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Week 10 MOAS Internship: The Final Week

This was my last week interning for the museum. Summer camp had ended the week before, and there were no scheduled groups to tour this week. Reason being because we dedicated this week to cleaning up the museum. The aftermath of camp takes a heavy toll on the museum, and while it wasn’t closed to the public, the kid’s wing would’ve been harder for guests to enjoy since we temporarily move exhibits to clean the floors. Besides basic sweeping, vacuuming, and moping, we had to remove all the toys and school supplies that were used for camp and move them all to the second floor of the wing, where it has storage and supply rooms.

When we were done cleaning each day, I finally finished working on the coloring book. Below are two pages within the book that are part of a single illustration:

The rest of the coloring book is composed of single-page drawings and puzzles, such as a word search.

 

As I mentioned last week, our last project was to create fake money for the pizza restaurant in the kid’s wing. While I finished up the line art in the coloring book, Ariana drew the dollar bills and scanned them for me. Afterwards, I simply reused the drawings we had already completed for coloring book and placed them as the faces on the dollar bills. We didn’t have time to draw new faces, so we decided to be resourceful with the drawings we already had, especially since they were already digitalized. Below is the finished product:

Overall, I had an enjoyable time working with the museum. Besides all the cool things we made for the education department, working there was fun because we worked with a great staff, and they were easy to get along with. Additionally, it was nice to able to work with Ariana, which made the whole adjustment easier. Though it was an unpaid internship, it was a good and meaningful experience nonetheless.

And as an fyi, MOAS will need more interns for the fall. If interested for more information about the internships offered, please check out this link.

Week 9 MOAS Internship

This week was the last week of summer camp at the museum, and things couldn’t have run more smoothly. It ended without a hitch, and now all that’s left to do is simply organize and clean up the museum.

We only had one group to tour this week, and generally they were well behaved. The only difficulty was touring the Prehistory gallery because there were other children visitors, who weren’t part of the group, and they were also obnoxiously loud. Normally other guests aren’t a problem, but because the kids were loud in the gallery that echoes, it was harder to present my information. Nevertheless, I had to be as loud as I could and give it my best.

Apart from that, we are still working on the prehistory coloring book, and we have all of our sketches done, now I just need to create line art over everything, and finally we will organize everything into InDesign.

Here are several samples of the illustrations:

Right now I’m finishing the line art of my last drawing of the ground sloth. Once we have the drawings complete, I’ll also add in the crossword puzzle and maze that Ariana created and include the correlating text. It will take less time for me to create the line art for her drawings since I don’t need to do any sketching on my part and I can simply jump right into digitalizing her drawings.

We plan on completing this project early next week because our supervisor also wants us to create fake money for the pizza place at the Children’s Museum. I will go over that project more next week.

Week 8 MOAS Internship

This week was rather slow as far as tours go because we only toured one group for the entire week, and they gave us no trouble. We had expected more groups, but the rest of them just never showed up. We opted to helping out with the 7-9 yr old camp. It was the Hogwarts camp, and last week we had created the sorting hat, and at the start of the week we tried to simulate the 9 & 3/4 station, by placing our paper brick wall on the entrance to the trains display in the Root Gallery.

Soon afterwards, we guided the kids inside the train, which was a special privilege for them since normally visitors aren’t allowed inside the trains. We had to supervise them just to make sure they didn’t damage anything, but overall it was a fun treat for everyone.

Note: All parents/guardians have consented for their children to be photographed.

Additionally, we also created stencils of a Hogwarts silhouette. The kids used these stencils for a negative space painting, and of course the kids got to keep their paintings. The end result would have looked something like this:

On the last day of camp, we had to help the “Quidditch” game by holding up hula hoops as the goal posts. Then after quidditch, the kids got to watch one of the Harry Potter movies, and we served them butter beer.

While the camp was going on, we also finally finished the planet’s that we have been working on. We sanded and painted the monstrous ball that is Jupiter, as well as these tiny balls that represent smaller planets, such as Earth and Venus.

Week 7 MOAS Internship

My schedule this week was a little different because Nicole had asked us to come for four days instead of the normal three. Monday and Friday we were there for the whole day, whereas on Tuesday and Thursday we were only there till noon. The reason for the change was because one of the summer camps had an “outreach”, where they basically go on field trips all week, which requires some of the staff to go on the outreach as well. Basically we had to fill in for all the missing staff this week. Overall, most of the days were like any other, but Tuesday was significantly rough just because we had huge groups to tour, but it was nothing we couldn’t handle.

Last week I mentioned that we started working on painting planets, and I was expecting to continue working on that project, but Nicole wanted us to stop so that we could work on a couple of props for next week’s Harry Potter camp. The teacher in charge of the camp had been out of town for nearly a whole month, so we had to help her out. The camp is supposed to start with a “sorting ceremony”, where the kids will be placed into one of the four Hogwarts houses, thus we needed to create the famous Sorting Hat.

First we cut the base out of cardboard, molded the hat’s skeleton with chicken wire, and later glued the wire to the base:

Then we made paper mache and covered the entirety of the wire and base:

Once the newspaper was dry, we spray-painted the whole hat brown and added finer details with acrylic paint. We also glued foam inside the hat so the wires couldn’t prick someone’s head.

This was easily one of the funnest projects to work on since I have enjoyed Harry Potter since I was a kid. Besides the hat, we also made a simple “brick wall” out of construction paper to recreate the train station entrance and cut out banners for all the Hogwarts houses.

Week 6 MOAS Internship

This week we didn’t have that many tours to give, but it was a crazy week nonetheless. A YMCA group visited the museum every other day, and they turned out to be a handful. Not only were the kids rambunctious, but their arrival also brought on some other chaotic events. I was elsewhere when it happened, but apparently their bus driver was supposedly “driving irresponsibly”, which had upset a Summer camp parent, so she had called the police. I didn’t learn the outcome, but it put everyone in the museum in a foul mood. From this situation, we simply carried on with our work in order to try to diffuse the tension. Another problem we’ve been running into are docents. They’ve had irregular time to work, despite what the schedule says, which isn’t that bad since we usually cover their tours whenever they don’t show up. This week they did show up, and they were pretty particular over which age group they wanted tour and how they would go about it. It took patience, but we made sure to accommodate the tours to their interests to the best of our ability.

Regardless, as I mentioned last week, we started working on painting these sphere planets, and we finished the more crafty of the planets, Saturn. Apart from painting the sphere, we had to create a way to imitate the planet’s rings, so we poked shish kabob sticks through the sphere, painted a ring out of cardboard, and superglued the ring onto the sticks.

We also touched up another fossil, which is meant to have a “cockroach-like” texture.

On Friday, I was on my own since Ariana had to leave town to drop off her brother to a college orientation. I kept myself busy with my drawing tablet and began sketching illustrations of the Ground Sloth coloring book. It isn’t nearly finished, but here’s a work-in-progress screenshot:

Finally, for one of the summer camps, we had service dogs and their trainers come in and give a lecture about their work. I was mainly to make sure the kids didn’t lose their minds and pet the dogs without permission, but nevertheless it was a neat treat to see the dogs, and in the end the trainers let us pet the cute dogs.

Week 5 MOAS Internship

This week there was no summer camp because it was sort of a break due to 4th of July. That’s why my supervisor Nicole had asked us to come in for only one day during the week. On that day we were supposed to tour one group in the morning, but they never showed up, so the start of the day was unexpectedly slow. But on the bright side, we finally finished painting rocks for the social media promo of the museum, and we ended up with approximately forty rocks, so they should be placed in Daytona parks for children to find rather soon.

This particular rock I painted of a prehistoric llama was my favorite.

Now that this project is done, we plan to organizing ideas for a coloring book we have to design and illustrate. The old coloring book the museum had didn’t have the best design, with the typography being inconsistent, and some of the sentences would have been hard to read or understand for kids. The old illustrations themselves weren’t bad, but since is now our project, it would only be fitting if we improved the illustrations. Aside from that, we want to make the coloring book more engaging by adding mazes and crossword puzzles.

Additionally, Seth had asked us to paint the solar system planets using styrofoam balls, but we won’t be starting that project until he gets back from his paternity leave.

Next week summer camp will be picking up again, and hopefully more projects to work on aside from Seth’s planets and the coloring book.

Week 4 MOAS Internship

This week was rather unusual because the Planetarium curator, Seth, who also works with the education department, was having a baby. He had to leave work early, which meant that another intern, Julia, had to run the planetarium shows. Normally she would help us organize tour groups, and would even assist with groups if there were many of them, however, given the circumstances, me and Ariana had to deal with the groups on our until some visiting docents   arrived.

This week was also the first time we had to manage groups that were “self-guided”, meaning that there wouldn’t be anyone working in the museum guiding them through, but we still had to make sure we kept an eye on them and making sure they were showing proper museum etiquette. The first self-guided tour was a large special-needs group. For the most part, the counselors of the group had everything under control, but I made sure to hand them maps so that no one would get lost or separated.

By the end of the week we also had to take photographs of the summer camp for a staff member in Administration to have. She let us borrow her camera, and we took pictures outside where the 7-9 yr olds were having their own Olympic games. For that particular group we had to help the instructor because the kids were rowdier than usual and kept getting distracted. We also faced a challenge of leaving out certain kids from photographs because their parents didn’t consent for their child to be photographed (they sent us paperwork during registration). After that, I photographed the 10-13 yr olds during their “Claymation” class while Ariana gave a tour to a small group of 4, and later we finished photographing the preschoolers in their “pirate class”.

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 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.

Week 1 MOAS Internship

Before starting my internship, I had experience working with museums/galleries since I do work-study with the Hand Art Center as a gallery assistant, so working with museums is nothing completely new for me. However, the Museum of Arts and Sciences offers more, and for this first week I began preparing to take on the duties of an intern for the Education department. Next week, I will begin giving tours to guests, so I had to start learning about the exhibits, particularly the Root exhibit and the Ground Sloth exhibit. Besides reading and memorizing information, I shadowed several tours that my supervisor gave. Most of the guests consist of children, thus it’s important to deliver information in a way that is engaging and easy for them understand. This often involves asking fun little questions like, which U.S. president are teddy bears named after?

The Root gallery mainly consists of Coca-Cola related items that the Root family had collected, then later donated to the museum. The Root family had owned a glass company and entered a Coca-Cola contest to design the bottle. Obviously their design won, having a resemblance to “the hobble-skirt”, which was part of women’s fashion at the time, and the design had also looked like a cocoa bean. The design of the bottle has been slimmed down, but otherwise it’s still a fair trademark for Coca-Cola. The hobble-skirt bottle is one of many coke bottles on display. The family also donated two race cars and train cars, even Mrs. Root’s collection of over 800 teddy bears.

The Ground Sloth is an interesting exhibit since the bones on display were found three miles away from the museum, and the animal had an impressive size of being at least ten feet tall. This particular species was the largest of its kind. Despite its size, it was a slow-moving herbivore.

As of now I’m still studying the exhibits, but as I mentioned earlier, next week I will begin giving tours on my own as well as assisting teachers during the summer camp.