3 SLOW LOOKING ACTIVITIES FOR THE HOLIDAYS For our last episode of the year, I'm sharing 3 slow looking activities for over the holidays. It’s a busy time of year and we’re all rushed off our feet. There’s also still a huge amount of uncertainty around right now just to add to the levels of stress and anxiety. Slow looking is a wonderful antidote to life in the fast lane. Looking at something slowly and carefully is in itself a rewarding process. More than that, slow looking improves your observational skills, helps us to become less distracted

5 Simple Slow Looking Activities for Summer

5 SIMPLE SLOW LOOKING ACTIVITIES FOR SUMMER SUMMARY Today I’m sharing 5 simple slow looking ideas for the summer. In our fast-paced society, we scan, we skim and we scroll. We have forgotten what it’s like to really look at something. Slow looking is a wonderful alternative to life in the fast lane. The 5 activities I'll be sharing here are simple, effective ways to slow down, improve your observational skills and focus and notice more details around you.  You can use these slow looking activities throughout the summer - either on your own or with friends and

How to Develop a Daily Slow Looking Practice

HOW TO DEVELOP A SLOW LOOKING PRACTICE Slow looking is not only an important part of my work, it is also a personal practice - something that I’ve been doing regularly for the last few years. I’m really interested in developing my observational skills and I’m also fascinated by what happens when we spend a longer period of time looking at something. Our general approach to looking is, however, flawed and we try to look at things as briskly and efficiently as possible. We need to slow our looking down and give our brain the time and space

What is Slow Looking and How Can I Get Started?

WHAT IS SLOW LOOKING (AND HOW CAN I GET STARTED?) INTRODUCTION Everything I do in my work is underpinned by slow looking. It has been a huge part of the way I’ve led the most engaging discussions over the last 10 years. And if you remember from episode 1, I talked about when I first discovered slow looking in 2011 when designing the Stories around the World programme at the Tropenmuseum using thinking routines (from Visible Thinking) to look at objects slowly and carefully. We had participants as young as six looking intently at objects and art

Introducing The Art Engager Podcast

The Art Engager Podcast Trailer Welcome to The Art Engager podcast! This podcast here to help educators, guides and creatives engage their audiences with art, objects and ideas. Each week I’ll be sharing a variety of strategies, ideas and inspiration to help you to engage and connect with your audiences and confidently lead lively art and artefact discussions. Trailer Highlights What The Art Engager podcast is all about How and why creating real engagement with art and museum objects can be tricky What is Visible Thinking in the Museum? What we're going to be talking about on this podcast

What is Slow Art Day?

Slow Art Day is an international event celebrating looking at art in a different way. This year Slow Art Day is taking place on Saturday 10 April 2021 in nearly 100 venues around the world (and counting...). So, what is Slow Art Day all about? Here's what you need to know. How did Slow Art Day start? In 2008 Phil Terry visited The Jewish Museum in New York and instead of trying to see everything, he found a select few pieces to focus on: just 2 paintings: Hans Hoffman’s Fantasia and Jackson Pollock's Convergence. He wanted to find out what would

What is mindful looking and how can I get started?

There are many ways to look at and think about an artwork. Mindful looking is the process of slowing down and looking at an artwork or object from the perspective of mindfulness.  But what exactly is mindful looking and how can I get started?  What is mindfulness? Let's start by talking about what mindfulness is. As Jon Kabat Zinn states, ‘mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.' It is about a way of being, or a way of responding to the world. Mindfulness allows us to become fully present in

How to use ‘Slow Complexity Capture’ thinking routine to slow down and explore objects

Every month in the Visible Thinking Membership we have a specialist thinking routine class that gives us the opportunity to discover a new thinking routine or to dig a bit deeper into one we already know. Last month, we discovered thinking routine Slow Complexity Capture to tie in with our current Slow Looking: The Art of Observation course. Here’s how we used Slow Complexity Capture thinking routine to analyse seasonal objects in an online group discussion via Zoom. ⁠ What is Slow Complexity Capture? Slow Complexity Capture was developed by Project Zero as part of the PZ Connect project

Simple ways to practise slow looking every day

This week I’m running a Slow Looking Challenge for 150 participants via email and our private pop-up Facebook group. The first two days of this challenge focus on developing a daily slow looking practice and specifically with every day objects and activities - because slow looking is not just about art. In this week’s blog I’m showing simple ways you can practise slow looking every day - most of these suggested activities are short, simple and accessible for anyone who is interested in improving their observational skills. Why practise slow looking every day? In our fast-paced society, we scan,

12 Reasons to Get Started with Slow Looking

Slow looking is simply the art of learning through observation. As I mentioned in last week’s post, slow looking has become hugely popular recently with many museums and individuals offering virtual sessions for lockdown. But, why would you want to slow down and spend time with just one artwork or object? Why is it important to practise paying attention and noticing more details? Looking at something slowly and carefully is in itself a rewarding process – the object or art work becomes more interesting the longer you look at it. But more than this, there are known benefits of slow