MOAS Internship: Camps, Tours and Projects

This past week included a wide range of tasks and projects at MOAS that made for an interesting week. It started off with the weekly registration of kids for camps. Thanya and I were in charge of overseeing the registration of the 4 to 6 years old. As it so happens, many of the kids that were here during the first week returned for this week’s classes. That sped up registration as their paperwork was already in the system, which was nice. Nonetheless, we did have slight roadblocks when a couple of kids’ paperwork weren’t in order or were placed in the incorrect class but, that was quickly handled.
Overall, camp was relatively quiet since one of the classes (10 to 12 year olds) was an outreach program with the Marine Science Center. So there was a lesser need for classroom aids. Even so, we still periodical checked in with the teachers and made sure that everything was running smoothly in the Children’s Musuem.
We’ve continued doing tours in the morning for visiting groups and as the days go by I’m beginning to feel more at easing with leading them. I suppose that it was ultimately a matter of practice and patience as some group really do push the limits on how rowdy they are.
Throughout the rest of our time we have begun working on two projects that will be ongoing: touching up fossil cast and MOAS rocks. The fossil cast are highly used in a number of summer classes and in outreach programs. Some are in dire need of repainting and patch up work yet, the majority need minimal work that can be completed in a couple hours.
Meanwhile, MOAS rocks are a play on the Volusia or Deland Rocks that you find and then re-hide for others to find but, in our case we will be giving free entrance to those that find them. The rocks’ illistrations are based on the different permanent collection and are of course aimed directly to engage families and children. Both projects are highly utilizing the skills that we have acquired throughout a number of art classes like sculpture and painting. As I mentioned before these two projects will be ongoing and reaffirm the education department’s goal of engagement so, I really look forward to their continuation.

Cast after we completed touch ups.
Some of the MOAS rocks that we completed.

Week 3 MOAS Internship

As I mentioned on the last post, we worked on these honeycombs for the Children’s Museum:

Moving on to the week’s events, check-in for the summer camp went a lot smoother this week since parents from last week knew what to do. The camp has been relatively easy this week since one age group had been going on field trips for the whole week, so we didn’t have to worry about them.

The next project we started working on was to paint rocks for the museum. Currently there’s a trend in Demand called “Deland Rocks”, where there are painted rocks all over Deland and if you find one, you must paint another one and place it somewhere for someone else to find it. The museum wants to do a similar activity, but instead of simply finding rocks, the museum wants kids to find bring these rocks back and they will get free admission in return.

We started painting these rocks in between the tours we had to give. To reflect the permanent galleries in the museum, we are painting rocks that represent the Root family exhibit, the Ground Sloth exhibit, and the Planetarium. So far we have only completed one set of rocks for the Planetarium by painting the planets and other things in our solar system. Then we began with rocks for the Root family, so we plan to paint more teddy bears, the trains, and the race cars. The Ground Sloth rocks will probably be the most difficult to work on because fossils and the like require so much detail, yet we’re painting on tiny rocks, which makes it harder to capture that detail. Nonetheless, our supervisor is impressed with what we have come up with so far, thus we hope to continue this progress next week.

Week of June 19th-June 25th

This week we had three opening exhibitions at the museum, so I mostly worked on some projects that needed to be finished before Saturday, which left me with no time to work on the newsletter I have been doing in Dreamweaver.

I focused on collaborating with my supervisor to finish the exhibition labels, floor plans showing the location of the exhibitions and the exhibition introductions. In addition, the education department delivered awards and certificates to the winners of an art competition for high school students, and I worked in InDesign to help with the layout of the certificates. Lastly, on the day of the exhibits, I was the photographer, so I took pictures of the artists and curators as they talked about their work.  It was a very interesting experience since some of them had experience with photography and as soon as I walked into their exhibits, they let me know where to stand to get the best lighting, or the best angle to photograph them or their work.

On the other hand, in the last couple of weeks, I have also started noticing the need to have at least some sort corporate identity manual. For instance, this week my supervisor told me about how the different versions of the logo are used in the certificates while last week I was also learning about the position and size of the logo for web publications. There has been some time spent in explaining and understanding such uses of the logo, so I have started writing down everything I have learned, so I can gradually compile it in a small guide or infographic for future interns.


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The rest of last week we worked on painting “speakers”, painting a tile floor, and doing touch ups on the set.

The speakers were made of a wooden frame with muslin attached to the back. Previously we went through the same process on the wooden frames to make them look like the same wood as the floor boards and we also sized the muslin. Last week we were working on painting the actual speaker faces. There were three different base colors for the background of the speakers and we randomly chose which speakers would be which colors but they all went through the same gradient process. After we had put this layer on all the speakers and let them dry we gathered different materials from the shop to use as stencils for the different shapes of the speaker faces. We used objects such as 5 gallon buckets, different sized cups, paint can lids, wooden circles, pipe couplings, door knobs, wooden blocks, and storage drawers. Finding the objects and figuring out the order they would go in was actually super fun because we had to really think outside the box to find things to use that would be the correct size. We then stenciled out the shapes of the speaker faces and got to work painting them.

While the colors we used were all in the same scheme they varied from person to person. We mixed all the colors from the same base colors but from there it was up to the individual painters. It was very important to use highlights and shadows and colors that were bold so that they could be seen from the audience.

When assembled the speakers formed an entire speaker wall as you can see in the image of the set, the speaker wall is on stage right (the left side of the picture).

Meeting with Marketing

TODAY WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I know in my last blog post I talked about how my internship still hasn’t been totally up and running, but today that all changed! I met with April and J in the Marketing department of Stetson today. J is in charge of Events and April is her assistant. We talked about how when it comes to marketing from events it’s not always about logo and brand. Lately, they’ve been focusing on creating an experience that people will remember and then associating the brand with that experience. So rather than create an experience with a brand, we’re creating a brand with an experience.

In the office I did a lot of brainstorming about things I could do with my department to incorporate this mentality into our marketing and how I could incorporate this into Digital Arts. These are some of the things I came up with.

  • Lifelong Learning
    • Make sure our registration process, our teachers, our courses… are all easily accessible, usable, and entertaining
    • Work with course leaders to create content for their courses
  • Educational Travel
    • Relate Education Travel with Stetson by demonstrating Stetson’s values through our social media posts
    • Vamp up old materials and give them more of a design element to create a more fun experience with the papers participants are carrying around

As you can see, it’s not much. It’s definitely a starting point though! I’m going to continue working with Marketing every Tuesday until August 8th, that’s the last day I work with them. I have never been more excited! Just this morning as they were taking me around the office. I felt like a kid in a candy store!! This is going to be an amazing summer!!

Stay Classy,

Taylor Hamilton

Week 2 MOAS Internship

At the start of the week, the museum officially began its summer camp for kids. From here on out, we will have a weekly check-in on Mondays, which seems simple enough, but the process can become quite chaotic due to the influx of parents and children, especially at the start. My supervisor, Nicole, only allowed me to lead parents and children into their classrooms, as well all as observing how check-in works since another museum employee will be traveling, and I’ll need to learn how to manage the check-in stations.

For the most part it’s fairly simple: the parent/guardian and their child will go to their station according to the child’s age, they check off their name on the list, and they receive a pick-up card. It’s a requirement for parents, or whoever is picking up a child after camp, to show staff the card in order to take their kid back. Again, it seems simple enough, but it’s almost surprising how many parents forget this rule, but it’s important for us to enforce it since we don’t want any random person taking a child after camp. This being the first week, we were more lenient with it since parents do forget, and for the most part we recognized the parents. However, my supervisor already had to deal with an angry parent who forgot their card, so she’s counting on me to re-explain the rules again to the parents next Monday for check-in.

Apart from that, I was expected to help out teachers with their classes, but thankfully all the high school volunteers showed up, so that wasn’t an issue at all. To keep ourselves busy, me and Ariana would paint some paper mache honeycombs for the beehive exhibit in the children’s museum. It took the whole week since we had to add many coats of paint, but the job got done (the museum staff had been trying to get them done for months, so they were ecstatic to see them painted).

More importantly, we started our first few tours this week. Learning the information about the galleries was the easy part, but it’s difficult managing groups of 30 or more kids , and it’s harder the younger they are. It’s important to condense and explain words like “prescription” and “pharmacist”, since most kids don’t know what either of those things are. However, giving tours is the most enjoyable part of the day since the kids’ enthusiasm and excitement to see and learn new things is motivating. Although, I need to figure out how to not wear my throat out because speaking loudly for almost an hour with each tour is tiresome.

MOAS Internship: Summer Camp Begins

The past week marked the beginning of the Summer Learning Institute (SLI or summer camp) at MOAS. On Monday, a good part of the morning and then in the afternoon, was used to complete the student registration. The registration ensures that the students are in the appropriate classroom as classes are separated between three different age groups. This process will be repeated every Monday morning for the duration of the summer camps so, to gain experience in the process we helped and watch theeducation department staff handle the first wave of campers. In addition to that we help lead students and parents to their respective classroom. For the most part, the busiest registration time was in themorning as many students stay for both the morning and afternoon classes. For the remainder of the week, parents had to sign in and out their student and that was mostly handled by the teachers. 

This week there was an abundance of high school volunteers to assist the camp teachers so we mostly lead tours for visiting school and youth groups in the mornings. Depending on the size and the planned activities of the groups, they were either kept together or divided between Thanya and me. As well as the tours we would often check in with the teachers to ensure that everything was running smoothly and the Children’s Museum to ensure that all the equipment is working properly.  

In the afternoon we continue our work on the honeycomb project that we started the week before. The honeycombs will be display alongside a beekeeping exhibit in the Children’s Museum. As of Friday thehoneycomb are complete and ready to be installed. Unfortunately, Kelsey, the education department member that planned the rearrangements and additions to the beekeeping display will be out for therest of the month so will wait for to come back before any changes are complete.  

This upcoming week we will be taking a more active role in class registrations, since we’ll be one staff member short and other members will be leading their own classes. There was also discussion ofbeginning other projects that will be directly aimed towards younger museum goers.  

Week 2(June 12th – June 18th)

This week at the museum, I had the chance to participate in several projects. We started promoting the upcoming exhibit on the museum’s website, so I worked in editing the photos that were later uploaded. Through this assignment, I learned about the format and the dimensions the museum uses for its images in web publications. Additionally, I worked in content for marketing screens to also promote the exhibit while I was still working on the newsletter. Because they don’t need it immediately, I have had the time to keep learning how HTML works with email and to develop an easy template for them to keep using in the future.

Ultimately, yesterday I also collaborated to set up the layouts for the handouts and wall text for the exhibit. Although it was a slightly overwhelming at the beginning, I enjoyed working on multiple projects simultaneously and getting constant feedback from my supervisor on how to improve each piece. Attention to detail has been essential this week, which has been a little challenging since I am usually a big picture thinker; however, when it comes to graphic design, I understand the importance of details, so I am thankful for the opportunity to develop this creative thinking skill.

I have had to use Photoshop for most of the projects I was assigned to do this week, and that required me to get familiarized with the software again since I have hardly used it this year. Overall, it was a very productive and challenging week, and I hope to continue learning about the different elements that make an art exhibit successful.

The Making of an Internship

I work with  the office of Continuing Education and Outreach (CEO) during the school year as a work study student, and the transition to “Marketing and Media Intern” has been interesting.

Some of the things I was working on before transferred over into my duties for the past few weeks. I’ve been helping sort out room keys, fob access, check-in-check-out for camps, etc. This is the first year of this internship, so none of us are quite sure how it’s going to workout. Ideally I’m supposed to meet with someone in the marketing department once a week and shadow them, then apply those skills to media for CEO. So far, Marketing hasn’t been communicating well with us. However, Dana Simmons in Admissions emailed me and she will soon have me work on various designs that the university will use.

Even though I haven’t been able to meet with marketing, I have been able to do a bit for the social media for CEO. I created a Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook page for the department. I’ve been going around campus and taking pictures of the campers, what they’re doing, and show that they’re having fun. I’m able to play around a lot with what makes a good photo, what doesn’t, depth of field, angles… I’m learning a lot from trial and error, but my supervisor and I are still trying to reach out and have me do more.

It’s a slow start, but soon everything will work itself out. For now, I’m taking pictures and running the social media. I look forward to updating you when all the pieces begin to fall into place!

Stay classy,

Taylor Hamilton

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This week our main focus was completing the brick walls for the set of Million Dollar Quartet. We painted flats that were faced with vacuform brick sheets. The vacuform brick sheets were pre-primed and we went over that with a white base coat. Next we did a 3 process Payne’s grey mottled wash to tone the mortar.

We went over top of this while it was still damp and used the Payne’s grey in a mister to do a toning/textured spray. After that layer was completely dry we layed in individual brick colors (4 colors) creating a highlight in the center of each wall. 

After that we did a Burnt Sienna semi-gloss glaze (very transparent) over the base brick color.

We followed this with a Burnt Sienna semi-gloss glaze in a mottled wash over entire wall, toning corners and enhancing distressed areas on the wall.

The final step was another layer of the Payne’s grey  toning/textured spray.

Two of the brick walls will have signs painted onto them, we have started on the wall that will have the Sun Studio sign on it. While I am not painting that sign, I assisted with the laying out of the rings that make up the sign.

Other than the brick, we have been working on painting the “interior” walls and trim. The process for the walls started with a base coat of white and were followed by two coats of a green color that I mixed last week. The process for the trim was a base white coat followed by two coats of an off-white color.

We have just started painting the tiles that will make up the tile floor. Originally the plan was to paint them onto the existing stage floor but when we painted out the base color the gaff tape that is covering the slight elevation differences of the floor, the paint caused the tape to curl. Now we are laying down individual tiles instead.