Strategies for Facilitating Visual Literacy and Audience Engagement (2017 Montreal)

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

In this session docents will explore techniques to encourage visitor participation. The strategies include: slow looking, engaging all five senses, creating dialogue for the character(s) portrayed, vocabulary-building through poems and word games, using paintings to tell a story, and making personal connections to non-text artworks as a means of building writing skills, among others. Also, the presenters will describe the 10-minute training sessions the museum has created to encourage fellow docents at the Princeton University Art Museum to introduce new exercises or activities into their tours.

Presenters: Allegra D'Adamo and Sandy Kurinsky

Theme Category: Touring Techniques