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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

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

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

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.

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

What is Slow Looking? (and How Can I Get Started?)

WHAT IS SLOW LOOKING? AND HOW CAN I GET STARTED? INTRODUCTION I first discovered slow looking in 2011 when designing a programme 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 in the museum

Slow-Looking: In-Depth Experiences with Art and Museum Objects

Much has been written about the power of art works, objects, artefacts to inspire, provoke curiosity and interest. It is generally accepted that looking at objects stimulates critical thinking through comparing and contrasting, identifying and classifying, describing and summarising and so on. Indeed, museums are increasingly using objects and art to help individuals learn what is variously called slow-looking,

5 reasons why art discussions build strong and successful teams

Maybe looking at art is not the first thing that springs to mind when we talk about sharpening transferable skills and building strong teams, but art-based activities in museums centred around discussing art and museum objects are becoming increasingly popular for company team events. I've been running corporate art discussion sessions for years and have designed a huge variety