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Curated newsletter from Claire Bown

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.


Visible Thinking in the Museum (VTM) is an approach developed by Claire Bown over the last 12 years that provides a flexible structure around which to explore and discuss a wide variety of materials – in particular museum and heritage collections and their stories.

Slow Looking at Art: The Visible Thinking in the Museum Approach is a practical guide to implementing the approach and covers the 3 foundational elements plus the 8 practices associated with the method.

The book will be published in 2024 as an e-book and a print edition too!

The Ultimate Thinking Routine List

Sign up with your email address to receive your free handy resource with a list of 100+ thinking routines all in one place. Newly updated for 2023!

Thinking Routines for Observation

This free 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

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 free resource 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

Latest Podcast Episodes

I publish a new podcast episode and blog every fortnight 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.

How can we engage children with classical music in the museum environment?  Today, I’m talking to Cecilie Skøtt about how to engage students with the music of Carl Nielsen through a blend of philosophical questioning and the art of slow listening. Cecilie Skøtt is a mediation designer at Hans Christian Andersen’s House and the Carl… Read...
Today, I’m excited to chat with Kylie Neagle about fostering curiosity and critical thinking on self-guided field trips for teachers and students. Kylie Neagle is the Education Coordinator at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) in Adelaide .  With a small team and limited resources, catering to diverse student needs can be challenging. Volunteer… Read...
In this episode, we take a closer look at museum visitor teams with Dickon Moore, Visitor Experience Manager at Wellcome Collection in London. Discover how these teams master the art of informal engagement, creating meaningful interactions that enhance visitors’ museum experiences. Key Points: Understanding the importance of informal engagement in fostering meaningful interactions. How the… Read...