I enjoy working with all age groups. As a museumdocent, I don't believe you need to keep talking all the time. Visitors can see and analyse artworks for themselves, they often find out a lot of interesting stuff, just by looking, drawing and thinking about art. I accommodate this process, asking questions and adding information where needed.
‘Stefanie was magical and energetic and so much fun. We were all fascinated and interested and time flew by […] drawing attention to so many details we would never have seen, connecting works to artists’ lives, really helping us appreciate the intricacies of each piece of art’
Katherine (with husband and two daughters, 10 and 12), June 2017
’I was extremely fortunate to have the most wonderful and knowledgeable guide - Stefanie van Gemert. [She] gave me so much more than a visit to the museum. She also gave me a profound insight into Van Gogh’s life and his art’
Susan, May 2017
‘Stefanie […] was interesting, made us all think outside the box and gave us so much more information than we came with. The kids loved her and were engaged the entire time. After the tour we stayed for an extra hour and a half to go over what we learned from the tour!!’
Jen (with husband and two daughters, 7 and 9) on Tripadvisor (Thinking Museum), February 2017
‘Hartelijk dank voor je zeer interessante rondleiding in het Tropenmuseum over Buddha :). Je deed het ontzettend boeiend! Was er met mijn ouders, complimenten, heel leuk en blij dat we gegaan zijn!!’
Roel, December 2016
‘De rondleiding [over Buddha] was super leuk en leerzaam. We zijn helemaal ZEN nu!’
Visitor book Tropenmuseum, December 2016
Many museum visitors don’t email the docent or write in museum visitor books: often simply because they’re too small to do so (school classes) or, perhaps, because they have already thanked the teacher in person.
In those cases, pictures may say more than enough…