“Looking” at art sloooowly...
1. Take 5-10 minutes to view each piece, move on when you would like, enjoy each piece and decide the elements that are most appealing to you. If a piece is not one of your favorites, stop and try to investigate why.
2. Look at an object first as a whole, to try and understand its "presence".
3. Then begin to "notice" the piece: look at its structure, surface, organization, level of abstraction-the touch of the artist. You are an explorer making discoveries.
4. I like to look at how the elements of design are present in a piece: (line, shape, color, texture, space, value). I find this is a real key to appreciating the work. For example if you look at an impressionist painting strictly in terms of color you begin to see that these paintings often use an ordered and restricted palette, same goes for contemporary art.This opens up the compositional structure, and attunes the viewer as well to tonal nuances within the color structure.
5. Notice repetition, flow, nuance, symbolism, technique.
6. Read the label and any curator’s comments, thinking about how this new knowledge fits with your observations.
7. Use associative reference to allow your brain to make reactions and put ideas together. What do you, the viewer, bring to the art? What part of the human experience does this artwork capture?
8. Don’t forget: If you really like something, just enjoy it, look at it, marvel at it! Take note of physical reactions and emotions, sometimes they jump right out at you!
9. By the way, don’t feel that you have to limit yourself to the pieces on the list; the museum is filled with amazing work that you will be drawn to. If you are compelled by any certain pieces, please write them down and share what drew you in.
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We thank you for being a part of this historic and global slow art day 2010!