Saturday, June 5, 2010

High Museum

A VTS training in Atlanta took me and twelve teachers (APS) to the High Museum for two of the four days. It's a beautiful building; a lot of windows, a lot of light and a combination of objects of design and artworks. Although there aren't a lot of artworks to choose from we managed to find paintings, sculpture and photographs, that spanned different time periods and different cultures.
What I liked most about the training was the bonding that went on among the teachers. There were several art teachers, elementary, middle and high school as well as a science/math teacher and a Spanish teacher. And in spite of the differences in areas of specialties none had problems finding meaning in the works. And I think there were a few that are hell-bent on getting VTS into their schools.

I do enjoy doing the trainings but it really is exhausting. It requires full concentration for about six hours straight. And it was the first time I had ever done a four day training.


Sally said...

Lucky teachers to have you to train them! You are so passionate about what you do. I'm sure that is transmitted to the people you train.
What a gorgeous museum.

Hope Torrents said...

I think by the fifth day I was feeling more exhaustion than passion but it felt as though the teachers were really into it. I like it when the group has a chemistry. It makes the job much easier. If there's one or two who don't get it or don't want it or are just not all about taking on another strategy it transmits to the group. This group was particularly enthusiastic so it makes it a lot of fun. We had a good time.