|Art education at the Terrain Gallery in New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Most of this is from art educator David Perkins
· Work to overcome the given passivity toward viewing engendered by television and videos.
· Engage in active viewing and a lot of it.
· Understand that viewing art is its own reward.
· Accept that viewing art is a complex, challenging proposition.
· Use questioning as the primary strategy. (I would say, “Don’t be afraid to express your uncertainty.”)
· Look for the things in the work that carry the “kick” or the “oomph.” Move toward the "inner relations" of aesthetic experiences rather than the "outer relations" of art history.
· Look for motion (or stillness), mood, personality, and surprise to hook into the aesthetic effects
· Invest “looking time,” at least 3-5 minutes.
· Find a good distance, where the work becomes a whole.
· Let your eyes work for you. Remember to have a "hungry eye."
· Make looking deep and clear. Let what you know inform your looking.
· Let questions emerge. When the flow stops, look away for a few seconds, then look back. This refreshes the eyes.
· Make looking organized. Tell yourself when you notice interesting features.
· Label the features in words to yourself.
· Juxtapose paintings, etc. to promote seeing.
· Always look for the "point of entry," the emotional/intellectual hook that challenges the viewer to engage with the work.
Perkins, David N. "The Intelligent Eye: Learning to Think by Looking at Art." The Getty Center for Education in the Arts. 1994