year; they are obviously being affected by