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MOAS Internship: Last Week at the Museum

This week marks the end of my internship at the Musuem of Arts and Sciences in Daytona Beach and it consisted of wrapping up our final projects and restoring the classrooms to their normality. After eight weeks of at least 45 kids (ages 4 to 12) on any given day, the rooms were in desperate need of a clean up.

We started organizing and cleaning the downstairs classroom since this weekend it would be used for a birthday party. Computers were taken down and unused art supplies was taken up to the mezzanine.
In the area that the 4 to 6 year old class was being held, the museum normally has a variety of a exhibits. During the time of the summer camps they were all moved into the main Children’s Musuem area. This of course made the area far more crowded so it’s nice to have more space that allows guests more area to explore the exhibits. All the furniture and material that was used was moved out either into storage or the upstairs supply closet.

Once the clean up process in the Children’s Musuem was completed we move to clean our area in the education department office. All the project that we completed over the course of the internship were done in this area so we had certainly amassed material in there.

In terms of projects that needed to be finalized, we had to finalized the coloring book for the Prehistory of Florida, the creation of fake money and some final fossil cast touch ups. For the coloring book, Thanya was combing our parts into a final and polished file. The fake money, was a last minute project that would be used in the Children’s Musuem in the pizza making exhibit. The fake notes would integrate aspects of the Musuem such as the Prehistory exhibit. These notes I drew up and then gave to Thanya so she could digitally render them. The last bit of touch ups I did on a cast I was working on last week that they want to now use in a exhibit instead of department outreaches.

These are the sketches of the “fake money” we created for an exhibit in the Children’s Musuem.

Overall, my internship with the education department was extremely insightful and a nice addition to my musuem experience. As I mentioned in the beginning of these posts I really wanted to get an understanding for how educational aspects and programs get incorporated into musuems and other art institution. I certainly got the chance to see the planning and prepping that goes in the running of a camp and how essential it is to the increasing of community engagement for musuems.

MOAS Internship: Summer camp comes to a close

This week marks the end of the Summer Learning Institute at MOAS and the second to last week of our internship with the education department. As far as weeks goes, this one was pretty easy and straightforward.  The entire department staff was on hand and so on Monday we were not needed for the morning registration of classes. There also happen to be a private event going on in the Root Gallery from opening until 2:30pm. This event led to a lack of tour groups since the Root Gallery is an essential part of most tours.

With an open morning I stared working on some fossil cast that needed sanding and plastering. Thanya and I, then handled the afternoon registration which was smaller then the usual morning groups. Afterward, we continued with our work on the Prehistory of Florida coloring book. To enhance the coloring book we decided to include activities like wordsearches, mazes and crossword puzzle that directly reflect the information that is found in that exhibit. I worked in generating these puzzles while Thanya finish the main two page spread of the coloring book.

I continued working on the fossil cast throughout the week as well as drawing other material for the coloring book. On Wednesday we had our only tour for the week with a nice small groups. There was no help needed in the actually class so overall the week was mostly dedicated toward the coloring book.

This is one of the Prehistoric animals that will be included in the coloring book.

As the internship is coming to a closing there is a certain level of excitement with the camps ending. Even so, MOAS will feel very empty and quiet with the abundance of kids in the Children’s Musuem.

MOAS Internship: Harry Potter Madness and More

We started off the week as we always do with camp registration. Normally, Thanya and I, handle the 4 to 6 year old but, there was a registration incident with a new camper in the 7 to 9 group thus I has to covered for Nicole while she sorted out the problem. As it so happen the class for 7 to 9 year olds was the Harry Potter one so there was an abundance of new campers and parents that required paperwork and explanations of how attendance and the picking up process worked out. While the registration was hectic at moments when multiple families required assistance I managed to swiftly handle their paperwork and questions. Once we concluded registration we update our paper records for all the camp groups.

That morning we not only did a tour but, we also helped a number of times in the Harry Potter camp that was being lead by Kelsey. We arrange the entrances to Platform 9 & 3/4 by taping the “brick wall” we completed last week to the door that lead to the train cars in the Root Gallery. There the campers enter the usually off-limit train cars. After this we had a house sorting that went as well as it could have gone considering that the kids had pre-established preferences. It was nice to see the Sorting Hat that we created being used and the kids be so excited about it.

The 7 to 9 year old campers sitting in the train as the head off to Hogwarts.

We continued with our help to the Harry Potter themed camp throughout the week by making stencils that would be used by the campers in a painting project. We later assisted in a game of Quidditch where we were goal post, score keeper and tired to keep the game friendly.

Outside of helping in the camp we concluded the planets for the mobile planetarium (which is to scale). We also took photos of each MOAS rock we made to create an index for museum as the project will soon be rolling out to the general public. We also began to really working on the coloring that we have been discussing for some time with the head of the department. He provided us with a previous and rather outdated example of one that the Musuem used. Thanya and I will be using that material as a foundation where we plan to bring in more aspects of the Prehistory of Florida exhibit as well as activities.

Planets in order, starting with Mercury, from left to right.

MOAS Internship: Projects, Projects and More Projects

This week at MOAS was not the typical week; instead of our usual three day schedule, we work every day except Wednesday. On Monday and Friday we had normal full day, while Tuesday and Thursday were half days where we mostly came in to deal with the morning tours. The education department staff was stretched rather thin doing a variety of outreach programs and camps, thus this week’s tours mostly fell upon us. We had numerous groups a day, some that were fairly large but, we were still able to organize their schedules pretty well.

Registration for camps on Monday went without a hitch, many of the campers were returnees and those that were new brought in all the required paperwork. Each day that we came in and we did our routinary morning check-ins on the Children’s Musuem to ensure that everything was functioning for the tours and the camps.

The more interesting part of our week was spent doing projects and crafts for this upcoming week’s camp for 7-9 year olds based around Harry Potter. We started out by creating a Sorting Hat out of paper mache, chicken wire and cardboard. For Thanya and I, this was the first time, in a long time, that we had to work with paper mache so there was a bit of re-learning. Additionally, of all the projects this was the more time consuming due to the process and nature of paper mache. We wanted to ensure our work resulted in a sturdy outcome since the hat would be handled by a good deal of kids and the department wanted to use it in future camps.

Working stage of the Sorting Hat.
The finished Sorting Hat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apart from the hat we created a “Brick Wall” that would stand in for Platform 9 3/4 and the house banners. While the banners where pre-designed they did require a couple of hours of cuting, adhering and arranging to get the final result. The final steps of set-up will be done Monday morning so I’m really excited to see the final result.

The logo and banner ready to be arranged.
This is the final result for the house banners. They are being held together with fishing line.
The brick wall of Platform 9 & 3/4.

MOAS Intership: Camp Starts Up Again

Camps were resumed this week and as usual, Thanya and I were in charge of registration for the youngest group (4-6 yrs.). As people showed up we guided groups of campers and parents to their respective classrooms. There they would meet the teachers and know where the classes were being held. After the groups were all set up we did our round in the Children’s Musuem to ensure that all the exhibits and displays were functioning correctly. While we waited for our 10 am tour group we did touch ups on a fossil cast that will be used this upcoming week for the marine science camp.

Due to unforeseen issues the YMCA group we expected that day arrived at a later time and that gave us the chance to begin doing the planetarium project for Seth. We properly attached the hemisphere that made up the planets and fixed surface imperfections with plaster of paris. Most of the prepping was completed by the time the group showed up. This particular tour took longer than usual since the group was very rowdy and uncooperative. Even so, we managed to start painting some of the planets and plan for the addition of Saturn’s rings. The project of course continued on into Wednesday where we successfully made Saturn, rings and all. We again had a group show up at a later time than expected but, we managed to get everyone set up.

This upcoming week will be a packed one, since Julia and Nicole will be teaching classes and Zach will be out for a the marine science outreach camp. That led to some changes in our scedule to better assist the education department. We will additionly be concluding the project with the planets and starting a new one so, we’ll see how this all ends.

View from above of the planets that we have completed thus far. From left to right: Nepture, Uranus, and Saturn.

MOAS: Summer Camp Reset

This holiday week was a much needed reset for the education department and MOAS. Since we had no camp classes and no planned tours, we were only required to come in on Wednesday. Though of course unexpected things do happen and as such was the case of Monday, when a group appeared unexpectedly. A secondary group of younger students were suppose to show up on Wednesday but, they never did. That gave the cleaning staff a chance to give the Children’s Musuem and the classrooms a much needed deep clean. Additionally, inventory was taken and the classrooms were restocked for the latter half of summer camps.

In terms of projects, we finally culminated our work on the MOAS rocks and ended up with a grand total of 40+ rocks. They represent every permanent collection that the museum has as well as the planetarium in some form. This upcoming week we will most likely pick up where we left off in the touching up of the fossil cast and when Seth comes back from paternal leave we will touch bases with him about the mobile planetarium project.

So far, our actual hands on experience inside the classrooms has been limited but, that isn’t completely unexpected since there is an abundance of volunteers at least in the first half. Instead we’ve  had a chance to see more clearly how the department works and interacts with other departments. We’ve helped expensively in terms of registration, tours and maintaining and updating the department’s teaching material. Our time there has been an understanding of how things work behind the curtents, of how much planning and human capital is actually put into a weekly project.

Above are all the MOAS rocks we completed.

MOAS Internship: Halfway Through Camp

Another week of camp at MOAS has passed and this one marks the end of the first half of SLI summer camps. As usual, on Monday, Thanya and me where in charge of overseeing the registration of 4-6 year olds. For the most part I saw an abundance of returning campers in all age levels with new ones here and there. Something interesting that I did notice was the fact that this week we had more issues with late arriving campers particularly in the 4-6 age group. Drop off begins at 9 am and usually run until 9:30 am but, on Monday we had someone come in as late as 10:30 am. That causes issues in maintaining our attendence records straight as parents forget to check in with us at the education office. Overall, the issue was handled by us or one of the department members when the parent came to pick up the child.

In terms of assisting in the classes this week, we had the chance to do so on Friday. The class was history based and as a final activity the kids were having there own version of the Olympic Games. We helped explain activities to student as well as maintained them organized to ensure that the activity ran as smoothly as possible. After that we took photos of the different classes and their final activities for our records and the marketing department.

Tours were definitely the low point of this week as Wednesday proved to be the busiest and most chaotic day thus far. For the group of 100 students we had already arranged a plan but, unfortunately mechanical issues with their buses forced us to rearrange our schedule. In the second group we had expected a smaller number of visitors yet, instead we ended up with nearly 90 in total. We obviously were caught off guard by the sheer number of visitors in terms of scheduling and staff (Nicole was teach class, Zach was at an outreach, Kelsey is in Hawaii and Seth and his wife just has there baby on Tuesday). In the end, we did our best to accommodate the groups but, this goes to show that we have to be prepared for anything and that communication with visiting group is of the utmost importance.

We’ve continued the MOAS rocks project from last week and have begun to work on the representation of the North Wing’s permanent collections. There has been discussions of the logistical aspect of the project such as where we plan to place the rocks, how often and if they should be exclusive to children’s admission. Discussions in regards to this will of course continue when the final project is presented to administration. The fossil cast touch up has momentarily been placed on hold since the department has a couple of outreach programs and is using the casts.

Next week we have no camps and that will give us a chance to clean classrooms and restock on supplies.  We hope to wrap up the MOAS rock project and pick up on the touch up project and a new project for the planetarium’s mobile exhibit.

Some of the rocks we finished this week. These pictured above have just been sprayed with an acrylic coating.

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.

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.  

MOAS Internship: Setting Up Summer Camp

This past week marks the beginning of my summer internship with the Museum of Arts and Sciences (MOAS) as an intern for their Education Department. As an education intern my main work will revolve around the summer learning institute that the museum host for kids ages 4 to 13. The camps cover a wide variety of subjects (art, paleontology, history and other natural sciences) and as such it reflect the extensive scope of MOAS own collections.
For the most part, the week consisted of become acquainted with the facilities and the different members of the museum but, mainly those in the education department. On Monday, the other education intern and I met with the main director of the Education Department to discuss projects and the collections that we would have to become familiar with. Apart from aiding teachers in the classrooms we will also be giving tours to the children so, it is essential that we become comfortable and knowledgeable in terms of the diverse collections. We were given the opportunity to explore the museum and begin our research on the collections.
The follow days we shadowed different members of the education department to get an idea of how they presented material and interacted with a younger audience. In par with that, we began to setup and arrange the three classrooms that would be used throughout the summer. Amongst all these activities, we also began the completion of an ongoing project that would eventually be placed in the Charles and Linda Williams Children’s Museum.
While this week was the calm before the storm, I really look forward to the beginning of the summer camps. The educational aspect of children within a museum setting is one that I haven’t had the ability to actually participant in and I think it will be a great addition to my experiences as an Studio Art major and gallery assistant at the Hand Art Center.