During the course of an interactive museum tour a skilled educator will be able to elicit multiple responses and keep the conversation moving toward new discoveries, but no matter how competent the educator, there will always be some participants who enthusiastically contribute their ideas to the discussion, while others listen, but are reluctant to speak-up.
In order to engage the entire group in the interpretive process, museum educators frequently employ gallery activities. Gallery activities enlist other sensory components and learning styles to experiencing the work of art. As in crafting open-ended discussion questions, the activity must be carefully designed to allow everyone in the group to contribute, be inquiry based, and be directly related to the work of art under consideration.
This handbook provides a compendium of successful gallery activities:
·Close looking and observation
·Touch and tactility
·Photographs of youth and adults participating in gallery activities
·Sidebars with favorite gallery activities contributed by museum educators at many museums across the country
About the Author
Sharon Vatsky, Director of School and Family Programs at the Solomon. R. Guggenheim Museum oversees programs for youth, families and teachers. She brings her experience as a lifelong arts educator, museum educator and artist to considering the role of multi-modal explorations in responding to works of art.
She has conducted workshops for teachers and museum educators at universities and art museums in the US and internationally and taught graduate level courses in Museum Education at the City University of New York and Teachers College, Columbia University as well as undergraduate courses in drawing, painting, design and art history and arts education.
Prior to joining the Guggenheim in 2000, she was Curator of Education at the Queens Museum in New York for more than a decade.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Chapter 1 Who This Book Written For
Chapter 2 Where Gallery Activities Fit in Planning a Tour
Chapter 3 How Gallery Activities Support Learning and Connections with Works of Art
Chapter 4 Guidelines for Creating Successful Gallery Activities
Chapter 5 Writing Activities
Chapter 6 Drawing Activities
Chapter 7 Touch Objects and Props
Chapter 8 Collage, Sculpture and Manipulatives
Chapter 9 Drama and Movement Activities
Chapter 10 Sound and Music Activities
Chapter 11 Discursive Activities
Chapter 12 Digital Media Activities
Chapter 13 One Work - One Activity
Lesson Plan Template
List of Artworks
About the Author