For many programs, asking leading questions is a foundational method of encouraging conversation. This strategy is equally as effective in programs like Artful Moments, provided that the facilitator pays careful attention to the types of questions they ask and that they closely observe the participants’ responses to ensure the question is a good match for their abilities.
Questioning is an art form, and one that can be developed with practice. It is a skill that will already be used regularly in some of your other programs, and that experience can help you here. Think about the questions you ask in other programs, and the kinds of responses they elicit. Think of different ways to ask for information, and the kinds of observations or ideas you are hoping to get from your group. Try to plan some questions for your program in advance. This will save you from scrambling on the spot.