Since September, eight eighth graders have been heading off on Tuesday afternoons after school for an hour at the Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA), where they have been steeped in American art and have been honing their skills in observation, critical thinking, leadership, and presentation. Elizabeth Hamilton, PAFA's Teen Program Coordinator, did an expert job training our docents, who also had the rare opportunity to meet PAFA's conservator. They learned about conservation work currently being done on paintings for an upcoming exhibit at PAFA.
Yesterday, with their training complete, the students served as docents for their classmates, leading them in an analysis of the artwork and facilitating discussions. They did a fabulous job!
The eighth grade will be taking part in a second docent program at PAFA in the spring, and we are excited to have so many interested candidates! Special thanks to Special thanks to TPS parent Harry Philbrick, Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, who introduced us to PAFA's student docent program.