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Welcome to the Crooked Tree Arts Center Docent Resource Page.  These links, documents and videos are intended to support your ongoing learning as a docent.

Ansel Adams: Masterworks Docent Program

Crooked Tree Arts Center invites you to participate in our Ansel Adams: Masterworks Docent Program this summer! Guided gallery tours will be offered, free of charge, to patrons throughout the duration of the exhibit. CTAC is seeking docents to give gallery tours on the following dates:

Tuesdays, June 6 & 20 at 10 AM
Thursday, June 15 & 29 at 1 PM
Thursdays, July 13  & 27 at 1 PM
Tuesday, July 18 at 10 AM
Tuesdays, August 1, 15 & 29 at 10 AM
Thursdays, August 10 & 24 at 1 PM
Thursdays, September 7, 14, 21 & 28  at 1 PM

Docent Training consists of five parts: three lectures, a documentary film and a Docents’ Docent Tour.  The first part is a previously recorded lecture, “The Magic of Photography” that can be watched online.  The second part is a documentary, “Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film” by Ric Burns, which is also available to view online.  The third part, a lecture given by John Fergus-Jean, will be held in the Carnegie Building on Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m.  The fourth part, and final lecture, “Reverence of the Land” with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean, will be held in the Gilbert Gallery on Tuesday, May 23 at 10 a.m. Docent Training concludes with a Docents’ Docent Tour on either May 24 or June 5. Please see below for details, links to lectures, videos and support materials.

The training is intended to provide you with the information, strategies and structure to lead successful docent tours.  CTAC also invites you to bring your own interests, stories, and experience to the tours.

Docent tours are a vital part of our educational program.  We hope you are interested in this great opportunity to both learn and serve our arts community during this incredible summer exhibit.  Please email Megan DeWindt if you are interested in serving as a summer docent.


Upcoming Docent Schedules and Events

Docent Enrichment Lecture Series Schedule

Coffee @ Ten Lecture Series Schedule

General Docent Tips & Tools

CTAC History

CTAC Docent Best Practices

Multiple Intelligences in the Museum

Ansel Adams: Masterworks Docent Training Materials

  1. Coffee @ Ten: The Magic of Photography with Jean Fergus-Jean
  2. Ansel Adams: A Documentary Film, by Ric Burns
  3. Landscape Photography with John Fergus-Jean (Live lecture was given on April 4 at 10:00 AM)
  4. Reverence of the Land with Elizabeth Fergus-Jean (Live lecture was given on May 23 at 10:00 AM)
  5. Docents’ Docent Tour (Attend the May 24 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM or on June 5 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM tour)

Other Photography-Related Materials
Christie’s Auction House: 10 things to know about Ansel Adams

John Sexton Newsletter: Monolith, The Face of Half Dome

International Center of Photography: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide

International Center of Photography: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide, Part I

International Center of Photography: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide, Part II

International Center of Photography: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide, Part III

International Center of Photography: Focus on Photography: A Curriculum Guide, Photography & Literature

Introduction to Three Alternative Photography Techniques

What Did We Do Before Photoshop?_ _ PBS NewsHour

Osterman Romer History of Photography

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

Survey of Photographic Manipulation in Early Photographs

NPR Story: Dave Brubeck: Composing Ansel Adams


Exclusive Look Into Ansel Adams’ Home and Darkroom

2017 Juried Photography Exhibition

George Eastman House Kodak Series Photographic Processes Series

Early Color Photographs Slide Show

Before there was Photoshop

Process and Perception with Jerry Uelsmann


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