Training Day: As collections prepares the WWII posters for exhibition, the education department must also prepare its docents (tour leaders) for the exhibit. Education experts from the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, MT came for an all day, in-depth Visual Teaching Strategies workshop. Over 15 docents, and three museum staff members attended the session to learn a new way to look at WWII posters.
Instead of focusing on the historical information related to the posters, VTS treats each poster as a work of art to be pondered over. In an effort to encourage critical, creative, organic thinking the proven method of VTS requires participants to communicate what they see in the poster, and effectively back up these claims with evidence from the poster. This teaching method will be valuable when docents lead tours, especially school groups, through the exhibit. We hope it will foster thoughtful discussion, and encourage interest in the posters and WWII itself.
Ask yourself these three questions when you walk through the WWII poster exhibit:
- What’s going on in this picture?
- What do you see that makes you say that?
- What more can you find?
“UNITED WE WILL WIN” GRAND OPENING APRIL 21st 1 pm- 4 pm!