Experiencing Art through Hands-On Objects (2013 SF)

Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, DC

Docents use hands-on objects to create and deepen connections with art in the galleries for visitors of all ages. The presentation will describe the Freer|Sackler hands-on collection and its day-to-day management, and will include an interactive teaching session using sample objects to answer the question, "Why use hands-on materials?" Participants will leave with ideas for building, maintaining, and using a hands-on collection at their own museum.

Presenters: Betsy Vourlekis, docent (seven years) and Chair of the Hands-On Committee; Sarah Linton, docent (seven years) and immediate past Chair of the Hands-On Committee; Hillary Rothberg, Education Specialist (four years) and Education Staff Liaison to the Hands-On Committee