Write a 2–3 page report of 500–750 words that describes your experience.
- Visit a museum or gallery near you. Select a minimum of 5–10 works of art by 5–10 different artists from different time periods discussed in the text, from the 18th century to modern times.
- Clearly identify the location, date attended, and your initial reaction upon arriving at the museum or gallery.
- Provide a description and summary of at least 5–10 works of art by 5–10 different artists.
- Provide a photograph of each selected piece if the venue allows it. (Some museums strictly prohibit photography.)
- Explain your initial reaction to the artwork you selected and explain why you chose each piece.
- Describe the role of museum founder and curator.
- Use the class text as a reference (additional sources are fine but not necessary unless required by your content). Your report should include connections you make between things observed in your activity and things learned in the course and text.
Here are some tips about visiting a museum in person:
- It makes sense to approach a museum the way a seasoned traveler approaches visiting a city for the first time. Find out what museums are accessible to you and have exhibits that intrigue you.
- Find out what sort of exhibitions are currently housed in the museum you select. When you go, start with the exhibits that interest you or, if there is a traveling exhibition, look at that first. Then later, if you have time, you can check out other exhibits.
- Keep in mind that the quality of your experience is not measured by the amount of time you spend in the galleries or the number of works of art that you see.
- Your goal is to find 5–10 works of art by 5–10 different artists who intrigue you, and then consider those works in leisurely contemplation. Most museums have benches where you can sit and study a particular piece. Take notes while you are there.