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FREE GUIDE – HOW TO LOOK AT ART SLOWLY

Sign up with your email address to receive my new 17-page guide sharing 30+ different ways that you can look at art or objects in museums. 

It can be used by anyone looking for new ways to engage with what they’re seeing.

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FREE Resource – Thinking Routines for Observation

Every art or object discussion needs to include observation and description to allow your group to see the whole picture and not jump to hasty interpretations.

This resource bundle includes cheatsheets for the following thinking routines that focus on observation and description:

  • Looking Ten Times Two
  • The Elaboration Game
  • Yes, and..
  • Colour Shape Line
  • Nouns Verbs Adjectives
  • Name Describe Act
  • Slow Complexity Capture
  • Memory
  • Draw Parts Purposes Complexities

Free Perspective-Taking Cheatsheets

If you are leading any type of programme with groups around art or objects, then you need to have a perspective-taking thinking routine in your repertoire.

This page includes cheatsheets for the following thinking routines:

  • Step Inside
  • Point of View
  • Step In Step Out Step Back
  • Gaining New Perspectives
  • 3 Y’s
  • Circle of Viewpoints

VTM Taster Session

If you’d like to learn more about my VTM method, then a look at the FREE TASTER SESSION  that I ran recently. In this FREE 50 minute class, you will:

  • be introduced you to the principles of my Visible Thinking in the Museum (VTM) method & how it can be applied
  • experience a mini art inquiry with thinking routine See Think Me We. ⁠
  • get an introduction to my VTMO course – what to expect and how it works

Latest Podcast Episodes

I publish a new podcast episode and blog every week on all aspects of engaging your audience with art and ideas – from Visible Thinking in the Museum techniques and ideas, to helping you to develop your questioning or facilitation skills and new tools to experiment with.

INTRODUCTION What words come to mind when you hear the word ‘teenager’? Or the word ‘adolescence’? Do you love working with teens or feel a little apprehensive? I’ve recently been facilitating some team trainings in museums about how to engage with teenagers and so I’ve been thinking a

INTRODUCTION I’m talking today about making space and time for slow looking. If you've been around for a while, you'll know that I've been practising the art of slow looking for a long time now - the last 11/12 years. And it's very much a personal practice and

INTRODUCTION Today I’m sharing 7 different ways to refresh your practice for 2023 so you don’t get stuck in a rut.  Here are a couple of questions for you to think about.  First of all, it’s the start of the new year. Are you looking forward to designing

BOOKS

Visible Thinking

‘Making Thinking Visible’ by Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church and Karin Morrison, Jossey-Bass 2011

A great introduction to using Visible Thinking with a practical and useful introduction to thinking routines with details of a variety of thinking routines including suggestions for use.

‘The Thinking Classroom’ by Shari Tishman, David N. Perkins and Eileen Jay, Allyn and Bacon 1995

An earlier book focusing on the 6 dimensions of good thinking. Useful information on the language of thinking and teaching for transfer of knowledge and skills from one context to another.

Museum Education

‘The Intelligent Eye: Learning to Think by Looking at Art’ by David N. Perkins, Getty Publications 1994

‘Teaching in the Art Museum’ by Rika Burnham and Elliott Kai-Kee, Getty Publications 2011

‘Looking at Art in the Classroom’ by Rebecca Shulman Herz, Teachers College Press 2010

‘Visible Thinking and Interpretation’ by Claire Bown in ‘Interpreting the Art Museum’ edited by Graeme Farnell, Museumsetc 2015

ARTICLES

‘Making Thinking Visible’ Ritchhart, R. & Perkins, D. N. (2008). Educational Leadership, 65 (5), 57-61

‘The Object of their Attention’ Tishman, S (2008). Educational Leadership, 65(5), 44-46

‘Cultivating a Culture of Thinking in Museums’ Ritchhart, R. (2007).  Journal of Museum Education, 32 (2), 137-154.

‘Thinking Routines: Replicating Classroom Practices within Museum Settings’ Rochelle Ibañez Wolberg and Allison Goff, Journal of Museum Education, Volume 37, Issue 1 p59-68 Spr 2012.

‘Thinking Through Art: Transforming Museum Curriculum’ Margaret Burchenal and Michelle Grohe, Journal of Museum Education, Volume 32, Issue 2 (01 June 2007), pp. 111-122

‘Field Trips that Teach Thinking Skills’ Claire Bown, Museum Questions Blog, October 2014.